|A Stupid, Stupid Decision
|Tues 19th Oct 2010, 9pm/8pm Thai-Jkt
The week starts off with an early morning wake up call for the Reds. Kristy comes to the Mansion to check on her team after the Weigh In. Unsure who is still left in the game, Kristy is overjoyed at seeing seven sleepy faces in front of her – the Reds had won the Weigh In. A team hug brightens the morning for all and the Red team set off for training.
The Blues quietly begin warming up in the gym, waiting to break the news of their loss to Dave. Seeing four Blue Contestants in front of him, Dave immediately knows the verdict at the Weigh In. “This particular Weigh In loss has really affected the Blue Team like no other Weigh In loss I have ever experienced myself…” - comments Dave.
Shakira is unable to hold back her tears, dealing with two big blows - Peachy’s departure and her zero kilo weight loss at the Weigh In. Concerned about his teams’ two back to back Weigh In losses, Dave wants to get to the bottom of this and enquires about the Blues’ diet.
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
Later on in the week, Kristy shares some exciting information with all the Contestants. With 11 eager faces gathered around her in the gym, Kristy talks about the “Fat Blob” page on the biggestloserclub.asia website. The Blues and Reds get their hands on two actual blobs of fat to realise just how many blobs they might have around their body.
Using Nai’s “fat blob” page as an example, Kristy highlights the importance of the Contestants constantly reminding themselves of how many blobs of fat they have lost so far. A competition that will determine who has lost the most amount of “fat blobs” so far is announced – “I feel pretty confident that I might get my hands on the prize. 21 blobs against other people. It’s a pretty good chance…” says Nai.
Back at the Mansion, the Blues have an unexpected visitor. Datin Farah, the Chief Dietician for Prince Court Medical Centre has come by to have a chat with the Blue team on Dave’s request – “…he was actually very concerned that his Blue team is not adapting very well to the diet that he has actually reiterated to them.”
Datin Farah tells the Blues about the importance of using measuring cups in the kitchen. Raj, Leo, Jon and Shakira are reminded that portion control is an integral part of their weight loss journey and they must pay attention to their diet if they want better weight loss results.
The two teams gather at the Fitness First at the IOI Mall in Puchong, Malaysia for the week’s Challenge. With absolutely no idea about what lies ahead for them, the teams eagerly await Marion’s explanation.
Before talking about the task at hand, Marion reminds everyone to “expect the unexpected” and proceeds drop a bombshell. The Challenge is broken up into five parts, and since the Blue team only has four team members, the Reds have to nominate one person to go over to the other team permanently. This announcement takes the Reds leaves the team gasping, and they are clearly divided in their opinion. As time is running out, Lori persuades Manjit to volunteer her self to go over to the Blue side.
In the Fitness First Challenge, each Blue team member goes head to head with a Red team member. In this tense and close run challenge, the Blues come out on top at last. In the last moments Raj beats Patty on one of the exercise stations, and they win a precious three kilo advantage at the Weigh In as the Reward.
Genghis is extremely upset and blames his team’s loss on the decision to send Manjit to the opposite team – “We gave a strong member to the Blue team and we kept a weak member in the Red team. That’s a stupid, stupid decision and now the Red team has to pay for it.”
Back at the mansion, the trainers find out how it all went down at the Challenge.
FIGHT TO THE FINISH
The Blue team gathers in their meeting room and share the good news with Dave. He is delighted to have a fifth member in his team and feels that the Blues may be on their way back in the competition – “…This could be a pivotal point in the competition where we have fought our way back from two consecutive Weigh In losses. The tide is turning…”
Kristy and the Red team are in the kitchen. The dejected looks on all their faces tells her everything. The loss of a Challenge and the loss of a team mate have clearly hit the Red team hard. But she encourages them to not get too bogged down and move forward – “My team is devastated. But they need to pick themselves up and gather and harness their energy into their training, into their food. And carry on as a strong team…”
The Last Chance training session for both teams is crucial. The Blues have a brand new team member to boost their morale, and the Red team has to pull together and come back from their loss in the challenge and the Blue Teams 3 kilo advantage.
Dave mixes up his outdoor training and gets his team to use vipers and kettle bells. He is keen to find out what Manjit is made of. Aware of her precarious position in a team that is not yet her own, Manjit voices her concerns – “It is Last Chance training, I have to prove my capabilities to Dave and to show the rest of my team mates I’m not a slacker. I’m Blue and I want us to win.”
Kristy wants her demoralized Reds to fight back in the gym and take control of the game that had been in their favour last couple of weeks. She is concerned for Patty as she may be plateauing – “She had a two kilo weight loss and for a very large person she needs to be losing more kilos on the scale.” Genghis too seems to be struggling a bit as a result of his injured back, but he knows that his team is counting on him more than ever – “…I thought about sitting out from the Last Chance training but this week is very important for the Red team especially that Blue team has a plus three kilograms…” says Genghis.
At the Weigh In, it is time for the scales to spell out the truth.
For the teams to be even, the Reds choose Patty to sit out the Weigh In. She loses two kilos for the week. Lori kick starts the official Weigh In. She is shocked at her one kilo weight loss and voices it – “Having two back to back ones on the scale, sucks because I don’t really think it reflects the work I put in.” Leo comes up next. The four on the board puts a big smile on his face.
Always consistent Nai is next. He loses three kilos but shakes his head in disappointment. Shakira gets up on the scales and puts the same number as Nai. Saw follows suit and realises that he too is in the bracket of three kilos!
The scores are even at this point with both teams at seven each. But Marion reminds them that it is all about percentages this season. Blue Team Captain Raj is up next, putting another three on the board. Genghis comes up to the scales at this point and is visibly disappointed with his three. But he then reminds himself of how far he has come – “You know I was a little disappointed. Three kilos only, but when I look at the mirror I see a different person. There is a huge improvement.”
Jonathan also pulls a three. Marion then invites the last Red team member up on stage. Red Team Captain Fish looks pleased that her three kilo weight loss evens out the scores at 13 kilos each.
Weighing in as a Blue team member, Manjit is the last person to get onto the scales. Raj is all honesty as he says “If Manjit steps up on the scale and she doesn’t put up a good number there will be a good chance we will be sending her home today.”
But Manjit doesn’t disappoint her new team and puts a three up on the board.
Marion reminds the teams that as the Blue team won the challenge earlier on in the week, their total weight loss for the week goes up by three kilos, making the Blue Team is total19 kilos. The total for Red Team is at 13 kilos
The Teams wait eagerly to find out the weight loss percentage for the week. But there can be only one winner, and the Blue team walks away claims the victory with their 3.00% of total weight loss percentage. The Red team look devastated that their 2.15% of total weight loss percentage just wasn’t enough.
Going head to head
In Deliberation, Genghis and Lori go head to head. Convinced that the Chef should go, Genghis doesn’t care about ruffling any feather, stating to his team – “Lori, she lost one kg last week and she lost one kg again. Even if she is helpful with our cooking and our diet, it’s still not enough.” Genghis admits that he also blames her for Manjit’s departure from the team. Not one to see eye to eye with Genghis, Lori defends herself strongly, and revisits Scott’s departure believing it to be Genghis’ fault.
Patty too is in hot seat and willingly puts her name up for elimination, pointing out that the Challenge was lost because of her. Sick of all the bickering and the name calling, the Captain calls order to the proceedings and lets her team decide for themselves who deserves to go home.
The Reds walk into the Elimination room with a heavy heart and pass by Manjit’s fridge, which has turned blue. Marion acknowledges that this cannot be easy for any of them as they have lost the Challenge, a team member, and the Weigh In this week. And now here they are – ready to send a team mate home.
Fish is the first to vote and she chooses for Patty. Lori is next, and she votes for Patty. Patty, who has two votes for herself goes next, and votes for Genghis, citing his back injury as one of her reasons. Genghis is up next and his hatred for his team mate comes to the surface as he votes for Lori. Marion recaps the votes at this point and tells Nai that is all comes down to his vote.
Being Patty’s “fellow countryman” Nai finds it difficult to spell out his reasons for his vote. He says that ‘this person’s journey has come to an end as she has done enough for herself but is now pulling the team down’, and in this way he reveals his vote and eliminates Patty from the game.
At the end of this week we have five Reds and five Blues left. It’s a completely even playing field for the two teams. Who will be Asia’s next Biggest Loser?