Entertainment Weekly says last night was The Biggest Loser’s best episode of the season. Old contestants squared off against young contestants, trainers played favorites, there was a field trip to the circus and the drama/betrayal level was high.
I won’t tell you exactly what happened in case it’s still waiting on your DVR, but suffice it to say that Shay and Daniel were on Jay Leno last night.
Losers, losers, losers. They work their butts off every week – usually at the behest of trainers that jump back and forth over the line between encouragement and emotional abuse with ease – and then stand up to see who has earned the privilege of staying for another week. And, as with many reality shows, there are alliances and sabotage, game-playing and tears. Always, always, tears.
The biggest winner in all this? Well, NBC does pretty well, considering that the show is in its fifth season and often high in the ratings. And the contestants, most of whom lose many, many pounds – do come out ahead, with a jumpstart on their futures. But the biggest winner of all may be Jillian Michaels.
Michaels is the lean and toned female personal trainer on The Biggest Loser. She pushes contestants to work out for hours a day on the show, pulling no punches when it appears someone might be slacking. And in her spare time, she sells books (“Master Your Metabolism”, exercise DVDs (the “30-Day Shred” -- see what I mean about attitude?) -- and dietary supplements like mad.
An excerpt from a Time article earlier this year:
Q. You recently said that by the time The Biggest Loser contestants come to you they're half dead. What did you mean by that?
A. Yes, I said "half-dead" And everybody was like, "oh, I can't believe she said that." Are people just not tuning into the show? We've got 30-year-olds whose internal organs are 60. If we were having this conversation about somebody who was a drug addict or somebody who had anorexia or bulimia, we would openly admit that it was suicide.
Q. So what do you think is the number one worst thing people are doing to their bodies right now?
A. Oh my God, they eat processed food and it is horrifying to me!