It’s week 8 of Biggest Loser season 9 – two months away from the season 9 finale already! O’Neal was overjoyed to see his daughter Sunshine come through the door after elimination. “That’s the essence of Sunshine in my life,” O’Neal said. (Love that guy!)
- Slideshow from tonight’s episode
Ali told the contestants that they’d be working full-time jobs this week. They’d be commuting and packing their own lunches. Their jobs will be working alongside workers from Feeding America, a food bank. And so begins …
The challenge: Two semi trucks, each weighing 30,000 pounds, stood on a runway. Each team will load puzzle pieces into the trucks while dragging the vehicles down the runway. The winning team gets groceries for a year. Nothing more exciting than hearing someone say “Let’s get you harnessed up!” Blue team quickly surged ahead but the black team soon caught up after much screaming. O’Neal felt bad because his bum knee was slowing him and the team down. But he got a second wind and breezed past everyone.
(I could have sworn that Ashley said a bad word while her mom was loading the truck with puzzle pieces but she could have been saying “chuck it.”)
But in the end, blue team prevailed putting their puzzle together first.
Then it was off to the gym where Jillian was looking for the “eye of the tiger.” So Sam decides he’s the team leader because he’s the guy? Whatever, dude. He then started spewing sports stuff at them in a pep talk.
(Time for a Shay update: She’s almost 200 pounds lighter and can fit into the rides at Universal Studios. )
Now the work begins. Up at 5:30 a.m. to work out before work, the contestants went to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to help distribute fresh produce to people in the rain.
Quote of the week, from O’Neal (of course): “It really shows you that this world is round and what goes around comes around.”
It’s Day 3 of work and Sam forgot his lunch. The vending machine was useless so his girlfriend Stephanie (oh, yes they are!) remembered that there was a Subway nearby and they got him a sub.
I loved the conversation between Sherry and Cheryl, two middle-aged moms who decided that they were worth fighting for. “Giving up’s not part of the picture,” said Cheryl.
Last-chance workout: It was tough because since it was Work Week, they only had a couple hours to work out before the gym “closed” for the evening. (And why does Bob keep talking about cake and icing?) Mike is rapidly approaching Bozo status on his hair – dude could lose at least a pound with a haircut. Then it was lights out.
Sunshine and O’Neal’s segment was really special. He’s a fantastic dad who loves his daughter a lot.
Weigh-in and elimination: Blue team pulled good numbers, lots of 8- and 9-pound losses. Lance hit his goal of breaking the 300-pound mark and he blasted through it to 290 pounds. On the black team, Ashley also made it under 300 pounds. For the black team, it all came down to Sam who had to lose more than 10 pounds to keep them safe. Not even close, so they headed to the elimination room. Sherry had the highest percentage of weight loss so she was safe. It seemed at first like people were going to vote for Sam because his weight loss would be slowing down, but Stephanie certainly wasn’t going to eliminate her boyfriend. The votes were scattered among Cheryl, Stephanie and Sam, but Ashley’s vote for Cheryl put her out the door.
The update: Cheryl now weighs 164 pounds and shed even more weight by donating all her fat clothes. She’s also planning on running a 5k soon.
Next week: It’s time for chef Curtis Stone, and you know what that means (probably) … new recipes!