Irresponsible! Index: The Biggest Loser Season 15 Episode 9

The Biggest Loser (Photo: NBC)
The Biggest Loser (Photo: NBC)

This week on The Biggest Loser, one team is working at a diner. Another team is trying to resist the leftovers that were brought home.

As a personal trainer and avid reality television fan, I find The Biggest Loser to be one of the most compelling and frustrating shows on television. Every week I rank the most appalling situations, quotes, and people on a scale from mildly irresponsible to downright dangerous.

Mildly Irresponsible

When presented with a multiple-choice question on this show, never choose the least shocking answer. We need to shock America! That is rule number one! You’d be a fool to select the least shocking number. White team.

Bob scolds Bobby for not doing the forward roll on the mat. Frankly it looks dangerous to me. Bobby is one smart dude.

Moderately Irresponsible

I know I should be appalled that the white team tries to sabotage the other teams by bringing home fatty leftovers, but it’s just so funny. I love it.

And speaking of which, after all Hap’s talk about how Bobby loses weight without working hard, he got furious with Bobby for throwing the cookies away. This is why you can’t lose weight, Hap. You’re a dirty cheater.

Severely Irresponsible

Let’s punish the contestants for losing the challenge by making them…have a job, just like the real world. This is inherently discouraging for the normal, employed viewer, who might like to lose some weight but is being told that you can’t do so with a job.

Again, the expectations that the trainers have for the contestants on the scale are totally unrealistic. It is normal for someone to have a light week after a huge week. It is normal for a woman under 200 pounds to lose 4 pounds in one week. The trainers cannot reasonably expect these contestants to continue to drop massive amounts of weight after two months on the ranch.

Criminally Irresponsible

Bob tells Hap to “cut out all your complex carbs.” Surely Hap has already cut out simple carbs. So he is on a no-carb diet right now. How do you exercise 8 hours a day when you eat no carbohydrates? That is extremely unhealthy. But hey, as long as Hap loses weight, who cares, right?

Weigh-in Results

White Team (Jillian)

ContestantStartWeek 8Week 9+ / -PercentageTOTAL
TOTAL865648627213.24238
Jay29720720162.9096
Marie24919819263.0357
Tumi31924323493.7085

Blue Team (Bob)

ContestantStartWeek 8Week 9+ / -PercentageTOTAL
TOTAL135810661039272.53319
Bobby35827226931.1089
Chelsea24118518142.1660
Hap403332321113.3182
Matt35627726893.2588

Red Team (Dolvett)

ContestantStartWeek 8Week 9+ / -PercentageTOTAL
TOTAL1197896873232.57324
David40929929451.67115
Jennifer26620720073.3866
Rachel26017817173.9389
Tanya26221220841.8954

The blue team lost, which sadly resulted in the fabulous Bobby being sent home. It’s not his fault he had such a great week last week. Stupid Hap. I blame him for this. Next week: singles!

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  • “Let’s punish the contestants for losing the challenge by making them…have a job, just like the real world. This is inherently discouraging for the normal, employed viewer, who might like to lose some weight but is being told that you can’t do so with a job.”

    I think it was Marie who said she liked having that experience this week in one of her interviews, but even then her “home” at this moment does have a state-of-the-art fitness facility. I guess the show gets props for meeting the average viewer halfway in simulating the “real life” experience.

    • Clare Snyder

      This season the “Work at the Ranch” episode was a little less pessimistic, probably because the episodes are only one hour, but in past seasons it was completely ridiculous, over the top “OMG WE DON’T HAVE TIME TO WORK OUT WHATEVER SHALL WE DO!” madness that makes me associate this show with life incompatibility. I just wish they would incorporate some tips that real people can actually use, as opposed to “get up at 4 AM and go to bed at 1 AM, it’s only one week after all.” But that would be too responsible! 😉