Irresponsible! Index: The Biggest Loser Season 15 Episode 12

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

This week’s The Biggest Loser promises the most shocking weigh-in of the season. We’ll see.

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

Rachel on those burpees…that bitch is sick’ning, as RuPaul would say. I know it’s not irresponsible, but it is worth noting. Hell, it makes me feel irresponsible whenever I have to do burpees, because they do not look like that for a full 100 reps.

Ali Sweeney, if you’re going to (attempt to) explain curling, at least explain why they use the brooms. That is the most baffling/stupid part of curling to the layperson.

Lolo Jones’ sob story is difficult to relate to. “I wasn’t even the top 8 in the world!” Holy crap, what a giant loser, right, folks? *eye roll*

Moderately Irresponsible

When my husband saw Apollo Ohno show up, he immediately thought Subway would be involved. This is the kind of cynicism this program inspires.

I don’t know how Bobby can “sprint” without bending his knees, but it looks like an accident waiting to happen.

The “let’s run up a bobsled track” challenge is one of the most horrifying I’ve seen on this show, and that is saying something. Of course, Rachel demonstrated an insane fortitude I haven’t seen since Tara back in the day, who coincidentally also wore green.

Severely Irresponsible

If these people have a problem with Rachel winning the curling challenge, maybe they should have tried harder to win it for themselves. Just saying.

Bob’s t-shirt “No Guts” is either a challenge to do things with gusto, or a way to shame people with beer bellies.

Criminally Irresponsible

They’re bitching about how worried they are about eating…at the Olympic damn Training Center! You can get salad there, people. Relax. Stop making so many excuses. Every time they have to leave the ranch, they act like this. They are doomed when they go home…except Rachel, who is the star of this episode in my opinion.

Why did they have to weigh in outside in the freezing cold? Tanya looked like she was going to shiver off an extra pound right there. God, this show.

Weigh-in Results

ContestantStartFINALPercentageTOTAL LOST
TOTAL4868293939.631929
Rachel26010559.62155
David40918754.28222
Bobby35817052.51188
Tumi31914454.86175
Marie24913844.58111
Craig38522342.08162
Chelsea24114639.4295
Jennifer26616239.10104
Jay29718338.38114
Matt35622337.36133
Fernanda25016334.8087
Tanya26217533.2187
Holley35125527.3596
Ruben46234325.76119
Hap40332220.1081

Bobby and Jay both gained weight in the “most shocking weigh-in ever,” which is rather hyperbolic. It is true, though, that to the best of my recollection there have never been two people who have gained weight below the yellow line. Because Jay is basically done losing weight and is a big threat in the future triathlon, he and his stinky old hat are sent home to live out his rodeo dreams.

Next week: makeovers! Featuring Tim Gunn! Make it work, y’all!

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After writing for a few publications in college, Clare took an extended break to become a certified personal trainer, get huge blisters during marathons, and find a suitable triathlete/engineer to marry. In her spare time she partakes in many nerd hobbies including replaying Final Fantasy hundreds of times, cheering for the Green Bay Packers, and live-tweeting “Whodunnit?” One time Clare was given 43 hot sauce packets in a Taco Bell driveway. There is a strategy to it. E-mail: clare@whatelseison.tv

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