Irresponsible! Index: The Biggest Loser Season 15 Episode 15

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

The finale of The Biggest Loser means a new champion dehydrator is crowned. I hope they have an IV bag waiting backstage.

As with every Biggest Loser finale, I find myself equal parts impressed and disgusted. It seemed that more people lost over 30% of their total weight, which is great. I draw the line at dang near 60%, though. Yikes.

Mildly Irresponsible

The tricks they use to make these people look even thinner (shapewear, spray tans, dehydration) should be disclosed in a ticker at the bottom of the screen.

Hap didn’t do a damn thing, and it shows. I still hate that guy.

Moderately Irresponsible

The stupid introduction of the obviously-fake scale takes up way too much time every single season. It also makes it clear that the focus of this show is on pounds, not on health.

Holley’s makeup and hair are truly breathtaking tonight, in a bad way. I will not elaborate further because she could easily kick my ass.

Severely Irresponsible

Why did they let former contestant Pete take his shirt off in the intro? Dear lord. I mean, he lost weight and all, but that does not mean he looks good with a shirt off.

Bob, Jillian and Dolvett talk to people in the audience who lost weight on their own, and Ali Sweeney still manages to give the trainers all the credit for it.

Criminally Irresponsible

Usually the finale means we don’t need to see people vomiting anymore. But no, they had to show a “highlight” reel featuring puke a’plenty. Screw you, show.

Tumi, it ought to be illegal to look that good. Damn, girl.

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

Tumi loses 175 pounds and wins the at-home prize. All three finalists look ridiculously thin, but it definitely came down to Bobby and Rachel. For perhaps the first time in the history of the show, a contestant ends up being underweight for BMI (and frankly looking really gross, sorry girl) and Rachel wins the $250K. Now please, I beg you, gain back at least 10 pounds, for the sake of your health.

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  • I’m glad the consensus seems to be abject horror at Rachel’s new look. But thankfully she didn’t snap in half when she tripped on the steps up to the scale.

    • Clare Snyder

      I have been waiting for NBC to provide some sort of statement, but they totally haven’t. I guarantee they will take great pains to make sure this NEVER happens again. Knew it would happen eventually, especially when they cast young people who aren’t *that* big. They can drop huge amounts of weight and they are smart enough to play the game as the rules allow so they can win a quarter mil. This is a beast of the show’s own making!