With one week before the live finale of “The Biggest Loser,” the final four contestants got to go home for six weeks, letting their families see how much progress they’ve made. Though the contestants still have more weight to lose, all of them made inner and outer transformations. Finishing their journeys at home was the first test of their abilities to lose and keep the weight off. While most of them have the support of friends and family, I wondered if Ada’s family would be proud of the progress she’s made.
The beginning of the show resumed after the elimination. Allison gave the four remaining contestants DVDs, and since Frado was the Biggest Loser of the week, he received a special visit from Chef Curtis Stone to help him complete his at-home journey. As the contestants where driven home, they all reflected on their journeys. The DVD showed how far the contestants had come, including some unpleasant times spent on the ranch.
It looked like all of Vicksburg, Mississippi came out to greet Patrick as he stepped off a riverboat. I was happy to see Ada’s mother almost brought to tears and smiling at her daughter. He father’s expression never changed, but in reality, men don’t like to show emotion, no matter the culture.
As Ada and her family watched the DVD, her mother cried and said she didn’t know her daughter was so unhappy. I have to admit, I almost cried. Her dad finally said he loved her and thought of her every day she was on the ranch. He even said that as she gained weight, he saw Ada lose herself. They all hugged. It was definitely the Kleenex moment of the night.
After all of them watched their videos, Allison told them their final challenge would be a marathon. Patrick had a harder time getting his workouts in because his wife works and he has to stay at home with the kids. He did, though, use “The Biggest Loser” Wii game. Ada stressed out because she was eating more and finding it hard to set a schedule. His wife also got rid of the junk before he returned home.
Bob and Jillian paid a surprise visit to the contestants. Jillian visited Ada and Elizabeth while Bob visited Frado and Patrick. The contestants also got to work out with their trainers at home. When Elizabeth came home, she moved in with her boyfriend. Jillian opened Elizabeth’s refrigerator and saw all of the processed food and frozen burritos, which worried Jillian. Jillian worked Elizabeth and talked about her constant dependency on others. Elizabeth acknowledged her fear. Elizabeth purchased healthier foods for her home.
The final four return to the ranch for the marathon, 26.2 miles. I didn’t realize only about one percent of the population have ever run a marathon. Ada set out to break Tara’s “Biggest Loser” record. Patrick and Frado stayed together the entire race. Ada had to use the Porto potty, losing six minutes. Family and friends met them at mile marker 16. Ada finished first, beating Tara’s record. Elizabeth came in last, but she was proud to have finished the race.
The final weigh-in was different from the previous weeks. Instead of the contestants deciding who would be the final three, viewer votes determine who vies for the big prize of quarter of a million dollars. Frado and Patrick had the highest percentages of weight loss. Ada and Elizabeth had to make their pleas to be in the finals.
I don’t know who I want to be in the finals. On one hand, Ada has always been a contender for the prize while Elizabeth is the consummate underdog. To find out who gets the final place, tune in to the live “Biggest Loser” finale, which airs 9/8c on NBC.
Patrick 279 244 35 lbs. 12.54 %
Frado 248 221 27 lbs. 10.89%
Elizabeth 192 177 15 lbs. 7.81%
Ada 179 167 12 lbs. 6.70 %