And then there's Neil, who draws a very strong reaction from the crowd. Whether it's good or bad, I can't quite tell. Any way you slice it, though, Neil lost a hell of a lot of weight and looks effing awesome. He still has a little chub in his face, which I like. If Neil wants to beat Jim, he has to lose more than 216 pounds. He started at 421 pounds, and his current weight is...210, for a loss of 211. Holy crow. It's 50.12%, which is awesome. But Jim still wins the $100,000! Sir Anthony Badalamenti (Ph.D., D. Min, J.D., Hon. M.S.W, D. Roid.) could not be prouder.
Sami tries to talk about the final four, but the audience is screaming so loud, "Neil! Neil! Neil!" that you can't even hear her. But anyway, there are clips. Bill tells us that food is a difficult thing right now. He is a medical salesperson, and brings in meals for his clients. He has a hard time resisting the desserts, and says that before the show he had a body built by baklava. He's also guilty of midnight kitchen picking. But he and Jim want to go in and win for themselves, and as a pair. Well, Jim has certainly kept up his end of the bargain. Isabeau tells us that this never gets easy. She compares obesity to alcoholism -- you never lose it. It's hard to stay on track with your weight loss, and there were times when Isabeau wondered if this was worth the stress and the nightmares. That sounds pretty terrible.
Julie tells us that working out has been a struggle since she's been home. Life gets in the way, and she needs to sleep and prepare meals. Wow, how exhausting. She feels run down. She says that she struggles every day to get up and go to the gym, or to eat healthy when she really wants to go to the drive-through. Methinks that Julie might benefit more from a good therapist than from a Thighmaster. She says that to work as hard as she's working knowing that Bill and Isabeau are doing the same and likely dropping bigger numbers, it's been hard not to say enough is enough. Then there's Hollie, who says she got really comfortable when she got home. She has to push herself and get out of her comfort zone to be successful, so she decided to move back to L.A. Interesting. Hollie's biggest fear is that she won't be able to keep the weight off. She wants to go out and meet people and date, but can't do that, or else she'll lose focus of why she came there in the first place. She says you want to have a great moment at the finale and have people be impressed, but she's afraid that might not happen. She's working out as hard as ever, but the weight's not coming off, and she doesn't know why. It's hard being in L.A. without family and friends, and when she comes home at night she has herself. She thinks she won't be able to move on with her new life until she finishes this chapter. She doesn't want her old life back -- she wants something different for herself. Oooh, I really hope she does well. And I hope Julie gives her a referral to that shrink.