The final stop of the Magical Blistery Tour is Boston! I really COULD have run into this crew at Taco Bell. Terrifying. Season five finalist Mark is there along with Jillian, and welcomes potential contestants Alfredo, Elizabeth, and Brendan. Jillian hates on clam chowder, which I think is a low blow. Brendan is first to weigh-in. He's a 32 year old teacher from Beantown itself. He also has an exceptionally hairy back. Brendan was always fat, and went on a diet when he was 13. He lost some weight, then gained it back, and then became a human yo-yo. His whole life has been like this. After Brendan graduated from college he became a school police officer in inner city Boston, and then became a special education teacher. Well, now I automatically love him. Brendan teaches a wellness program at his school, but feels like kind of a hypocrite since he drinks soda in the morning and eats pastries for breakfast. Three years ago Brendan was engaged to the love of his life, but broke off the engagement. He attributes this to lack of self-love, and is still pretty sad about it. Brendan's starting weight is 362 pounds.
Elizabeth is a 30-year old medical assistant from Boston. She's divorced, and tells us that she weighed about 125 pounds when she first got married and was happy with herself. But her husband was verbally and physically abusive, and made her feel ugly. As a result she lost her self-esteem and gained about 90 pounds. Elizabeth says that she's gotten used to being as big as she is, which is scary to her. She doesn't feel like she's living her life to the fullest, and wants to make a change. Elizabeth's starting weight is 244 pounds.
Finally we have Alfredo. He's a 43-year old commodities trader from Staten Island. With such a calorie-laden name, this guy didn't have a chance. Alfredo has been married for 23 years and has three kids. He's a type II diabetic and on eight pills a day as well as insulin. His doctors told him that if he doesn't lose weight he'll be dead within five years. And yet, he really enjoys pizza. Alfredo used to be a marine, and was a rock-hard 195 pounds. When he came back from the Gulf War, he blew up to 290 pounds. Alfredo relates food and success, and the more successful he became as a commodities trader, the more he ate. Now, he weighs a very serious 367 pounds. He tells the crowd that he wants to save his life, and is there for his family. He promises them that he's going to do it.