Finally there's Tina, a 58-year old grandmother from what sounds like Boring, Oregon. How unfortunate. Tina has two daughters and three grandchildren. She was super hot when she was young, and in fact appears to have been a swimsuit model, but she's been overweight or obese for about 15 years. During her second marriage, her husband cheated on her, and she turned to emotional eating. When they got divorced, she began neglecting herself. Tina's starting weight is 263. As if that weren't bad enough, we get multiple shots of her droopy belly. Poor thing.
The challenge in Oregon is a bit different. The potential contestants will have to participate in a one-mile race, with the first two who cross the finish line going to the ranch. Corey tells us his intent to run until he drops on the ground, if he has to. Prescient! Did this show learn nothing from Crazy Tracey? The race begins, and Bob spouts off that this is only a MILE and we all should be able to run a MILE, right? Well, yes, theoretically. But I am a pretty slender person, and fairly healthy, and until several months ago when I started interval training very slowly, I totally could not run a mile. I could barely even run for a minute. So suck it, Harper. Running is really hard when you're not used to it, not to mention when you weigh 400 pounds. Corey starts pushing, but is still passed by Burgandy. He tries to keep pace with her, and feels that, since he's 30 years younger than Tina, he should be able to beat her in a footrace. But then Tina totally gets a little spunk and puts a little speed in her pace. Burgandy finishes first, without even seeming like it was a big deal. She REALLY wants to be on the show, and also has borne five children. Pain is nothing to her.
Meanwhile, in the battle for second, Corey is ahead of Tina and she knows she needs to push it. With Tina on his heels, Corey also knows that HE has to push it, but instead falls down. Collapses might be a better word. Tina's entourage sees this and tells her to start running. Corey's posse, and particularly his wife, run up to him and scream that he can do it, so he starts running again. And then he collapses again. And Tina takes this opportunity to pass him. That must feel really shitty. But if she wants to be on a reality show, she needs to make friends with shitty feelings. Tina crosses the finish line and says that winning was pretty bittersweet, given that Corey might be in cardiac arrest. Meanwhile, Corey is actually conscious, which is a positive sign. He says that hitting the ground was the worst moment of his life. I can see that. He gets oxygen as Tina tries to comfort him. If there are medical professionals out there reading this, I would love for you to email me at email@example.com and give me your opinion as to whether the methods used on The Biggest Loser are good, abhorrent, or a mixture of both. Sometimes this show is completely inspirational, but sometimes I watch and just think, "...that can't be good." Burgandy and Tina, now the Purple Team, head into their limo and to the ranch.