And then it's time for speechifying! Sami welcomes the audience to the Biggest Loser / TV Guide Magazine makeover, and warns them that the contestants are going to talk at them. The audience seems game, though. The contestants emerge to standing ovations. Bob and Jillian are in the crowd, too. The contestants are very proud. Allen starts tearing up on stage and has to wipe his eyes. He's getting the opportunity to change someone's life, just like those who were on seasons past saved his. Allen talks about being a firefighter, and says it's hard when you're charged with saving the lives of others, but fear for your own. He felt like he was becoming a liability. That's when he knew that he needed to make a change, yeah, do it today. Danny talks about being heavy from an early age. He hit a turning point a few years ago when his daughter, Mary Claire, came to him and said, "I want to have a belly just like you." She's totally crying in the audience. Mary Claire interviews that she loves her dad so much, and can't wait to go on her journey. She sees herself as a little Danny. Indeed, Danny's newfound knowledge about health and fitness stands to benefit his whole family.
Rudy starts his speech by saying that when he was 12, his big sister was diagnosed with cancer. This is news to Jillian and Bob, who wonder how he's been keeping this as a secret. Shortly before Rudy's sister passed away, she told him to do something to change himself. She told him he was good looking and likable but overweight, and needed to make the change for himself. Before he knew it, Rudy weighed 442 pounds and couldn't play with his kids. Amanda talks about being overweight her entire life. She had no one event that spiked her weight gain, but rather didn't do anything to stop it and missed out on many opportunities. Rebecca says that she's been overweight since she was ten years old. She's been the chubby friend and sister, she says. Nikki cries as she interviews that Rebecca has never been a fat sister to her -- she's just been a sister.
Liz talks about how she blamed her weight gain on everything and everybody except herself. She would tell her husband that the dryer shrunk her shirt and pants. Liz wants to send a message to all the women out there. She talks about eating ice cream as she watched the weigh-ins on The Biggest Loser, and every time she would plan to change, but never did. For years, Liz took care of her husband, her business and her kids. She tried to be everything to everybody, and somewhere along the way she lost herself. Liz says you can't be everything to everybody and not take care of yourself. From this day forward, she's making herself a priority. We then get a montage of the contestants' final messages. Rudy wants to help some other large father to get off the couch. Amanda is done running away from her problems. Danny is going to finish his journey, but also wants the audience members (including us!) to start our journeys. The audience goes wild for all of them, and the contestants are proud.
After a commercial break, the glamour is over and it's time for a challenge. Sami tells the contestants that this challenge will take them to heights they've never imagined. They're going to have to cross a canyon that's 200 feet high. Each contestant has a pulley and will have to pull him or herself from one side of the canyon to the other -- a distance of 700 feet. The first person to reach the other side wins. And the winner will get a two week trip to the brand new Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge in St. George, Utah. It's grown up fat camp! Also, will the branding never end? First the protein powder, now this.
The contestants suit up and get strapped on a little plastic seat attached to the cable. Liz is freaking out, which loosens Danny up. Because it's hilarious. Liz screams and hoots and hollers and makes the safety guys promise her that she can't fall out of the front or side of the chair. The others encourage her, but Liz continues to freak out. She decides to close her eyes the entire way across. With that, the contestants are off. Rudy takes an early lead, followed by Amanda. The others can't quite get into a rhythm. As Rudy slows a bit, Amanda closes in. But it's not enough, and Rudy wins. Despite having the outward appearance of excitement, this was kind of a dull challenge. Liz is last to cross, but completes the challenge. She still can't wait to get down on solid ground, but is pretty proud that she managed to do it. It should be mentioned that the contestants are standing atop a platform that has photos of them at the start of their journey. When Sami tells them to, they cover their old photos with their fancy makeover photos. Looking good!
Back at the ranch, Bob and Jillian talk to the contestants. Jillian notes that it's been an exciting week, but they haven't been working out as much as they should. It's time for the last chance workout. Bob wonders why Allen, who's the strongest and lightest guy left, isn't winning more challenges. He talks to him one on one, and Allen says that he's been playing the game somewhat. This makes Bob nervous. Allen basically says that if he's too strong and seems like the one to beat, he's a target. He's playing the game, but it's not compromising his focus. Bob seems relatively satisfied with that. Gah! And then it's product placement time! They could cut this episode to fifteen minutes long and we'd still get in a plug for Zip-Loc bags.
Last chance workout. You know how it goes. Sweat, beatings, etc. And Dr. Phillian is chomping at the bit to talk to Rudy about his sister's death. When she brings it up, he gets immediately hostile. He says that it's one of those things in life that you have to work through. He's never been one to share his emotions, and didn't think that his sister's death was something he had to talk about with Dr Phillian. They go on a walk in which Rudy carries a giant thing, to keep up with the working out AND to symbolize the fact that he has baggage. He says that as soon as his sister got sick, his parents spent a lot more time with her at the hospital and he got shuffled around a bit to friends and family. Jillian says that he lost his sister and got abandoned at the same time. Rudy wouldn't say abandoned. Jillian would. She tells Rudy that if he doesn't understand what brought him here, he's in trouble. Rudy says what brought him there was not being able to be the father and husband he wanted to be. Why? Because he couldn't move and breathe. Why? Because he weighed 442 pounds. Why? Because he sucks in every problem and leaves it there. This is Jillian's first glimpse of a breakthrough with Rudy. She tells him that there's a deep, unresolved hurt inside of him. If he can't acknowledge that hurt, it won't get better. Jillian asks what happens when people he loves are mad at him. Rudy says that he eats. He starts to say that he's by himself, and Jillian latches on to that and yells, "You're alone! You're alone!" And abandoned! Just like she told him he was. Tah dah. Rudy admits that his talk with Jillian helped.
Weigh-in! It'll be usual this week -- the two people with the lowest percentage of weight loss will fall below the yellow line, and the others will vote to eliminate one. Danny is first to weigh in. He has lost double digits five weeks in a row, and is hoping this is the sixth. He goes from 316 to 304 for a loss of 12 pounds. He did it again! That's 3.8%. Danny has lost 126 pounds total, which is equivalent to one Jillian. Rudy is next, and goes from 324 to 308 for a loss of 16 pounds. 12 of that was the beard. Rudy has lost 134 pounds in 10 weeks, which is the most of anyone in Biggest Loser history. He's lost 4.94%, and is most certainly safe.