The contestants get harnessed to their barrels of weight. As they run, the barrels are raised up on giant pulleys. The contestants must run the farthest -- 100 yards down the field -- to put their week one weight on its appropriate stand. The task is very exhausting. Allen is the first to place his week one football, and runs back as the barrel lowers again. He says that the task gets easier as you go, just as shedding pounds had gotten easier. All of the contestants are reminded of what life was like when they had this extra weight on their bodies. Allen stays in the lead, with Rudy and Amanda behind him. We are reminded again of how hapless the contestants were when they began this journey, and how miserable. Despair, misery, fat. But now they feel great. There isn't much suspense in this challenge, since Allen is in the lead the whole time. He sprints the last 20 yards down the field and really enjoys tackling his old, fat self. He says it was the best hit of his life. Rudy finishes next, and hits his old self with similar vigor. Amanda finishes next, and gives her old, insecure self a good push. Liz follows suit, and even kicks the head of her fat foam self. Danny tells us that he's coached his son's football team for a few years now, but was never able to run with the kids. He can't wait to be able to sprint out of the tunnel with them. This makes him cry again. Allen is excited to get the ProBowl tickets, and says that he'll give the $5,000 to the school that his daughter attends -- St. Peter's Lutheran. Aw, I was hoping a public school would get that.
As we head into hour two, Danny whips out his guitar and plays a song he wrote about all of the Losers and their season. It talks about losing your way, but waking your heart back up. It goes something like, "Just a dream put on a shelf / Thought you put away / But you were lying to yourself / Living day to day. / Take your heart and wake it up / Get yourself back in the race / Go and win that silver cup / Show the world your face / Because you can do it / There ain't nothing to it / All you need is to get yourself back." I mean, it's no "What Have You Done Today to Make You Feel Proud." But expect to see it underscoring a Very Special Moment near you at some point next season.
As the song continues, we flash back once again to the contestants when they were all fat and miserable and self-hating during their first days on the show. They're better now, full of vigor, health, and optimism. We've seen this 100 times already this episode. Gah. The show adds some nice accompaniment to Danny's song, which ends on the repeated line, "Take this second chance." Everyone loves it, and relates to its message. Amanda tells the others that she's turned a corner and truly loves herself. Danny says that he has a second chance to be the father that his kids deserved, and the sexytimes 175-pound lover that his wife married.