Jillian talks to Danny and his wife. He says that it's been quite "different" at home. He has to integrate his family back in his life, and also fit back in. Now he's back in the picture, but he's also in The Biggest Loser picture. Jillian asks if he can bring his family into his BL life. He says that he has been, and that they go to the gym together. His wife adds a quiet, "Sometimes." Jillian hones right in on the wife, as she's been trained to do in the school of cursory reality show psychoanalysis. She asks if Danny's wife feels like he doesn't need her. She says she doesn't know. Then we cut to Bob and Rudy talking a walk. Rudy says it's tough at home. He works a twelve-hour day, plus an hour and twenty minute commute, plus time with his family, plus a two-hour workout. He's barely getting six hours of sleep a day. Bob is perturbed. He says that he sees stress in Rudy's face, and asks if he's getting support from his family. Bob notes that he sees some tension there. Rudy says that it's been tough for his wife to take care of everything alone for three months, and now that he's back he can't just disappear on a six-hour run. Plus, his kids never want him to leave the house. Going to the gym is tough when your little girl is telling you not to go, he says. Eh, lock her in a soundproof closet and then you won't have to endure the guilt.
Then we cut to Jillian telling Liz that she's in an isolated bubble, and that when the show is over she's going to wonder, "Now what?" She's peeled off all sorts of layers of weight, but there are lots of problems that brought that weight about in the first place. Liz says that working on those issues is going to take some time. Her husband travels all week. Jillian says that it's hard for a couple dynamic when one person gets healthy and the other isn't on the bus. This is a great segue to Danny's wife, who says that she doesn't necessarily feel left out, but she would like to be validated more. She had never been insecure about their relationship before, but now she's kind of afraid that he's going to leave her now that he's looking good. Jillian tells Danny's wife not to search for validation from Danny. She needs to look within herself. That poor woman is about to have a nervous breakdown. You can tell that Jillian wants to Dr. Phillianize her but good.
Bob then tells Rudy that a lot of people are going to respond to him because he's the guy who's having to juggle his job, his family, and his health. He has to figure out how to find a balance in this new life of his. Rudy wants to be the Biggest Loser, but is having a hard time getting there. Liz tells Jillian that she has to stay true to herself or else she'll wake up as the same person who came to the ranch. She doesn't ever want to go back there. Liz addresses all the women in America and tells us not to do like she did, or we'll wake up one day and find that we've given all that we have and have nothing left for ourselves. It's no way to live. I think I've given all I have to recapping The Biggest Loser and the only thing I have left for myself is a broken butt. She's right that it's no way to live. Bob tells Amanda not to eat so much cereal.
Jillian goes to the gym with Danny, who totally starts bawling. She has that effect on people. Danny says that his family was in an uproar because of his weight, so he went to the ranch to get that in order. But then he came home and figured out that his weight wasn't all that was wrong. Jillian says that the ranch gives time to build self-image and self-worth, with the hope that the person develops enough strength to be able to work through all these crazy issues that are part of real life. She says the place he's at now is the best possible place to be. I don't know. I think the best place to be is on a hammock in Maui. Bob works out with Rudy and says he's looking real strong. Jillian jogs with Liz and both of them shout that it's never too late to make a change (yeah, do it today, I can feel my spirit rising).
And, finally we're at hour two. Amanda is happy to introduce her boyfriend trainer, Bob, to her family. And then there's a surprise guest -- it's that other chick who Amanda beat out to be on the show at last season's finale. They are like twins. She's lost 42 pounds and looks great. And she had a big jump start at the Biggest Loser Fitness Ridge place. Bob acts excited to see this other chick -- who we are finally reminded is named Erin -- but he totally doesn't care. He only wants to hang out with Amanda. Still, he takes everyone to Subway for lunch. Big spender!
And then it's marathon time. The final four train. Liz runs back and forth from her front door to her mailbox, which is a one mile distance. Her dogs run alongside her. Everyone else trains like crazy, and Amanda in particular looks like she's chugging right along. And then the final four head to L.A. for the actual marathon. It's a windy day. Everyone's man boobs are sagging in fear. None of the four feel prepared. Sami greets the contestants, and tells them that they'll get the chance to pay it forward today. Because each finalist who crosses the finish line will get $10,000 to give to their favorite charity, courtesy of the freaking designer whey.
And then they're off! Danny is wearing his support hose. And you know what happens in marathons. People run. And in this case, they narrate, too. These bitches are backing up all sorts of traffic. Rudy's goal is to run the whole time and finish under five and a half hours. Danny and Liz run together, but agree that either of them can go ahead if they want to. They reminisce about their time together on campus, and recognize the special bond between them. They really are totally supportive of each other, which is lovely to see in this cutthroat world of yellow lines. Liz and Danny walk for a bit at mile three, and then season seven's Tara jumps out from behind a hill and starts to run with them. She gives them a second wind, and Liz talks about the joy of seeing Tara win the challenge where she had to pull a car. Tara tells the two of them that at a certain point in the marathon adrenaline is going to take over and make them finish when they think they can't.
At mile thirteen, Rudy meets up with his former partner Dina. She's looking pretty great. He's happy to see her, and she runs alongside him with a big smile. Amanda gets support from her BFF Brian at mile thirteen. He runs alongside her, and Amanda redoubles her effort to finish the marathon. Things aren't going so great for Danny, though. His legs hurt. His hips hurt. His knees hurt. He has odd sweat marks on his shirt. You know, I think he might be wearing a manssiere! Liz wonders if she might have to figure out how to do this on her own. At some point, Amanda's body starts to break down some and she begins crying. And then Tara joins her! Tara is like the magical running fairy. She makes you stop being a wimp. And, I mean, Amanda is trying to be a wimp something fierce.
Danny's wife and Liz's husband meet them at mile thirteen. Meanwhile, Amanda cries. I guess I'd be crying too. After all, I'm already crying because of my couch-related broken butt injury. Rudy is running out of gas, too. Dina cheers him on. Danny looks like he's going to burst every blood vessel in his body. He doesn't know if he can do it. Amanda gets a lot of support from Tara and Brian. They push her to fight through the pain and run. And then Rudy's in the home stretch! The last mile of the marathon is the mile that the contestants had to run on the very first episode of the show. You know, the one where Tracey almost died. Bob runs with Rudy for the last mile, and yells to onlookers that Rudy is a marathon runner. Rudy crosses the finish line at just under five hours and thirteen minutes. Helen and Mike from last season are waiting to greet him at the finish line, and we see Fat Rudy's message to his skinny self. And, ooh. I think Helen's had a little face work done. Eh, good for her. You have to nip and tuck that extra skin, I think.
And then Amanda's hitting the home stret