We see Jillian enter Rulon's room. She doesn't seem to be fuming just yet. Jillian tells us that she publicly called him out on his compulsive eating at the last weigh-in, and we flash back to her telling him that he's gone rogue. She wants to see if she can help him, or if her involvement will push him in the opposite direction. I would totally mow a cheesecake if Jillian came at me full force, so I get what she's saying. She tells Rulon that he lives with cameras in the bedroom, and that she's hearing about him eating whole bags of chips and drawers of candy. Rulon tells us that in the middle of the night he felt like he deserved a tasty treat. It was good, and that's it. A stunning amount of introspection sure went into that statement.
Rulon tells Jillian that he pushes himself so hard in workouts that he deserves a treat. Jillian says that a treat is okay, but 900 calories of chips is not. There are ways of nurturing or rewarding yourself that don't involve a whole bag of Tostitos or a box of Girl Scout cookies, if you can imagine it. Rulon says that this is war, and that every week is tiring and hard. He feels like he's got to do something, give himself a reward, pull back and get away. Jillian understands feeling like you deserve something, but says that she would like Rulon to deserve to win the show, for example. He's feeling deprived, and that's triggering him, so he's turning around and rebelling by eating everything that he can. Rulon can learn to incorporate that stuff in moderation, Jillian says, but when it comes to rewarding or nurturing himself, she doesn't want him to think of food at all. He can find ways of coping with hardships that aren't destructive. For Rulon, the withdrawal of everything is oppressive, brings up feelings of deprivation, and is driving him in the opposite direction. She notes that people are expecting her to go crazy on his ass, but this is about opening a line of communication and not shaming or berating him. If she can teach him how to consume tasty yet not totally healthy foods in moderation, that will be helpful since all of that stuff will be available in the real world. Rulon says that he doesn't hope to stop his desire to eat a whole bag of Tostitos at 3 a.m., but rather hopes to understand and control it. This guy is totally going to be the refattened one on the 2013 "Where Are They Now?" special. Jillian gives Rulon a hug, and tells him that it is now time to beat his ass.