Bob accompanies mike to his house and meets his family. He already knows Maria, of course. Bob thinks that Mike's family is fantastic, and that there's one person who stood out -- his overweight sister. Bob wants to help. He asks said sister what it's like to see her brother transform so much. The sister is clearly in pain. She cries as she says that she's always wanted to fit in. To not fit in is the worst feeling in the world, she says, as everyone else stands around awkwardly. Bob tells her that when she decides that she's worth it and asks for help, she'll get everything that she wants. Including maybe for Bob to leave her alone on national TV.
Jillian, meanwhile, can't find Daris amid all the cow farms and open space. Finally, she spots a little orange dot running down the road -- it's totally him! The helicopter lands right on front of him, and he lets out a "holy shit" as Jillian emerges. He says, "Oh, man. That woman landed a helicopter in the middle of the road while I'm running. I think Jillian is the only one that is crazy enough to do that." Well you didn't expect her to take the bus, did you? Daris admits that being off the ranch is "interesting," but doesn't say much more. Jillian tells us that Daris is different from a lot of the other contestants -- he's quiet and internal, and doesn't emote or share that much. She wants to get him to the gym and open him up a bit.
Bob, meanwhile, grills Koli about why he's not at home. Koli explains how hard it was, and Bob points out that it's going to be just as hard when he eventually goes back for good. Koli says that he won't have a show to win at that point, but Bob says that he'll have his life to win back. Koli will deal with that when he gets there, but for now wants to focus on the show. Bob tells us that his concern with a lot of the show's winners is that they go so extreme, and a lot of them gain weight back. We all have seen Erik. Bob wants to know that Koli isn't going to be one of those guys. Koli knows that Bob is concerned, but assures us that he's gone way too far and is way too strong to go back where he was.
On his video camera, Koli says that weight loss isn't going as fast as he'd like, but it's moving along. He's apparently living with a lot of college kids, though I'm not sure why. They eat a lot of junk food, and it's tough to look at that pepperoni pizza but not to touch. Mike, meanwhile, has just finished working out at 1:30 a.m. It's almost time to go back to the ranch. Ashley, meanwhile, tells her video camera that she went out tonight and is feeling a little guilty. She's pissed that she's stayed out so late. She's sick, and the last thing she needs is to stay out until midnight. But, she says, you live and learn. And you go to bed. Go to bed, Ashley!
The trainers work their final four out at their various local gyms. Ashley says that Jillian has a way of coming in, making her look at what's going on, and forcing her to deal with it. She was struggling initially when she came home, but she doesn't feel that anymore. Jillian truly is magic. Daris, meanwhile, says that he wasn't working out as many hours as he was on the ranch, and hasn't been getting the weight loss that he wanted. Hopefully Jillian can fix that. Bob yells at Mike to show him more, and Michael says he's focused and determined to be in the top two. He forgot how psychotic Bob can be in the gym, but has now been reminded. No sign of Bob working out with Koli -- maybe Koli Bear eschewed his help in his Vegas digs?
With only three more days before heading back to the ranch, Mike says that he's been trying to walk over 20 miles a day. He's really determined to finish the marathon. Ashley worries that going back to the ranch will be shocking, but says she's interested in seeing how much everyone else has lost. Koli is packing and says that he's done everything in his power to be successful. In sad news, Daris has something to show us -- it's a knee brace, resulting from overtraining for the marathon. He really likes to run, he says, and picked up his intensity. It's affected his knees, and now he can't run like he wants to. That, in turn, is messing with his head. His adorable, curly-topped head. Boo!
All the contestants gather together, somewhere close to the ranch. It's a cold and miserable day, which isn't helping anything. Daris tells us that eight people have run a marathon over the past two seasons. The best time so far belongs to Tara at four hours and fifty-five minutes. He thinks he can beat it, good knee or no. Ashley is focused on staying positive. She starts off with noting that at least it won't be hot. Sami greets the contestants and acknowledges that it's effing cold and rainy. However, a challenge is a challenge, and they each have $10,000 for charity on the line.
The marathon begins! Daris and Koli take off, while Mike and Ashley follow behind at their own pace. Daris tells us that running a marathon has been a goal of his since starting the show, and he wants to do the best that he can. Koli tells us that mere months ago he was sitting on the couch, and now he's running a marathon. This is proof to all of us that it's in our grasp to do the same thing, and there are no excuses. And then, happiness. The sun comes out. Koli struggles a bit on some of the uphill parts of the course around mile five, but encourages himself through it and never stops running. Mike and Ashley run slowly together, and are pretty adorable while doing so. They're clearly psyched to be out there, and to have each other's company. Ashley tells us that she's the girl she always wanted to be -- really, truly happy. Five months ago, Mike weighed well over 500 pounds. His daily routine consisted of sloth, and sweating like hell just from walking up the stairs. Now, he's run/walking a marathon and feels damn good about himself.
Daris is out in front, and feels great. He hits mile thirteen, and Matt Hoover -- burly winner of season two -- is there. Matt joins him for a few miles, which is a welcome distraction. Koli is feeling the pain, but at his mile thirteen he sees Sione! And guacamole, has Sione put some weight back on. He can still jog, though, and gives some nice encouragement to Koli. At mile marker 11, Ali Vincent pops out and gives Ashley a giant hug. Ali is still fit as can be. Mike's special guest is season seven finalist Mike Morelli -- cute, young Mike! -- who has maybe gained a tiny bit of weight back but overall looks really good. Our Mike is psyched to see him.
Matt tells Daris that the hardest part of a marathon for a lot of people is mile 20. Daris is ready to crush it. Matt bids him adieu with instructions to kill it. Daris does. Mike, however, feels pretty crushed and is in serious pain between mile 15 and mile 20. He keeps walking, though, and vows to finish. Emo music plays as the contestants get closer and closer to the finish line, and have some supporters to cheer them on. Daris's goal is to complete the marathon in about four hours. He doesn't want to be the former fat guy who finished the marathon -- he wants to be a marathon runner. And that's where he's going. At mile 23, he sees dolphins! Also his sister, who runs with him for a while. Daris looks at her, decides to push it, and takes off. His poor sister is left behind, but this might work to her benefit since now she doesn't actually have to run anymore.
Daris, clearly ahead of the pack, reaches the finish line. And aw, crap, I'm totally crying. He makes it across with a time of four hours and two minutes. This kills Tara's previous time. Daris takes a minute to catch his breath, and looks like he would really enjoy this moment were he not so severely exhausted. Koli, meanwhile, is loving the ocean and the perfect weather. Sione reminds him that quitting is not an option, and he can get through the last few miles. At mile 24, Sione picks up the pace. Koli keeps up, figuring that the faster he runs the faster he gets this over with. That's always my strategy, too!