At the voting room, things get a little dramatic. The Orange Team votes to send Maria home. John and Stephanie vote for Michael to go home. Whoa! There is some serious Italian lady voodoo coming their way. Maria says that when their teams were on the block she granted their wishes. She views this as a slap in the face. The Black Team votes for Maria, as does the Gray Team, although they seem conflicted about it. The Red Team agrees that Michael doesn't appear to want to be there, but at the same time wants the other teams to respect their wishes if they fall below the yellow line. Which is going to happen one of these days if Lady Macbeth II keeps throwing the weigh-ins. In any case, they vote for Maria and she has officially been eliminated. John is totally going to find headless cannolis under his pillow.
Maria interviews that she's happy to have been here and experienced something great. Before coming to the ranch, she had a tremendous fear of water, which Jillian helped her to take some steps to conquer. Maria's going to keep working on it at home. She says that she and Jillian have a really close relationship, and that Jillian has made her understand that she's a stronger person, and has to live for herself. The next time we see Maria, she's going to be a completely different person -- thin, and a swimmer!
We catch up with Maria, and learn that she started the show at 281 pounds and now weighs 230 pounds. Not bad! She's proud. We relive Maria's fall by the pool during the week two challenge, and learn that she now has a swimming instructor. Hooray! Maria has invited a bunch of friends to come to her health club and display her new swimming skills. Her husband, Dominick, notes that Maria has always panicked when she saw water. But now she gets into the pool and swims a width. I mean, she's no Michael Phelps but she actually got in the pool. Not the deep end. But still. Good for her. Maria plans to swim in the ocean for the first time in her life on her family's next summer vacation. Now that's something to celebrate!
Next week: The Melissa scandal continues! She and Lance are very upset that Jillian called her a liar on national TV. Jillian calls Melissa a liar on national TV again. I kind of can't wait.
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