The Black Team has a pre-elimination conversation, and Drea asks how far away everyone is from their goal weight. Everyone is pretty far away. Sam probably has the least to lose to reach his. He tells the others that he has not a shadow of a doubt about wanting to be there. Basically, no one wants to go home. These guys seem like a tight-knit bunch who get along well, so it's likely a hard decision. Sherry worries about the fate of Cheryl, particularly since the young ones on the team seem to be traveling in a pack. Koli gets very emotional thinking about Sam going home. Sam says that he figured out why he's there -- to quit his boyish ways and become a man. Before, apparently, Sam was just a cocky kid with no future. Now, he's kind of great. I don't know, it seems like the Black Team won't stand a chance at winning any challenges without him, so it might be foolish to vote him off.
With that, it's time for voting. Sam votes for Cheryl, with regret. Stephanie also votes for Cheryl. Cheryl pulls a surprise and votes for Stephanie. Sherry is next. She votes for Sam. Ashley votes for Cheryl, which sends her home. Everyone is very sad about the situation, and most of the young 'uns refer to their evictee as "Mama Cheryl." Cheryl loves her teammates, and also says she believes she can do this at home. There are big hugs all around.
Cheryl tells us that for the last few years she's been going downhill. But since she's been on campus she's learned that she can do anything she sets her mind to. She's proud to have lasted as long as she has, and she's learned a lot about herself on the way. She's also proud of Daris and how he's grown. The next time we see Cheryl, she's going to have a big voice and a small body. We catch up with her today. She's gone from 227 pounds to 164. Wow! She needs a shopping spree, though. She donated a lot of her fat clothes, which was a really big moment for her. Cheryl found her voice at the ranch, as evidenced by copious shots of her screaming in the gym both on campus and now at home. She also likes to beat on things. Cheryl's daughter Nickie says that she's totally transformed, and has a strength now that she's never had before. Cheryl plans to run a 5K in late March and hopes to weigh 135 pounds at the finale.
Next week: the Black Team is demoralized, and Michael has some sort of dramatic event.