Deni is last to weigh in for the Black Team. She goes from 196 to 204, for a gain of 8. That's just ridiculous. Rulon thinks so too. Deni tells Sami that as a mom, you'd do anything for your kids, and all the young players on her team are her kids. They're getting more and more physically, mentally and emotionally fit. The hardest thing she's ever done was to sit with Sarah when she lost her baby, because she felt responsible for having passed down her emotional eating. Apparently, Sarah almost bled to death from a ruptured pregnancy, and Deni wants to stop the cycle right now. Everyone congratulates the old folks on the team for their self-sacrifice, while totally ignoring the fact that if they'd left well the fuck enough alone none of their team members would have fallen below the Dreadline at all. Bob says that as a trainer, he's disappointed in the team, but no one can judge the parents for doing what they felt they had to do to help their kids. Totally not true! I'm judging them right now! Deni gained 4.08%, and she's clearly succumbed to the Dreadline. She says she's the biggest winner, which is simply not true. Everyone gives Deni a huge round of applause, which I think is a steaming load. I hate this episode so hard right now. This actually makes me like Rulon and Justin more, which is not how I expected the evening to go. Everyone on the Black Team offers tributes to Deni like she has thrown over every long-standing dictator in the Middle East, saved Planned Parenthood and PBS, redistributed the "Song of the Year" Grammy to Cee-Lo, and is generally a hero for our time.
Deni tells us that the person leaving today is very different than who she was when she first came on campus. She has much more confidence, is stronger, and is doing things she never thought she could do. Deni and Sarah have grown closer, and Deni can't properly express her gratitude to the show for helping her grow and discover who she is. She's excited for the future, and for her new and better life at home. Deni started at a size 22, and the next time we see her she'll be wearing a size 8 -- one size for each of her eight children!
The Black Team now has to vote someone off, too. Moses, who is a man of great wisdom, says that he can respect what the parents on the Black Team did, but it doesn't really teach the children to tackle things in their own lives. Regardless of whatever obstacle is in front of you, you have to give everything you've got, which is what he and Kaylee did. He wishes the Black Team members would have done the same thing. Well said, sir! If you ask me, the Black Team's plan to purposefully throw the weigh-in implies that they didn't think their kids could avoid the Dreadline on their own. When you fall below the yellow line as a two-person team and ask everyone to send you home instead of your child, I think it's a different matter. In this case, they weren't even willing to try to rise to a challenge that was set for them. And, with the exception of Arthur (oddly enough), it seems like the "kids" on the team -- who are, in fact, grown people -- don't even have faith in themselves to meet such a challenge. The fact that no non-Arthur team member told the parents not to engage in this cockamamie plan is insanity to me.