Biggest Loser
Episode 9

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Balancing Act

Frado is next and needs to have lost more than 8 pounds to guarantee his safety. He goes from 276 to 267 for a loss of 9 pounds or 3.26%. That means that he'll be around for another week, and he's lost 100 pounds as well. Then we have Brendan. For once, he says, he's not nervous. To guarantee his safety, Brendan needs to have lost more than 9 pounds. Since he got such a huge number last week, his expectations today aren't so high. He goes from 280 to 272, for a loss of 8 pounds or 2.86%. Not too bad, but he's still technically in danger. Brendan has lost 90 pounds altogether.

It's now time for the women to weigh in. Jillian says that they're all in the best place they've been, despite some emotional and physical rollercoasters. Bob theorizes that all the drama of last week's weigh-in was somehow cathartic and made everyone calmer. They do all seem kind of chill, now that you mention it. Maybe someone put together a ham and Quaalude Subway sandwich. With sweet onion sauce! Elizabeth is up first for the ladies. She needs to have lost more than five pounds to guarantee her safety. Elizabeth goes from 205 to 201 for a loss of 4 pounds or 1.95%. That doesn't quite do it. Elizabeth expected to get a six, and so is quite disappointed. Bob tries to tell her that she's hit her stride, but she remains frustrated.

Jessica is next. She's been very sad about Jesse's elimination, and so it took her a few days to get her groove back. To guarantee her safety, she needs to have lost more than 6 pounds. Jessica goes from 228 to 227, for a loss of only 1 pound or .44%. That's bad news. She says that the stressful elimination plus her very high numbers last week led to this number. She cries and tells us that for the first few days without Jesse, she had no motivation and didn't want to do anything. I wonder if those two had a budding romance. Lisa is next, and must lose more than 4 pounds to be guaranteed another week on the ranch. She goes from 234 to 228, for a loss of 6 pounds or 2.56%. Oh, good for her. She hasn't been talking so much about how she wants to go home, and says unequivocally that she'd like to stay and finish this. And also get a makeover!

Jessica has fallen below the yellow line, and Elizabeth is trailing her. Ada is the last to weigh in. To guarantee her safety, she needs to have lost more than 3 pounds. Ada goes from 198 to 190, for a magnificent loss of 8 pounds! Hooray! That's 4.04%, and she has lost the highest percentage of weight for the week. Jillian says that this was undoubtedly a tough week for Ada, with the video situation, but she took that, turned it around, and channeled it into some ass kicking. Of all the remaining contestants, Ada is definitely my favorite. I hope she wins the $250,000 and puts her parents in a home. Jillian tells us that Ada is proving to herself that she's good enough. She may not ever be good enough for her parents, but good enough for herself is good enough period. Elizabeth and Jessica are below the yellow line and are up for elimination.

The contestants take their room service platters to the elimination station. Jessica acknowledges to us that she hasn't yet figured out how to make change happen for herself. Elizabeth has been forced to rebuild herself while on campus, and hopes that she's around for another week to continue that process. If there's a tie, Jessica will be eliminated since she lost the lowest percentage of weight. Brendan votes first. He says that he's never going to vote for Elizabeth, and votes for Jessica. Ditto for Frado. Lisa also votes for Jessica. I think that's a done deal. Sami is sorry to tell Jessica that she's not the Biggest Loser. Jessica is okay with that. She says she came on the show to learn, and to figure out what was going on in her head. She's going to continue to work out, eat well, and figure her shit out. Quite convincingly, she says that she's fine. And she really didn't need the makeover anyway.

We head home to Tucson with Jessica the next day. She says she's bummed that she missed makeover week, and so is going to treat herself to a makeover before she sees her family. She gets a haircut, and says she's going to donate it to Locks of Love. I don't think it's actually long enough, though. But nice try. Jessica heads to a party of family and friends, looking like a dead ringer for Monica Lewinsky. Tim Gunn never would have let that happen! Jessica's mom, whose name is Taffy, is quite happy for her. Jessica thanks her family and friends for their support, and talks about how she's realized that she's never stood on her own two feet. She needs to learn that. She also realized how precious the journey with her mom has been. They came through a storm, and this demonstrates that people can fix what's broken. All of this really makes me wonder how Monica is doing today. I don't think that handbag line panned out so well.

But back to Jessica. She started the show at 282 pounds, and now weighs an even 200! She looks great. Before she was on The Biggest Loser, Jessica was down on herself all the time and had started to withdraw. Now, she wants to inspire others to get off the couch and go do it. Put down the chips, says Jessica! No, replies I! Jessica talks with some folks from the YMCA about reforming school nutrition. Just don't get rid of the Tots! Jessica will always be indebted to this show. She doesn't know where she'd be without it. And where she is is pretty exciting, because there's nothing holding her back. Jessica has lost 82 pounds and plans to lose another 40 by the finale.

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