And then there's Arthur. He walks in the room in a Red Team shirt, crying. Bob looks like he might start crying, too. Everyone on the Black Team starts crying. I think a tear is stinging Jillian's eye. Arthur tells Bob and Jillian that he tried his hardest, but just ran out of gas. Saying he's sorry over and over again, Arthur hugs Bob and Jillian, and then Jillian is full-on crying too. She pulls it together and tells Arthur that it's going to be okay. Brett welcomes Arthur and says that they're going to take care of him, and he has their word. Arthur is justly skeptical. He says that he feels like he's gotten dressed for his funeral. He really probably shouldn't have done all those shitty things before, but you can't help but feel bad for the guy.
With that, the weigh-in begins. The team with the lowest percentage of weight lost will have to send someone home. Jen is up first for the Black Team, and goes from 211 to 197 pounds, for a loss of 14 pounds. I think they were home for two weeks, right? In any case, good numbers and now Jen is in Onederland. She says she hasn't been in the 100s since middle school. Irene is next, and goes from 195 to 185, for a loss of 10 pounds. Also solid, considering her size. Hannah is next and goes from 193 to 182 for a loss of 11 pounds. She's really shaping up nicely. Next there's Olivia, who goes from 202 to 190 for a loss of 12 pounds. She's thrilled to be in the 100s, too. Courtney is next, and goes from 256 to 246 for a loss of 10 pounds. She's lost 189 pounds since her heaviest, which is pretty impressive. Marci is next, and goes from 181 to 167, for a loss of 14 pounds. No one can believe it! Marci starts to cry out of pride for herself, and sadness for Arthur. She says she's happy to do well, but doesn't want Arthur to go home. She made a promise to his dad, but now there's nothing that she can do. She doesn't want to send Arthur home because she, and the rest of the Black Team, did well. Finally, Sarah weighs in. She goes from 204 to 194, for a loss of 10 pounds. Bob says that these numbers prove that the Black Team members know exactly what they should be doing and are doing it, even amidst the temptations of home. The Black Team has lost 81 pounds, or 5.62%.
To beat the Black Team, the Red Team members need to have lost more than 120 pounds -- that's an average of 17 pounds per contestant. Rulon is up first and goes from 367 to 350 for a loss of 17 pounds. Per usual he gives an inspirational speech to accompany it. Austin is next, and goes from 299 to 289 for a loss of 10 pounds. He says he's still learning lessons about how to avoid cheese fries at the bowling alley. Ken is next and goes from 291 to 286 for a loss of only 5 pounds. He says that being home was very hard for him. Things are not looking awesome for the Red Team. Moses is next and goes from 322 to 317, also for a loss of 5. Yikes. He says that the biggest reason for this modest loss is that he enjoyed his time at home with his amazing wife, Anita. But apparently not with the sexytimes, which burn lots of calories. Kaylee also has a bad week, going from 180 to 179 for a loss of only 1 pound. Arthur tells us that word has it that Moses and Kaylee had a very tough time at home. Justin also didn't do so great, going from 270 to 262 for a loss of 8 pounds. Arthur is last to weigh in, and realizes that if he kills it he could get immunity. To be the biggest loser on the Red Team, he needs to lose more than 18 pounds -- something he's done twice before.
Poor Arthur looks really nervous as he approaches the scale, and the Black Team members and trainers are all freaking out. Arthur goes from 406 to 390, for a loss of 16 pounds. So close! And yet, not quite. Arthur just starts sobbing, and then pulls his hands away from his face and says it's all right. Not even two years ago he was 646 pounds, he says, and he asked God to put the path in front of him. And God blessed Arthur to get here, he says, and if it's his path to go home he will, and when he comes back he'll be a whole new man. He's celebrating and says that these are tears of joy. And then Jillian freaks the fuck out. Finally! She yells at him that he shouldn't sit there and say he's going home. He asks what he's supposed to do and she yells, "Fight! Please!" She says that they've fought for him to be there, and she'd appreciate it if he did the same. And I'm sorry, but I was taken right out of this emotional moment when I noticed that Charlie Sheen's Twitter bio is: "Unemployed Winner." Also, his second ever Tweet totally took a dump on Nancy Grace. You guys, what if he's actually just a comedy genius?
But I digress. Bob says that he's been in this house since season one, and understands the game aspect. But when he looks at Arthur, who is the unhealthiest person who has ever been on The Biggest Loser, and who has lost a lot of weight but still has a long way to go, he thinks that this is the kind of person that the House of Biggest Loser was built on. That's a weird way to put it, but yes. Bob says it shouldn't be about a game at this point, it should be about a matter of life or death. This is a man's life they're talking about, and it kills Bob to think that he'll go home just because he's not part of an alliance. He says it's bullshit to him. Arthur says he needs to be there, and doesn't know what more he can say. If Bob's guilt trip doesn't get to these fuckers, then they are more soulless than I. Sarah, meanwhile, is in a bit of a weird position. She finally stood up for herself and made the decision that was the best for herself, but now is forced to feel terrible about the repercussions. Justin tells us that when you get a guilt trip from Bob and see Jillian crying, you start to examine yourself a little bit and realize that Arthur needs to be on the ranch a lot more than some other folks. Macho guys cracking! That's what a Bob verbal whipping will do to you.
Olivia says that her sliver of hope for Arthur has to do with the fact that the Red Team has made some elimination decisions based on merit and effort. Arthur struggled, but still managed to lose 16 pounds. It may affect the voting. Rulon lost the highest percentage of weight, so he has immunity. He's also struggling with the Arthur issue. To beat us over the head with it, the camera lingers on a Bob quote that hangs on the gym wall: "This isn't about winning a game, it's about fixing what's broken."
The Red Team heads into the elimination room, and I really just want to hug Arthur. Justin is first to vote, and says that they all need to be there. He doesn't feel like he can be the judge of who can be there the most, and it hurts him to have to vote somebody out. He says that Arthur is America's hero, and is an inspiration to everybody. He hasn't seen Arthur back down from any kind of challenge, and says, "No more last place for you. From now on you step up. You step up and do what you need to do." And then he votes for Arthur anyway! Nice speech, cracker. Maybe you're the one who needs to step up. Rulon is next, and says his team is important to him. Down the road he hopes they can become close, but he's voted for Arthur too. Oh, this isn't looking good. Arthur has voted for the person who he thinks could benefit from going home and dealing with some issues. That's Ken. Ooh, I wonder what the story is there. Kaylee is next to vote, and also votes for Arthur. How could Bob's guilt trip not have worked? This is insanity! One more vote and Arthur is out.
Moses is next. He says he's a family man, and considers everyone there his family. That includes the person he's going to vote out -- Arthur. You guys, this is really sad. Also, Jillian and Bob are going to freak out next week. Sami asks Arthur to talk about what it's going to be like to go home. Arthur says he's gained so much knowledge on the ranch. It was tough at home, but it felt good not to fall into any of his old temptations. He didn't slip up on his diet once. He does guarantee that he'll win the at-home prize, and seems calmly resigned to his fate.
The biggest difference between the Arthur that arrived and the Arthur that's leaving is that he doesn't use his size as an excuse anymore. No longer is he too big to do anything, he says. He's proven to the folks out there who are his size that it can be done. What he's taking away from Bob and Jillian is a ton of knowledge. Jillian's science, he says, is on point, and Bob pushes you while giving the love. This experience has truly changed Arthur's life. The next time we see Arthur, he guarantees that he'll have lost more weight than anyone in the history of the show. To rephrase in the form of Charlie Sheen's latest Twitter bio: "Born small...Now huge...Winning...Bring it!"
We catch up with Arthur at home. He started on the ranch at 507 pounds. Today, he's 345 pounds - that's a loss of 158 poun