And then it's challenge time! The contestants enter a huge warehouse with some sort of crazy torture setup and dry ice. Ali is there, as are the dreaded dice. Whoever is rolled from each team will be the sole challenge competitor for the evening. The challenge is weird, too. The contestants will have to traverse a balance beam, and once across grab a plate with a calorie count on it, which then must be matched with one of five foods: a half pound cheeseburger, a bagel with low fat cream cheese and lox, non-fat plain Greek yogurt with blueberries, ravioli and meatballs with tomato sauce, or grilled chicken with quinoa and cheddar cheese. The first team to get five plates matched correctly with five foods will win letters from home. Michael's son just turned nine months old, and he'd like to get a photo to have a chance at knowing what the kid actually looks like.
Danni is of course on her own, so represents the White Team by default. The Red Team is hoping that Francelina will be their representative, due to her agility and vast knowledge of calorie counts, but the die lands on Jackson, much to his own chagrin. Gina and her new self-confidence are hoping that the die will land on her, and it does! Momentarily, she will be ruing this twist of fate. Before we get to the footage that explains the origins of Gina's full-body bruises, though, we check in with eliminated contestant Pam! Pam is of course crazy, and was eliminated in week four. She's currently down 65 pounds, and her makeover kind of makes her look like a Mob Wife. In a good way? Her signature sassiness is still intact, though, as are her Elaine Benes-esque dance moves. She's really like a Saturday Night Live character come to life.
And then the challenge begins! Jackson takes a look at the foods before crossing the beam, while Danni runs off and is knocked off of the beam by a giant swinging pendulum! Biggest Loser has totally been inspired by America's Next Top Model! And think of how much harder it is to avoid a giant swinging pendulum when you weigh 350 pounds. We then get to watch Jackson being knocked off of the beam. And then Gina gets knocked off. And then Danni makes it almost all the way across but falls off the beam of her own accord. There is so much fog surrounding the balance beams, so it seems plausible that Gina, Jackson and Danni could all fall way down to Middle Earth. Maybe they'll find Anna Kournikova there?