The Blue Team and families have "Thanksgiving" dinner outside and say what they're thankful for. Bobby says he is a proud person, which: subliminal. They're all thankful for their families, and for each other. Holley says that she's thankful for Bob, who's helped her to get more comfortable with losing weight and being small yet strong. Holley tells us she tries not to give Bob a big head, but he's been a phenomenal trainer, mentor, friend, and coach. Bob is thankful for this team, who endure his beatings with minimal backtalk. He loves them, but is concerned that they're being distracted by all of this family visiting and faux-Thanksgivinging and is considering it his job to keep them focused.
And then! It all happens. Bob knows it's hard for Bobby to have a visit with his dad when he hasn't come out to him yet. They have a one-on-one about what it's like to hold in that secret. Bobby says he comes from a strict Catholic background, where homosexuality is considered wrong, and always felt like there was something wrong with him. Bob says that he hasn't talked about his sexuality on this show ever, but believes that now is the right time to do so. He wants Bobby to know that he doesn't have to live in shame. Bob tells Bobby that he gets it, and that he is in fact gay and has known for a long time. His family was very much the same, and when Bob came out when he was 17, he realized that there would be many obstacles. But, he says, being gay doesn't mean being weak, or less than anybody else. It's just who you are. He tells Bobby that coming out to his dad and being honest about who he is will change the path of his life for the better. Bobby is scared that he'll be a disappointment to his dad, particularly since he's the eldest and the only son. He's worried that his dad's expectations are different, and he can't meet them. But Bob seems certain that Bobby's dad will accept him as he is. Bobby thinks it's great that Bob has come out on TV in an effort to help him move past his issues. And he thinks Bob is right, and is going to talk to his dad, hopefully before the show airs. In any case: go Bob! I mean, it's no big surprise, but it's a really lovely moment of integrity in a show that is filled with challenges that make obese people eat cream puffs for prizes.
In other poignant moments, David tells us that his first wife's birthday is right around Thanksgiving, and he has a tradition in which he ties messages to balloons and lets them go. Isn't that bad for birds and stuff? In any case, he stands atop a hill and lets a big red balloon go in his wife's honor, despite the fact that I really don't think this was filmed anywhere close to Thanksgiving.