And then it's time for a "Where Are They Now?" home video. We see season eight's Shawn, who suddenly looks like he's in a boy band. I guess he always did have hair that was leaning that way. Shawn lost 155 pounds in six and a half months, and has a mess of little kids. His littlest daughter is named -- wait for it -- Jillian Mae! She was indeed named after Ms. Michaels, because they wanted to remember the year when daddy took his life back. Maybe she too will grow up to be an uncredentialed therapist! Dream big, kid.
Meanwhile, just when I had forgotten about keyboard cat, he's now advertising pistachios! I love that guy. This one gets me every time. Happy holidays to you and yours!
When we return from a break, we get to take a visit with season seven's Sione. He was half of the original Tongans, and tells us that weight is a big thing in the Tongan culture. Sione was super hard-core, and also quite hot. He took the lessons he learned to his Tongan community in Arizona, but that was not enough! He wants to share what he's learned with the Kingdom of Tonga, with his father by his side. Sione takes a plane to Nuku'alofa, Tonga, and is clearly proud of his father's homeland. He's going to meet the Princess of Tonga, to talk about their ways and the weight issues that have resulted in vastly increasing levels of diabetes. Sione starts feeling a little insecure, but turns on the charm when he meets Her Royal Highness Princess Salote Mafile'O Pilolevu Tuita. Thank goodness for captions. Sione says that this is his first trip to Tonga, and talks about his experience on BL. HRH knows that the challenge is in maintaining the weight loss. Her theory about the robust Tongan physique is that instead of going to the plantation and going fishing every day, Tongans started going to the market. Physical activity became less important culturally, but it's time to get more Tongans on Sione's program. Sione is impressed by the Princess and her love for her people in the Kingdom of Tonga and abroad.
Sione gathers a bunch of Tongans and brings them together for a beach workout. It's Bob-style, and involves lunges, jumping jacks, and butt kicks. Sione notices that people were tired, in a good way. He agrees with HRH that people are no longer living an active lifestyle. If I lived in that gorgeous place, I too would just sit around and eat stuff. In fact, I do that in bleak, wintry Rhode Island! Sione is clearly very moved by his experience in Tonga, and by feeling that he's been able to give something back to his country of ancestry. He and his dad sit in the sea-turtle catching place, and cry a little, and bond. At this point it feels tacky to mention that he's maybe put on a couple of pounds.