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Posted on Tue, Mar 30, 2010 : 10:10 p.m.

"Biggest Loser" episode 11: Back in the game

By Chrysta Cherrie

Note: Contains spoiler info. Missed the show? More "The Biggest Loser" air times.

Last time on "The Biggest Loser" (3-minute recap):

After 3 months and 9 eliminations, 9 competitors remain. As of this week, the 2 teams were dissolved, ushering in the every-man-for-himself stage of the game. But there was 1 more player to consider: an eliminated hopeful being reinstated this week. Rather than inviting back the participant who's lost the highest percentage of weight, the castoffs each weighed in before the remaining contenders and pleaded their cases as to why they should return to the ranch, with a vote by the existing cast determining who'd be back. (Naturally, the competitors were not allowed to vote for their previously eliminated teammate.)

Darrell, who was eliminated in week 6, started the competition at 413 pounds and has since lost 104 pounds. His appeal to the remaining hopefuls was "iron sharpens iron/steel sharpens steel," encouraging the contenders to vote him back because he wanted to motivate and be motivated by them. Most of the other castoffs took a more lowest-common-denominator approach, saying they just wanted to finish what they started, or that they didn't pose a threat to the big prize. But there were heartfelt moments, too: Patti explained that, as a mother and business owner, this was the first time she'd done something for herself; and mother and daughter Cherita and Victoria, who were eliminated in the 1st week and returned for week 5 only to be sent home again, both pleaded for Victoria (who's lost 73 pounds since the first week of the show, but without the perks of being at the ranch) to have the chance to participate at all.

In a post-appeal montage, it was obvious that the participants had grown close through their "Biggest Loser" experience and felt uncomfortable with this temporary power. Andrea, with a wince, described it as "like playing God." This may be the one time in reality TV that the cast actually are interested in being friends, imagine that. Anyway, voting time: Daris admitted that Darrell's appeal was intimidating but also inspiring, and the Ann Arborite was 1 vote closer to returning. Unfortunately, it was the only vote he'd receive. Ultimately, the hopefuls (including Andrea) were moved by Victoria, and the student from Texas would finally get her chance.

Oh, but that wasn't all. The other castoffs had 1 more chance to earn a spot, this time by being the first to walk 1,000 steps in a challenge. Darrell entered the challenge pumped up, talking proudly about the exercise and diet regimen he adopted back home, welcoming the challenge with a "bring it on!" But again it wasn't in the cards, as Melissa literally stepped up her game. On the up side, she and husband Lance's controversial gameplay (particularly by losing only 1 pound or even gaining weight when they won immunity) would surely encourage the competitors to work that much harder.

At the weigh-in, Andrea lost 5 pounds, bringing her total weight loss to 71 pounds (2.16%) and ensuring her another week in the competition. Stephanie and Sam fell below the yellow line, with the rest of the gang determining which of them would be out. Between the inspiring Sam falling off his pedestal and Stephanie being accused of throwing the weigh-in the week that her mom Patti was sent home, the mood was tense as the hopefuls entered prepared to cast their elimination votes. Sam borrowed Darrell's "steel sharpens steel" in his pre-elimination plea, and some of the contenders repeated it again as they revealed their votes. In the end, Sam was more of a mentor to his fellow hopefuls than he was a competitor, and with that in mind his peers gave him another week at the ranch.

Chrysta Cherrie is the entertainment producer/copy editor for AnnArbor.com. Reach her at chrystacherrie@annarbor.com or 734-623-2526, and follow her on Twitter @chrystacherrie.

Comments

J. Sorensen

Wed, Mar 31, 2010 : 11:36 p.m.

I wish more people watched this show. Yes it's "reality" TV but it's very inspirational to people with a very common problem. I'm still rooting for Andrea and hope she and her dad live a happier, healthier life from this experience!

Chrysta Cherrie

Wed, Mar 31, 2010 : 12:42 p.m.

Babonx nailed it; Andrea and Darrell Hough are from Ann Arbor, and Andrea is still in the competition. For more information on them, click the "past stories about 'The Biggest Loser' on AnnArbor.com" link in the More Info box.

Babonx

Wed, Mar 31, 2010 : 9:51 a.m.

Two of the contestants are from Ann Arbor, one of them still remains on the show. Or... was that comment was a dig at AA.com for reporting on non-A2 related news?

whiteraven6670

Wed, Mar 31, 2010 : 9:20 a.m.

May I ask how this has anything to do with Ann Arbor?