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Darren Franich
September 23, 2009 AT 04:00 PM EDT

Quite a few of you commented last week that you’d prefer the show not eliminate anyone.* Well, last night, Ali answered your prayers. Kinda. ”At the next weigh-in,” she told the Losers, ”You can guarantee everyone will get one more week.” The price: a combined loss of 150 pounds. Twist #1: week 2 is the sophomore slump, historically the hardest week to lose weight.” Twist #2: If the 150-lb goal wasn’t achieved, two people were going home.

At Loser HQ, Julio thanked everybody for keeping him around. ”I will not waste this opportunity.” Shay was blunt: ”Julio should not be here. He should be on that airplane home.” Coach Mo led everyone in a chant: ”It will be done! It will be done!” To Julio, he said, simply but soul-piercingly, “You owe.”

The trainers were not optimistic. Jillian: ”We should just pick two people right now.” During the ensuing workout, Danny let out a primal scream during a lat pulldown, followed by a man cry. I thought Danny emerged in this episode as an audience favorite; the onetime high school rock god is charming, charismatic, and endlessly neurotic.

When Coach Mo went to see Tracey in the hospital, the build-up was excruciating. There was scary music. There was Coach Mo saying, ”I didn’t know how she was doing… I was really nervous.” As he slow-mo opened the door, we all wondered: Is she comatose? Is she dead? Is she a zombie? Nope: she’s sitting up, smiling, and anxious to get in the game.

Speaking of the game: Shay was rolling her eyes at Julio, who ditched the gym for a lengthy bathroom break. ”The rest of us need you, Julio, to pick it up.” Agent Orange was more optimistic about Julio’s work ethic. Daniel and Shay seem to balance each other out well; she’s a little bit cynical, and he’s a Disney character.

Which fake-casual shameless promotion did you prefer: Jillian shilling the Biggest Loser Food Journal, or Bob shilling the Biggest Loser Protein Powder? I prefer Jillian, just because she practically gags on every word. This lady doesn’t do casual.

The Losers had a surprise guest: Curtis Stone, the famous world-renowned celebrity chef! Rebecca, the class sweetheart, said, ”I love him! He’s so hot!” Chef Stone laid some nutrition brain grapes on the contestants, including how to measure the proper portion of a juicy steak. (Hint: It involves a Biggest Loser scale.) He asked if anyone loved soda. Sean: ”I am the national spokesmodel for soda. I swim in it. My waterbed is full of soda!”

”Hopefully you all paid attention to Curtis,” said Ali. The teams had to answer five out of eight questions based on the lecture in order to get 15 pounds knocked off the 150 goal. There was a bit of tension, but not much, and the total was knocked down to 135. Did this all seem way too easy to anyone else?

NEXT: The painless weigh-ins

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