Stream of my unconciousness (such as it is)
8 pm...jeez for a second I thought the local station was going to preempt for election results
Flashback from last week's show...then this week's last season flashback contestant is...DAVE...who is looking really buff...(yes I did think he was rather a butthead last year...but he's lookin' good...)
Love the side-by-side 1st episode/8th episode pix of the remaining contestants - it really shows how far they've come! What a diff!
8:03 - okay...no one knows wassup (except for us since we saw the previews and know that it's EVERY MAN/WOMAN FOR HIM/HERSELF)
Everyone in the gym, where Caroline annoucnes that the game is changing and everyone is looking out for themselves, no more teams.
Matt is cool with that.
The percentage of weight thus far is tabulated...
- Matt <85 lbs> 25.07% lost
- Dr. Jeff <86 lbs> 23.24%
- Suzy <47 lbs> 20.70%
- Seth <59 lbs> 20.27%
- Shannon <49 lbs> 19.07%
- last is Andrea <36 lbs> 16.36%
Shannon and Andrea are below the yellow line; however numbers will only count for each week which means that even though Matt is ahead now, he could have a crappy weight loss percentage for that week and be under the yellow line (for example).
Andrea's motivated to kick butt this week.
After this, the trainers get together with the remaining contestants.
Jillian is very sad that Mark is gone...crying...but relieved that it's now an individual contestant game rather than teams.
This week's temptation - time to let off some steam!
I was wondering where Bob was...he's sitting on a chair in the dunk tank.
Wow Bob has some really cute abs there.
Everyone gets a chance to dunk their trainer - but for each chance taken the contestant must consume a 10 calorie candy. (M&M's apparently)
Matt figures his calories for the day so far and takes 13 candies for 13 tries.
I think it's his 3rd shot that dunks Jillian!
Andrea takes a couple shots and dunks bob.
Is it just me or does Suzy not care for Andrea right now??? She's getting competitive...as we cut into a commercial.
8:14 pm - Matt's getting his mop chopped, courtesy of Suzy (hey I thought Andrea was the hairdresser...)Wow - Matt looks GREAT. You can see his face and everything!
He says it's his first do in 2 years. Well at least he didn't go Pauly Shore on us (remember "In the Army Now" where Pauly gets buzzed...?
yo it's Challenge time...Something to do with jumping apparently.
Bob tries to get the girls to jog up the hill - Suzy goes with him, but Andrea and Shannon hang back. Shannon has something wrong with her foot - maybe it's plantar fasciitis - I know from agonizing personal experience that it hurts like a mo. She starts YELLING at Bob - Bob don't play that though - and he gives it right back (justified I think). Shannon COULD have been a bit nicer about it.
Meanwhile Jeff is kickin' *** on the BOSU - remember it was just a few weeks ago that he could barely balance on it!
So here we are at the Challenge site.
Caroline loves Matt's new do...
The winner of the challenge gets IMMUNITY as usual
along with the exercise bike from the temptation a couple weeks back.
So here's the thing - it's like a giant jump rope. Each contestant must jump over the bar without breaking it (looks like it's made of styrofoam or something).
Shannon NEEDS that immunity so she's going to try and ignore the pain.
Okay they start...Jeff is the first one out, next is Andrea, now Suzy.
The rope goes a bit faster...now Shannon is out and it's down to Matt and Seth (once again). The rope is going still faster as we break into a commercial...
8:25 pm - Both Matt and Seth still going...Matt is sweating but I think he just sweats easily.
Finally, Seth breaks his which means that Matt has immunity this week.
Seth is bummed out but he couldn't expect to win immunity EVERY week.
We're coming down to the final workout before weigh-in; Jillian is worried about Dr. J, worried he will plateau since each week he's had double-digit losses. Can't go on forever. So she kicks his butt in the gym
Meanwhile, Matt is taking it easy and eating a big ol' steak since he has immunity - it's a bodybuilder's trick.
Everyone else is kicking *** big time in the gym. It's every man for himself and it seems as though they are all working harder than ever!
8:32 pm - time for the weigh in...the two players with the lowest percentage of weight (except for Matt) are up for elimination.
First, Matt gets on the scale...feels he'll probably gain.
But I bet he wasn't expecting TWELVE POUNDS GAINED. YIPES!!!
I'm betting that's water weight though...he says in a sidebar that he's done this before when he was a wrestler - part of his strategy.
So he's up 4.72%.
Andrea weighs in at 179 <-5> which is 2.72%
Seth weighs in...219 <-13> and 5.6%
Suzy loses a BIG TEN POUNDS and is at 170!!! Her lowest weight since NINTH GRADE - Andrea looks a bit pissed (I get the feeling there's no love lost between Suzy and Andrea, despite all the "Women power" remarks).
Suzy's percentage 5.56% just a hair below Seth
Shannon is at 200 <-8> and 3.85%
Andrea looks worried...she's below the yellow line now.
Time for Jeff to weigh in (I can tell they're getting ready for one of those annoying commercial breaks...) he must lose 11 lbs...he gets on the scale and we segue into a ...commercial
8:40 pm - back to Jeff...who is now down to 270
and lost One Hundred Freaking POUNDS
WOO HOO Dr. J!!! WTG!!!!
His percentage is 4.93%...so either Shannon or Andrea will be eliminated.
Back in the gym - Jillian is ECSTATIC over Dr. J's 100 pound benchmark!! Who can blame her?? (I was thinking about Mo of last year - who had a disappointing loss in comparision, weird huh?)
meanwhile Andrea is resigned to going home. Bob gives her a pep talk and we go to the ELIMINATION...
Suzy is first -she feels alone about being the only woman voting...but chooses Shannon because she views her as a threat.
Same with Seth, who votes for Shannon as well.
As Jeff votes we go into a COMMERCIAL...
8:54 pm - Jeff votes for Andrea...
down to Matt now...I'm thinking that Shannon was his partner so of course he'll vote for Andrea. I think both Andrea and Shannon are thinking the same thing...but after voting for Mark last week he seems to have resigned himself to strategy and votes for Shannon...so she's outa here...
shannon says that for the first time she feels she is in control of food...hugs all around...she's going home having lost 57 lbs.
24 hours later - she's home to a warm welcome from friends and family, esp her daughter. Her sister is inspired!
I love the "Today" clips...she weighs 170!! and she looks GORGEOUS, like a diva
Next week's show...what will Matt do is the big deal...his strategy (personally I think that was water weight for the most part and he'll lose most of it unless he blows it!).
Two episodes left....
Unfortunately...I will be out of town next Tuesday and will not be watching the show (I'll be at a business dinner in NYC). Hoping y'all will keep me posted!!!