Stream of my unconciousness...
7:59 pm flashbacks...good thing for me since I missed last week!)
2 girls/2 guys left (remember everyone thought the guys would smoke the girls...looks pretty even to me tho' I wish it were Dr. Jeff there instead of Andrea...)
Suzy looks GREAT! So different after only missing one week.
8:02 - Andrea is happy to be in the final four...who will be eliminated this week...
Bob comes by for breakfast - I see this is a HUGE PLUG for our sponsor, Quaker Oatmeal and their new Weight Control instant oatmeal which I have yet to see in my store. Good point Bob - lots of overweight/obese folks skip breakfast and end up pigging out the rest of the day - ESPECIALLY at night. Boy have I ever been there.
(I might have to keep an eye open for that Weight Control oatmeal...might be good to keep at work!)
Jillian is outside playing with the boys; we see flashbacks from day 1 where they could barely walk up the hill at the ranch. SO different now - they're running, not out of breath.
Seth talks about the joy of feeling HEALTHY after so many years being fat and sick and out of shape.
I can totally relate...I hope that everyone who is obese has the opportunity to transform themselves, whether it be on their own or with the help of a program such as this.
Meanwhile Bob is reminicing with the 2 girls...the same memories of barely making it up the hill, now look at them...no problemo!
Oh how I know that feeling...it's a priceless, AWESOME feeling.
8:10 - Matt has a surprise visitor - his old school wrestling coach - wait make that TWO visitors - his old wrestling bud from back in the day - Aaron. They do some wrestling moves, flashing back and forth from videos of Matt in his old days and now. He's getting his moves back - you can see the determination, the STRENGTH in his face. Being with his old coach, his mentor, has filled him with even more power and courage and hope - Matt says it's the best thing that has yet happened to him on the ranch
8:13 - challenge - oh yeah - heard about this in the previews, the quarters thing.
Each person has to lug a buttload of quarters equivilant to the weight they've lost thus far. Whoever wins the challenge...gets to keep the change
(that would pay for a LOT of visits to the laundromat!!!)
So they need to climb UP a wall 60 ft with their backpacks. YOWSA! Lookit Matt just hightailing it up there - made it in like 42 seconds, with Matt following, then Suzy, then Andrea.
Hold it just a cottonpickin' minute though - Carolyn says that's not it...to WIN they have to take OFF the packs, then climb again and whoever has the greatest diff between the first time and the second wins the quarters. (didn't they do something similar last year...?)
Matt's like ...wow... because 42 seconds even WITHOUT the quarters is like lightening anyway! There they go...everyone MUCH faster (I just can't get over Suzy!!!) Although Andrea is the last one up, she wins the challenge and $880 in quarters.
The challenge reminds them that 'just because you LOSE the weight doesn't mean you can't REGAIN the weight' - something to never, ever, ever forget.
8:24 the last chance workout...both trainers are workin' 'em hard. Damn those are some TOUGH workouts...yeeeoow!
8:29 the FINAL WEIGH IN AT THE RANCH!!!!! EEEK!
Andrea steps up first...is now 173 with a 3 lb/ 1.70% loss (47 lb total)
Then Seth...gets a 7 pound loss and is now at 204 (3.32% lost) total of 87 pounds
(matt looks a bit worried...)
Suzy gets ready to step on the scale and Carolyn remarks on something that has been obvious this week - the 'cute glasses' are GONE! Suzy says yup - she doesn't have to hide behind them anymore
GOOD FOR YOU SUZY!!!!
Up on the scale she goes and Suzy has lost a big FIVE pounds, bringing her down to 161 for a total of 66 pounds lost and 3.01% for the week! Yay Suzy!!! She is SO CLOSE TO GOAL!
I can tell a commercial is coming by the cresendo of music as Matt steps up on the scale and sure nuff...a word from our sponsor...before the break Carolyn says that Matt must lose more than 7 lbs to stay above the yellow line...
8:38 pm back to our program. MATT MATT MATT!!!
ALLLLLRRRRIIIGHT DUDE HE LOST TEN POUNDS!!!
He's at 230 pounds and has lost 4.17% this week which makes him #1!!
OMG I AM SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO happy for him...although I am bummed for Suzy as she is below the yellow line.
Matt has lost One Hundred Nine Pounds
at the ranch!!! He is ELATED! (can ya blame him??)
Man I hope that since they are leaving the ranch the guys stop thinking about STRATEGY and vote Andrea off...Suzy has worked HARD consistently throughout the time at the ranch and has EARNED one of those final spots while Andrea pigged out on NINE brownies last week...not that she hasn't worked hard but consistently? Was her heart always in it? I don't think so personally...the only reason she is still there at all is because of strategy and that she wasn't considered a threat. I would have rather seen Dr. Jeff as one of the four, personally...oh well...
8:41 pm Elimination time...let's see what happens...
Matt...says what I was thinking that the time for strategy is over and it's time to vote for the person who DESERVES to be one of the finalists and eliminates ANDREA.
Ditto for Seth...Totally made the RIGHT decision IMO.
Andrea STARTS to leave with a little grace and dignity - she hugs Suzy who tells her NOT TO GO BACK TO THE OLD WAYS. But then Andrea totally SNUBS THE GUYS.
Doesn't say goodbye to them...damn...she should know better. SUZY DESERVED TO BE ONE OF THE FINALISTS more than she did...Andrea could have left with some class but CHOSE not to. I just lost a TON of respect for her.
And to see her currently we are directed to the NBC website (I'm betting it's not up yet since the show has yet to be viewed in Hawaii) Hmmm is it because she was so classless when she left that we didn't get that 'goodbye interview' or just because of timing?
8:49 all three finalists get to meet with their respective trainers individually before leaving where they come face-to-face with a life-size cutout of them as they looked the first day at the ranch. I CAN'T GET OVER THE DIFFERENCE!
Suzy looks GORGEOUS...Seth and Matt look so HANDSOME. They have truly transformed inside and out. Bob says that Suzy will "blow everyone's socks off" at the final weigh in and I BELIEVE him...she is SO close to goal. Like Bob said...if any woman can win the big prize...it will be Suzy.
Time for everyone to go home - Seth lives in Salinas, not that far from the ranch (I know the area pretty well). The finalists are shown getting out of their cars and walking to their homes for the big homecomings...and DAMN we don't get to see it until next week's big TWO HOUR show...eeeeeek!!!
This was SUCH A GREAT EPISODE! WooHAH!
Well next week I'll be staying up past my bed time but once in awhile ya just gotta do it...