After last week's on-the-road premiere, the second episode of "The Biggest Loser" actually seemed more like the usual first one. The new contestants arrived at the ranch. They looked forward to the journey ahead. And then resident trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels got a hold of them.
But before the legendary taskmasters subjected the new recruits to all sorts of rigorous workouts that could only lead to massive weight loss (and puking — lots of puking), the 14 lucky "Losers" who earned a spot on the ranch by winning last week's challenges met their new competition.
Well, new-old competition, that is. Bob and Jillian had the opportunity to bring back two of the seven not-so-lucky would-be "Losers" who were left behind. With minimal fanfare, Aaron Thompkins, who previously lost out in Detroit, and Elizabeth Ruiz, who previously passed out in Boston, returned to the game.
After the requisite grueling gym sessions, which played like a greatest hits montage (Face plant? Check. Puke-cam? Check. All new loogie-cam? Ew and check.), the contestants faced an unexpected early weigh-in and an unforgiving yellow line.
Despite huge losses from the entire group, ranging 12 to 41 pounds, eight of the 16 contestants fell below the line. Only one woman, Ada Wong, escaped the bottom. Only one man, Patrick House, made it below the line. The biggest loser of the night, Rick DeRoque, was able to save his green-tee pal Patrick, leaving the ladies to fend for themselves in a flag race.
After five heats, the two players without a flag, 16-pound loser Tina Elliott and 17-pound loser Allie Ishcomer faced elimination. Although Tina seemed unsure if she even wanted to stay, the votes went to Allie anyway.
After the ranch:
The 22-year-old, who underwent a failed gastric bypass at the age of 14, went home to find family life lacked support. So she turned to season eight's "Biggest Loser" Danny Cahill for some of this season's much-hyped pay-it-forward help.
Allie's starting weight was 322 pounds. She has now lost a total of 60 pounds and weighs in a 262.
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