Most episodes of “The Biggest Loser” focus on competitors ready and willing to do anything to make sure they stay on the ranch one more week — most episodes, but certainly not all of them.
Tuesday night saw one of the rare exceptions to that rule when not one but two so-called “Loser”-hopefuls hoped for little more than a chance to leave.
The mutiny started the morning after last week’s elimination, which left 22-year-old Allie Ishcomer with a one-way ticket home and gave self-doubter Tina Elliott a second chance. As it turned out, Tina felt guilty about begging to stay when she really wanted to go, and even though that routine cost Allie a spot in the game, Tina was ready to quit less than 24 hours later.
“It’s selfish,” Frado Dinten stated. “You sent somebody home. You should want to be here now.”
Team Frado! But it was too soon to pick teams, because Quitter-Gate 2010 was just getting started. No sooner had the black T-er called out Tina’s nonsense than Lisa Mosley chimed in with her own strange smackdown for the grandma in purple.
“Allie going home has shortened my trip here,” Lisa lashed out at Tina. “Because I will leave to take care of Allie.”
Yes, Lisa was so angry she was going to quit, too, and tend to her eliminated pal. Oh, for the love of …
Lisa wanted to go home to Allie. Tina, as it turned out, wanted to go on vacation. Oh, and Jessica Delfs wanted to help them both pack. Team Jessica!
Over the course of challenges to come, Tina and Lisa supposedly renewed their respective desires to stay on the ranch. Still, it seemed a welcome dose of poetic justice when both players landed in the hot seats at the end of the evening.
After the vote, Tina suddenly found herself free to go on vacation.
After the ranch:
Maybe that oh-so-important vacation did the 58-year-old some good after all. Sometime after leaving the ranch Tina finally found her focus. She not only dropped 58 pounds, going from 263 to 205, but in this season’s pay-it-forward spirit, she helped her daughter lose 85 pounds.