“Biggest Loser” contestants are often warned to expect the unexpected, and that advice certainly served them well during Tuesday night’s various twists and turns.
The first change in the status quo came in the form of the would-be contestants who never made it past the premiere challenges. While Aaron Thompkins and Elizabeth Ruiz lucked into a second chance several episodes earlier, Corey Pinkerton, Montina Cooper, Sandy Skelton, Shanna Masten and Anna Wright had to compete on the scales for the one last spot left in the game.
On the plus side, bringing back the “Loser” wannabes offered an opportunity to see the progress the forgotten five made back home. Unfortunately, it also marked another sad departure for four of them. In other words, time to cue those hankies again.
If you thought it was tough to see Sandy, who lost her “Biggest Loser”-loving brother days after he auditioned to be on the show himself, or Shanna, who recently battled breast cancer, go home the first time, well, it didn’t get any easier the second time.
Still, it was great to see Anna, whose very own heartbreaking story involved the death of her young son, earn her place at the ranch with a 39-pound loss. (Rhetorical question alert: Could these contestants have more tragic lives?!)
Of course, it wasn’t long before twist No. 2 came along. Anna was the newest member, and as such, she had to split the players into two teams — black and blue. With an odd number of competitors in the game, one contestant would have immunity and join whichever team was one member down after the next weigh-in.
Logic would dictate that Anna, the new gal on campus, would give herself immunity. But Anna’s not a logical lady. Big guy and big loser Patrick House got immunity. That gave the black team, featuring members of Patrick’s alliance, an incentive to throw the weigh-in — though they swore they didn’t.
Nonetheless, Team Black lost and had the opportunity to kick off near-stranger Anna. Not that they took it. Instead, out of nowhere, Patrick’s pals took out potential threat and all-round affable guy Rick DeRoque.
After the ranch:
Hey, maybe the alliance was on to something. Once he returned home, Rick continued dropping pounds as if he’d never left the ranch. Now weighing in at 230, a full 120 pounds less than his week-one weight, Rick’s one of the people to watch on finale night, when an off-ranch "Loser" is named.