Tuesday night's "Biggest Loser" played out like a tale of two teams, as the newly divided black and blue sides developed their own distinct group personalities and strategies.
Over on Team Black, squabbling and gameplay was the way. Even alliance-mates Frado Dinten, Branden Donovan and Ada Wong couldn't hold it together for a single cooking challenge. When faced with the task of estimating the calories in a dessert, they cursed, complained and abandoned each other before delivering the wrong answer.
Frado blamed the loss on his right-hand man.
"When it comes to cooking, he's a complete … what's that book? 'For Morons'? He's like that book," Frado said of Brendan.
Team Blue had it much better. Everyone got along, they swept the cooking challenge, and when faced with a physical challenge in the form of a Dragon Boat race, they aced it, too. All that good fortune added up to one big prize for the team. Only one member from each team, as chosen by the other team, would weigh in for the official tally and Blue won the right to force their opponents to pick again.
Everything was coming up Blue. Well ...
Remember that reward Adam Hurtado won in the fourth week of the competition? In exchange for eating one faithful cupcake, the blue teamer earned a one-of-a-kind advantage. It started off as a typical one-pound token to be used at the weigh-in, but each week Adam didn't use it, the award grew by another pound.
At the time, Frado and Brendan remarked on the target that the prize put on Adam's back. An always confident Adam never seemed to take the warning seriously, instead electing to save the advantage for rainy day.
Despite Blue's early winning streak in the challenges, when it really counted — on the scales — they missed their three-peat opportunity. The black team picked Jessica Delfs to step up for the blue team, and the blues passed on the chance to force black to pick again. Up against the other side's weakest link, Elizabeth Ruiz, Jessica didn't stand a chance.
When it came time to decide who would go home, the vote split evenly between Adam and Jess. Which means the black team might look fractured from the outside, but it's Team Blue that can't get their act together.
Allowing for a tie allowed the competition to decide Blue's fate. So the black alliance sent Adam, of great-big-target-on-his-back fame, out of the game.
What would have amounted to a four-pound advantage by next week was out, too, prompting the always quotable Frado to remark, "What's (Adam) gonna do with that little 'Biggest Loser' thing now? Gonna put it in his pocket and take it home with him."
After the ranch:
Adam continued this season's big at-home success trend. After weighing in at 402 pounds before earning his spot in the game and losing 80 pounds on the ranch, he went on to lose an addition 58 on the outside.