Eight weeks into the competition and “The Biggest Loser’s” sole alliance continues to run the game.
While some of the side members proved expendable, the original unnamed alliance among Frado Dinten, Brendan Donovan and Patrick House has held strong since long before there were black and blue teams. Evidently, they’ll stick together long afterward, too.
Tuesday night saw the playing field shift ever so slightly, as the two teams gave way to pair play. The T-shirts may have changed, but the control remained the same. That’s because no one bothered to give Brendan a real run for the right to pick to the new partners.
Sure, Aaron Thompkins put half an effort in the caloric competition, but gave up as soon as Brendan promised to pair him with pal Jesse Atkins. What Aaron and everyone else in the game, save a certain alliance, ignored was that picking meant power. Had anyone bothered to form a competing alliance, they might have figured that out and taken the opportunity to pair Brendan and co. with the lowest losers.
Brendan picked Patrick for himself and gave Frado a strong edge with Mark Pinhasovich. That makes two nearly unbeatable teams, given the huge numbers they’re able to drop week after week.
Former alliance member Ada Wong ended up with Jessica Delfs, a move she considered a betrayal. Perpetual almost-quitter Lisa Mosley and Elizabeth Ruiz make up what can only be called Team Weak. And in what turned out to be a be-careful-what-you-wish-for bit of luck, likable big guys Aaron and Jesse stood side by side in the gym, on the scales and right out the door.
No one could have known the alliance’s strategy would work so soon, but one bad weigh-in meant they were able to knock out their two biggest threats at once.
Here’s hoping there’s one heck of a twist coming up, otherwise the final four seems an easy guess.
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