It’s obvious NBC likes their drama.
For years, ‘Days of Our Lives,’ has dominated the soap opera world on NBC with enough twists, turns, deaths and memory loss to fill numerous shelves of fiction at the library. ‘Law and Order’ has become a drama staple over the last twenty years it has been on the air, and newer shows like ‘Mercy,’ ‘Friday Night Lights,’ and ‘Heroes,’ have drawn crowds of people to the network.
Even late night comedy got a drama overhaul when Jay Leno was moved back to his original 11:05 time slot, a slot held by Conan O’Brien. Now, O’Brien may be hightailing it out of there after refusing to move his ‘Tonight Show’ to a later time.
But none of these shows hold a candle to the drama that is season 9 of the ‘Biggest Loser.’ We’ve got weight games, emotional highs and lows, bickering contestants, and two world-class trainers that are determined to get their way.
Last night’s episode reached it’s dramatic climax last night when the red team stepped up to the scales to be weighed-in. This week had the teams separated into students and teachers, with the teachers being trained by Bob and Jillian, and then having to pass on their knowledge to their students (partners) who were going to be weighed and held accountable for keeping their team at the ranch.
Melissa was the teacher for the red team and spent the week pushing her husband Lance in the gym. She obviously did her job, as Lance lost 12 lbs. However, no one really cared. They were more focused on the big fat 1 that came up on Melissa’s scale. After gaining one pound last week while her team had immunity, Melissa managed to lose that one pound this week, but nothing more. This prompted Jillian to say that she threw the weigh-in. Drama ensued, accusations were thrown, and it was clear that the trainers and the red team are at odds (Lance made it a point to jerk his t-shirt out of Bob’s hands).
So who went home? In a twist, the gray team who won immunity and the power to make one teacher weigh-in instead of the student, picked the white team to switch. They wanted to make a point to Michael that they did not appreciate his slacking off in the gym and not taking things seriously. Mike loses only 10 pounds, which is not nearly enough of his percentage stay above the yellow line. Maria of course, pleads for her son. She believes he will lose hope and eventually die if he is sent home. For the most part, the teams respect her wishes and Maria is voted out, even though they all think Mike needs to shape up or ship out.
Coming up next week: Melissa tries to defend herself to Jillian by yelling in her face… Not exactly the smartest move.
Sound Off: Without having a hometown favorite from Arizona like we did with season 5 winner Ali Vincent of Mesa, who are your early favorites to make it to the finale this season?
Also, did the teams make the right decision by keeping Mike around for another week? Do you think Melissa threw the weigh-in?