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Mike Morelli’s Biggest Loser Recap – 8.7

I thought this was a fun week for Biggest Loser, but the episode also had a few things that are driving me insane.

This week was face-off week. I love face-off week. It gives the contestants the chance to focus on one person the entire week, making the only goal to beat a single opponent. There is no team to help you and you have to carry yourself.

rebecca and amanda biggest loserThe pairings were made very well, and the best pairing was Daniel vs. Liz. An older contestant vs. the youngest in the house (just like Cathy and myself). And the most problematic match-up for Black, who picked teams, was most likely Amanda vs. Rebecca. Rebecca is pretty much a powerhouse and Amanda seems to be having a difficult time as of late.

I also liked the challenge this week. Derek Jeter showed up via video, which was very cool, even though I’m not a Yankees fan. Black team had a far better strategy and beat Blue, winning a two-pound advantage at the weigh-in. Black team also won lunch with Chef Curtis Stone, who prepared this Mediterranean Turkey Burger for them.

Shay and Abby had their inevitable heart-to-hearts with Jillian, which was a great thing to see.

At the weigh-in, Black chose to give the two pounds to help Amanda, but it didn’t, and Rebecca won the round. Blue went on to the win the weigh-in.

Rudy was the man of the week losing an incredible amount of weight to beat Dane‘s record of losing 100 pounds the fastest- 101 pounds in 7 weeks!

Now, that was all fine and dandy in the episode. For what I hated (If you are a huge Daniel fan I’d stop reading now) here we go:

Abby should not have gone home. Daniel should have. Argue it. Daniel has been on the ranch for two seasons and cannot find that next gear to kick in and lose good weight. In four weeks he’s lost like 15 pounds. He does not deserve to be there when others truly do need to be there. Abby asked to be sent home, but she could have benefited far more if she stayed on the ranch. Daniel has all the knowledge he needs to be healthy. Now, I realize that Abby asked to be sent home and that may be a reason why Daniel is in the house, which brings me to my next rant.

abby rike biggest loserSTOP ASKING TO BE SENT HOME!!!! Stop it. Big people generally put others first, it’s our nature, it’s how we got big, you’re welcome skinny people. The ranch is a place that you can finally put yourself first. Do it. Abby needed to be there and she asked to be sent home. She could have come so much farther mentally if she were able to stay at the ranch. It was admirable that Sean and Antoine went home for Shay, but now Abby asked to be sent home for no one that needed it more.

Okay….I’m done.

All in all, I’m not on the ranch, I’m not looking at it from a gameplay side with alliances and voting and whatnot (Young vs. Old if you haven’t noticed yet), and the show has already been filmed so it’s not like they can do anything now anyway, if they wanted to listen to a stupid teenager!

I liked this episode a lot because it actually got a reaction out of me. Next week looks like it’s going to be great, spending the week in Washington, D.C., and I can’t wait to see it.

Happy Halloween everyone!
-Mike Morelli

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October 28th, 2009

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I love your recaps, Mike. So glad I saw the link you posted on FB. I really, really want to see Daniel off the show. I was SO upset when Abby went home; and I don't think it's fair for Daniel to be on-campus when he OBVIOUSLY isn't doing what he needs to to lose the weight. There's a nagging thought in the back of my head that he was trying to throw the weigh-ins or that he was cheating in his diet. I don't know how easy that is on-campus; I don't know if intake is really monitored all that well...

Flash foward to last night's episode (8.8) LOVED that Tracey is OUT!!! So glad. She deserved to go. IMO, she looks flabby now... (skinny with lots of skin)... I wonder if she's dieting right at home. Her face looks go, tho.

posted Nov 4th, 2009 12:31 pm


I love your recaps Mike. I haven't really seen the episode yet, but I agree with you that Daniel should've gone home instead of Abby. I love Daniel, but my impression of him lately is that he's being complacent. Although he hasn't been getting immunity because of his crappy weight loss, he knows that he's safe because of his alliance with Shay and Amanda. That's just me and my impression anyway...

posted Oct 29th, 2009 9:47 pm

Becky Laughlin

Hey Mike! Thanks for staying caught up with the Biggest Loser - I enjoy reading your recaps and seeing how you are doing each week. I also think it's great that you are studying kinesiology in college; your story is such an inspiration.

"Big people generally put others first, itâ??s our nature, itâ??s how we got big, youâ??re welcome skinny people." LOL!!!! I'm laughing because you said "you're welcome skinny people" and I believe this is so entirely true. I've lost over 55 pounds in the last 2 years and I'm working on the last 25 now, but I absolutely got big because I didn't feel that I deserved to be happy or to give to myself. Thank you for pointing this out, it really makes sense now why the contestants are sending themselves home basically.

Judging from the show's editing and not truly knowing these people, it seemed to me that Abby was the most kind hearted, sweet and strongest person of this entire bunch of people. I was SO disappointed to see her go. I take the show really seriously and I become attached to the contestants throughout their progress; they're personalities really start to shine through once they feel confident and I was really disappointed that she was sent home.

Another thing - quick rant - I am really tired of contestants using their past as an excuse of how much they need to be on the show. Some contestants do this more than others. I realize it's hard to let go of things that happened to you in your childhood, but everyone goes through bad times in their life. It shouldn't prevent any of these people from going home and being able to lose weight.

Anyway, I just thought I'd share my 2 cents and say hi. :)


posted Oct 29th, 2009 4:10 pm


Good recap as always Mike. I totally agree with you, although I like Dan, Abby shouldâ??ve stayed, end of story. Abby is a strong person and will be fine. She looked happy in the after show interviews, but it makes you wonder what sheâ??d be like today if she had a couple more weeks, but then again, she looks pretty good and if playing the game came into factor the others should be happy she is gone. But I agree, STOP ASKING TO BE VOTED OFF!! Geez, this has to be the nicest bunch (with the exception of Tracey) Iâ??ve ever seen on any reality TV.

As far as Shay goes, I do feel for her and her story is very sad, but she keeps going back to it, letting it get to her and letting it hold her back. I am kind of tired of it. I had a similar story where my father constantly berated me and put me down and told me Iâ??d never be anything because of my weight. He was an alcoholic by the way and when he drank it got worse. I blamed him for YEARS before I finally decided it wasnâ??t him who fed me, made me fat. It was ME and I had to fix it. He is gone now and I canâ??t blame him or anyone else. Shay needs to understand she is fat because of her actions and things sheâ??s done to herself. She needs to â??womanâ?ť up, admit it and go on. Until she does that she could spend years at that ranch, be 100 pounds but she will be the same person on the inside and it will not fix her problems. Shay, stop your crying, stop feeling sorry for yourself. Take responsibility for your actions and stop blaming your mom or anyone else. Itâ??s YOU who needs to change and admit most of what you are now is because of you. I wish you all the luck in the world and hope you can work through it, but itâ??s you that needs to do it and no one else. By the way after I made that decision, I lost 100 pounds on my own. If I can do it (a lot older then Shay by the way!), Shay can. Donâ??t let it â??eatâ?ť at you for 30 years Shay.

posted Oct 29th, 2009 12:47 pm


I totally agree, in fact I thought Daniel should have gone home the week before for gaining a pound. How do you send Dina home who lost 4 lbs and not send home the person that gained??? I get that the younger set are all friends, but they aren't thinking what will keep their team in the top...luckily they are going to singles soon. I was so sad to see Abby go, she really was the person I felt that most got it, she sat out the temptation challenge because winning a prize there wasn't worth the risk of having to eat cupcakes or what not, I commend her for that. Amanda could have went this week as well and I wouldn't have shed a tear, her editing this week was awful I think I fast forwarded right through her temper tantrum on the treadmill.

posted Oct 29th, 2009 7:51 am


I totally agree with you about Daniel.Even though Abby asked to go home, Daniel should have man-ned up and at least put it out there. I love Abby and pray she has happiness and peace in her life.
Thanks for a great recap Mike, your looking great!!

posted Oct 28th, 2009 10:50 pm


I think Dan should have gone home the last time he was under the yellow line. I would vote him off first.

I'm not a huge fan of Amanda either, so I'd have been okay with her going, because she was acting like a failure this week, and it reflected on the scale. Winning the 2 lb advantage was pointless because she did crappy to begin with so it didn't even help her.

I'm mad that Abby fell on the sword. If anyone deserves a good thing to come their way it is her, for being so strong through her adversity. I'm with Jill on this one, I don't think I could handle going through what Abby's gone through.

I'm glad Shay is making emotional progress. Her story is sad, but it is not something that she should allow to continually weigh her down. Yes it sucks growing up with an addict for a parent, but other people have had that same issue and been able to pull through. She needs to stop blaming herself for her mother's bad decisions; gaining weight as a defense mechanism makes sense when she's a child, but as a young adult there's no excuse for it. Most kids from addict parents do not even have access to enough food to go getting fat in the first place.

posted Oct 28th, 2009 10:26 pm


I agree Daniel should have gone home instead of Abby.
I think some of the contestants want to go home due being sick of being yelled at constantly. I hate how Jillian keeps yapping when a contestant is trying to concentrate and get through a tough exercise. She won't shut up even when she is begged to just let them be to finish. I understand when they quit or say they can't but that was not the case. I would need minutes of down time to collect myself to continue. Cameras and Jillian in your face all the time would be too much for me. Some people need a breather alone even if they just close thier eyes and ears for a minute and breathe.

posted Oct 28th, 2009 7:30 pm


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