Episode 8 was packed with so much drama and nail biting twists that I actually found myself covering my eyes and all-out screaming at my TV at some points. This undoubtedly had to be the most action-packed episode to date. In Episode 8 we see all the contestants return for a chance to get back on the ranch. Participants were asked to weigh in and Phil had lost an amazing 68 pounds. followed by Ed who wasn’t far behind at 58 pounds lost. However, contestants weren’t being allowed back on the ranch based on weight loss, instead Ali announces that a challenge will take place to determine who returns.
The challenge consisted of a single step, however contestants had to step on on that step 1,000 times. The first contestant to reach 1,000 would be able to return to the ranch and also win immunity at the upcoming weigh in. The competition was pretty intense, Phil, formerly of the Red team, and Ed, formerly of the Orange team, both started off incredibly strong. In the end, the true competition wasn’t between Phil and Ed, it was Stacey, formerly of the Green team, who gave Ed a real run for his money! This week’s challenge was by no means easy, I just want to congratulate Ed for winning out in the end and returning to the ranch, and as for Stacy “You are Awesome”, great job everyone!
Another significant twist was announced in this episode by host Ali which was that everyone now has switched to singles. This is a huge turn in the game because it allows contestants to fully focus on their weight loss and not the weight loss of the entire team. It also allows for contestants to enter into the elimination room and vote not necessarily on alliances but in their own interest.
Switching to singles played an important part in this weeks weigh in. We see Brady and Michelle fall below the yellow line, anybody who has been following the show would have placed their bet on Michelle being eliminated, but to my surprise that isn’t how it played out. In this particular elimination Amy C. found herself in the interesting situation of determining who went home, she ended up voting to eliminate Brady and truly shocked everyone, myself included.
In his follow-up interview Brady looked fantastic! He is already in a size 34 waist and in no way appears to be complacent, rather extremely driven. Everyone I would watch out, Brady now has the opportunity to focus solely on his weight loss and not on game play, the At-Home Prize could very well find itself in the pocket of Brady’s size 34 jeans! Keep up the great work!
November 12th, 2008