This week’s show was all about mind over matter…
Some people (ahem, Bobbaaaay!) took that to superheroic extremes.
The first thing we loved about this episode?
- Mountains made out of molehills.
Almost everyone sniveled about Harvey’s track, which scaled up a hill and back down…
In fact, Tanisha even sobbed over it. A lot of good it did her, as she ended up in dead last place…
…as her team’s dead weight. Which brings us to our next item…
- Tanisha’s task.
When told that her dead-weight task was going to be transporting horse manure, Tanisha said, “I’m a diva, I don’t even clean up my own s***. You want me to clean up horses***?” That’s funny, and also…disconcerting. If she doesn’t clean up her own s***, who does? Does she have a wiper on staff? Anyway, this was all worth it to watch her struggle and pout. “This some bulls***…no, this some horses***,” she whined. Indeed, Tanisha, indeed.
- Sebastian’s Kaycee impression.
After all, who doesn’t love some jazz hands every now and then?
- Nicole’s shirt.
It’s a little weird that the layout is Run-DMC-esque (after all, they weren’t gangsta) — the one I have is in the N.W.A. font. Still, who could argue with the ironic sentiment?
- Internet bash-back.
In group, Rhonda confronted everyone with “bad press” in the form of what were most likely anonymous comments on the Internet. Sebastian summed up online hating directed toward him: “The Internet is some kid in a trailer park going, ‘I want to be in a band, f*** him!'” Really, not everything is about jealousy (there’s a sporting component to mockery), but Seb’s attack on ageism…
…(“If someone doesn’t think I’m hot, guess what? I was 19 once. I’m 41 now. It’s gonna happen to you too, motherf***er!”) was totally dead-on.
- Bobby’s philosophy.
The most impressive results of this exercise involved Kevin owning up to some of the gossip out there (“I was a f***in’ lazy bum and sat around the house and didn’t do anything for a long time”) and Bobby’s extremely down-to-earth take on being a discussed personality: “That’s what we get into this business for, for people to talk about us, people to remember who we are, what we are. So, as long as you spell my name right, I’m cool.”
It seems as though he’s come a long way from his “why don’t they just let me live” days. Our guy is growing up right before our eyes. Love this man.
- The resolution to this comment-reading.
Rhonda then had all of the celebs make up their own gossip headlines to reclaim their stories in a light agreeable to them:
I don’t know what I love more: the fact that Sebastian used this opportunity to plug his work, or that it made it to air two months too late.
- Bobby’s excuse.
Bobby crapped out of a workout led by walking/swimming/running/living inspiration, Sarah Reinertsen.
His excuse for jumping ship and having to be driven to the end of their running path?
“I got a Charlie horse in my knee!” Oh, and there was also, “It’s a hernia that keeps popping out here!”
Someone get this guy a medical degree (or maybe an explorer badge), ’cause he’s making trailblazing discoveries of things that never before were discovered where he’s discovering them. Really, you could have told that this would go badly from the start…
…just by looking at his face when the challenge was announced.
- Kevin’s confrontation with his past (at last!).
Obviously, Shar and Kevin have been dancing around each other and their history for this entire season. It was extremely cathartic, then, for Rhonda to sit Kevin down, explain the toll Shar’s association with him has taken on her life and career, and say the words: “Part of the public’s problem is it’s hard to like you when there’s no remorse. You haven’t said what you need to say.” Look, Kevin’s emerged from this show as a likable figure (certainly more so than ever in his career), but let’s not lose our heads to love. Sometimes everyone needs their ass handed to them.
- The results.
Jay’s goal was 4 lbs. – he lost it.
He has now surpassed his goal for the season!
Kevin’s goal was 4 lbs. – he lost 2.
Nicole’s goal was 3 lbs. – she lost 5.
Kaycee’s goal was 3 lbs. – she lost 2.
Shar’s goal was 3 lbs. – she lost 1.
Sebastian’s goal was 4 lbs. – he lost 1.
Bobby’s goal was 4 lbs. – he lost 2.
Tanisha’s self-imposed goal was 5 lbs. – she lost it!
The team breakdowns are:
The spread has widened considerably…but not for the two individuals with the highest Fit Factor points…
…they’re neck-and-neck as always. Harvey calls this an “old-fashioned dog fight,” but I think it’s more a new-fangled one. Mostly, I want to see them play tug o’ war using only their teeth.
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