Tonight, with one week until the “Biggest Loser” season 14 finale, Danni and Jeff assured themselves spots in next week’s finale. But who will be the third finalist? That’s up to America, who will vote for either Jackson or Joe.
The kids returned to the ranch for a final time to see their old selves on video and compare them with how they’re looking and feeling now. Lots of big and inspiring changes.
Back to the grown-ups: Over in the gym, the final five contestants were pushing hard in the gym. And then a blast from the past -- oh, Jackson, one final puke before we say goodbye!
Quote of the week, from Jackson: “I have to keep moving, and no amount of vomit is going to keep me from doing it.”
Dr. Dolgoff met with the kids and their parents and had great news for everyone. Lindsay is no longer prediabetic, Biingo lost 25 percent of his body weight (and his mom dropped five dress sizes), and Sunny’s blood chemistry is vastly better.
The trainers met with the contestants in what we’ll call “Biggest Loser Before and After Theater” to see how far they all have come. And yes, there was a Jackson Puke Montage and a Gina Meltdown Montage. Jeff’s look back was simply inspiring. Bob was moved by Jeff’s old self as the “boy in the basement.” Joe’s montage was full of athletic endeavors and victories. “You’ve lost more than weight, brother,” Dolvett told him. Danni’s video showed how as she lost weight, she gained strength and self esteem. She also crushed most of the challenges.
Danni met with Dr. Huizenga to see how far she has come. Weight loss is the goal, but sometimes gaining weight is an achievement. Danni has put on 19 pounds of muscle, which is pretty impressive.
Final challenge: Up on a snowy mountain, the contestants did the symbolic “put on what you lost” challenge. They’ll be pulling a sled behind them, and at each stop they have to put on a weight based on what they lost every week. The winner gets a 1-pound advantage at the weigh-in. Danni and Joe have been hard to beat on the challenges all season so it was no surprise that they were neck and neck for the win. Joe eked out the win and was sure he wouldn’t need that 1-pound advantage.
The last Last-Chance Workout: Everyone was fearful about the fact that it would be the last time they’d get to workout with their trainers before they go home for the finale. Danni was especially stressed out, so Jillian had a chat with her outside the gym. “It will all be OK and it will all work out like it’s meant to,” Jillian told her.
Bob had a moment with Jeff outside the gym as well. Bob was touched by Jeff’s story and that image of him sad and alone in the basement of his mom’s house really lingered with the trainer. “This is what ‘The Biggest Loser’ is all about. It’s about caring about these contestants and I really, really care about them,” Bob said.
Final weigh-in: There are two lines – a red line and a yellow one. One person will automatically go home and the two below the yellow line will be at the mercy of viewers. How’d they do?
- Joe: 5 – 125 pounds lost
- Jackson: 5 – 98 pounds lost
- Gina: 2 – 84 pounds lost
- Jeff: 11 – 123 pounds lost
- Danni: 11 – 95 pounds lost
Danni and Jeff are guaranteed a spot as finalists in next week’s finale. Unfortunately, Gina fell below the red line but she left with joy and grace.
Either Jackson or Joe will be the third finalist, and viewers will make that choice. (You can vote at NBC.com/the-biggest-loser.)
The update: Gina has kept going at home and she’s down exactly 100 pounds. Looks like she has a great shot at the at-home prize.
Next week: It's the finale of a season that has redeemed "The Biggest Loser" name.