Biggest Loser Recap: Blaine Leaves Dane Behind

Biggest Loser Recap: Blaine Leaves Dane Behind
Trae Patton/NBC

02/11/2009 AT 12:00 AM EST



Family was forefront on everyone's minds this week, with father-son team Ron and Mike regrouping, Mandi pleading to win a visit from her husband and new dad Blaine begging the contestants to send him home while keeping cousin Dane on the show. And just when game play could have been a factor, the Ranchers proved they had indeed become a family when they gave Mesa, Ariz., college counselor Blaine Cotter, 27, his wish and sent him packing.

Pop to It: In a deceptively simple challenge, Ali Sweeney (in fur? Faux fur? In L.A.… really?) told the contestants to balance on a block on one foot with the last person aloft winning a 24-hour visitation from a loved one. By the time there were four remaining, Mandi begged Filipe, and then Blaine, to step off their blocks. It worked. Jillian was skeptical, though, because Mandi's husband Rusty had expressed doubts about her need to be on the show, and Jillian did not want Mandi's efforts sabotaged by a visit.

More Carbs, Less Carping: Bob attributed the losing ways of his Brown Team to their diet and explained to them that as counterintuitive as it seemed, they had to eat more food to keep their metabolism in line with their increased exercise. In a visit to Subway, Bob told Ron he could stand to eat more carbs. Meanwhile, Jillian noticed that Laura was spouting weight-loss platitudes without much workout effort (shades of Joelle?). At one point, she called Green Team member Tara over to smack Laura in the face if her left hand dropped during a boxing exercise. Needless to say, Laura regained her form right quick. Pruple Power, Family Hour: For immunity, Kristin and Cathy of Team Purple held a bar above an electric threshold for a whopping four hours and 40 minutes to beat the Green Team. Meanwhile, waiting in Mandi's room was her husband Rusty and their two sons. The next day, Mandi made her family simulate her workouts. Rusty admitted, "Now I'm really proud of my wife." At the last-chance workout, Bob worked Mike to the point of tears, saying, "Ron, your son's growing up in this house, you know that?"



Weigh-in: It was a good thing Kristin and Cathy had immunity … when they weighed in, Kristin had gained 2 lbs., eluding her under-300 goal for another week. The Blue Team of Filipe and Sione, on the other hand, had an astounding showing, losing 10 and 11 lbs. respectively with Filipe going under 300 lbs. Mike rebounded for the Brown Team with a 13-lb. loss while his dad lost 5 lbs. But falling below the yellow line were cousins Blaine and Dane.

Blaine told everyone to send him home because he learned what he needed to and thought Dane needed to stay on the Ranch more; an emotional debate ensued as Bob's charges contemplated sending Dane home instead. When Tara told Bob's team not to engage in game play, Kristin shot back, "Then why did Joelle stay and Damien go home?" But in the end, the majority gave Blaine his wish. --Cynthia Wang

Tell us: Should Bob's team have had payback by sending Dane home instead, or did they do the right thing? Was Mandi's family visit a morale booster or a distraction?

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