Mini caps of Flipping Out and Biggest Loser
Jillian in 2020 once she’s let herself go a little.
Biggest Loser: Bluzgirl
Official week one of Biggest Loser started last night and it was chock full of drama, vomit, kinky porn sex (kidding), sandwiches and shirtless Bob. The fourteen chosen ones all meet at the ranch to discover that two of the folks who did not make it at the audition would be joining them. Unlike us, who’ve seen the commercial 8 zillion times, they are shocked! And happy! Then they go to the gym and vomit, so now Jillian’s happy!
They meet with Dr. Death and he goes over all their health problems. They don’t show all of the contestants. So, I’m holding out hope there are just some fat and happy, non-diseased contestants. They go through a couple of days of harsh work outs, a brief meeting with Bob and Jill about food and a lot more backstory (not backfat story). We get to know a few of the contestants this week. The two “saved” contestants Wheezy Elizabeth (the girl Jill almost killed), black Aaron (with a son named London, who he talks about constantly) and we also get to know sexist Patrick and Boston Brendan a little better.
The big change in the whole weigh-in thing is that the bottom 8 people have to complete in a fight to the death (not really, but that would be so kick ass) to avoid elimination. Only one of the guys fell below the yellow line, but he was saved by the person with the highest percentage of weight loss, so it was a total guys v. girls showdown. Non-host Allie was sent packing and she avoided her soul-sucking mother and unnecessary extreme surgery to hang out with previous winner (and now hunk man) Danny. Catch up later for all the details!
Flipping Out: St. Claire of Assisi
This week’s episode shows us how combining your professional, family, and romantic lives all in one convenient location never works. Everyone who tries to do that always thinks it’s going to work, but it won’t, so you shouldn’t be a doofus and try.
It’s a Sarah-heavy week. Since she’s Jeff’s sister-in-law/employee, these are the two facets they’ve been trying to balance the two all season, (which really means she’s unfireable and Jeff is getting progressively irritated). But this week we get the added wrinkle that she’s in a relationship. The facts: his name is Steven, (with a “V”), they have dated for ten years, he has not proposed. Jeff, taking his normal approach of being waaaaaay too involved in the employees’ personal lives, insists she should be concerned about it. She tries to brush him off, but he’s persistent. They go to a family dinner with Sarah’s sister Carrie and her husband Todd, and Jeff brings it up again. Later Jeff organizes an impromptu “group therapy session,” which basically amounts to all the employees at Jeff Lewis Designs giving their opinions about it. Everyone says Sarah should be worried.
Things stop getting lighthearted pretty quickly, though. Sarah is still her usual mistake-making self, and Jeff is still overly stressed, feeling like he’s playing an unending game of catch-up at work. Sarah makes a big mistake one afternoon when she botches her most important task of the day and Jeff can barely hide his rage now. He tries one last time to remind her to be on the ball. And sure enough, the next day another mistake occurs, and a year’s worth of frustration comes geysering out of him. It gets nasty pretty quickly. He tells her she has a “tiny brain.”
It’s Jeff at about his worst. Sarah leaves the room in tears, and Jenni eventually convinces him he was out of line and has to apologize. Which he does. The environment is still tense the next day. Later Jeff and Sarah have a frank discussion about where they’re both coming from, and Jeff admits his reaction was way disproportionate. Things seem like they’ll be uncomfortable for a while…but then Jeff notices an engagement ring! Everyone’s happy again! And Jeff didn’t even have to buy Sarah a car.
A couple other remodeling-based storylines this week. At the Royal Woods project, the owners Tracey and Stewart are big time packrats, and Jeff can’t stand it. He tries telling them to get rid of some things, but they don’t want to because so much of it has sentimental value. So later when Tracey and Stewart aren’t around Jeff decides to do some house cleaning on their behalf. It backfires, though, when Tracey discovers a doormat in the trash that was from Stewart’s dead parents’ home. So once again Jeff learns a “normal people lesson,” which is: things can have value beyond the practical.
Last, the Casa Vega remodel is at a crossroads when Kash screws up stucco-ing in the lobby. Kash has crossed the threshold from being bad at crisis management to flat-out incompetent, and it’s time to let him go. Now Jeff needs a new contractor.
I’m excited for next week. From what I can tell, Trace gets slapped by a client who looks exactly like Larry the Cable Guy, only with sleeves.