'The Biggest Loser' votes Cate Laughlin off of Dolvett Quince's Red Team
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/15/2013
The Biggest Loser eliminated Cate Laughlin during Monday night's NBC broadcast of the reality weight-loss competition's third fourteenth-season episode.
Cate, a 28-year-old student from Ransomville, NY, was eliminated after her Red Team posted the lowest weight-loss percentage at the season's third weekly elimination weigh-in and then cast the majority of their votes to oust her from the ranch.
"I don't want to say bye to anybody yet. All those people that have become my family, this is heartbreaking. The hardest part about leaving is that I just got started figuring things out. [Dolvett Quince], just in this short time, has completely rearranged the furniture in my mind. Being here for these three weeks has taught me that being healthy isn't a chore. It's a gift and I don't think that I can do this at home. I know that I can," Cate said following her elimination.
The third broadcast of The Biggest Loser's fourteenth season began with host Alison Sweeney telling the 12 remaining contestants they'd be participating in a trivia game featuring questions pertaining to childhood obesity. Each question was worth 1,000 points, and the team to earn the least number of points at the end of the game would lost the challenge.
The losing team would be forced to endure the temptation of spending four-and-a-half hours a day in a room full of junk food, video games, TV, and soda for a whole week. The junk room was supposed to represent how many obese children spend the majority of their days at home.
The trivia game came down to a tie-breaker question for both the White Team, which was only left with Dannielle "Danni" Allen, a 26-year-old advertising account coordinator from Wheeling, IL, and Pamela "Pam" Geil, a 43-year-old executive assistant from New York, NY, and the Blue Team.
In the end, the Blue Team -- which consists of Alexandra "Alex" Reid, a 24-year-old legal assistant from Carrolton, TX; David Jones, a 51-year-old police officer from Kiefer, OK; Gina McDonald, a 47-year-old attorney and law firm owner from Hoover, AL; Jeff Nichols, a 24-year-old pharmaceutical representative from Monroe, MI; and Michael Dorsey, a 34-year-old college professor and communications consultant from Baltimore, MD -- lost.
In addition to the typically-featured workouts, trainer Bob Harper introduced Dr. Joanna Dolgoff, who will be working with the season's three teen contestants for the remainder of the season to improve their health, nutrition and lifestyle.
Last night's episode showed Dr. Dolgoff visiting the homes of Lindsay Bravo, a 13-year-old eighth-grader from Fillmore, CA; Noah "Biingo" Gray, a 13-year-old eighth-grader from New Windsor, MD; and Sanjana "Sunny" Chandrasekar, a 16-year-old eleventh-grader from Rochester, NY. Dr. Dolgoff discussed eating habits with the teens and their families.
As a result of their discussions, Biingo was told he needed to cut down his daily video game playing to only two hours. Sunny learned ways she can incorporate more whole-grain foods into her diet to cut down on her intake of carbohydrates since she's a vegetarian. Lastly, Lindsay discovered she has pre-diabetes, so she was going to need proper nutrition and exercise.
Before leaving, Dr. Dolgoff stocked the teens' houses with healthier choices of food.
The three teams then met with Alison again to participate in the week's challenge. Alison explained that each team would have a giant gumball machine. One at a time, they'd get a gumball and must take it across the giant bubblegum pit to get to the other side. The first team to get 20 gumballs through the pit to the other side would win.
The winning team would receive a year's worth of healthy groceries, including fruits and vegetables, worth over $5,000.
In the end, the Red Team -- which featured Cate; Francelina Morillo, a 25-year-old student and store manager from Albany, NY; Jackson Carter, a 21-year-old volunteer coordinator for LGBT resource center and movie theater assistant manager from Layton, UT; Joe Ostaszewski, a 43-year-old senior sales executive from Williston, FL; and Lisa Rambo, a 37-year-old high school special education assistant from Houlton, WI -- won.
Afterward, Bob and his fellow trainers Jillian Michaels and Dolvett trained their teams for the week's last chance workout. Jillian struggled with Pam per usual and Bob was forced to work out with his group in the junk food room.
That night, all the contestants arrived for The Biggest Loser's third fourteenth-season elimination weigh-in.
Alison revealed the losing team to post the lowest weight-loss percentage would deliberate and decide via a vote which of its team members must go home. The players would enter the new voting room to cast their votes one by one, however if the White Team lost, the player with the lowest percentage of weight-loss would automatically be eliminated since there were only two people left.
The players then stepped on the scale one by one to learn their fate and the Bob's Blue Team went first.
Jeff lost 11 pounds, going from 359 pounds to 348 pounds. He was then followed by Alex, who dropped four pounds and went from 225 pounds to 221 pounds, David, who shed six pounds and went from 278 pounds to 272 pounds, Michael, who lost 13 pounds and went from 409 pounds to 396 pounds, and Gina, who dropped eight pounds and went from 223 pounds to 215 pounds.
Combined, the Blue Team lost 42 pounds -- giving them a total weight-loss percentage of 2.81%.
Dolvett's Red Team members weighed-in next. Francelina was the first member to step on the scale and dropped five pounds, going from 242 pounds to 237 pounds. She was then followed by Joe, who lost nine pounds and went from 326 pounds to 317 pounds, Jackson, who lost two pounds and declined from 302 pounds to 300 pounds, Cate, who also shed two pounds and went from 220 pounds to 218 pounds, and Lisa, who also only lost two pounds and went from 225 pounds to 223 pounds.
Together, the Red Team only lost 20 pounds -- giving them a total weight-loss percentage of 1.52%. The players were very disappointed in the week's results, but Dolvett promised the numbers were not representative of how much work was put in. He gave his team motivation to "keep fighting" because he truly believed they were doing great.
Jillian's White Team was the last team to weight-in.
Danni dropped six pounds and went from 234 pounds to 228 pounds, while Pam lost nine pounds and went from 219 pounds to 210 pounds. Combined, the White Team lost 15 pounds and posted a total weight-loss percentage of 3.31%.
Alison then declared the Red Team the losing team at the weigh-in. Each member of that team then had to cast his or her vote for whom should be eliminated from The Biggest Loser. However, they could not vote for Joe because he had posted the highest weight-loss percentage in the group. In event of a tie, the other teams would enter the room and determine whom to eliminate.
Cate voted for Jackson, Jackson voted for Lisa, Francelina voted for Cate, Joe voted for Cate, and Lisa voted for Cate. With three votes, Cate was sent home.
In a post-elimination update, Cate -- who started The Biggest Loser weighing 237 pounds -- said she currently weighs 196 pounds. She's beginning to run marathons and started a "fit Tuesday" ritual rather than her previous "fat Tuesdays" tradition.