'The Biggest Loser: Couples' ousts Don Evans and Larialmy Allen
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/02/2011
The Biggest Loser: Couples eliminated two contestants and welcomed the "unknowns" and new trainers back to The Biggest Loser ranch during Tuesday night's broadcast of the NBC reality weight-loss series' eleventh overall edition.
Don Evans, a 54-year-old police lieutenant from Oklahoma City, OK, and Larialmy Allen, a 26-year-old student services program coordinator, became the third and fourth contestants ousted from the competition's eleventh season after their teams posted the lowest weight-loss percentages at the fourth and fifth weeks' weigh-ins.
"If I leave with any parting worry, it's that we've all become very close and they know all the struggles I've had, and I appreciate all the support and I particularly appreciate [teammate Irene Alvarado] for her sacrifice... This is not how I had hoped this would turn out, but it would be almost criminal for me to stay here in the frame of mind that I'm in, and have someone like Arthur or Jesse go home," Don said after he and Irene deliberately threw the weigh-in so that he could be eliminated.
"This has been the most difficult thing in my life I've ever endured. It's been a wonderful journey, but it's been a hard one. I fell out of love with me a long time ago, and being here -- it just helped me to form this new person and fall in love with her all over again -- outside of the actual weight loss, I'm regaining my confidence," Larialmy said after her ouster.
The Biggest Loser: Couples eleventh-season's fifth episode began with the five teams training on the ranch withThe Biggest Loser's trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels and the five teams training at The BiggestLoser Resort at Fitness Ridge in Malibu, CA, with new trainers Brett Hoebel and Cara Castronuova -- who were originally exiled to an undisclosed location and received an initial four weeks of immunity to compensate for their inability to train with the show's infamous trainers Bob and Jillian on-campus -- participating in their fourth week's last chance workouts.
The remaining four teams training on the ranch for the week then met with The Biggest Loser host Alison Sweeney and Bob and Jillian for their Week 4 weigh-in. Alison revealed that Jennifer Jacobs, a 28-year-old digital media entrepreneur from Long Branch, NJ, and her father Jay Jacobs, a 53-year-old entrepreneur from West Orange, NJ, would be returning to the ranch after spending the last week on the unknowns' campus.
Alison then explained that the team with the lowest weight-loss percentage would fall below the yellow line, and one member would subsequently be eliminated based on the votes cast by the other teams.
The five teams who trained with Brett and Cara were no longer safe from elimination, as their four weeks of immunity were up, but they would take part in another weigh-in later on during the episode when all the teams rejoined and therefore, were not present at the weigh-in.
The five teams -- including Don and Irene, a 26-year-old student from Portland, OR, who were paired up because they were left to compete by themselves after their original partners had been previously sent home -- that trained with Bob and Jillian then stepped on the scale for their fourth elimination weigh-in.
Green team member Jennifer lost six pounds, while her father Jay lost nine pounds, putting their combined total up to 15 pounds. Jennifer dropped from 242 to 236 pounds and Jay fell from 350 to 341 pounds, posting a 3.53% weight-loss percentage together.
The Aqua team, comprised of Courtney Crozier, a 22-year-old student and restaurant manager from Valparaiso, IN, and her mother Marci lost a combined total of 13 pounds. Courtney started off the week weighing 292 pounds and dropped to 282 pounds, losing 10 pounds. Marci fell from 211 pounds to 208 pounds after she only lost three pounds for her fourth week on the ranch, posting a 2.58% weight-loss percentage as a team.
Arthur, a 34-year-old stay-at-home-dad and day care provider from Portland, OR, dropped to 450 pounds after shedding nine pounds when he started off the week weighing 459 pounds, while his father Jesse, a 61-year-old insurance agent also from Portland, OR, fell from 269 pounds to 266 after losing only three pounds. They lost a combined weight of 12 pounds and posted a 1.65% weight-loss percentage as the Blue team.
Purple team member Olivia Ward, a 35-year-old opera singer and plastic surgery office manager from New York, NY, and her sister Hannah Curlee, a 32-year-old human resources representative from Nashville, TN, lost a total of eight pounds together. Olivia went from 233 to 228 pounds, losing five pounds, while Hannah fell to 217 pounds from 220 pounds and only lost three pounds. They posted a 1.77% weight-loss percentage during the fourth week.
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When Black team member Don and Orange team member Irene weighed in, Alison, Bob, Jillian and the contestants all got a big surprise. Both Don -- who, like his twin brother Dan Evans, had been repeatedly saying he missed his family and was ready to go home -- and Irene each gained six pounds, posting a positive weight-loss percentage number of 2.38%.
Don started off the week weighing 280 and went up to 286, while Irene was 224 pounds and rose up to 230. They gained a total of 12 pounds as a team, which easily put them below the yellow line and up for elimination.
Don and Irene both confessed they had intentionally thrown the weigh-in. Irene admitted she knew Don wanted nothing more than to go home and finish his journey there, while Don owned up to his motivation to leave the ranch and his desire to allow the other deserving contestants to stay and fight another week.
"This was a technical move to save someone else in the house and then get me where I wanted to be. I'm trying to make everyone understand that this place isn't for everybody, and I was absolutely convinced it was for me, but I was wrong. It's a reality check. In my entire life, I have never been pushed that hard," Don said after the Week 4 weigh-in.
Bob was very upset with Don's actions, but recognized that it was time to just put him on a plane and move on with the competition. As it was clearly obvious that Don should be the contestant sent home, Alison asked by a simple show of hands, which of the other teammates would vote him out. Every contestant but Irene raised their hands, and so without having to enter the elimination room and cast formal notes, Don was immediately voted off the ranch.
The following day, the unknowns returned to the ranch with Brett and Cara, and all the teams training on-campus got to meet the new trainers. The entire group then met with Alison, and she revealed Week 5 would consist of two separate competitions.
The challenge for the teams training with Bob and Jillian required them to attempt to lose more than 48 pounds as a group -- 49 pounds or more -- beating their total weight-loss figure they posted the prior week. If they succeeded, everyone would be safe, but if they failed to lose the weight, a team would fall below the yellow line and someone would be voted off the ranch.
For the unknowns, Alison told them they would have to work hard in the gym because one team would definitely fall below the yellow line at the subsequent weigh-in, resulting in the elimination of one contestant.
Cara and Brett then said how very excited they were to train their five teams on The Biggest Loser ranch in the gym. The unknowns then participated in their last chance workout, while Bob and Jillian's teams would train at a later time during the week.
The next day, all of the teams met with Alison and learned only the unknowns would compete in the day's challenge, which would give the winning team immunity for a fifth straight week. The challenge required each of the five teams to have their own scale and put weight on their opponents' scales. Only one person from each team could carry the weights so they had to take turns, but once a team reached 500 pounds on their scale, they would be out of the challenge.
The Yellow team, consisting of Rulon Gardner, a 39-year-old gym owner and motivational speaker from Logan, UT, and his friend Justin Pope, a 39-year-old business owner, city worker and bounty hunter also from Logan, UT, won the week's challenge and received immunity for the next weigh-in. The teams training with Bob and Jillian then had their last chance workouts in the gym.
The Biggest Loser: Couples' fifth elimination weigh-in then commenced, but it was the first elimination weigh-in the unknowns had participated in.
All of the teams were present at the weigh in, and the teams training with Bob and Jillian were the first to step on the scale. After every contestant weighed in for their fourth elimination weigh-in, they realized they had reached their goal of beating their last week total of 48 pounds by losing a total of 63 pounds as a group. They lost 14 more pounds than they needed to, and the five teams achieved immunity and would be safe for the week.
It was then time for the unknowns to weigh-in, knowing that one person would be eliminated.
Yellow team members Justin and Rulon were the first of the teams training with Brett and Cara to step on the scale, but their weights were irrelevant because they previously won immunity. Justin started off the week weighing 308 pounds and dropped to 292 pounds, losing 16 pounds total. Rulon dropped from 411 pounds to 394 pounds after he lost 17 pounds, and they lost 33 pounds combined as a team.
Red team member Larialmy fell to 259 pounds from 270, shedding 11 pounds, while her husband Jaquin "Q" Allen, a 27-year-old patient services representative from Columbia, SC, lost 13 pounds. He started off the week weighing 398 pounds and dropped to 385 pounds. As a team, they lost a combined total of 24 pounds, posting a 3.59% weight loss percentage for Week 5.
Brown team member Austin Andrews, a 21-year-old radio board operator from Pasadena, CA, and his father Ken Andrews, a 49-year-old pastor also from Pasadena, CA, lost a total of 30 pounds and posted a 4.43% weight-loss percentage. Austin fell from 342 pounds to 326 pounds after he lost 16 pounds, while Ken dropped from 335 to 321 after losing 14 pounds.
Gray team member Kaylee Kinikini, a 20-year-old student from Shelley, ID, shed nine pounds after she fell to 195 pounds from 204 pounds, while her father Moses Kinikini, a 47-year-old garage door installer also from Shelley, ID, dropped from 365 pounds to 351 pounds after losing 14 pounds. They lost a combined 23 pounds and posted a 4.04% weight-loss percentage.
Pink team members Sarah Nitta, a 27-year-old college admissions counselor from Las Vegas, NV, and her mother Denise "Deni" Hill, a 59-year-old administrative assistant from Bountiful, UT, shed a total of 20 pounds, posting a 4.42% weight-loss percentage. Sarah fell to 222 pounds from 231 pounds after she lost nine pounds, while Deni dropped from 221 pounds to 210 pounds after shedding 11 pounds.
The Red team fell below the yellow line, putting them up for elimination. After deliberating, the four teams training with Brett and Cara and Larialmy and Q then arrived for their first elimination ceremony. The Pink team, Gray team and Yellow team all voted to oust Larialmy from The Biggest Loser: Couples, following the wishes of the couple. Q felt he would not be able to succeed in losing weight at home as well as his wife would.
In a post-elimination update, Larialmy started The Biggest Loser: Couples weighing 301 pounds and now weighs 227 pounds. She said she is jogging and wants to be a runner, while she is also serving as an inspiration to her children.
In addition, Don startedThe Biggest Loser: Couples weighing 309 pounds and currently weighs 222 pounds. He said he has been losing weight alongside his brother, but has also been doing a lot of the work proudly on his own.
The Biggest Loser: Couples' next episode will air Tuesday, February 8 at 8PM ET/PT on NBC.