Wow, my cable provider almost caused me to miss the latest episode by putting a description of episode 4 on the guide yesterday. I thought it might have been because of the holiday and I wasn’t going to watch a rerun. But I decided to check when it came on at 9:00. There it was, a brand new show. I guess it’s hard to get good help these days, at least for cable companies.
Episode 5 opened with another really hard march in the extreme heat. Everyone was falling behind, so they decided to provide a “short cut” with the option to take it or not. Of course, everyone took it. The short cut allowed everyone the opportunity to cross a lake by canoe rather than walking around the lake.
In a sad note, Matt had to withdraw from the March because of his knee. They showed the x-ray of his knee and even someone with no medical knowledge could see it wasn’t good. There was no cushion between the upper and lower leg bones in the knee joint. That meant bone was rubbing on bone. He needs surgery. I am amazed that he made it this far. It had to be excruciating to walk on that knee. He was very disappointed because he wanted to make his children proud. I think his children will be proud and should be – their father showed tremendous courage in the face of an immense obstacle. His attitude was always good and he never gave up – even when forced to withdraw by facts, his attitude was good. He will succeed eventually because he has that strength of character.
Anthony, on the other hand, remained manipulative to the end. This was someone I had liked at the beginning of the series. Now I was beginning to dislike to energy he gave to the group. It was selfish and immature to try to pit one team member against another. But karma being what it is, I was pretty sure he’d get his due eventually. I was right. He could not keep up with the crew and kept putting them in a place to have to make up his miles. He thought he could still avoid being voted off because … well, I don’t really know … because he thinks he’s so likeable I guess. Wrong. Anthony was voted off by Loralie and one other person who’s name escapes me this morning. Lucky for that person. As much as I feel Anthony got what he deserved, I don’t have any compassion left for Loralie. She has not gotten the concept of team at all. Every time she chooses to vote someone off, it is because she is thinking of herself and, it seems, not thinking too highly of herself. She is afraid she won’t be able to cover the added miles and will lose the prize at the end. Isn’t the prize really about weight loss, increased self-esteem and the ability to give and receive support?! She doesn’t believe in herself and isn’t willing to put someone else’s well being before her own desire to win — and she wants to have a child. Good luck to that child. “Sorry, kid, but you can’t learn to walk because you might fall and I might not be strong enough to pick you up.” As Anthony learned – karma is kicking around, waiting to bite you in the butt. Watch out!
The challenge was interesting. Shopping for a list of foods at a farmer’s market. Just a couple of rules. And because Matt had to drop out, one person was chosen randomly to be excluded from the challenge – sorry Sam. The others were randomly grouped into teams of two. The list was given verbally only – 30 items to be remembered. I hope the on screen listing wasn’t the only time the participants heard the list. 30 items is a lot to remember after one hearing. There was one rule: the partners had to do the shopping together – they could not split up. Chantal, who was paired with Anthony, had trouble with that one. They were given a warning, but she wandered off a second time. The others were really bothered by it — kind of like kids tattling on each other. Personally, I wonder if Chantal doesn’t have some aspect of ADHD. She reminds me of some folks I know who do have that issue. The prize in this challenge was a trip to Hawaii. It struck me that the earlier challenges, which had been more physically challenging than this, had the lesser prizes. I wondered if there was a message there somewhere. Not sure about that.
Weigh in was positive for everyone. We now have 2 women under 200 lbs. Women still have smaller weight loss than the men. Too bad Anthony’s little tricks caught up to him – he was making really good weight loss progress. It really was showing in his face. Hopefully, he’ll keep up the good work somehow.
It was interesting to see how close Jami Lyn and Anthony had gotten. Since she’s listed as a military mom, there’s a whole lot of buzz on the message boards about whether or not there’s a military dad in the picture or not. Personally, I don’t care. These people know they’re on TV and they know how they should or shouldn’t behave to make their family and friends proud of them.
This episode brought the group to about 510 miles. 60 miles to go in the final episode. I would expect the rest of this group to finish. Their prize winnings will be significantly lowered since the number of participants is now half of the original 12. Still, not a bad payday for taking a walk.
Tune in next week for the final leg of this march.