'The Biggest Loser' Season 10, Episode 9 Recap

'The Biggest Loser' - '1 of 8 Eliminated'

It's getting down to the wire for these contestants, so this is usually when gameplay escalates. In a season where it has been a dominant force almost since day one, I fully expected it to become nearly intolerable. Instead, I was surprised by one of the most genuine and moving displays of simple friendship we've ever seen on the show.

Don't get me wrong, it was definitely game on. With Alison announcing that it was every man and woman for themselves from here on out, it was time to get serious. And if these women want to prove they can hang with the big boys and aren't just placeholders for Frado, Brendan and Patrick, they're going to need to really step it up.

Throughout this season, only Ada has performed at, or above, the levels of the men. We've never seen a gender divide so strong as we have this season, though part of that has to do with the way the aforementioned Power Trio has been manipulating the eliminations. It may be more that the weaker female contestants are being kept around than it is that the women can't compete in general. Placeholders.

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