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'The Biggest Loser' week 15 recap: White House workout and weight gain

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We got teased with the arrival of Michelle Obama on last week's The Biggest Loser, but in this episode we got to spend some more time with the First Lady!

All of the contestants are feeling very excited, and they're not going to be let down, either - Michelle goes to speak to each of them and their families individually, giving all of them a hug. What's more, she tells them that she's a fan of the show... and proves it by meeting Mark's partner and asking if she's the "hot wife"!

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Michelle admits that she is "blown away" by the progress of the contestants and praises them all, calling them "inspirations" (which surprises a few of the contestants - "I should be saying those things to her!" Chris marvels.) Meanwhile, Conda can't help but note the weirdness of the First Lady hugging her daughter - and how far she's come lately. And Jeremy jokes that when Michelle hugged him, he was worried about the Secret Service!

Elsewhere, Kim becomes quite emotional as her son talks about how they knew she could do it. Michelle tells her that she deserves everything life has to offer as there'll be lots to come. "Yay for you!" she adds.

A White House Workout

Michelle Obama talks to the contestants about her initiative Let's Move, which aims to prevent childhood obesity by having families work out and eat healthily together. But she practises what she preaches - she's going to work out with the contestants and their families! "I'm scared," she jokes, telling Bob and Dolvett: "I have secret service agents watching you..."

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Everyone gets involved with the workout - though Bob admits that he's nervous about training the First Lady! Meanwhile, Buddy's thrilled because he got a fistbump with her before the workout began.

Kim praises Michelle for being "so cool and so down to earth", while Bob points out that she embodies 'no excuses' - she's so busy yet still finds time to work out. But Michelle has fun with the workout and jokes that she's finding it tough: "Can't a First Lady get a towel?"



Afterwards, she sets them all a challenge - she wants each contestant to sign as many people as possible up to the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award, which asks people to eat healthily and get active for six weeks. The contestant who signs the most people up between now and the finale will win... and it's a big prize! The winner will get $30,000 of cardio and weight equipment for a group in their local community!

Then it's time to say goodbye to Michelle Obama (boo!). As she leaves, Bob jokes: "How cool was that?"

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Last Chance Workouts

There's time for some last chance workouts in Washington before the contestants return to California, but Chris is struggling. After seeing her children she's missing Roy, and when she calls him to talk, he admits that he's missing her too. What's more, he wants her to come home.

Chris is devastated - "it scares me to know how much is on my plate at times". In the end, she does what she always used to do - comfort eating. After eating foods like a burger, grilled cheese, banana and chocolate and peanut butter, Chris admits that she knows she shouldn't be doing it but is treating herself badly. "The old Chris was a very sad person, very unhappy," she says, tearfully. "And I don't want to be that person anymore, but I'm afraid that the old Chris might have the ability to creep in and take over. It's just something I have to fight."

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In her last chance workout, Bob realises pretty quickly that something's not right and Chris admits that she's all but given up on the competition. But Bob won't stand for that and asks her when Roy has offered her support. Chris begins to cry and says she doesn't know, prompting Bob to say that something needs to change. After some motivational words, Chris agrees that she wants to stay as she doesn't want to go back to the person she was before. "I do have a journey here to complete, and for me to be the better wife for him I really need to fight to stay," she says, vowing to work out with a renewed vigor.

So everyone begins their last chance workouts, which are important - as Mark points out, they've not had much of a chance to train with the makeover and trip to Washington and everything. Every pound counts... After all, Mark's determined to break into the 100s after his zero weight loss last week, while Kim worries that she'll be out if she drops below the yellow line!

The Weigh-In

It's back to the Ranch - and what a welcome back! It's the weigh-in. Alison reminds us that from the challenge that aired last week, Conda has a 1lb disadvantage while Buddy has a 1lb advantage. Will that make a difference?



As the weigh-in gets under way, Mark's thrilled when he loses 4lbs and ends up breaking into the 100s! But there's worse news for Kim, who's disappointed when she only loses 2lbs. She explains that the week was worth it, but begins to worry that she'll end up below the yellow line. Conda, too, admits she'd like to have lost more than 5lb, while Bob takes the opportunity to say that she has come a long way and he is a "big fan".

But the real drama comes when Chris steps onto the stage and admits that she did some binge eating. And then come the figures - she's gained 2lbs. "I'm not surprised," Chris says. "I have to accept responsibility for that." Bob reminds her that she felt "lousy" after binge eating and suggests that she could still learn from her mistake, making it a mistake worth making.

The final order after the weigh-in is as follows:

1. Jeremy - loses 11lbs (4.23%)
2. Buddy (1lb advantage) - loses 9lbs (3.72%)
3. Mark - loses 4lbs (2.00%)
4. Conda (1lb disadvantage) - loses 5lbs (1.90%)
5. Kim - loses 2lbs (1.22%)
6. Chris - gains 2lbs (+1.18%)

But who's going home? Bob takes the chance to hug Chris and ask her not to sell herself short - "I believe in you," he says. Chris thinks she should stay because of how she responded to the week's circumstances. Meanwhile, Buddy admits he's torn - Kim's a bigger threat, but then she wants it more and has fought harder.

Conda's first to vote and explains that she has seen both Kim and Chris come a long way, but explains that she thinks you have to be fully invested if you're here. She votes out Chris, adding: "I feel like if you were here, your head and heart would be at home."

Next up is Buddy, who admits that he struggled to choose between his head and heart. But he explains that Kim is "like a sister" and votes out Chris. The news that she is safe really affects Kim, who begins to cry. She admits that she's felt alone in the game before and explains that she often does that so people don't hurt her. As Buddy gets tearful, she explains that him saying she's like a sister means so much, and the pair hug.

"It just touched me," Kim explains later. "So much. He stuck up for me! That's pretty awesome."



But Kim's happy news means we're saying goodbye to Chris, who emotionally says that she is "tremendously blessed" to have had the chance to star on The Biggest Loser. She says they are all "treasured" friends and explains that she's pleased to be returning to her family. "I am leaving here with a tremendous sense of accomplishment," she says later. "I'm very proud of myself. I am thankful for every moment I've had here and very grateful."

We also get the chance to see Chris at home, where she explains that she, Roy and her children have been making physical activity and healthy eating a priority in their lives. "People who've known me the longest say I'm back to the Chris they used to know," she says. "Now I don't feel like anything or anybody can hold me back." And what's more - she and Roy are planning a trip across the country on bicycles!

The Biggest Loser airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC.

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