It’s down to the final five contestants on “The Biggest Loser,” and emotions run high as a red-line weigh-in looms before the live finale. In a rare moment, stoic trainer Bob Harper actually breaks down in tears during a private talk with Jeff, and Zap2it has your first look at the intense exchange.
During the last chance workout, Bob pulls Jeff outside for a heart-to-heart. “I can’t believe I’m doing this right now, but you really affected me this season,” Bob tells Jeff. “There was just something in your story that really touched me. And I never want you to go back to that person that I saw in that video yesterday. He broke my heart, and I’ve not been able to quit thinking about him.”
Bob is referring to footage of 24-year-old Jeff at home before arriving at the “Biggest Loser” ranch. At 388 pounds, he would lay around in bed chowing down on junk food snacks. Jeff is nearly unrecognizable now, compared to the man Bob grieves for in the at-home video. Since the first weigh-in, including three whole weeks he had to spend off the ranch, Jeff has shed 112 pounds.
Jeff’s father passed away six weeks after a cancer diagnosis when his son was just 17-years-old. “I know wherever your father is right now that he is so proud of you,” says Bob through tears. “There is no way he couldn’t be.” After the talk, Bob reveals Jeff’s struggle mirrors his own. “I feel like I really relate to Jeff,” says Bob. “He lost his father at such a young age and he was just looking for that approval for father. And I have found that I’ve spent so much of my life wanting that exact same thing.”
Jeff is moved by the exchange, and fighting back tears of his own, tells Bob, “You’ve changed my life. One hundred percent. And I can’t thank you enough.” Jeff says Bob helped save his life, and Bob graciously offers to be there should Jeff ever feel himself falling back off the wellness wagon.
There are sure to be more tear-jerker moments Monday (March 11) as the final five contestants compete in a challenge to “put their weight back on.” Jeff, Jackson, Gina, Danni, and Joe will be forced to carry the weight they have lost up a mountain, then drop the weight incrementally in order of their loss. The kids — Biingo, Sunny, and Lindsay — are also back to review their own transformations, and the whole crew will face vital health updates.
At the weigh-in, one contestant will fall below the red line and be sent packing. Two more will fall below the yellow line, leaving America to vote on who stays and who goes.
“The Biggest Loser” airs Monday at 8/7 central on NBC.