'The Biggest Loser': Time to meet your Final Four

sunshine-hampton-biggest-loser-s9-320.jpgThis week's " The Biggest Loser" loses a contestant but gains more time to fill. Anyone want some Subway?

Alison Sweeney has some big news to break; there is no yellow line this week. Instead, there will be a red line. The person with the lowest percentage of weight loss will automatically go home. There's no voting, which makes the alliances useless. Oops. But now for the good news. A couple of visitors arrive on the ranch to lend some helpful advice.

First is Helen, the winner from a couple seasons ago. She's put on about 20 pounds since the show, which is normal. What's not normal is gaining back all the weight like Eric from season three did. He's currently going through the weight-loss process yet again. Helen and Eric talk to the players and give them some helpful hints about what to expect once they go back home. And hopefully, Eric told them how to avoid making the same mistakes he did.

Let's take a moment to discuss Mike's little freak-out. The whole show he's been complaining about the fact that he's lost 200 pounds and is still obese. He feels like the finish line is just too far away, so when Bob tries to talk some sense into him he FLIPS out. He starts screaming and huffing and puffing and storms out of the gym. OK, we get it. It's frustrating. You're still shopping at the big men's clothing store. You're still fat. It sucks. But you started off at 500+ pounds. Of course you won't be a size 36 pant yet. Look at Shay from last season. She'll be coming back on this season's finale because her journey was only half over. It took him twenty years to put that weight on. He could at least expect it to take a year or so to take the weight off.

daris-george-biggest-loser-s9-320.jpgThe challenge this week is the same one Helen did a couple seasons ago. It's the one where they have to go over 15 hills while dropping off increments of weight loss from each week. Now that Sam has gone home, the smallest guy is Daris so naturally he takes an early lead and never looks back. He pretty much dominates the game and finishes in 15 minutes. That's hardcore. Meanwhile, Mike and Ashley are struggling but it ends up being pretty cathartic for them. Sunshine and Koli help them to the finish like one big happy family. For winning, Daris gets to choose between $10,000 and a one-pound advantage. He chose the advantage (which, as it turns out, he didn't need).

The weigh-in this week was pretty intense. Everyone dropped huge numbers, especially for the last week on the ranch. Daris was the biggest loser with a ten-pound loss, followed by Koli with 13, and Mike with 12. Ashley only lost seven pounds so that means Sunshine needs six pounds to beat her. Unfortunately, she only loses two for whatever reason. This is a surprise for a number of reasons, the least of which is that Sunshine was a clear favorite to win throughout the entire season. Regardless, she seems pretty content at home and hopes to lose another 20 pounds before the finale.

Next week: the final four are sent home and somebody gains weight! Huzzah!