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The Biggest Loser - Season 11 Week 3 The Unknowns Big Reveal

The episode begins with a montage going back to episode one when the contestants had top pick between Bob & Jillian or The Unknowns.  Then The Unknowns were revealed…

Golden Glove Champion Cara Castronova and Brett Hoebel.  Then we are shown last week's post weigh in chat with The Unknown Contestants.  Q is confronted by others to step it up this week. 

Back at The Ranch the contestants meet Ali on a rainy day when then two black vans pull up.  The Unknowns then step out of the vans just in time for a Challenge.  The winner of this week's Challenge from The Unknowns and from The Ranch will get to have dinner with Curtis Stone.  At this dinner the team who correctly guesses the caloric value of this meal will win a 2 pound advantage.  The Challenge was to hold an egg in a frying pan for a long as possible.  Last one standing wins.  The twist, the frying pan is to be held upside down.  The Unknowns working together as a team all toss their eggs over the wall towards The Ranch contestants.  All of The Unknowns but Denise who is left standing.  Over on The Ranch side each team fell one by one leaving Marci as the last one standing. 

After that Doctor H got to meet The Unknowns and talk about health with them all to shock them into motivation.  Then Brett and Cara work the contestants over a hard workout.  Meanwhile on The Ranch Bob puts the contestant on a mixed weight and cardio workout while Jillian takes Dan and Don on a hike to talk to them. 

Then it was time for Denise and Marci to head to The Four Seasons to have dinner with Curtis Stone.  Here is the meal they prepared -


Roasted Acorn Squash, Pomegranate and Arugula Salad

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
1 shallot, cut into thin slices
1/2 large acorn squash (about 18 ounces), peeled, halved, seeds removed, cut into 1 inch wedges
2 cloves garlic
2 spring thyme
4 cups wild arugula
1 tablespoon pomegranate seeds
1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts

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Pan-Seared Halibut with Quinoa and Parsley Vinaigrette

For the quinoa:
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1 shallot, finely diced
1 clove garlic, finely diced

1 cup uncooked quinoa 1 cup low (or no) sodium chicken or vegetable stock

For the vinaigrette:
3/4 tablespoon shallots, finely diced
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped

1 teaspoon olive oil
4 four-ounce halibut fillets (each about 1-1/2 inch thick)

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Cider-Poached Pears with Yogurt and Toasted Almonds

1 cup apple cider
1 orange, juice (approx 1/2 cup) of and zest divided (1 teaspoon grated and peel)
1 vanilla pod, split lengthways
1 cinnamon stick
2 star anise
2 pears, peeled, halved and cores removed with Parisian scoop (melon baller)
1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon orange zest
1-1/2 tablespoons sliced and toasted almonds

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Then it was time for this weeks challenge for The Ranch Contestants.  The Challenge was to pump water by hand into a q-drum then pull the q-drum up a 1/2 mile path 61 and empty it until a barrel.  They can fill any barrel they like but as the barrel of a team is filled that team is eliminated.  The Ranch Contestants come up with a plan to leave Irene standing.  Why?  Well the last team standing will be the only vote during this weeks elimination and Irene is the only one so far to face elimination.  So they gave it to her.  Afterwards Bob and Jillian met with the contestants and continue to talk to Dan and Don about being committed to being on The Ranch.  Then it was time for The Last Chance Workout.

 The Weigh In -

This week we had a montage video of The Unknowns weigh in.  This week Q lost a total of 19 pounds.  We also learned that Moses has lost 64 pounds in three weeks.  At The Ranch…

Marci weighed in at 211 -7 pounds this week
Courtney weighed in at 292 -6 pounds this week
So Team Aqua lost 13 pounds or -2.91%

Irene weighed in at 224 -8 pounds this week
So Team Orange lost 8 pounds or -3.44%

Jay weighed in at 350 -14 pounds this week
Jennifer weighed in at 242 -8 pounds this week
So Team Green lost 22 pounds or -3.58%

Jesse weighed in at 269 -9 pounds this week
Arthur weighed in at 459 -4 pounds this week
So Team Blue lost 13 pounds or -1.75%

Hanah weighed in at 220 -6 pounds this week
Olivia weighed in at 233 -6 pounds this week
So Team Purple lost 12 pounds or -2.58%

Are you sitting down?

Dan weighed in at 289 +9, yeah plus nine!
Don weighed in at 274 +9, yeah plus nine!
So Team Black GAINED 18 pounds or +3.31%

Both Dan and Don insisted that they didn't throw the weigh in but it was clear that Dan wanted to be home with his daughter so he was granted his wish and sent home. 

Next week is the last week that The Unknowns have immunity so it's going to be a fun week to see who remains standing at The Ranch.


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