Mom/daughter team Sherry Johnston, 51, and Ashley Johnston, 27, (aka the pink team) of Knoxville made it through another elimination round on NBC's weight-loss reality show "The Biggest Loser," but not without some challenges.
The episode began with the announcement that it would be "student-teacher week," where one of each of the contestant pairs would lead, or teach, their teammate (the student) in the week's exercises ... without the help or training of Jillian or Bob. Plus, only the weight of the "student" would be counted at weigh-in.
"This is crazy!" Ashley said. "I still don't know what to do by myself."
The task grew even more daunting for mom and daughter after they won the right to choose which of their peers would be student and which would be teacher.
Said Ashley: "I regretted it instantly. We don't want to be in charge of other people."
Green team member Migdalia seemed especially bothered by Ashley and Sherry's choice, which set in motion a heated and prolonged confrontation with Jillian.
Later, Sherry and Ashley faced an immunity challenge in which each team had one person create an obstacle course by running a ribbon through a playground and then their teammate had to unravel it, blindfolded. The Knox women didn't win, but the gray team narrowly beat the red team, snagging immunity and the right to swap the teacher/student roles, which they did to the white team.
In the end, Ashley (as the student) needed to lose at least seven pounds to stay in the game; she lost 12. Her previous weight was 345, and after she "swam my butt off" during the week, Ashley dropped to 333 pounds. The pink team weight-loss percentage put them in second place for the weigh-in.
Things weren't so rosy for Michael and Maria of the white team. Mom Maria tearfully begged the other contestants to keep son Michael on the ranch, and her wish was granted, as she was eliminated from the show.
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