Jillian and Jay forge a tighter bond as he anxiously returns home to see his family

By Alison Sweeney
Updated December 04, 2013 11:00 AM
Credit: NBC

Alison Sweeney is the host of NBC’s The Biggest Loser, the award-winning star of Days of Our Lives, and author of The Star Attraction and The Mommy Diet. She’s also a director, producer, wife and mom. Like she has for the past three seasons, Alison will blog each week about the latest episode of The Biggest Loser. Follow her on Twitter: @Ali_Sweeney.

This week was all about Jillian doing what she does best on The Biggest Loser.

Bob had just had a truly emotional goodbye with Hollie, and emotions were already running high when I told the contestants that one would be going home with his or her trainer. When Jay put his face on the wheel, I could tell how much he wanted it to land on his face and for him to go home to see his family.

Some of the contestants were clearly more anxious about going home than others, but when the wheel did land on Jay, the overwhelming happiness he felt was great. Jillian, meanwhile, was another story – she was really upset that she had to leave her girls behind, and was worried about Jay getting home and not wanting to return to the ranch after time with his family.

The week proved to be exactly what Jay needed. He got to spend time with his family but really was able to explain his heartbreak to Jillian. That bonding moment allowed her to work with him in a way I don’t think she could have, had they not traveled home together.

Meanwhile, I was really impressed that Bob took in the White Team, who joined his own team for the workouts. There’s a definite bond on campus that transcends teams and makes the experience for contestants so impactful.

When Jay got back to campus and walked into the gym with Jillian, they both looked like they’d changed a bit for the better despite the pressure of Jay’s weight representing their team for the week.

The fact that Ruben lost only two pounds was a shocking way to start the weigh-in, but David again delivered with a 7-pound weight loss. I love that he’s gone from starting the show in the 400s and is now in the 200 range!

In the end, Jillian and Jay proved to be a dynamic duo while he was at home, with his stunning 12-pound weight loss keeping the White Team safe for another week. Unfortunately, Ruben fell below the red line, but I can’t wait to see him at the finale – I know there’s so much greatness in store for him.

My favorite moment of the week: Rachel conquering her fear and getting back in the water. Dolvett’s abs weren’t too bad, either, during their time at the pool!