January 04, 2006 11:21 PM by Joe Blackmon
First the Amazing Race offered up a family edition, and now The Biggest Loser follows the trend. It’s the Muha family vs. the Samuels family on The Biggest Loser Special Edition. Each of the two families has dealt with a recent crisis. The mother in the Samuels family lost a kidney to cancer, and the Muha family ‘s only son is off at war. Before the initial weigh-in, Host Caroline Rhea tortures the families by showing them an assortment of their favorite foods.
The first challenge for the families is to race across the desert while carrying giant sundaes. Two ice cream trucks follow the families across the desert, but they don’t add anything to the challenge and appear to be there for show only. The prize for the first team to cross the finish line is a brand new computer, a digital camera, and a printer. The Muha family wins the first challenge.
The second challenge is a nutrition quiz for a $2,500 shopping spree, and the Muha family wins again. Even though the Muha family wins both family challenges, Otto Muha and Don Samuels engage in a personal race challenge. Don wins the race, which inspires his family. Don draws a parallel between his win and boxer Muhammad Ali’s comeback victories. The Samuels family winds up winning the weigh-in.
After the weigh-in, the families are sent back home to apply what they learned at the ranch. The special seems to run about thirty minutes to an hour too long though, because some of the segments get very repetitive. At the final weigh-in, the Samuels family has lost a combined 144 pounds, but the Muha family has lost an amazing combined 219 pounds. The Muha family are the Biggest Losers and win the $50,000 prize.