'Thintervention' Episode 7 Recap

Will Jackie's clients sink or swim on their own?

As promised last week, Jackie Warner took her clients on a surprise trip -- to a luxurious sports and fitness resort. In their goodie bags? Dreaded swimsuits. Despite their complaining and misgivings about revealing so much skin, the group grudgingly suits up in preparation for an aerobic pool workout. The person who puts forth the most effort will receive a coveted prize: Her or his own room (the rest will have to bunk up). Stacy, enticed by the carrot of privacy dangled before her, splashes and jumps and is proclaimed the winner for the second week in a row.

This is the last week before Jackie’s clients will be left to their own devices for six weeks to shed the rest of their pounds and reach their goal weights.

On the way to their extreme workout, “star pupil” Bryan gets to ride shotgun with Jackie. In her pimped out car, he confesses to being freaked out about reintroducing foods into his diet, foreshadowing drama to come.

Once everyone arrives at the aquatic center, the extreme workout is revealed: A rowing challenge. The winning team will be treated to a day at the spa; the losers will have to wake up early and exercise for two hours. The racing atmosphere brings out different reactions among the clients: Shay, who can’t swim, is terrified as she approaches the water, but her focus on winning pushes aside her anxiety. Mandy is invigorated by her competitive streak. Stacy is shouting out stroke counts. As a result, Team Stacy/Shay/Mandy/Jeana wins.

That night, Jackie brings everyone together for a final dinner before the weigh-in. The last supper, if you will. But instead of requesting water with lemon and spinach salad, she throws everyone for a loop by ordering the kind of pig-out feast you’d normally reserve for 3 a.m. drunken binges: Fried calamari, coconut shrimp, spinach artichoke dip, kobe sliders. It’s a test, and Bryan is the first to succumb, rewarding his workout efforts with a deep fried nibble. Jackie calls him on it, and all hell breaks loose.

Bryan’s anger erupts. He calls the dinner “a set-up” and likens it to “throwing cocaine at a drug addict.” The others join him in his rage, and Jackie replies that their anger signals to her that they’re not ready to continue losing weight. Nikki the Life Coach shocks everyone by serving as the voice of reason, explaining that their anger represents an unwillingness to truly commit to health.  “When you’re angry, your first instinct is to blame someone else…Now, just learn [about] yourself. [Ask yourself,] ‘Why did I react that way?’”

Jackie asks the waitress to remove the calorie-bomb appetizers and works with the group to order in a healthy way, including reduced-portion four-ounce steaks, tuna sashimi and bun-less burgers. “Now you’ve got some solid strategies to deal with this kind of situation and not get flustered the next time you feel railroaded into eating bad foods,” she says. “And trust me, it will happen.”

At therapy, everyone is asked to reveal what they believe their biggest challenge will be once released from Jackie for six weeks of independent weight loss. For Nikki, it’s self-sabotage, primarily in the form of vodka tonics. Shay is an emotional eater who rewards herself or drowns her sorrow in ice cream. Mandy was called “fatso” growing up by her family -- but in a “loving” way -- and now associates pigging out with affection. Stacy uses food as a crutch. Jeana was depressed and struggled with being everything to everyone. Bryan let himself go when he fell in love.

The biggest breakthrough, though, comes when Joe apologizes to the group for his teasing, and concedes his snarkiness was a defense mechanism. Earlier in the episode, Joe’s chauvinistic attitude had reared its misogynistic head when he demanded that Jackie turn around and show off her butt in her bathing suit. He had also made fun of Stacy for having “cankles.” But Joe has come to realize that he doesn’t have to be the funny fat kid forever, and the time for him to redefine himself and how the world sees him is now.

After weigh ins, Jackie asks her charges for three things in the coming weeks: 1) Intensity in their workouts, 2) clean eating, 3) that they serve as a support system for one another. How will they fare? We’ll find out at the big reveal in a week! Stay tuned!

Age: 36
Starting weight: 259 pounds
Wants to lose: 60 pounds
Pounds lost after seventh episode: 7
Pounds lost so far: 39

Age: 54
Starting weight: 174 pounds
Wants to lose: 25 pounds
Pounds lost after seventh episode: 1
Pounds lost so far:  13

Age: 39
Starting weight: 223 pounds
Wants to lose: 50 pounds
Pounds lost after seventh episode: 0
Pounds lost so far:  18

Age: 23
Starting weight: 224 pounds
Wants to lose: 50 pounds
Pounds lost after seventh episode: 2 
Pounds lost so far:  20

Age: 35
Starting weight: 230 pounds
Wants to lose: 40 pounds
Pounds lost after seventh episode: 3
Pounds lost so far:  22

Shannon aka “Shay”
Age: 22
Starting weight: 204 pounds
Wants to lose: 50 pounds
Pounds lost after seventh episode: +1
Pounds lost so far: 19

Age: 48
Starting weight: 167 pounds
Wants to lose: 30 pounds
Pounds lost after seventh episode: 1
Pounds lost so far: 23

Watch Thintervention with Jackie Warner on Monday nights 10/9 C on Bravo.

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