Jillian Michaels, the Biggest Loser trainer with a heart of gold, a body of steel, and the mind of Dr. Phil, is known for using the weight bench as a therapist’s couch. She physically exhausts the contestants in order to break down emotional barriers, regularly eliciting cries of “I eat because I hate myself!” after having someone hold a twenty-pound dumbbell over his or her head for an hour (we’d make up some excuse — “I’m fat because my apartment is small!” — just to get her to be quiet and let us put the damn dumbbell down). But on last night’s episode, a stubborn contestant named Migdalia resisted Jillian’s, er, charms, and all that shouting went for naught. It can be done!
We’ll cry for you, Jillian! Just leave poor Migdalia alone.