Jillian finishes herself the "leprechaun" — her words — in the land of giants in this week's episode of "Losing It …" Jillian Michaels continues this pattern where she hangs around a certain geographic area for a couple of weeks.
Last week, Jillian was in the Nashville, TN suburbs. This week, she was in Springfield, TN, which if it isn't a suburb, the city is near those Nashville suburbs. Does feel like being in a specific geographic place increased your chances of being on the show.
The beauty of being at least 6 feet tall is that you can get away with weighing more. But clearly, some members of the Vivio family have abused that privilege.
Elijah is 14, well over 6 feet tall and 330 pounds. His father Mark has had 11 heart procedures in the last year or so. The father's lack of work is a similar theme in the show, though the declining health has a literal correlation to the loss of work.
The family is eating a meal as Jillian is literally sneaking onto their property. You can't see too much of what they are eating, except for bacon. There is also a package of fat free natural cheese. Not quite sure "fat free" can mean natural, but packages can be deceiving — literally.
The bacon theme comes up in the initial workout as Jebediah — the other teenage son who isn't allowed to say much (since Elijah is the focus among the kids). Jebediah is throwing up:
Laverne (mother): Too much bacon for lunch.
Jillian: How much bacon did you have for lunch? How much bacon.
Jillian: 10 strips. Look, there's at least 2. Jebediah puked. Yea!!
Well, the mother was there when her child was eating 10 bacon strips. But she takes it all in stride. And poor Jebediah: barely allowed on TV and he'll best be remembered for eating 10 strips of bacon and losing some of that in a workout.
This is all there is in terms of their bad eating habits: none of these people are in great shape, even the two oldest boys who make small appearances in the episode. Yet, there is nothing about what bad stuff they might be eating.
The attempt to eat better turns into a commercial for Subway — within the episode. About :25 into the episode, Jillian takes the family to Subway.
Jillian: Instead of you picking up a pizza or taking two burgers and smooshing them together, there are things that we can do that are fast food that are going to be a lot lower in calories and a lot better for you. You can do salads, you can do sandwiches.
Jillian goes for the vegetarian sandwich on the Italian bread. Elijah gets the oven roasted chicken breast. Makes for good, er, commercial copy.
Jillian (to Laverne): "Since I have had your cooking this week, I do think we need to be working on how to eat out."
Okay. Unless Jillian thinks this family is going to eat out all the time — and they won't — they would need help on being better in their own kitchen. But that isn't as interesting for TV sake — the show would rather give a "promotional consideration" (i.e., advertisement within the show) to Subway.
In a promotional consideration, you get something from that company. If Subway got this much publicity for 5 measly lunches, we would love to get that kind of a ROI.
The long ago parable taught us that giving fish feeds us for a day, but teaching us to fish lasts us a lifetime. The Vivio family would be better off with fish instead of Subway — a subject that will be dealt with in much more detail tomorrow.