Week Four began just as The Blue Team was leaving the elimination ceremony and getting hugs from Red Team players. Gary told Dave that Aaron had lied to him and stabbed him in the back by voting for Andrea. Kelly M.ac was still in amazement over the fact that she wasn't eliminated. The next morning, Bob arrived to discover that his team's biggest loser had been sent home. Bob was shocked to see Kelly, but even more shocked not to see Aaron. He gathered his team and asked what happened. Andrea explained to Bob that prior to the elimination the team had focused on constant communication. However, once it came time to vote, she said, no one wanted to talk. Bob explained that while he had everyone's best interests at heart, if he were playing the game that they are, Aaron would never have been the one voted out. The Red Team, he went on to say, was "in it to win it." Bob's tirade continued as he singled out Maurice as the one person who was not a team player. Maurice stopped eating his pancakes long enough to pay attention. Bob told Maurice, in front of his teammates, that he just didn't see Maurice's commitment. Maurice, in Bob's opinion, kept taking the easy way out when it came to food which wasn't going to help him later in the real world. The fact that Maurice continued eating while Bob scolded him didn't win him any extra points. Maurice later said that he didn't understand Bob's reasoning and that the speech was "kind of hurtful." After the meeting, Bob turned his frustration into an especially grueling workout for The Blue Team. They went to a school football field to run the stairs - over and over. Gary's knee conked out after one trip up the steep stairs. Maurice couldn't participate at all because of his bum ankle. Basically, Kelly and Andrea were the ones doing all the work. By the time the team finished stairs, sprints and pushups, the girls had collapsed onto the field. But Bob wasn't finished with them. He pulled the girls aside, and as they cried tears of exhaustion and frustration, he told them again what a huge mistake they had made by voting out Aaron. The girls were crushed and Gary did his best to console a desolate Andrea. Maurice said in an interview that even if The Blue Team IS in shambles, they'll go down fighting.
Back at the house, both teams arrived to find a mountain of cupcakes in the living room. A card in front said: "Whoever eats the most cupcakes in 15 minutes gets dinner at the beach with a loved one from home." Ryan immediately said, "In 15 minutes, I could eat two dozen, minimum." Lisa quickly tabulated the amount she could eat, and how many extra calories that would be (about 4,000) and surmised that Jillian would kill her and it wasn't worth it. For Gary, however, knowing his wife was only an hour away, it was a temptation he was willing to consider.
With time running out, almost everyone was considering taking a bite. "Cake is my thing," said Kelly M.ac. Matt suggested they all eat one and then let someone eat a second one - that way they all get a taste and have equal calories added. Ryan and Gary took control by telling those who absolutely did not want to participate to step away from the cupcake mountain. There were five players remaining: Ryan, Dave, Maurice, Lisa and Gary. Ryan suggested they put five pieces of paper into a hat, with one piece containing a black dot. Whoever draws the black dot, eats a cupcake and wins. Everyone agreed that this was a brilliant solution since the "winner" only had to eat one cupcake, which was probably 200 calories at most. Dave drew the dot, and ate his cupcake before the other competitors. This got Maurice to thinking how much he missed his girlfriend...and how much he loved cupcakes. Just as time was running out, Maurice approached cupcake mountain and sniffed one of the delicious mini-treats. Kelly M.ac told him to put it down, while the rest of The Blue Team looked on in horror. Maurice said he was "just messing" with everyone and put it down.
That night, Dave was anxious to see his wife, Tina. He met her at Moonshadows restaurant on the Malibu coast. Seeing his wife for the first time in a month was more emotional for Dave than he had imagined. Her positive feedback about his appearance was just the encouragement and confidence boost that Dave needed to keep going.
The next day, both teams were shuttled to the tallest building west of the Mississippi - the library building in downtown Los Angeles. Caroline greeted them to explain their next challenge. The teams would have to race to the top of the 74-story building. The team that completed the 1,500 steps the fastest would win "the ride of a lifetime" and also got to decide who on The Red Team would sit out the next weigh in. Gary and Maurice were not medically cleared for the challenge due to their injuries, so Kelly M.ac and Andrea had to step it up (so to speak) for The Blue Team. For The Red Team, Kelly M. and Dave were also injured, so they had to pick two players to compete against Kelly M.ac and Andrea. The Red Team randomly chose Lisa and Matt to compete.
The two teams literally raced into the building and began their grueling climb to the top in two separate stairwells. By the 14th floor, Kelly M.ac and Andrea had slowed considerably and were wishing for water. Lisa, meanwhile, had slowed to a crawl with Matt shouting encouragements at her. The 25th Floor landing offered a water reward and both teams paused to savor it. Red pushed on, while their teammates enjoyed a cushy elevator ride to the top. By the 34th floor, Lisa was crying and saying that she needed air. She begged for producers to open the door so she could breathe. Matt tried to calm her down and coach her through some breathing exercises. Matt could tell it was an anxiety attack. Finally, the door was opened and Lisa hugged the wall saying she didn't think she could do it. While a doctor checked Lisa's blood pressure, Kelly M.ac and Andrea soldiered on in their stairwell past the 48th floor. The doctor decided that Lisa needed to stop the challenge and escorted her to a nearby ambulance. Kelly and Andrea had the finish in their sights, oblivious to the drama down below. Their joy fueled their adrenaline and they ran to meet their teammates on top of the building! The Red Team, also clueless to Lisa's emergency exit, was crushed by the loss. The Blue Team's reward started immediately. A helicopter landed on top of the building and whisked them away for a scenic tour of Los Angeles. Maurice decided to abstain from the helicopter ride. Obviously, fear was a factor for him.
Back at the ranch, The Blue Team was thrilled to tell Bob of their victory. Kelly M.ac and Andrea explained that the key to their climbing win was that they used intervals, just as Bob had taught them. A fast climb alternated with a slow climb gave their bodies time to transfer more oxygen, thereby allowing them to climb longer and with less trouble than The Red Team. Speaking of The Red Team, they were clueing Jillian in to what happened with Lisa. Jillian and The Red Team were working out in the gym when Lisa arrived back from the hospital. Lisa immediately began apologizing but Jillian silenced her with a hug; however, Lisa needed to talk. She said Matt was the hare and she was the tortoise. Lisa explained their was nothing she could do. No matter how much Matt and the others tried to reassure her that they weren't mad at her, Lisa wasn't buying it. Then she started to complain that she was on the treadmill when she had just returned from the hospital. Finally, Jillian had had enough.
Shut up!," she yelled, "He is not insulting you. I am not insulting you. Honest to God, Lisa." In a later interview, Jillian said it was one thing to not be able to complete a challenge, but quite another to not accept responsibility for your own issues. Lisa, in a later confessional, said the game had changed. Now, she said, it was about personalities and everyone's gotten a lot more edgy. Friction wasn't just happening between Lisa and the others, but with Matt as well. Matt, according to his teammates, needed to be the constant center of attention which was getting on everyone's nerves. According to Matt, Dave was the one bringing the team down. The Red Team wasn't sounding much like a team.
Things erupted further when Dave confronted Jillian over what he felt was unfair treatment. Dave explained that he was almost 40 years old and knew when his body needed him to stop. He wasn't being lazy, he argued, he was being smart. This was a marathon, not a sprint. Jillian listened then told Dave that he was not giving it his all. Gary was injured. Maurice was injured. Kelly M. was injured. All three of them still found ways to work out. Dave, she said, was hurting the team by not working out. Dave told her to "chill out." But even his teammates wondered how Dave's hurt ankle prevented him from doing an ab workout or an arm workout. When Jillian implied that Dave was making the injury seem worse than it was, Dave flipped out and said "Don't ever accuse me of lying!" Jillian started to explain her position but Dave walked away.
At the weigh in, The Blue Team decided to have Matt sit out for The Red Team. His weight loss wouldn't count for the team, but Matt stepped up to the scale to see how he did. He had dropped an additional 10 pounds! Ryan stepped up next to begin the "official" weigh in for The Red Team. Much to The Blue Team's chagrin, Ryan had dropped 13 pounds! Gary was up first for The Blue Team. Gary had lost 11 pounds, and for the first time in 20 years weighed under 200 pounds! Lisa was up for The Red Team and happy to learn she'd lost 6 pounds. For Blue, Andrea was thrilled that she lost 8 pounds and was now down to 192 pounds. Dave, who had definitely had a rough week, lost 8 pounds despite his injury. Stairclimber extraordinaire Kelly M.ac lost an encouraging 10 pounds! The teams were neck and neck. Red Team had lost 27 pounds, while Blue Team had lost 29. Kelly M., who lost 10 pounds the previous week, had only lost 4 pounds this week. That left The Blue Team plenty of room to win. Maurice only had to have lost more than 2 pounds to bring his team victory. While both teams anxiously watched, Maurice stepped on the scale. He had lost an amazing 14 pounds, giving Blue Team a much-needed win!
The Red Team spent the next day plotting their elimination. Dave seemed to work both the women and the men in an attempt to save his skin. Matt turned to Maurice for advice and Maurice told him it was time to fight. Maurice recommended getting rid of Lisa. When the group finally gathered around the elimination table, Caroline got to the heart of the team's turmoil. She asked Lisa if the others blamed her for losing the challenge. Lisa said she didn't think that they did. Then it was time to cut the fat. The voting kicked off with Lisa saying that there was one person on the team only concerned with their own personal weight loss, not the team's goals. That person, according to Lisa, was Matt. Matt revealed his vote next. He said that recently he found out that a person he used to be close to had been stabbing him in the back. His vote was for Lisa. Ryan spared the team his usual jokes and revealed his vote for Matt. One more vote and Matt would be eliminated. It was down to Dave. Dave also voted for Matt, much to Matt's surprise. The guys had lied to Matt about the vote and sent him home. In fact, everyone had voted for Matt except Matt himself. Despite his disappointment , Matt gave everyone a hug goodbye.
Since leaving the show, Matt stuck to his diet and exercise plan and also continued to not smoke. He's lost an additional 22 pounds! http://www.nbc.com/nbc/The_Biggest_Loser/recaps/104e.shtml