The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 8

Posted by Shane on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Jackie fell below the red line and was eliminated in The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 7.

One player from each team will run on a treadmill. Once they stop running, they will go into the water. As they continue, the speed will increase every 5 minutes. Damien, Rondalee, and Scott will run for their teams. Rondalee’s pretty sure she can hang with the football players, but this time she cannot. Scott ends up beating Damien, and the red team finally wins a challenge.

Now they can assign penalties. One team will have to clean the house and cannot go to the gym until they are finished. The other team will go to Las Vegas for the week. Only on this show is that a punishment. The red team gives the trip to Vegas to the white team to try to knock them off their winning pedestal, while the blue team will clean.

When they arrive, they are immediately greeted by temptation in the form of chocolate covered strawberries and champagne, but they resist. Of course, it doesn’t end there. Their first stop is a buffet. They are pretty good. Then they go to a club. The women are confident, but they are concerned about the guys, who are clearly not entirely opposed to indulging at least a little. In the end, everybody does seem to mostly behave, though it appears there is more interest in partying than exercise.

Now we head to Comeback Canyon for the second chance weigh in.

Jackie: 249 pounds (-3, 1.19%)
Gina: 202 pounds (-2, 0.98%)

Two lackluster numbers, but Jackie’s 3 pound weight loss for the second week in a row is enough to save her.

Rob: 387 pounds (-9, 2.27%)
Jordan: 253 pounds (-6, 2.32%)
Scott: 283 pounds (-5, 1.74%)
Blake: 196 pounds (-3, 1.51%)
Red Total: 1119 pounds (-23, 2.01%)

Rondalee: 231 pounds (-3, 1.28%)
JJ: 321 pounds (-7, 2.13%)
Sonya: 215 pounds (-6, 2.71%)
Toma: 263 pounds (-8, 2.95%)
Woody: 335 pounds (-7, 2.05%)
White Total: 1365 pounds (-31, 2.22%)

Lori: 255 pounds (-5, 1.16%)
Damien: 317 pounds (-9, 2.76%)
Blue Total: 572 pounds (-12, 2.05%)

Once again, the two punished teams outperformed the not punished team, and the one with the worse punishment did the best. As the smallest loser on the losing team, Blake has fallen below the red line.

From her starting weight of 242 pounds, Gina is down 65 pounds to 177 today.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 9, which airs Thursday at 8/7c on NBC.

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Survivor: San Juan del Sur Episode 6

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 7:12 pm

When given the choice between the two pairs, Jaclyn and Jon went with Missy and Baylor in Survivor: San Juan del Sur Episode 5, helping to vote out Kelley.

Dale pulls out his fake idol. He informs Jon that he won’t be going home next time. More than once. He’s a little too adamant about it, but that doesn’t seem to prevent the rumor from being believed.

Jeremy’s angry about the proposed trade. Even though they have nothing to eat, he doesn’t care. Of course, he was part of the problem of eating too much rice originally.

As promised, Jeff shows up at camp the next day with a bag of rice. He can only think of one other time that someone has needed this sort of help, back in Australia (season 2) when perhaps people did not know any better, and they also had some other hardships that contributed. This is the first tribe of gluttons who suck at planning.

In order to receive enough rice to last the rest of the game, he wants the tarp, hammock, bed roll, hatchet, hammer, one of the pots, and the extra flint. Basically, everything they have won so far during their winning streak, aside from the fishing gear that they already gave up so they could replace the lost flint.

For the reward challenge, one person at each tribe will be blindfolded, go across obstacles to stations and collect puzzle pieces (while avoiding the similar dummy pieces), then go to the other station to complete the puzzle. Reward is chicken and steak. Reed and Baylor are nominated by their tribes as the strongest competitors for this challenge. They are both in about the same place when they get back to the station with all their pieces. Reed places a single dummy piece, which he correctly replaces before asking for confirmation, and he wins reward for Hunahpu as usual.

Baylor will be going to Exile Island. Reed wants to send Julie with her. Then Natalie pipes up and volunteers to go instead. I’m not sure what she gains from this, but what she does not gain is a meal, as she will not participate in the reward. Her explanation is that she wants Missy and Baylor to take care of her after the merge. When they do arrive, Baylor volunteers the idol clue.

Jeremy views Josh and Reed as threats. I’m losing track of how many people are his targets.

As fate would have it, the day they give up their tarp, it starts raining. Julie is the most shaken up about this and is talking about quitting.

For the immunity challenge, they will race up and over a wall, move a large wooden cube, and get puzzle pieces by unwinding them from a spring. Then two tribe members will put together the puzzle. Julie sits out for Hunahpu. Hunahpu takes the lead as usual, but Jon manages to overtake Jeremy when he is retrieving puzzle pieces. Jon’s dominance continues and gives his team a large lead heading into the puzzle. With 8 pieces in total, Jon manages to place 3 of them before the other tribe even places any. As Coyopa falls apart on the last half of the puzzle, however, Hunahpu retakes the lead and wins immunity.

Dale has a new strategy. He offers his fake idol (at least he’s pretty sure it’s fake) to Jon if he is not voted out tonight. This is a much more interesting strategy. They could just split the vote and get rid of Keith in case Dale plays an idol, but now Jon has incentive to keep Dale.


With 3 votes, Dale has been voted off the island. Given the ties Missy and Baylor have on the other side, whereas Dale has nobody, I’m not sure this was the right move, although it beats trying to play a fake idol and having it backfire.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: San Juan del Sur Episode 7, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

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The Amazing Race 25 Episode 5

Posted by Shane on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Despite their initial dominance, Jim & Misti fell short in The Amazing Race 25 Episode 4 on the simple failure of reading the clue, but they were saved by a non-elimination leg.

Teams depart in the order in which they arrived.

First: Kym & Alli - 9:48PM
Second: Brooke & Robbie - 12:18AM
Third: Keith & Whitney - 12:22AM
Fourth: Amy & Maya - 12:37AM
Fifth: Tim & Te Jay - 1:00AM
Sixth: Shelley & Nici - 1:59AM
Seventh: Adam & Bethany - 2:19AM
Eighth: Jim & Misti - 2:29AM

Teams will now fly more than 2000 miles to Marrakech, Morocco. I would be surprised if there is more than one flight a day that is going to get them there from Sweden and especially nothing this late at night, even if the sun still has not yet set.

Nici thinks the appropriate language to speak in Morocco is Spanish. No, she’s serious. Not just the usual “rapido” but actual full conversations. Perhaps their cab driver understands (turns out Spain is right across the sea), though everyone else there is speaking French, also not the language I expected to hear.

For their speed bump, Jim & Misti must hang carpets, or at least she tries to help while he takes control. The other teams meanwhile are dragging a vendor cart through the streets. They need to take them to the correct location and then set them up.

The road block requires teams to finish preparing the animal skins then deliver the prepared skins by bicycle.

Road block (in order of arrival): Keith, Amy, Brooke, Bethany, Tim, Kym, Nici, Misti

They all discuss how this is the grossest thing they have ever done. Maya, who is not one of the people participating in the task, talks about how it’s not that bad. It smells just like a petting zoo.

All teams go the same way and arrive at basically the same time. Whatever advantage the lead teams may have had is gone now.

Having finished for now taking things out on her daughter, Shelley gets into an argument with Keith over a few seconds difference in receiving a clue. Just let her go, Keith. She seems to need to get a clue more.

The detour is a choice between twirl time or tree time. In twirl time, teams must become street performers, spinning their tassle for one consecutive minute while maintaining a beat. In tea time, they have to carry a tea set through the streets and then one team member will balance a tray on one arm while the other pours.

Tea time: Adam & Bethany, Jim & Misti, Brooke & Robbie, Tim & Te Jay, Keith & Whitney (switched from twirl time)
Twirl time: Kym & Alli, Amy & Maya, Shelley & Nici

The head twirling is the difficult part of the twirling task. Nobody gets it particularly quickly, and some struggle to get it for a while. Whitney eventually gives up. The other task is more about attention to detail, most importantly the proper pouring height. Then there’s Misti, who does not understand that you can only use one arm.

Kym & Alli choose not to U-turn anyone, and Adam & Bethany follow suit. Shelley & Nici don’t need to use it (they are in third, and the sensible thing is to save it), but it’s obvious they are going to. They U-turn Keith & Whitney for the sake of revenge. Tim & Te Jay do not U-turn anybody, and the next three teams do not either.

Al Matjar Carpet Shop is the pit stop for this leg of the race. Really?

First: Kym & Alli (win $5,000 each)
Second: Adam & Bethany
Third: Tim & Te Jay
Fourth: Shelley & Nici
Fifth: Brooke & Robbie
Sixth: Misti & Jim
Seventh: Amy & Maya
Eliminated: Keith & Whitney

Keith & Whitney were already way behind everybody else after switching detours, so their only hope was that somebody else would be U-turned. Adding their U-turn to the task problems, they ended up hours behind the rest.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of The Amazing Race 25 Episode 6, which airs Friday at 8/7c on CBS.

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The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 7

Posted by Shane on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 6:09 pm

After falling below the red line in The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 6, Gina was eliminated.

Jessie chooses today to tap into his team’s inner athletes. He starts off with Lori, three time gold medalist, and tries to hit her pitches.

The teams have a task this week of holding 15% of their body weight above their heads. If they let go, their trainers will fall into the pool. The first team to fail will lose their trainer for the week, and the next team will only have their trainer for the last chance workout. Sonya and Woody (rather than Rondalee) sit out for the white team. Blake sits out for the red team.

After half an hour, nobody has let go. Scott drops at 34 minutes. Jordan follows. It’s pretty much a lost cause for the red team, the heaviest of the bunch, and Rob is next. White and blue teams are still intact after 50 minutes. JJ is the first person to drop from the white team. Then Toma. And of course Rondalee falls next. This is kind of a silly challenge since one person falling is leading to the downfall of everybody else. Blue team is the only team that will have their trainer for the week.

Gina: 204 pounds (-3, 1.45%)
Matt: 315 pounds (-2, 0.63%)

They both put up pretty bad numbers, but Matt’s big week last week caught up with him, allowing Gina to get by with a 3 pound weight loss.

Rob: 396 pounds (-9, 2.22%)
Jordan: 259 pounds (-7, 2.63%)
Scott: 288 pounds (-7, 2.37%)
Blake: 199 pounds (-5, 2.45%)
Red Total: 1142 pounds (-28, 2.39%)

Lori: 258 pounds (-5, 1.90%)
Jackie: 252 pounds (-2, 0.79%)
Damien: 326 pounds (-5, 1.51%)
Blue Total: 836 pounds (-12, 1.42%)

JJ: 328 pounds (-7, 2.09%)
Toma: 271 pounds (-4, 1.45%)
Woody: 342 pounds (-4, 1.16%)
Rondalee: 234 pounds (-2, 0.85%)
Sonya: 221 pounds (-6, 2.64%)
White Total: 1396 pounds (-23, 1.62%)

Interestingly, the less time teams had with their trainer this week, the better they did. As the smallest loser both on the losing blue team and overall, Jackie has fallen below the red line and been eliminated.

From his starting weight of 386 pounds, Matt is down 114 pounds to 272 today. His girlfriend has been begging him for a few years to go up to a waterfall with her, but he could not (or did not want to) make the trek. When they reach the top, he proposes.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 8, which airs Thursday at 8/7c on NBC.

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Survivor: San Juan del Sur Episode 5

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 7:01 pm

Drew wanted to throw the challenge in Survivor: San Juan del Sur Episode 4 to get rid of some of the snakes. Then he got voted out.

The Coyopa tribe sits there with their mouths hanging open when they see Drew has been eliminated. They don’t understand how this tribe could have gotten rid of him.

With that revealed, they can drop their buffs.

Coyopa: Kelley, Dale, Missy, Baylor, Jaclyn, Jon, Keith
Hunahpu: Josh, Reed, Wes, Alec, Jeremy, Julie, Natalie

The tribes are split with one tribe having only one single and the other tribe having only one pair.

Jeremy is sure he is the target now that Josh, Wes, and Alec are together with Josh’s boyfriend Reed.

On the other tribe, Keith assumes he is a target considering he is the only person without a partner. However, Jaclyn quickly spills the dirt to Jon, and she does not trust either Baylor or Josh.

Jeremy and Natalie, who last week played a large role in getting rid of Drew, say that Alec is not that different from his brother. So they want to team up with him.

Missy talks about how there’s a ton of rice at this camp. She’s not used to this. At her old tribe, they used to eat so much more than they are expected to here. That would explain why they had hardly any left. Dale is not happy with her wastefulness, but Kelley hopes to restrain him.

Speaking of how much food Missy was helping to waste, they think they have 3 days worth of food left on the other side, and they don’t know what they are going to eat after that. Perhaps Jeff will be willing to make a trade.

At the immunity challenge, they will dig up a bag of keys, go through an obstacle course/mud pit, shake sand bags loose from a basket, and then toss the bags on a platform. Hunahpu is the first to find their keys, and they are well ahead the entire time. This isn’t even going to be competitive. Hunahpu wins immunity before the other tribe even has a chance to make an effort on the tossing.

Jeff will be paying Hunahpu a visit tomorrow to discuss terms of the trade.

Dale’s plan is to try to get the non-Missy/Baylor couple (he doesn’t like either of them) on his side so that they can control the vote. This seems like it should be pretty easy since Jaclyn already does not trust Baylor, who flipped on her before. Likewise, Missy and Baylor want to swing Jaclyn and Jon. Meanwhile, Keith thinks he is the easy vote, but he seems to be completely safe for the next vote or two at least.

The choice is between Missy’s plan of splitting the vote or of just voting out Baylor.


With 3 votes, Kelley has been voted off the island. Keith’s vote of Dale suggests to me that perhaps he was in on the plan.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: San Juan del Sur Episode 6, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

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The Amazing Race 25 Episode 4

Posted by Shane on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 8:55 pm

Unable to obtain correct directions from the place all people go to ask for help (a bar), Michael & Scott were eliminated in The Amazing Race 25 Episode 3.

Teams depart in the order in which they arrived.

First: Misti & Jim - 10:36AM
Second: Adam & Bethany - 11:45AM
Third: Keith & Whitney - 11:53AM
Fourth: Shelley & Nici
Fifth: Amy & Maya
Sixth: Brooke & Robbie
Seventh: Kym & Alli
Eighth: Tim & Te Jay

Teams must now travel via a 13 hour ferry ride to Copenhagen, Denmark. All teams are on the same ferry ride several hours later, but then there’s a race for the best flight.

First flight (arrives 2:00PM): Kym & Alli
Second flight (arrives 4:00PM): Jim & Misti
Third flight (arrives 5:10PM): Adam & Bethany, Keith & Whitney, Amy & Maya, Brooke & Robbie
Fourth flight (arrives 5:35PM): Tim & Te Jay
Fifth flight (arrives 6:20PM): Shelley & Nici

Jim & Misti manage to score some pretty good seats, but somehow Kym & Alli leapfrog them by a couple of hours. For two of the teams, flight delays push them behind the rest of hte pack.

From Denmark, they will now drive 20 miles across a bridge to Sweden. Somehow, they even manage to turn this drive into a Ford commercial, assigning an extra (very small) task to those who do not drive fuel efficiently.

The detour is a choice between parking space or wedding cake. In parking space, teams must set up a streetscape (apparently, people create an environment to sit in parking spaces) within half an hour. In wedding cake, teams must create a traditional wedding cake and delivery it to a restaurant on bicycle.

Wedding cake: Kym & Alli, Brooke & Robbie, Adam & Bethany, Jim & Misti (switched from parking space)
Parking space: Amy & Maya, Tim & Te Jay, Shelley & Nici, Keith & Whitney (switched from wedding cake)

The wedding cake task seems like the better one if for no other reason than a restart of a half an hour task because you use up the whole half hour would be problematic, though the cake task has the similar issue of potentially dropping the cake, except that is not a set half an hour.

Jim & Misti fail on a simple issue of attention to detail that allows other teams to start passing them. There are 7 petals on their flower pot instead of 8 (had they turned it around, they would have been correct). On the other task, Adam & Bethany struggle to balance the cake.

The road block is to be a waiter (or as Robbie calls himself, waitress), memorizing the ingredients from four sandwiches and relaying that to the chef. This hardly seems like a task that could make much difference.

Road block (in order of arrival): Kym, Maya, Robbie, Whitney, Te Jay, Adam, Misti, Nici

This task seemed simple enough, and it was for Shelley & Nici, who pulled out of last by getting it on the first try. Misti’s multiple failures push the dentists into last. After re-reading the clue, she finally realizes on her 9th attempt that she has not been stating the sandwich number before stating the ingredients. This is only a sensible requirement since she could be talking about any of the random 100+ sandwiches.

The pit stop for this leg of the race is the VM Houses.

First: Kym & Alli (win a Ford hybrid each)
Second: Brooke & Robbie
Third: Keith & Whitney
Fourth: Amy & Maya
Fifth: Tim & Te Jay
Sixth: Shelley & Nici
Seventh: Adam & Bethany
Non-eliminated: Jim & Misti

The constantly bickering Shelley & Nici get lost on their way to the pit stop. Rather than helping her daughter, Shelley just lets them stay lost to prove a point. This team needs to go already.

Regardless, Nici figures out what went wrong in time to finish ahead of the two trailing teams who switched detours. Correctly assuming he is in last place, Jim pulls out the save and hands it to Phil, but they won’t be needing it this time because it is a non-elimination leg.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of The Amazing Race 25 Episode 5, which airs Friday at 8/7c on CBS.

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The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 6

Posted by Shane on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 6:46 pm

The return of the red line led to Matt’s elimination in The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 5.

Alison greets them with some tailgating food, among the least healthy food there is. This is a temptation. Each person will get 3 minutes alone, and whoever eats the most will get immunity. However, their weight will still count for their team’s total and may help to knock someone below the red line.

Several people refuse to eat anything, but there are those who are more than willing to partake.

Scott ate 270 calories. Woody ate 378 calories. Toma easily beat both of them (and Rob) with over 800 calories. By temptation standards, that’s a pretty tame amount.

Scott grew up in an environment where he felt alone, not having either a father or mother he could rely on. One thing he did learn from his father is that he needs to get healthy, or he will die just like him.

Mike and Matt are both strong competitors, a big change from what we have seen at Comeback Canyon in weeks past. Either of them could easily stick around for a long time to come, though as we saw last week with Matt, one bad week could be the end.

Mike: 315 pounds (-11, 3.37%)
Matt: 317 pounds (-16, 4.80%)

Falling below the red line last week helped Matt here. Mike put up an impressive number, but it was not enough.

JJ: 335 pounds (-7, 2.05%)
Sonya: 227 pounds (-7, 2.99%)
Rondalee: 236 pounds (-6, 2.48%)
Woody: 346 pounds (-8, 2.26%)
Toma: 275 pounds (-7, 2.48%, immune)
White Total: 1419 pounds (-35, 2.41%)

Jackie: 254 pounds (-5, 1.93%)
Lori: 263 pounds (-4, 1.50%)
Gina: 207 pounds (-3, 1.43%)
Damien: 331 pounds (-7, 2.07%)
Blue Total: 1055 pounds (-19, 1.77%)

Scott: 295 pounds (-7, 2.32%)
Jordan: 266 pounds (-6, 2.21%)
Blake: 204 pounds (-5, 2.39%)
Rob: 416 pounds (-11, 2.64%)
Red Total: 1170 pounds (-29, 2.42%)

They try to create drama, as if Rob is going to lose less than 4 pounds, but the end result is obvious. The blue team put up the only numbers below 2%, and Gina has fallen below the red line by a narrow margin.

From his starting weight of 399 pounds, Mike has dropped 120 pounds and weighs 279 today.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 7, which airs Thursday at 8/7c on NBC.

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Survivor: San Juan del Sur Episode 4

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 6:45 pm

John Rocker came into the game with a certain degree of fame or at least infamy that made him a marked man from the start. This arguably led to his elimination in Survivor: San Juan del Sur Episode 3, spurred along by bizarre and angry outbursts from the opposing tribe with people (specifically Natalie) who never said more than two words to him hypocritically prejudging him about being prejudiced based on third hand comments that somebody with a grudge read in a magazine 15 years ago. There were no winners in this feeble attempt at a battle of wits.

As they continue to lose every challenge, Coyopa talk about voting out their strongest physical asset as if it’s a good thing.

John’s elimination receives a standing ovation. Stay classy, Hunahpu. Julie seems to be handling his loss well, a lot better than some of the others have when seeing their loved ones be sent home. Of course, she’s not exactly surprised to see his early departure either.

They managed to find their flint. So Drew brings it to the reward challenge and asks Jeff if he will go back on his trade, maybe half the fishing gear. Well, I think we all know that ain’t happening.

Hunahpu nominates Jon to compete against his girlfriend Jaclyn in a challenge of jumping on platforms and lobbing bags into buckets. Jaclyn gets off to a 1-0 lead, but it quickly evaporates and Jon reverses course to take the 4-1 lead. Then she ties it 4-4, bringing the end result down to who is able to score in the small center basket. Jon wins reward for Hunahpu yet again. Jaclyn is going to Exile Island with Drew, who he claims pulls his weight (unless he’s napping). They have a choice between food and comfort, and they choose comfort rather than just one big meal.

While at Exile, Drew tells Jaclyn he’s going to throw the immunity challenge because he does not trust the girls on his tribe.

Keith digs around the well for about half an hour before finally giving up and telling everyone that Jeremy must have already found the idol. Now Jeremy wants him gone, too. So after that drama, Keith then goes back to searching, and he finds the idol that Jeremy did not actually find.

For the immunity challenge, they will swim out and collect rings, which the others will toss on posts. Kelley, Jon, and Jeremy sit out for Hunahpu, apparently reserving their strength for another day. If he’s a ring tosser, Drew could easily throw this. Baylor has a narrow lead over her mom Missy. Reed quickly overtakes Jaclyn. Then Natalie gives that lead back to Alec. Wes beats his father Keith to give Coyopa the lead heading into the tossing. Dale and Josh both score to take the 2-0 lead. Though he lands a single ring, Drew is being a bumbling idiot during the challenge. I’m not sure if he is acting or not. Coyopa wins immunity for a change.

Saying he did indeed throw that challenge, Drew dubs himself badass and kingpin.

At Jon’s suggestion, the guys are talking about getting rid of Julie. She was worthless at the challenge. The challenge that Drew lost for them.

Drew wants Kelley gone instead because she has seen every episode of Survivor. So now Jeremy is angry with him as well because he won’t listen to the plan to get rid of Keith.

The girls talk about how they are not together and not a threat to Drew. To prove that, their plan is to join together and get rid of him.

Drew’s plan is not about a blindside. He openly and loudly discusses his desire to get rid of Kelley, and when he’s warned she is standing right there, he says he does not care.

Keith seems largely oblivious to what’s happening with Jeremy. He has no idea why Jeremy is upset. He also does not know what a sub-alliance is.


With 4 votes, Drew has been voted off the island. When you’re hated for being lazy, it’s probably not a good idea to think about throwing a challenge. They are lucky they are good at challenges because their voting strategy is about as incoherent as I have ever seen.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: San Juan del Sur Episode 5, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

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