'Losers' go home and come back for shocking elimination

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THE BIGGEST LOSER -- Episode 1309 -- Pictured: (l-r) Megan Stone, Bob Harper -- Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

After weeks of bad blood, fighting and scheming, Tuesday night saw the return of a much different "Biggest Loser." The plotting was gone. The atmosphere was supportive. And heck, even Conda wasn't that bad.

Of course, that might be because Conda – and everyone else in the game – spent half the show back home for some unexpected family time. Of course, on "The Biggest Loser," a vacation is never really a vacation. The contestants still had a goal -- each had to lose 5 percent of their body weight to gain immunity when they returned. They also had a challenge.

Waiting back home for every player was a rowing machine. The contestant who completed 10,000 meters on the machine in the best time would return to the ranch and get a big prize -- one dollar for every meter rowed. (That prize eventually went to Chism, who beat out his dad, Mark, by just seven seconds.) Not bad.

In fact, nothing was bad. When the contestants weren't rowing, they each faced normal at-home temptations with success, and they all returned to the ranch in good spirits.

That's not to say the entire show was drama-free, but this week's inevitable drama wasn't of the backbiting or bullying variety that viewers have come to expect (at least from Conda). Instead, the hubbub related to the big emotions that came to the surface at the weigh-in.

The first emotional swing came when Buddy lost far more than the 5 percent (16 pounds) he need to. By dropping 23 pounds, he not only earned immunity, he also got down into the 200s and brought his total weight-loss to more than 100 pounds so far. It was the last of those accomplishments that meant the most to him, as he explained scale-side.

"Well, it was about six years ago that I stood in a hospital room and watched my daughter take her last breath," Buddy revealed. "Since that time, I put on 100 pounds. I felt like my health was just one of those things that didn't matter. ... I'm back to where I was before she passed. I love that. It's huge."

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    'Biggest Loser' season 13

    Meet the 20 contestants who are vying not only for the $250,000 grand prize, but to change their lives for the better.

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    Allen Shuh -

    Allen Shuh
    Age: 42
    Starting weight: 403 lbs.
    Occupation: Pastor
    Hometown: Wayne, Mich.
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    Mark Corneilson -

    Mark Corneilson
    Age: 43
    Starting weight: 291 lbs.
    Occupation: Youth pastor
    Hometown: Magnolia, Texas
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    Christine Pickler -

    Christine Pickler
    Age: 42
    Starting weight: 240 lbs.
    Occupation: Self-employed
    Hometown: Middlebury, Ind.
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    Conda Britt -

    Conda Britt
    Age: 24
    Starting weight: 294 lbs.
    Occupation: Nutrition health services tech
    Hometown: Rockford, Mich.
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    Jeremy Britt -

    Jeremy Britt
    Age: 22
    Starting weight: 389 lbs.
    Occupation: Baker
    Hometown: Rockford, Mich.
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    Kim Nielsen -

    Kim Nielsen
    Age: 38
    Starting weight: 252 lbs.
    Occupation: Former professional wrestler
    Hometown: Roswell, Ga.
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    Megan Stone -

    Megan Stone
    Age: 21
    Starting weight: 259 lbs.
    Occupation: Student
    Hometown: Dittmer, Mo.
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    Kim Stone -

    Kim Stone
    Age: 48
    Starting weight: 219 lbs.
    Occupation: Registered nurse
    Hometown: Dittmer, Mo.

    Eliminated: March 20
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    Emily Joy -

    Emily Joy
    Age: 29
    Starting weight: 264 lbs.
    Occupation: Teacher
    Hometown: Huntersville, N.C.

    Eliminated: March 13
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    Cassandra Sturos -

    Cassandra Sturos
    Age: 25
    Starting weight: 239 lbs.
    Occupation: In-home senior caregiver
    Hometown: Fowlerville, Mich.

    Eliminated: Mar. 6
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    Chism Corneilson -

    Chism Corneilson
    Age: 19
    Starting weight: 361 lbs.
    Occupation: Student
    Hometown: Magnolia, Texas

    Eliminated: Feb. 28
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    Daphne Dortch -

    Daphne Dortch
    Age: 37
    Starting weight: 271 lbs.
    Occupation: Paralegal
    Hometown: Evanston, Ill.

    Eliminated again: Feb. 21
    Eliminated: Jan. 3
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    Roy Pickler -

    Roy Pickler
    Age: 63
    Starting weight: 306 lbs.
    Occupation: Santa Claus
    Hometown: Middlebury, Ind.

    Eliminated: Feb. 14
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    Adrian Dortch -

    Adrian Dortch
    Age: 32
    Starting weight: 370 lbs.
    Occupation: Music producer
    Hometown: Evanston, Ill.

    Eliminated again: Feb. 7
    Eliminated: Jan. 3
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    Nancy Rajala -

    Nancy Rajala
    Age: 63
    Starting weight: 217 lbs.
    Occupation: Retired
    Hometown: Fowlerville, Mich.

    Eliminated: Jan. 31
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    Gail Lee -

    Gail Lee
    Age: 57
    Starting weight: 322 lbs.
    Occupation: Realtor
    Hometown: Poolesville, Md.

    Eliminated: Jan. 24
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    Lauren Lee -

    Lauren Lee
    Age: 26
    Starting weight: 246 lbs.
    Occupation: Exercise physiologist
    Hometown: Poolesville, Md.

    Eliminated: Jan. 17
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    Joe Messina -

    Joe Messina
    Age: 38
    Starting weight: 357 lbs.
    Occupation: Truck driver
    Hometown: Auburn, N.Y.

    Quit: Jan. 17
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    Mike Messina -

    Mike Messina
    Age: 41
    Starting weight: 358 lbs.
    Occupation: Cook
    Hometown: Oakland, Calif.

    Eliminated: Jan. 10
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    Ben Shuh -

    Ben Shuh
    Age: 34
    Starting weight: 396 lbs.
    Occupation: Retail store manager
    Hometown: Howell, Mich.

    Eliminated: Jan. 3
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Needless to say, there wasn't a dry eye in the room.

The rest of Buddy's red team weighed in to mostly good results. Only Mark and Kim failed to get immunity on the team, but that would only be a risk to them if the black team beat the reds overall. That did not happen.

The weigh-in was close, but black lost, and only one member of that team was without immunity -- Chism. That meant an unexpected and automatic elimination, which Chism's dad tried to fight.

"You can't send him home – you can't!" he pleaded. "I'm 43 years old. I weigh 215. I'm in great shape. He is 19 years old. He has so much left to do. I don't care what you have to do on this show. I don't care what you have to change. Let me go home. Let him stay. ... Make it happen."

Mark's plea went on, but Chism stopped him and said he couldn't live with himself if his dad left for him. Of course, that was never really an option. It was a loss for the black team and a loss for Chism, not a swappable fate.

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