With that, we return to LA. Malissa and Tali are back in the mansion, and Malissa says it's weird after being gone for the past week. "I was not looking forward to being back in this room with you. No offense," Malissa tells Tali. Tali doesn't even respond, because she's better than that. Malissa interviews that she's feeling very confident after Luke's family obviously liked her better than Tali. Tali interviews that she's worried Luke will choose Malissa because that's who his family wants him to pick. The doorbell rings and both girls run to answer it where they find ... Luke's mom, Faith! And she is wearing a smart pantsuit and is like ten feet tall. She hugs the surprised women hello and interviews that she felt bad about surprising them when they were in their pajamas, because that's awkward. Ha! Way to call out the producer, Faith. Malissa compliments Faith on her beautiful earrings (kiss ass), but Faith is too busy craving some of Malissa's coffee to care. She invites herself in for a cup. While Malissa prepares a mug for Faith, Tali stands back and hopes she'll have a chance to make a good impression on Faith.
Faith and the women sit down at the table and Faith asks them what the first thing they noticed about Luke was. Tali answers for both of them that he was "very good-looking." She hastily adds "and warm" so Faith doesn't think she's shallow. Malissa says Luke is a "very compassionate person," based on how difficult it obviously was for him to have to send women home each week. Malissa says that she's realized how alike she and Luke really are, especially after talking to his father. Except that Faith divorced Mike's ass long ago so I don't know how much stock she puts into any experience Malissa might have had there. Malissa goes on and on about herself and her schoolwork and her month-long "study abroad" trip to Paris. This is the first we're hearing about Malissa's studies. They wanted us to think she was just a waitress, but obviously not. Malissa concludes with a suck-up thank you to Faith for "raising such a great guy." Faith doesn't take credit for Luke turning out to be the way he is, saying she knows lots of great parents who raised shitty kids. She thinks Luke's great guyness is what's in his heart. A slightly deflated Malissa interviews that "Faith had ... uh ... a different way about her than the rest of the family." She doesn't know what Faith is looking for and therefore can't shape everything she says and does to appeal to it.