The tribe members walk back to camp and discuss how excited they are to read their letters. I would totally be reading it while walking. Shii Ann interviews that Rob gave up his tape so that everyone could read their letters, and "that was really big of him and it showed a strength of character that [she] hadn't realized about Rob Mariano." Isn't she supposed to be smart? Maybe she'll transfer her crush on Richard Hatch to Boston Rob. Rupert reads his letter, which is written on tie-dyed paper. He reads a bit about how his wife thinks that he's "the strongest man," but then he breaks up and can't go on. Later, Rupert interviews that it's "uplifting," and that he likes that "[his] wife and daughter think that [he's] the toughest, baddest, son of a bitch out there." And then he self-deprecatingly adds, "Even though I'm not." Ugh! HATE! That encapsulates why I hate Rupert. That little self-deprecating tag reminding us that he only acts tough. Rupert says that he'll read his letter a thousand times in the next eleven days. Well, it's not like he has other reading material. I don't think they deliver People to the Pearl Islands.
A pelican lands in the water as we fade up on Jenna reading her letter and crying. She interviews that she got a letter from her parents, and that her dad said he's never known a stronger person. Than Jenna? He must not know many people. Crabs scuttle through the surf as we head over to see how Shii Ann is doing with her letter. Surprise! She's crying, too! She interviews that the letters remind her of her real friends and her family, and that her friendships on the island aren't the same. Alicia, all decked out in her new rain poncho, reads her letter. Amber reads hers and smiles. Shii Ann interviews that what Rob did "was a generous move, but it was also a strategic move." Thank you! I'm glad they realized that. Shii Ann concludes that "giving up his brother's video tape for letters from home may win him a million dollars." Well, not if everyone realizes that's why he did it.
Rob sits on a giant rock overlooking the water and reads his letter. He has his hat pulled down low to cover the fact that he's crying like a bitch. He interviews that he doesn't remember "the last time [he] was emotional about anything, ev-ah!" He feels bad that his brother made the tape for nothing, but this way, everybody won. Rob adds, "And I know it's gonna get perceived one way or the other. It's inevitable. It wasn't about me. It wasn't about strategy. It was about strategy to a degree. It's a good move. Yeah, it is." Hee! He interrupted himself to admit the truth. I admire that. He concludes that his family is the most important thing in the world, more important than money. Then he laughs and says, "But I'm still getting the million." I know that turned some people off (well, those who don't already hate Rob), but I thought it was a joke he made to lighten the moment, since he was all weepy and shit. I don't know. It made me laugh. The music is all sad and majestic as we fade out.