We move to a clearing where the castaways arrange themselves on a couple of benches. Jeff tells them that this is a reward challenge, and they figured that, this time, they'd show them what the reward was before they explained the challenge. "Amber," he says, "here's your mom, Cheryl." Amber's mouth drops open, and then she and Jenna cover their mouths with both hands in unison, which is kinda funny. Amber cries at the sight of her mom. She runs down and hugs Mom, who looks like your basic mom, and who actually jumps up onto Amber when they embrace. There is crying. Next up is Rob's brother Mike, who accuses Rob of losing weight and says that he himself is on the South Beach Diet. Hee. Wait, those are the ones who do hate potatoes, but don't think bacon is a health food, right? I'm learning to tell them apart. Rob gives Mike a surprisingly big and demonstrative smooch. And next up is Shii Ann's mom, Lily. Shii Ann goes into a long wail, "Ohhhhh, nooooo, Mooooooom" that sounds kind of like a busted siren. They hug. Wait till you see her going, "Stupid, stupid people," Mom. You're gonna be all kinds of proud. Crying, crying. Next up is Bucky Bo, Big Tom's boy. They hug, sorta, and they talk, sorta, but of course, trying to actually understand them is essentially hopeless. Jenna jumps up and down at the sight of her brother. He assures her that everything's good and everybody's fine.
"Is that everybody?" Jeff teases, making the whole thing into the Rupert Show AGAIN, and Jenna -- whom Rupert has been an asshole to all morning -- is the first to bellow, "No, Laura!" I give her a lot of credit for that. He treated Jenna like crap, and she still rooted for him like they were friends. I have a feeling she's a reasonably good person, even though I admit she can be very irritating. Laura emerges, and of course she and Rupert make out for, like, ten minutes, which is fine, but which didn't come off to me as a genuine impulse as much as it did Rupert showing off. Seriously. I'm sure that he loves his wife, but I don't think that display was about anything other than drawing attention to himself. It's not enough to love his wife; he has to love his wife more than they love their relatives. You can tell he really wants to turn to Amber or somebody, all, "Let's see you do that with your mom." Note again that Jenna is the happiest, and the most excited for Rupert, and the most obviously moved on his behalf, out of all the tribemates. I don't think he deserves to have friends, but it's nice that she hasn't deserted his hairy, judgmental ass. Jeff finally sends Laura off to stand with the rest of the relatives.