Back at camp, the night-vision camera reveals that it is raining hard, and that no one is having any fun at all. Someone declares that "it's been raining forever," and Scout interviews that, as a result, everything in the camp is wet. They're also struggling to keep the fire going. "I've never been in a worse situation than this, really," Scout says. I hope that's true. She's a very fortunate lady, if it is. A shivering Leann, looking a little crazy around the eyes, says, "This is by far the worst night." No one around camp really wants to think about what kind of a night the winners of the challenge are having, because it's undoubtedly too depressing. They all look miserably at the sky.
Day 26 dawns. Palms sway, and Scout is already awake, talking about the "hell of a night" they had, and how the shelter just wasn't able to stand up to it. So in the spirit of learned helplessness, Scout takes the opportunity to tell Julie, Leann, and Twila that they ought to send Eliza home so that they can keep the big, strong guys around to help with things like fire duty. And killing bugs, and opening jars, and not asking for directions, and ho-ho-ho, don't you love the gender politics? Julie and Twila seem to be on board immediately, owing to their powerful dislike of Eliza, but Leann looks skeptical, because she would of course never make any decision without having it approved by Ami. The rest of them suspect that the reaction of the rest of the tribe to Eliza's departure will be "ecstatic," and Twila doesn't even understand how people kept her around for this long. Twila wonders whether they should tell Ami, and Julie says she's sure Ami will be "cool with it." And if she's not, they can always...you know, abandon their own plans and do whatever she tells them to do. The fire burns. A well-camouflaged lizard moves through the leaves, followed by another. Beware of falling metaphors.
Now, the challenge winners approach, returning from their trip. Scout quizzes Chris on how bad the conditions were or weren't, and Ami is careful to throw in that the "food and the sleeping arrangements were horrible," probably not aware that as bad as they were, they were a lot better than what these people were dealing with. "You didn't have to sleep with wet blankets," Leann points out, "and you didn't get poured on, right?" "We did not get poured on," Eliza admits. Eliza then says with some shock in an interview that nobody was happy to see them at all when they came home. We watch Ami rave about being around the kids singing, and Scout munches on something. Ami, too, feels that everyone was awfully indifferent to her exciting experiences on the reward. And I can understand how she could be surprised by that, assuming that she had never seen the show before in her whole life. Because...come on. The group always resents the people who come back from the late luxury rewards. They could at least have brought a small child back to camp tucked into someone's pantleg, so that those who were left out could enjoy some of the singing. Ami adds that she could tell something had changed in the air while she was gone. And not something good, like Lysol.