Bawlapalooza resumes as soon as Lill sees her letter. Obviously, Jeff isn't going to get away without one more hug and big wet kiss from her. "You want to join a Boy Scout troop?" she asks. He grins, enjoying what a giant nutball she is. "Someday," he says, instead of the other thing that is on his mind, which is, "But not a troop run by you, because that would violate the restraining order." After he leaves, Lill cries some more, and toasts Jeff, and cries some more. Goodness, we certainly are off to a maudlin start; I don't know if I can do two more hours of this.
Darrah -- just after we see her truly nasty shoulder with its collection of bug bites of various vintages -- interviews that Jeff brought them letters from home, and that it was just totally awesome to get her letter. We get a peek at Darrah's letter, and I don't know who wrote it, but it describes someone named Bailey going to get her hair cut and mentions that she "can be prissy." Hee. Poor Bailey, outed as prissy on national television, without even getting a shot at the million. Darrah says that before reading the letter, she'd been concerned about whether her dog was okay. Oh, and also her family. Double hee. It's all about priorities, you know. Sandra reads her letters and smiles, and she interviews that it felt great to get an update, because you can't help worrying about your family at a time like this, and knowing that they're okay frees her up to think about the game as they reach the end.
Reading her letter, Lill predictably cries as if her pet gerbil is being roasted on a spit. Jon eyeballs the weeping Lill with seething hatred. She interviews that getting the letters made her want to be strong for her family, because apparently they told her in the letters that they really do want a million dollars -- they weren't just saying that. She squints up her face and cries extra-hard when she reads a Pete Rose quote. Serious eye-rolling ensues across America. (And, I'm sure Wing Chun would want me to point out, Canada. ["Heh. Actually, my corner of Canada has no strong opinions about Pete Rose either way, except that he has bad hair." -- Wing Chun]) She blubbers and cries and generally contorts her face into various creative shapes. (Oooh, a cabbage! Pretty!) Jon contemptuously complains in an interview that Lill's theatrics over her letter "overshadowed anyone else's [letter]." Now, chew on the irony of that for a moment. Jon -- who has done nothing but mug for attention since he got to Panama, and who faked the death of a family member for sympathy -- is whining because someone else was too dramatic with her feelings in a way that hogged attention for herself and took away from the recognition of other people's legitimate reactions to their letters. Jon goes on to say that he used all of Lill's whimpering against her by going to Darrah and Sandra and telling them that Lill would probably put on the same kind of emotionally wrenching display at a final tribal council, so they shouldn't take her. It's stupid, though, because considering that Lill is making the other three kind of hate her, I don't know why they assume the jury wouldn't be similarly affected. I mean, who's going to feel bad for her? Christa? Burton? I think not.