So now, everybody else has to say goodbye to his or her loved one. Everybody tears up, including Erik's mom, who tells him, "Don't lose any more weight." And yes, that's "any more," and not "anymore," stupid show-captioning idiots. Why the fuck are there mistakes like that on this show, which generates maybe 100 words of captions a week? It's absurd. Isn't anyone embarrassed? I mean, besides me. It's so cute when Courtney's very English, somewhat stoic dad starts to tear up as they say goodbye. He's like, "Love you, um...very-well-then-gotta-go-crumpets-are-burning!" Erik, Peih-Gee, and Courtney go back to camp. Jeff tells the rewardees and loved ones that when they've had their boat trip and meal, the loved ones will be staying overnight at camp to see what it's like. They try to look happy about the dirty water and lack of toilet facilities. Hope you went #2 before you came, guys! You know what's back up for grabs later? The limited supply of clean, smooth leaves.
After commercials, we are on the ship with the rewardees. The ship looks kind of...crappy in the overhead shot, and it's definitely a working boat and not a yacht, but nobody really cares that it isn't fancy, because there is food on it. As everyone eats, Denise says that having her husband come in spite of the fact that he's afraid of flying (aw) was amazing, especially since they competed together. We return to lunch, where Todd points excitedly at a big chocolate cake, and someone -- I'm thinking it's Amanda -- actually starts screaming. Repeatedly screaming. I bet this meal is going to make them so sick later. You starve your body for a month, and then you put that kind of an overload on it? That's not going to go well.
The phone rings, and Denise answers it. It's her oldest daughter, Erin, who's in tears from the start. Denise asks how "the tournament" was, and Erin blubbers that they "came in third." Denise refrains from saying, "Hey, that's better than I'm going to do!" "Daddy's here with me, and I smell so bad," Denise says. Heh. "Can you smell me from there?" she asks. She's doing a great job trying to cheer up her kid, I have to say. That's a good mom. "I miss you," Erin says. "I'm smiling just thinking about you, sweetpea, I think about you every day," says Erin's mom. And now Erin cries more, so Denise cries herself. They exchange "I love you"s, and Denise says that she'll see them soon. Denise wishes Erin a good night. She interviews that hearing her kids gave her strength to continue. She looks really happy about all this contact, I'll say that much.