Jeff then brings out a beer, which apparently isn't being auctioned -- it's just going to the first person to say $40. Which Ian immediately does, so it's his beer. He opens it and takes a big glug. "Oh, man, that's good, Tom," he says, turning back to his buddy. That beer looks really good. Hang on, I'll be right back.
Okay. Now, it is go time. Jeff opens up a metal box and brings out envelopes. Here are everyone's letters from home. It's clear from the beginning that Tom is going to go just as high as it takes, and it turns out that it takes a bid of $220, at which point everybody else drops out. Sold to Tom for $220, and he goes up to get his envelope. Jeff asks him if he's going to read it now or later, and Tom chuckles, "I know I'm going to peek." Tom opens his letter and immediately sees a drawing that's a tracing of a hand from one of his kids. Katie cries as Tom holds it up. Everybody else cries, too. Who doesn't love crude representations of limbs? Jeff then says that anybody else who wants their letters can get them for the same price Tom paid, $220. Katie agrees to take hers, as do Gregg, and Steph, and Caryn. They all head up and collect their letters from Jeff. As soon as Steph peeks into her envelope, she starts to cry, noting that she has letters from her whole family and her boyfriend. Aw! And then the auction is over, and it's time to head back to camp. Full of sugar, grease, alcohol, and now sap, the castaways depart.