Now, Jeff announces that Judd gets to invite two other people's loved ones along as well. He also says that not only do the other three people's loved ones not get to come, but those people -- not their loved ones, but the players themselves -- will be banished to the old Yaxha camp for the night so that they can't even enjoy the company of fresh faces. That is...truly harsh. Judd is smart enough to first take Cindy, who gave him money. And then he takes Steph. Normally, I'd be the first to take aim at Judd's decision-making, but this is as fair as anything, since Steph was the one bidding against him who had the most money. He probably did that right, and you know I don't say that lightly, considering how stupid and irritating he is. This means that Rafe, Danni, and Lydia will be spent off for a long, boring night alone. Judd, of course, does not consider the strategic implications of that, or the degree to which that might be something that he does not want. When you get to the end of this episode, consider how differently things might have gone if he'd invited Rafe and sent Steph off with Lydia and Danni. Of course, that would have had a downside as well, obviously.
I remember a little bit why I liked Steph as she somewhat shyly introduces Michael to Judd just after they get to have their big hug. I have to admit, I like it better when they at least let everybody have a hug. This is sad. Poor Rafe and poor Rafe's mom! I love the part where Rafe's mom says "Be tough" as she's leaving, and this is what makes Rafe burst into tears. That's exactly what would happen to me, I think. Rafe is so cute. Danni, on the other hand, waves good-naturedly to her brother, knowing that it's not like she's going to have to go years before she sees him again. I mean...I sympathize with people, but they honestly do always act like they've been gone for five years. It's a month. If I see my sister twice in a month, we're like, "I just saw you!" In short: wimps. Danni appears to be the only person whose mental functioning is entirely sound.