Lisa has the most emotional reunion with her baby brother, Justice. She goes into full-on Claire Danes ugly cry mode and ends up just hanging from his neck, unable to support her own weight. Probst comments that it's the "most powerful" loved one reunion he's ever seen. She finally gathers her shit together and it's time for Abi to be reunited with her mom who only speaks Portuguese, so Abi has to translate for her. Abi isn't as emotional as some of the others, but her mom is adorable. Probst pretends like he's all done and then brings out Malcolm's brother, who's a Hurley-like goofball. He acts kind of weird, but I think he's just overwhelmed and emotional about the whole experience.
So now to the actual challenge. Each Survivor tosses a muddy bag to his or her loved one, who then tosses it, trying to knock over pins on a platform. The winner gets to have his or her loved one spend the night at camp.
Skupin's son and Malcolm's brother have the best natural throwing motion. Lisa's brother goes with a two-hand overhand throw that seems to be working. Poor Abi's mom can't catch the bags -- it's unclear if Abi's giving her bad throws or if she's just not good at catching. Carter's mom is also really good at this game. Skupin and his son get into a good rhythm where the son is throwing and then turning and catching all in one motion, often catching with one hand. It comes down to Carter, Skupin and Malcolm, and Malcolm and his brother win. Malcolm's brother (Miles) runs and jumps on Malcolm in a victory celebration and totally knocks him down.
Well, it wouldn't be a loved-ones reunion if Probst didn't force the winner to make some tough choices and this is no different. Malcolm has to choose one other person to join him and he says that he can't look any of them in the eye. He eventually chooses Lisa, because she's been struggling so much lately. Probst has to prompt him to ask for another and then grants it. Why not just let him start with two? He chooses Skupin and his son. Carter, Abi and Denise have to say goodbye. Skupin feels like he has to give out compliments as the loved one leaves and he promises to take care of Denise, saying that Carter is "a heckuva guy." No compliments for Abi, but her mom wouldn't understand him anyway. Malcolm interviews that he had to make a quick decision and he wanted to reward Lisa and Skupin for sticking with their alliance and hopefully earn their gratitude going forward.
The tribe returns to their camp plus the three loved ones. Lisa interviews that she's always been really close with Justice even though he's twenty years younger than her. Malcolm's brother makes tons of jokes and Malcolm interviews that his brother is a sweet knucklehead who's a clown, but him running his mouth will cost Malcolm. That's what they showed in the preview, but I don't get how Miles's actions cost Malcolm anything. I was expecting Miles to insult someone or otherwise hurt Malcolm's game. Skupin Junior climbs a tree to try to hack down some coconuts and manages to skin both arms, so he's a chip off the old block.