At any rate, Jeff sends all the loved ones but Eliza's mom to a boat, where they take off. He sends the tribe and E-Mom back to camp.
At Alinta, later on Day 28, the tribe "welcomes" E-Mom, in the sense that everyone does his or her best to be completely chilly to her, as far as we can tell. Eliza interviews that she's very excited to be able to share all of this with her mother, who is her "best friend." The tribe shares a little "trail mix" with her, which Eliza explains is just fried coconuts and plantains. That's a fairly nice discovery, if they figured that out themselves. Someone asks E-Mom if she thinks Eliza looks thinner, and E-Mom says she found Eliza's cheeks on the computer a little gaunt-looking. E-Mom interviews that she worried a lot about Eliza -- about everything from whether she'd get bug bites or parasites to whether she'd stop flossing or get the Ebola virus. Oh, poor worrying moms and the way they think you're going to get the Ebola virus.
As Eliza and E-Mom take a walk alone, Eliza acknowledges in an interview that people might indeed be resentful of the fact that she won the reward and got to see her mother. She just hopes that if they like E-Mom, then it might be a net positive, as if anyone here would ever be that generous in spirit. We see Eliza telling her mother that she was supposed to be an early target because she talked too much. Her mother laughs heartily. "You're too annoying," she says with understanding. A lot of people found that harsh, but I thought it was actually kind of endearing. It's not something my mom would say, but I didn't take it literally -- I took it as Eliza and her mom both knowing that "she's so annooooying!" is a pretty typical complaint about Eliza, and they've both kind of learned to let it roll off them.
We now move to an extremely ill-advised beach summit between Scout, Leann, and Ami, in which Leann is quizzing Scout about the plot last week to team up with Chris and Chad against Eliza, then Ami. Now what I don't get about this is that Leann was there when this, or at least part of this, was discussed. How is she so surprised? At any rate, Leann grills Scout about Twila's assertion that it was Scout's plan all along. Scout interviews that she started out planning to play with integrity, and if that didn't work, to "lie, cheat, and steal." Which is a good line, sort of, but honestly, starting out to play with integrity in the first place is so stupid, because in the context of this game, what does that even mean? Is she Lex all of a sudden? Is she not wanting to sell out her alliance for a stack of greenbacks? Hasn't anyone learned anything?