After his workout, Mark decides to make his phone call. He starts crying as soon as he hears his daughter's voice, and seems pretty homesick. His little daughter says she can't stop hugging and kissing her bear. In 20 years she's going to be on a Dr. Phil entitled, "My dad left home for four months and I became a furry." Mark hopes that going four months without seeing them will add another fifteen years onto his life in which he can be with them. He's bawling. He is for sure the less creepy brother. Jay then makes his call, and says he almost had first-date jitters to talk to his wife. He starts bawling as soon as he hears her voice. She...doesn't. But you know, she's staying strong for the kids, I'm sure. Jay's face bears a remarkable resemblance to that of Mr. Potato Head.
Amanda and Neill call their little son, which Neill hopes will brighten his spirits. Amanda starts bawling as soon as she hears his voice. That must be really hard to leave the little nipper. Or, actually, maybe it would be kind of nice to get away from the screaming brat. Notice that I'm 32 and childless for a reason. Amanda thinks that the call was the boost they needed to stay strong and competitive and not worry about home. I'm glad. I'm into Neill's emotional rehabilitation. Neill tells us that his perspective has changed, and now he's actually enjoying himself. He leads the group in calisthenics, and Phil is amazed at how much he's changed. Jay, however, seems doubtful that the change will stick.
Roger is next to make his call, during his family's traditional Friday-night pizza dinner. He's missing his family, as well as the pizza. Child versus pepperoni: it's a tough call. He totally cries, too, but catches himself and goes to finish his workout after his call. Trent then makes his call to his wife. He has a super-cute little baby, who is now eating cereal! Trent starts crying, I think because cereal sounds delicious to him right now. Things at home are going fine, and though she misses him, his wife wants him to go do what he's there for. He shows Jay and Mark a photo of his kid, who he calls his little pumpernickel. So cute! Oh, and then Mallory and Curtis! They tell their kids that they'd be proud, and they make a good team. Mallory is bawling. Their kids seem super-supportive and sweet. Curtis feels rejuvenated, and says that he and Mallory are on fire now.
And then it's time for a sadistic challenge. One member of each team has to leave the room. Sami tells the players remaining that there is a big, bad, barbeque feast set up outside. The players will go out one at a time and have four minutes to eat anything they want. Dude, I could pass up the donuts no problem, but if I had been working out as hard as them, I think I would dive face-first into a plate of pulled pork. Barbeque is the food of the gods. Later, the other teammates will have a chance to do the same. The team that eats the most calories will win $5,000. Paul notes that it's five mortgage payments, but it could send you home. With a weigh-in looming and no chance to talk to their teammates, the players have to start thinking hard. Dan tells Bette-Sue that she's looking hungry. Heh.