As I admitted last week, I generally hate reunion episodes. I hate them the most when they’re sandwiched in before the finale — we want to find out who wins, not re-hash old clips! — but even now that we know who won the title, I’m still not a big fan. Some of the segments come off as loving tributes to the oddballs on the show, but mostly I find that reunion episodes feel like a series of awkward, fake attempts to force contestants to “own up” to bad behavior or talk about what was clearly a difficult emotional moment. Every so often you get a moment like Season 1’s Stephen sincerely apologizing for acting like a douche and those are worth watching. But I think it says something that I have to go all the way back to Season 1 to think of a moment when I felt like the reunion episode added something to the season as a whole!
Specific thoughts about this particular reunion episode in the comments.