I think those mushy scenes were for real.
He must have known he was being booted off so he really had nothing to gain by some false show of emotion.
Personlly I think it probably was coconut on Ted, what else can it have been really? There isn't a lot else there.
I'm amazed at Ted's weight loss.
His energy must be severly sapped from losing so much weight in such a short space of time.