Day 19. Laurel welcomes Guylan and Zach to their first Gold Star deliberation meeting. Guylan is all excited, but Zach looks like he's just realizing for the first time that winning the election last week took him out of the running to win $20,000. Oooops. At least it's a short meeting, as the council quickly and unanimously agrees that the Gold Star should go to DK. Funny, the editors normally don't let us in on the final decision in advance. Golly, I sure hope that doesn't mean something is going to go wrong!
Town Hall meeting. Jonathan welcomes the new Council members, and calls out Mike and Taylor to ask how it feels to watch the Council on high from down among the lowly groundlings. Mike speaks first, saying that he's bummed about not having as much power as he used to have. So, he has a negative amount of power now? Taylor gets to her feet, which, amazingly enough at this point, still appear to have room for one more self-inflicted bullet hole. Which she forthwith gives herself, smiling that it's a relief that she doesn't have to deal with the pressure of being on the Council, and can "work normal like a boy or a girl here." This gets the town-wide belly laugh it deserves, and DK volunteers, "Like, Taylor, man, you ain't got to do that!" Laurel rather schoolmarmishly points out that Taylor didn't do her job. "I'm not hauling water," Taylor says. Or moving garbage, or washing dishes. Or pretty much anything else that wasn't her idea. Guylan says he made seven trips to the pump and back despite having less upper-body strength than Taylor. Okay, this brings up my point from earlier: if everyone else but Taylor made as many trips as Guylan to fill the tank, that's over 250 trips. Taylor would still be doing it by now. Rather than pointing this out, Taylor barks, "Shut up, Guylan!" Also a compelling argument. Suddenly everyone's voicing a complaint about Taylor. Jonathan's voice cuts into the fray as he asks if Taylor will change like everyone seems to want her to. Taylor says she'll try, but she's phoning it in now, and even if she hadn't done the air-quotes around "try," everyone knows it. Everyone except DK, who says that's all Taylor needs to do. Which is true, if she ever does it, which she won't. Sophia snarls at her, "Why are you here if you're just eating our food? Go home!" Yikes. Everyone else is yelling too, and DK, who's been looking like he's about to crawl out of his skin at any minute, finally stands and yells at everyone to chill and stop being so mean. "Y'all are disgusting me right now," he says into the abashed silence. "Yeah, please stop the criticism," Taylor says, not helping herself at all. As DK sits down, she calls out that she loves him. Is this what screws up DK's Gold Star? Clearly not, because the Council seems more impressed with DK than ever.