So it's time for the big question Jonathan didn't ask last week, which is whether anyone wants to go home. "Is it too hard for some of you? Is the criticism too much?" Not a leading question at all there. Shot of Taylor. Eric. DK. Taylor. Town. Taylor. DK. Leila. DK. And DK raises his hand. The town becomes one giant WTF face. Guylan interviews, "Oh my God! He can't leave!" Because for the first time in history, they don't have a clear runner-up for the Gold Star! Aaaaah!
Back from commercials, Jonathan asks DK why he wants to go home. Jonathan seems genuinely puzzled, probably because up until now, going home has been for the kids with single-digit ages. Other kids are already crying. DK stands and says that he can't stand any more of the drama. Guylan interviews that he wanted DK to just wait for five minutes. Getting teary himself, DK says he's tired of having to deal with it all. "It's f-- it's frustrating," he says, like he was about to say something else. DK interviews that it wasn't all about Taylor, but all the general negativity that made him feel like he was the only one trying to make the town better. Guylan interviews that it's up to him to try to keep DK there. Funny, I don't think anyone else got that chance when there wasn't $20,000 in the balance. But Guylan asks for a minute to talk to DK, and he gets it.
Out in the street, Guylan begs DK to stick around, but DK doesn't seem convinced. Back in the Town Hall, Taylor tearfully says that DK's the funniest person there and the most fun to be around. "No offense to anyone else," she backpedals, because far be it from Taylor to offend anybody. Mike says that things in the town will improve and get better. Outside, Guylan begs DK to give Bonanza City one more chance. I'm somewhat ambivalent about all this. It strikes me as a smidge unfair to the other kids who don't want to bail, plus I'm a bit morbidly curious as to how the Council will decide on a new Gold Star recipient after being put on the spot, and I'm wondering if they would still be trying so hard to keep DK around if they hadn't already decided to decorate him. But I don't feel strongly enough about any of that to want to deny this smart, decent kid from Chicago $20,000. It's good to know that there are limits to my evil.