When DK and Guylan return, there's a long pause before DK says that Guylan convinced him that he's needed and he can't walk away. Big round of applause all around for DK. "I feel very accomplished," Guylan smirk-erviews.
So now it's Gold Star time, and Guylan wastes no time in announcing that it goes to DK. That's a second big cheer for DK in as many minutes. Jonathan calls him up to the front, observing that he's now "a different DK." Indeed, DK is (a) jubilant, and (b) speechless. Lauren says DK's always so happy, "until about five minutes ago," and that this Gold Star was a no-brainer for the Council. DK says he has six brothers and sisters, and he would like them all to go to college. Waving the Gold Star, he says it means that…[inside DK's head: $20,000 divided by 7 kids equals…hmmm]…well, it's good, is what. Nice save. Jonathan gives DK the key to the phone barn and sends him on his way.
DK's call home is way longer than Greg's (or at least the part we saw is). It looks like the whole family is there in DK's living room, going through a box of family photographs like we all tend to just happen to be doing when a network camera crew shows up unannounced at our front doors. DK's mom half-wonders if DK's kidding her about the twenty grand, but she says he's already a star. The phone gets passed around, and everybody loves everybody. DK's mom says that he deserves whatever rewards he gets, whatever they may be. Aww.
After the call, in the street, Guylan asks DK, "Aren't you glad you stayed now?" Translation: Can I borrow a couple thou someday? There's a big celebration in the saloon, and Guylan says this represents a milestone for kids. "United we stand, divided we fall," he says. I think he means the whole experiment, not his success in convincing DK to stick around. I think. DK gives a speech thanking Guylan for making him realize that he can't run from his problems, and interviews that he's glad he stayed. Why wouldn't he be? He can always leave at the next meeting, and he'll be twenty thousand dollars richer then.
Under this week's closing credits, DK and Guylan walk arm-in-arm down the street, Guylan calling DK the closest thing he has to a big brother. DK asks if Guylan has a real big brother back home, and Guylan admits that he doesn't. DK chuckles, probably because he has, like, three of them.