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.
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.