It's Zach and Guylan's first time at a Council's "Pioneer Journal" session. I hope they're not too disappointed at finally reaching the inner circle and not finding out that the town is secretly being run by aliens or Freemasons or Mark Burnett or something. Since the pioneers of 122 years ago had their finger so closely on the pulse of what's going on in Bonanza City 2.0 on any given day, this entry is all about how to deal with prissy ten-year-olds. No, I'm kidding, it's this week's other problem, namely the garbage situation. No, the other garbage situation. The journal speculates that things must be getting pretty stinky after more than two weeks in the town. And when people from 1885 are calling your town smelly? That has to smart. Divad gives us a little tour of the mess outside the mess, which includes dirty plates literally lying scattered in the street in front of the cookhouse, like the aftermath of an air strike by the forces of Pottery Barn. Journal to the rescue! It suggests the Council find a way to deal with it. Thanks, Journal, for being even less useful than usual. I do hope the last episode features the Council drafting a new Pioneer Journal for the Bonanza City of 2129. It couldn't be any less helpful than this one is.
Anjay suggests trying to get some gunpowder to blow the garbage up, and I think he's mostly kidding, because even if they could win a supply of munitions as a Showdown reward, it's hard to see how a small yard full of rotting trash is worse than a rain of rotting, burning trash over the entire town would be. "Let's just get a shovel," Laurel says. Zach has a plan: pick up the trash, transport the trash out of town, bury the trash, come back, rejoice. It's a sign of a true politician that his plan literally includes the step "rejoice." They decide to put together a task force made up of two kids from each District. Anjay of course nominates Greg and Blaine, Guylan wants his Council predecessor Mike along with DK, and we don't get to find out yet who Laurel picks for her team. That's because when she suggests that Zach draft Taylor, the whole Council becomes too excited to speak.
Speaking of Herself, here she is in the Saloon, having sodas with Leila. They're currently in the Upper Class District, as you'll recall, so they're not shirking their duties. But I think we all know that that's only because they don't have any right now.
In front of the assembled pioneers in the mess hall, the Council announces the landfill project and lists off the names of some of the people who have been chosen: Sophia, a previously unknown Green named Meg, and DK, who interviews that he thinks they can get it done as a group, rather than making us sit through the rest of the names that have already been floated. As Laurel winds up to give the last two names, everyone points at Taylor. And yes, Taylor and Leila are on the hook. Everyone cheers. Except Leila and Taylor, naturally. Guylan interviews that this is a way of showing Taylor and Leila that if they don't do their jobs, they're going to get worse jobs. Which they will also not do, but I'm getting ahead of myself.