Finally, two and a half wagons full of refuse get wheeled out of the town, without Taylor. I mean to say that Taylor isn't in the work group, not that she isn't in one of the wagons. I would never, ever imply that she belongs in one. ["I might imply something very close to that about her parents, however." -- Sars] Guylan interviews that he's going to do his best when it comes time to start digging. Okay, I get that Guylan is excited about having a chance to show how well he can do, but come on -- it's digging. It's not like it's something you can screw up. Right? Sophia gives Anjay a hard time about how she and Laurel are doing more work moving their wagon than he is, despite being girls. "Shut up!" Anjay bleats predictably. When they get to the landfill site they've chosen, Laurel announces that they'll dig the hole in shifts. Good idea, since there are like twelve kids and only two shovels. Greg and Blaine start things off, but Guylan can't wait to get in and take his shift, and then when he does, it turns out that he handles a shovel like he's never seen one before, either in person or on TV. He knows which end goes in the dirt, but that's about as far as his knowledge seems to go. Greg's trying to give him a little direction (presumably sharing the benefits of his experience working as a sprinkler-system installer, gravedigger, and miner), but it seems to be falling on deaf ears. And people stop working and start chuckling at Guylan as he attacks the hole like he expects it to attack him back. It's kind of mean of them, but on the other hand, this is Bronze Age technology and Guylan's acting like somebody just plunked him into the pilot's seat of an airborne 747. Finally he climbs out of the hole, hands over his shovel, and goes to pout next to one of the trash wagons. "It's a pretty nasty feeling when everyone's counting on you and you let them down," he says. So what have we learned? Never put yourself in a position where somebody's counting on you. I was way younger than Guylan when I managed to internalize that one.
Back in town, Leila has had time to repent her decision to join Taylor's little rebellion. More specifically, she seems worried about the punishment that might be coming her way. So she tells Taylor she's on her own, and goes to join the crew. Taylor has a more realistic, if more Machiavellian, view of the situation, which is that the Council members can't actually do anything to her because "They're not the boss of me." Leila is welcomed to the group with open arms. Probably because she's handier with a shovel than Guylan is. The kids finish burying their garbage, and Sophia interviews that it only took three hours. You know, I think this is as good a time as any to observe that for all the primitive conditions, it's obvious that these kids are still bathing themselves somehow. I'm not saying I want to see it; I just want the logistics explained.