It must look like an ant colony from the air, with a nearly unbroken line of bucket-bearing kids leading from the town to the pump and back again. Laurel interviews that DK did a great job of bringing everyone together. Well, except for Taylor, who just watches. Again.
In the kitchen, Sophia is showing Mike how to operate a potato peeler as she complain-terviews about the starch-heavy diet they're living on. Mike interviews that he feels like he's starting over in the town. Which causes me to quietly indulge in all manner of unsupported speculation about the amount of work Mike did when he was on the Council. Since it's unsupported, I'll just keep it to myself. Sophia asks Mike what his plans are for civilian life, like she's expecting him to go on a speaking tour or start a think tank or something. Mike says he can just focus on his jobs now, and Sophia says he'll be a lot happier. Here's hoping; I suspect a happy Mike is a less annoying Mike.
Showdown time! Zach motivates his troops. Guylan tries to motivate his, but it's like he's trying to rally them with a shovel. Finally DK has to step in to give the pep talk. Naturally, he does a great job, talking to them about the teamwork they showed with the water earlier. That doesn't really make the Red team stand out from the others, but they seem convinced enough.
When the kids assemble on the Showdown field, Jonathan claims that this week's challenge is about "pollution and recycling." It's not, but let's move on. He explains that there's "a giant dirty dish" behind them. Really, it's more of a sawed-off fertilizer tank thirty feet in diameter, but what makes it a dish -- aside from the giant fake handle sticking out of one side just waiting to knock someone's teeth out -- is that it's filled with pork and beans. More specifically, 1,600 gallons of beans, and pork in the form of thirty live pigs wallowing around in there. All the kids freak out like they're about to be asked to eat the pigs' eyes on Fear Factor. "That's not kosher, Jonathan!" Zach scolds wryly. To say the least. So here's what they have to do: each District will send in one person at a time to dig around in the ankle-deep beans for a tin can painted their District's color. They've got fifteen minutes, and whoever has the most cans when the clock runs out is the Upper Class, second place is Merchants, you know the drill. And if the town collects a total of 75 cans, they win a reward. Guylan interviews that he wants to do well in his first challenge as a Council leader. Imagine that. Since the Showdown doesn't appear to involve shovels, he'll probably excel.
Once the Showdown starts, there's really not much going on in the way of telling us who's in the lead. Despite the ostensible recycling theme, the cans are going into old-school, Oscar-the Grouch-style metal trash bins with lids on them as opposed to green plastic bins, so there's no way of seeing who has the most cans. We can tell who's trailing, though, as Anjay seems to be taking forever to find a can (which of course Olivia has to say something disdainful about. It's so cute that she thinks Anjay is the one who looks bad when she acts like this). In his own defense, Anjay explains, "I don't have that much muscle because my bones are still forming." Unlike...um...Jonathan? Judging by the apparent speed of turnover on the Red team, they're probably in the lead. Taylor hops in, and Jonathan narrates that she's "not afraid to get a little dirty." Zack gloat-erviews about the spectacle, and throws in a little pig impression for good measure. With less than five minutes left, the Blue team's Nathan takes much too long to find a can for Greg's liking. So when it's Greg's turn, he belly-flops into the tank, covering his shirt and his head in the slop. Everyone's amazed at his commitment. "Oh, Greg! What have you done?" Jonathan bellows. Hey, it's not like his hair looks that much worse than usual. Little Alex jumps into the pan for what looks like his first time for Blue, judging by his clean pants and shoes. He quickly finds a can, but there are only three seconds on the clock, meaning he doesn't even have time to climb out before Jonathan calls time. Alex girl-screams, "EEEEEEE! I got one!" Jonathan's like, too bad. Alex interviews that at least he didn't give up, and never quits unless he has to. Who said anything about giving up? You just ran out of time, Sparky. Happens to everyone. Don't beat yourself up. Or scream like that again.