Sophia asks how many people disapprove of the job council's doing, as Taylor starts to cry. Several kids raise their hands, and there is silence for a moment while Taylor sniffles. Are they ashamed for making Taylor cry? Do they think they've gone too far? Nope. Sophia screams, "Re-election!" A little cheer goes up, and someone yells, "Taylor, you're doing a bad job! Deal with it!" Ha! Then the crowd goes quiet again as Taylor continues to cry. She finally says she's sorry, but no one's too impressed. Sophia and some older kid want to know what she's going to do about it. "We're going to start helping clean up the town," she says, earning applause from the kids, which makes her smile.
Next up, Jonathan asks if anyone wants to go home, and the camera zooms in on Cody and Mallory. When neither of them speaks up, Jonathan congratulates the kids, and everyone claps. In an interview, Mallory says she really wanted to go home, but decided not to because she has her sister with her on this adventure, "and we're in it together." Awww. Goddamn, I think I'm going to cry again.
Gold star time. Who will it be? Whom will the council, in its infinite wisdom, reward this time? Will it be Morgan, the hard-working mother figure who whipped the kitchen into shape? Will it be Greg, the potty-mouthed sulker who, when work needs to be done, is always there to do the dirty jobs? Well, as far as we know, it's not Greg's or Morgan's birthday today, so the gold star is going to Mallory. It looks to me like Morgan was expecting the star; the smile fades from her face. Greg takes less trouble to hide his disappointment, and chews on his bottom lip.
Mallory gives a short speech about how surprised she is, and Anjay explains to everyone they wanted to recognize someone who's a little below "eye level." Jonathan hands over the key so she can go call her parents, and she skips out of the town hall. In an interview, Greg grouses that the award should be about who does the most for Bonanza City: "She got that star purely because it's her birthday." He's not being entirely fair -- from what we've seen, Mallory does work hard -- but he's not far off, either. Unfortunately for him, he doesn't realize that if it hadn't been Mallory's birthday, Morgan probably would have gotten the gold star before he did. Promisingly, unlike the last time he felt he got jobbed, he doesn't darkly threaten to do something about it.