Mallory scrambles into the room with the old-timey phone to call her parents, and the show does that weird thing where they pretend the cameras were there to capture the parents' end of the conversation. Their best efforts are foiled when Mallory's mom tells her husband their daughter won a gold star worth $20,000, and he does a terrible job of acting surprised. Mallory tells her daddy she misses him, and GODDAMMIT I really need to do some dusting in this room because there's something in my eye again. Mallory tells her mom that she thinks she and Olivia will stay in Bonanza City the whole time, and Mom gives her approval, even if in a post-phone call interview she gets teary-eyed talking about how weird it is not having her daughters there. She and her husband hug, and on the streets of Bonanza City, proud older sister Olivia hugs Mallory.
In an interview, Mallory says that without laws and rules, Kid Nation went a little crazy, but now everybody's coming together as a family. We see her entering the saloon to the cheers of the other kids, who serenade her with "For She's A Jolly Good Fellow." ["Because 'Happy Birthday' requires royalties, as you, the former Sports Night recapper, are well aware." -- Miss Alli] Mallory interview: "I think that what Kid Nation proves is that even though we may be younger and smaller than the adults, that we can still do just as much as they can." I learned that each one of us is a brain, and an athlete, and a basket case, a princess, and a criminal.
Over the closing credits, a nice moment: there's a kid, struggling in a hammock. I'm not sure, but I think it's Jared, since he's complaining more than doing anything about it. Sophia, strolling by, walks over, and instead of helping him, pushes him down so he's even more entangled. "What'd I ever do to you?" he yells after her. "Nothing," she acknowledges, walking away. She does not apologize. Deal with it.