The last item on the agenda is, of course, the Gold Star. Jonathan holds it up for everyone's admiration, and doesn't tell them anything about it, other than that it's a trophy for the kid who's done the best job so far. Jonathan gives the Council a few seconds to confer, and after a moment, Laurel stands up and presents it to...Sophia. I thought she might have blown it with her complaining earlier, but I guess the Council members are more mature than I gave them credit for. Either that or they were told that Sophia was going to get a good edit this week and they didn't want to look like idiots. Jonathan calls Sophia up to the front of the room to make her speech, and she thanks the Council and promises to try to be less bossy. Everyone cheers. And then Jonathan tells Sophia that the trophy represents twenty thousand dollars that's all hers. Sophia's jaw hits the dirt floor, and all the other kids are amazed as well, as anyone would be. She interviews that this is the most exciting thing that's ever happened to her in her life. Okay...thinking back to age fourteen...yes, that sounds about right. Jonathan asks Sophia what she thinks her parents will say, and it turns out not to be just an idle question, because now she gets to go call them. Jonathan hands her a key to the one building in Bonanza City that has a phone, and she rushes out of a room full of her peers, like "smell you later, losers," so she can go call her parents. Which is the first time that has ever happened in the history of teenagers. When she's gone, Jonathan tells the remaining kids that any one of them can win a Gold Star, and it's going to be worth twenty grand each time. He dismisses the kids, grandiosely reminding them, "You're building a world!" They're totally building it from a kit, but whatever.
Episode Report CardM. Giant: B | 391 USERS: C+
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