And the showdown begins. Blue has an early lead, with Red in second and Green a distant fourth. Jonathan points out that Mike's the only District leader carrying water, while the others just read the maps to the pipes and boss their teams. DK interviews that he was "in awe" of Mike as we see Little Red Leader crawling around under the pumps, hooking up hoses like a demented fireman. Blue blows its lead when they accidentally hook their pump up to a pipe that gives red water, and that gives Red the chance to pass them. After the third Red bottle is filled, they have to bring their pump back across the line, which I don't think anyone mentioned before. Because of the difficulty with moving the huge pump, Blue almost catches up, but Red wins, meaning they're the upper class and Blue is the merchant class. "Whatever," Greg interviews. In separate interviews of their own, Mike and Jared agree that their team had the best leadership.
Now it's down to Green and Yellow for who's going to be stuck cleaning the toilets. Yellow comes in third, and gets to cook. Taylor is psyched that the youngest team didn't come in last. Laurel is still trying to get her Green team finished with five minutes left on the clock. It's close; there are only fourteen seconds left when they get their pump back across the finish line. Still, I like the fact that having kids compete means that even the last-place team got to help earn a reward. It's like Montessori reality TV.
Afterward, all the kids wrap themselves in color-coded towels and gather around Jonathan so we can see that their very faces have been stained the color of their respective districts by the dye in the water, which was thick enough that the colors showed up on camera even in airborne sprays. The Blue and Green teams in particular look like they're in the early stages of some unnatural metamorphosis. Jonathan distributes out coin purses full of Buffalo Nickels -- the biggest one to Mike, a smaller one to Anjay, a lighter one to Taylor, and one to Laurel that almost gets picked up by the breeze when he tosses it to her. And now it's time for the town's reward, which is actually a choice. Inside the first big crate is another outhouse, which represents the first option: seven more outhouses, for a total of eight (meaning one for every five kids, and seven more for the Green District to keep clean). Everyone marvels loudly at the implications: no more long lines at the single toilet that make Bonanza City life reminiscent of Woodstock '89 but with less immature behavior. Then Jonathan opens the shorter, squatter crate, and the kids gasp in awe. What's in there? We'll find out after the commercial. I bet it's a TV.