Blue gets to a high wall of hay bales, and they start dismantling them to make a gap. I was wondering how they were going to get over that. Greg interviews that their lead made him worry about whether his team was pulling its weight. So to speak. Jonathan asks everyone the same question. Blaine again interviews that he's out of Greg's shadow. "How would Yellow have done this without a Blaine?" Jonathan wonders. Good question. Another good question is how they would have done it if Taylor were still the district's leader, but nobody asks that one. Blue crosses the finish line, first by a huge margin, and Anjay already feels bad about how much more weight they could have pulled. Someone yells at him not to be so negative. I think it's Olivia, but she says "freakin'" and I can't picture her using such language. Yellow comes through the gap in the hay bales that Blue made, and they're the new Merchant class. Blaine says he's proud of his young teammates. In case you're not yet up to speed on Blaine's arc this episode, I think we're supposed to be gleaning that he is (a) a nice guy, (b) a nicer guy when he's away from Greg, and (c) much happier than Greg is that the surgery to separate them was successful. DK says his team (Red) didn't care about being Laborers; they just wanted to win the reward. Green comes across the line third, and they're the new cooks. As Red approaches, Jonathan scolds the teams who have already finished, "Red took a lot of rocks, you guys. They deserve your support." So the other teams dutifully cheer Red across the finish line. How they find the stamina to keep it up that long is beyond me.
Time for the weigh-in. Jonathan makes the kids schlep the rocks from their sleds into the bins hanging from each team's scale. Mallory interviews that since she weighs forty pounds, "It'd be fifty me's to equal a ton." Don't be getting any ideas for Season Two now, Kid Nation. I'm not recapping a ton of identical, spunky, pretending-not-to-be-embarrassed-by their-fifty-identical-older-sisters Mallorys. Blue's total weight in rocks? 480 pounds. As Jonathan remarks, "One of the strongest Districts pulled less than a quarter of what the town needs to win the reward." Not a good sign. Yellow's rocks total 460 pounds. Not looking good. And then Green turns out to have hauled a pathetic 420 pounds. "That's...pretty sad," Mike interviews. So let's see how the Red team did, and whether dragging enough to make them come in last paid off. As Jonathan says, that's going to take 640 pounds. Yikes. Well, they do end up having gotten more than anyone, but they still only got 485 pounds. No reward! In other words, not a single team moved a quarter-ton. Now, you could probably make a case that if you prorated the age and size of each team, there's no way they could all be expected to have pulled the same weight. Yellow couldn't match Blue's pulling power, Blaine or no Blaine. But on the other hand, the district that carried the most, Red, is probably the third-strongest team.