Kid Nation
Not Even Close To Fair

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Too Good To Be True

This may be what causes Guylan to unwisely shoot off his mouth: "I know that every person here, no matter what they say, was concerned about their status." Oh, no he didn't. Nobody wants to hear that, and they start yelling back at him. I hear someone calling him "Gaylan," which, given the way some kids behave sometimes, may not have been an accidental mispronunciation. Sophia interviews after the fact that Guylan's remark kind of offended her, and we see her turning to tee off on him after the Showdown. Other kids not only back off to get out of her way, but start encouraging her to take him down. Which she does, with a couple of well-chosen words. I don't know exactly which words they are, because her mouth is blurred and her voice is bleeped. But it looked like two or maybe three syllables. "Thank you?"

After the commercials, everyone is celebrating the way Sophia put Guylan in his place. Even some people on Guylan's team are laughing. But Greg can't let it go, asking for a show of hands for who would say the same thing to Guylan. He does hate to miss out on a putdown, doesn't he? It's nearly unanimous, although the Red team looks more embarrassed now on behalf of their leader. Guylan stands there defeated, looking like he just got smacked in the face with a wet toilet brush. He interviews that being a leader isn't worth all the negativity. Wow, he sure got beaten down in two weeks, didn't he?

So now it's time for Jonathan to rub the kids' faces in the rewards they won't be getting. The first one? Beds. Actual beds, with mattresses and pillows and sheets and everything, for everyone, instead of sleeping on the floor. I don't see a crate containing choice number two, so Jonathan waves in a pickup truck hauling a long Airstream trailer. Apparently the trailer contains a "kid lounge," with games and a TV, but not enough room for everyone at once. Greg interviews that if he were on the Council, he would have chosen the beds, for the sake of equality. What, he wouldn't have relished the job of bouncer? Oh well, it's not like it matters.

That night, in the Yellow girls' bunkhouse, Randi (12, from Nevada) is crying to Taylor about how she misses her bed and her family and her animals. "Everything that I had I don't have any more," she weeps. Okay, I understand it's hard for kids to be away from their families this long, but it's a forty-day camping trip, not a refugee crisis. You get to go back to everything after this is over. Taylor is nearly crying herself as she tries to convince Randi to stay. But since Taylor's case is that Randi will always have her family but will lose all her friends if she leaves, it's not as optimistic an argument as one might hope for.

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