Okay, we're back. Let's see what the second choice is. When Jonathan opens the second giant crate, it turns out to contain brand-new outfits -- color-coded for each district, of course, so more viewers can tell who's on which team at a glance -- and four "pioneer-era" washing machines. The kind with a hand-operated agitator drum and two rollers to serve as the dryer. That's also a good deal, because as this "Taylor" person interviews, they've been wearing the same jeans for three weeks. Now, that can't be true. I see a lot of them wearing their flannel pajama bottoms around a lot of the time. "And the outfits were pretty cute," Taylor adds. Jonathan sends the Council off to deliberate. That doesn't stop the rest of the town from having a debate of their own. Some creative editing is employed to make us think that almost everyone is leaning toward the Laundromat, but when the Council comes back, Laurel announces that they're going with "the free laundry." And most of the kids seem happy, especially when they run to grab their new duds.
Day 21. Colton and Zach are getting dressed in their new yellow outfits. I realize that makes it sound like they're dressed like Curious George's best friend, but they're really just regular clothes that happen to have a lot of yellow on them. Zach interviews that it was the "obvious" choice. To the smarter people, at least. Meanwhile, the Red team (and Blue's Mallory and Alex, wearing red clothes for some reason) are having Mike teach them how to work the new laundry machines. He demonstrates the procedure using a dorky little workout routine with the agitator lever that agitates me as well, but everyone approves of the new equipment.
Jared, however, is skipping out on the laboring entirely. He shows us how he can use a magnifying glass to focus the sun's rays into a pinpoint against little scraps of wood, and says he's in business for himself. His trade? Souvenir necklaces. Somehow, he's found a bunch of these little wood scraps, as well as some strings or rawhide cords to hang them from, and a way to hang them. The necklaces read "BONANZA CITY 2007" in black lettering, and he's selling them for two nickels apiece. Is he, like, woodburning the lettering on those things using his magnifying glass? Because if he is, he's way undercharging. There's a sad little montage of Jared desperately telling the empty street that he's open for business, but when he manages to flag down Sophia, he's got a taker. Kelsey is the next buyer, and she loves the idea. The next thing you know, people are crowding around Jared's table, and Sophia even comes back to buy one for each of her siblings. I'm 98.3% sure she's humoring him, and 72.4% sure she doesn't have siblings. "Jared can't make those things fast enough!" Guylan interviews. Jared totals up his take and exclaims, "Holy banana bread!" He's raked in $2.90. If my math is correct, that represents 29 necklaces. I wonder who the holdouts were. And because Jared loves to spend money as fast as he earns it, he goes on a shopping spree in the dry goods store. "I'm the Bill Gates of Bonanza City, people are saying," he says. Only Jared isn't quite the dashing rake that Bill Gates is.