Mike comes out of the Red boys' bunkhouse to find Divad sitting there, waiting for Jared. She sends him back in to get Jared, and while we wait, Divad interviews that she doesn't hold grudges, because it's bad for her conscience. Mike returns with Jared, and hangs out just long enough to make sure that this isn't going to turn into a screaming match, or worse. Jared sucks at apologizing, basically saying, "Bygones?" and Divad lets him off the hook. Well, that was disappointing. Maybe Divad would have been more upset if she'd had to pay for any of the stuff she'd been selling.
The Council walks a really long way out of town, at least according to Laurel. If it's that far, shouldn't they have left someone in charge during their absence, lest Taylor, Mike, and Olivia stage a coup? Laurel also claims that they followed the map from the journal, but since they didn't bring the map with them, I'm thinking they just followed the camera crews. And eventually, they reach a mine entrance cut into the side of a hill. I can't tell if it's real or a shooting set, but the kids seem convinced as they pick up the handy lanterns hanging conveniently outside the entrance and file into the narrow tunnel. "Oh, I wonder what's up there," says one of the kids for no apparent reason, and Laurel screams as they hold a lantern up to see what's hanging from the ceiling. The camera rapidly pulls backward out of the cave, like this is the Disney Channel version of The Descent or something.
So, Sophia's decided to conduct a little experiment to see how desperate for money people really are. Namely, she's going to put fifty cents at the bottom of a big cooking pot, and then fill same with a vomit-like mixture of baked beans, sweetened condensed milk, potatoes, oatmeal, and rotting vegetables. "This is disgusting, it stinks, and it's perfect," she says happily. The hell?
Meanwhile, the horror that confronts our intrepid spelunkers has turned out to be nothing more than a sleeping bat. Ooh, spooky. As the kids head deeper into the earth, Guylan says for the cameras, "Is it just me, or is the lamp dying?" Yes, I'm sure losing your light is a real fear when you're exploring a cave accompanied by at least two network television camera crews.
Sophia's in the middle of the main street, drawing a crowd with cries of "Free money!" As you do. She explains what's going on, assuring some of the more doubtful kids that there really is money in there. After a pause, there are about half a dozen grody hands in there, and the ten gooey nickels end up being shared among several treasure hunters. "People never fail to entertain me," Sophia says in an interview. "They do the darnedest things." Yes, like putting people up to sticking their hands into a gross mess. I'd say that this says a lot more about Sophia than it does about the people who got the money, if I thought for a second that the producers hadn't suggested the idea. At the very least, I'm sure they sponsored it, since fifty cents is a lot of scratch in the Bonanza City economy, and Sophia's team has yet to be in the Upper Class.