But that turns out to be an Amazing Race-style cliffhanger, because by the time we get back from commercials, he already seems to be over it. That happens to me sometimes too. When the screen goes black at the end of the act, I feel like I can't take it for another second. But then the show comes back, and I'm all better, thanks to a trip to the bathroom. In Nathan's case, he's back at work doing laundry. Now he's getting help from Alex, who asks, "Do you really have to wash everything a thousand times?" It's not clear if he means the general "you," or Nathan in particular, but either way, Nathan's answer is yes. "Oh, darn," Alex says. They seem to have come across some mysterious items that are totally foreign to them. What could it be? Oh, it's girls' underwear, of course. A couple of girls stand uncomfortably over them at this point, saying, "Oh, guys, don't worry about those, ha ha," and Alex and Nathan are both like, "No, we got it." Scrub scrub scrub. Hee.
Discussion of laundry continues elsewhere in town., as Michael confesses that he doesn't really trust the laundry. A bunch of younger girls surrounding him (Michael's harem, I take it) agree with his complaints, as Michael points out that it's not entirely the laundry's fault, because the wind is making proper clothesline operation problematic. Maybe he just realized that Nathan is standing right behind him. "We need a washer and a dryer," Emilie says. Quick, someone tell the Showdown producers! Nathan cluelessly asks, "Does anyone have any laundry?" Everyone is like, "NO! Uh, I mean, no thanks, we're good." Poor Nathan. If I were the kind of person who felt qualified to diagnose Asperger's at all, let alone based on a few minutes of reality TV footage, I might be doing so right now.
Yellow's back in the kitchen, and Pharaoh is telling us that it's not the dishes that are bad, but the pots and pans. Greg tells us that Pharaoh is the best worker in the Yellow district (now that Zach's on the Council, I take it), and he's thinking of nominating him for the Gold Star. In an interview, Pharaoh (12, from Pennsylvania) says that he'd give the Gold Star money to his mom if he won. Not that he's thought about it or anything.
Divad is also in the kitchen, but instead of washing dishes, she's frying up some potatoes on the stove. "I'm the richest person in Bonanza," she says. "I've got one dollar and twenty-five cents." Seeing her counting it out on the communal counter, Laurel asks where it came from, and Divad says it's her profits from selling potatoes. Sophia asks how many people she sold to. All this entrepreneurship hasn't left Divad unscathed -- literally, she's got a small burn on her face from grease spatter. She's philosophical about it, though, saying that it won't stop her. It happens, she says. Especially when the potatoes you're cooking are submerged in grease. Too much grease, is what I'm saying. This was, of course, one of the big controversies before the show started airing: "OMFG A CHILD GOT BURNED BY GREASE WHO WILL THINK OF THE POOR HELPLESS FRAGILE CHILDREN!?!" Clearly the show is only too happy to help Divad downplay it now. Divad interviews that she's doing other work, and says that she'll do whatever people want her to. "Haul water," Greg calls from offscreen, interrupting her interview and completely derailing her point. Especially since she has no plans to do any such thing. She tries to get back to her theme, which is, "I don't just want to be the potato girl. I want to be the kind potato girl." Cut to Zach, who reacts to this by demonstrating that he could be a shoo-in for the role of "the unkind eye-rolling boy." I don't plan to let him run unopposed, however.