As we see Michael heading for the phone barn, he interviews that he cares more about calling his parents than the twenty grand. Wait until he's old enough to have to pay his own long-distance bills. He's much more collected than Sophia was in this situation, as he tells his mom about the "Golden Star." "Oh, my gosh, Michael," we see Michael's mom say into her phone, clearly irritated that she's being asked to reenact this moment so very fakely for the cameras that probably weren't there when Michael first called. Michael tells her what a great time he's been having: "I've been hauling water and cleaning toilets." MamaMichael laughs and says she's proud of him, but the best part is getting to talk to him on the phone. Michael agrees with her on that. If this were really Lord of the Flies, he'd totally be Simon.
Michael takes a victory lap of the town with his Gold Star. But how is Greg really taking this? "I was the obvious choice," he says bitterly in an interview. "I did the chickens, I did a hell of a lot more work than Michael did. I thought it was pretty disrespectful." Oh, grow up. Michael was a frontrunner from the very beginning last time, even before everyone knew about the Gold Star. And Greg was the runner-up this week, which makes him a shoo-in for next week unless he screws up. And it sounds a little bit like that might just be his plan. "I'm gonna do something about it," he threatens vaguely. We see Greg climbing up and perching on a fence rail, angrily trying to think what that might possibly be. If Michael is Simon, I suspect Greg might be trying to get in touch with his inner Jack.