And then Emilie leads a full-on chicken rebellion, as she and two other unidentified younger kids sprint down the street to the chicken coop and lash themselves inside to save the birds. Like otherwise the Council plans to harvest the chickens immediately, and with a bulldozer or something. As she wraps twine around the door latch, Emilie regales her fellow revolutionaries with frightening tales of avian neck-wringing. "Are they going to hang 'em like they did Saddam Hussein?" the other girl asks Emilie, giving a pretty good picture of when this was shot. Taylor is the first non-would-be-chicken-rescuer to approach the coop, and I think this episode missed exploring a possible story opportunity, which is the question of why Taylor seems to have her hand stuck inside a glass jar. Taylor interviews that Emilie needs to calm down and deal with it, although she's being more diplomatic to Emilie's face. Back at the coop, Emilie makes like a robber with a bank full of feathered hostages as she allows only Taylor to enter so they can talk. Since Taylor's "reinforcements" consist, in their entirety, of weird little Jared, this may be overly cautious of her. Taylor tells Emilie that nothing is going to happen to the chickens until they have a follow-up meeting to work out some details. Jared gives a little interview in which he misquotes Shakespeare and supplies the episode title and is weird.
The meeting in the Saloon is much smaller, possibly so that Emilie and her contingent don't feel ganged up on, but probably because everyone else has already moved on and is looking forward to some poultry already. They address one issue that I was wondering about, which is how they're going to get eggs from now on if they kill and eat all the chickens, because I don't think you can train goats to do that. Taylor announces that that they'll only kill two chickens for now, which, divided thirty-nine ways, should be about enough for everyone to enjoy his or her very own feather. No, actually, they'll distribute the meat by cutting it up and making it into soup. And if you don't want to watch the actual killing, you don't have to. Which is animal husbandry in the modern era in a nutshell. Emilie finally capitulates, as long as someone else does the killing. "We have to think about what's best for the entire town," she interviews maturely. The human portion of it, at least. As the meeting breaks up, a waggish camera operator zooms in on the mounted deer head on the wall, so that we can all take a moment to reflect on animal mortality. And also to hope that the Saloon will be decorated with eighteen chicken heads by the end of the season.