And here comes a new low for Taylor: seeing what Markelle's up to, she points it out and says to her little sidekick Leila, "They're messin' with your poster." Now that's leadership: siccing a nine-year-old on an older kid in your own defense. Let's see Mike try to pull that off. So naturally Leila runs out and yells at Markelle, retrieving her poster from the dust. She tries to hang it back up, but Markelle keeps pushing the issue, even though a crowd is gathering and other kids from other districts are telling him to knock it off. Anjay tries to make a Yelstin-on-the-tank speech: "Is this what Bonanza City is supposed to be?" Except that Anjay's tank might as well be in Santa Fe for all the attention everyone in Bonanza City is paying him. Markelle just goes back to pogoing, ignoring Anjay along with everyone else. And then he dismounts and takes the poster down again, deliberately ripping it in half. Leila gets right up in Markelle's face this time, screaming louder than before in defense of Taylor. Meanwhile, Taylor just calmly watches from a safe distance, too busy holding up a post to get involved. When Markelle refuses to back down, Leila has a full-on meltdown over the wanton destruction of her work and runs screaming into her bunkhouse. Everyone's yelling at each other. Well, almost everyone; someone has taken advantage of the distraction to borrow Markelle's pogo stick for a little joyride. Suddenly Greg's there, following Leila inside.
In the bunkhouse, Greg lies on the floor next to Leila, who's sobbing in her sleeping bag, while Morgan comforts Taylor as though she's been remotely upset by all this. Oddly, Blaine appears to be comforting Greg. Greg awkwardly rolls over onto his back and gives a stink-eye to the camera, which backs off, because it doesn't want Greg rolling over it in bed tomorrow morning. Greg interviews that he doesn't want to see anyone upset. Taylor interviews that Greg is no longer "bad to the bone," and is more like a "sweet, nice, big brother." And deserves the Gold Star. What's that? I don't think anyone's mentioned it this week.
So we have some catching up to do. The Council meets near the water tower to discuss it, Laurel pointing out that this may be the last time they're all together like this. The first name to come up for the Gold Star is Greg. I have nothing to back this up, but I suspect that Greg decided not to run for the Council so he could remain eligible for the Gold Star. Am I crazy? ["The math certainly works out: a chance at $20,000 > getting bitched at by 10-year-olds." -- Joe R] Mike's still got it out for Greg, but at least now he's being honest about it. The other contender is Zach, and even Taylor has to admit that Zach gave the best campaign speech. So they decide to put off the decision until the Town Hall meeting, when conditions will be ideal because everyone will be staring at them expectantly.