Jonathan busts out the ballots -- color-coded cards with a space for the candidate's name -- and has the kids pass them out among themselves, using the time to remind us who the candidates are in each district. "In Red, will it be Mike or Guylan? In Blue, will it be Anjay or Olivia? In Yellow, will it be Zach or Taylor? And in Green, will it be Laurel...or Laurel?" Laurel lets out an embarrassed cackle, and Jonathan officially kicks off her second term. Everyone applauds for her as though she did something. Which, okay, she did, shut up. Jonathan stands behind the four color-coded ballot boxes and says, "On your mark, get set, pioneers, vote!" Way to make a bunch of kids writing seem exciting. Guylan interviews that he really wants it. Olivia interviews that she's in "bad trouble" if she didn't convince Greg to come over to her side. Yes, if you strike at the king, you'd better kill him. Wait, I probably shouldn't giver her ideas where Anjay is concerned. Zach glumly interviews that he's just about ready to concede, because he's done the electoral math and the Yellow girls represent an unbreakable voting bloc for Taylor.
Jonathan starts with the Blue district. Anjay and Olivia are tied after six votes. But then all the rest are for Anjay, so he keeps his seat. Eric leads a cheer for Olivia, who apparently has no plans to be a graceful loser. In an interview, Olivia says, "It kind of hurt a little bit, just knowing that you lost to Anjay, who is, like, the worst leader ever." That's kind of harsh, in a world where Taylor exists. She continues, "But if I have the chance I will run again." Anjay stands up to make a little speech, congratulating Olivia for her campaign speech and promising to respect her opinions in the future. "I don't believe you," Olivia says, shaking her head. Classaaay. Particularly since her base turned out to be herself, her sister, and one other person. Anjay rolls his eyes and sits his ass back down. Yeah, sorry to say it, but he's probably better off giving up on her.
Red election. The first vote is for Guylan, the second for Mike. Mike nods ruefully, because he recognizes the giant letters he drew while voting for himself. And that ends up being his one and only vote. Ouch. Some kids start snickering kind of meanly as Guylan's votes pile up, although a few, like Laurel and Morgan, look like they feel bad for him. So Mike goes down in a humiliating defeat. "It was kind of sad, actually," DK interviews. Mike puts his head down on the table in front of him. You know the Boy Scout motto? I think Mike bricked it this time around. Jonathan congratulates Guylan on being on the Council, then turns to Mike for his reaction, as he finally raises his head from the table. "That sucks!" Mike yells, laughing through the tears. He interviews how this feels: "Like you were digested and crapped out by a coyote, torn apart by vultures, and tossed off a cliff." Sounds about right. Back at the meeting, he weepily says to the town that he doesn't know what happened. Which, after all, is kind of the problem. And his interview backs that up, as he sour-grapes that Guylan strikes him as a follower and he doesn't think the town made the right decision. But then, if Mike could read people, he wouldn't be in this situation. He relinquishes his seat to Guylan, and steps down to go sit with the Red rabble, who all hug him welcomingly. Michael interviews that Mike did a better job than he got credit for, and Guylan interviews that Mike handled the defeat well. From his new spot at the Council table, Guylan speechifies to Mike, "You're a great leader, I just got...more votes." "Power to the people!" Zach yells. And Guylan interviews that he's going to "kick all those problems in the butt!" Good luck with that. I'm happy for him, but he seems a little too smug about all this and I suspect this is going to be harder than he thought.