Jonathan tells them that in addition to the money, they got a big party. And what's a party without guests? When Jonathan says that they haven't seen these guests in 39 days, everyone starts screaming in excitement. And then we see seventy-odd parents swarming down the road into town at a jog. And I defy you not to cry like an asshole as Jonathan cuts the kids loose to run and meet them. There's so much hugging and crying and "I missed you"s that they all run together. Yet it's one last "screw you" to these kids, making them reunite with their parents right when they're still rank with the sweat of an hour's panicked exertion and smeared with garbage. Not that you see any of the adults saying, "I missed you so much! Holy Christ, you reek!" I wonder, if the town had failed the tasks, whether the party would have been cancelled and all the parents sent home and all the kids driven out on the same bus that brought them here. I guess we'll never know. Sophia's mom asks her if this is the hardest thing she's ever done. "By far," Sophia nods. Natasha's and DK's parents remark on how much they've grown. Alex tells his suddenly affectionate parents, "Okay, that's enough." I notice that it's parents only -- no siblings are in attendance with the obvious exception of Olivia and Mallory, and if Alex's parents brought his microbes, they're safely tucked away somewhere. Zach's dad tells him, "I said this was going to be a test of your self-reliance and independence? I was wrong, it was a test of our self-reliance and independence." Zach's dad rules. Zach interviews how good it felt to see his parents after so long, and he couldn't believe it was all over. And Michael interviews that you don't often get to show your parents a ghost town and tell them you've been living there. Michael is wrong. I never get to do that. Cue the montage of horrified parents, as Morgan shows her parents her flop and DK shows his folks some chicken feet. Nathan shows his mom how the water yokes work, by making her try one out. She hopes she's not the only parent who has to. Colton asks his mom if she brought him underwear and socks, and he's glad she did. In the Saloon, Jared mixes up a Bonanza Bomb for his incredibly large yet completely Jared-haired dad to chug, while the Morgan family cheers him on. Leila lets her mom use one of the outhouses. "City slicker," Leila scoffs to us after taking in her mom's disgusted reaction. Heh. But I bet Leila doesn't insist on crapping in the back yard after she gets home.
Episode Report CardM. Giant: B | 606 USERS: B-
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