Back from ads, DK talks about how hard a decision this is. Michael agrees, as we see shots of Olivia, Mike, and Guylan, as well as Jared, Taylor, Migle, and Anjay. That is a hard decision, all right, but not in the way they're thinking. When the Council returns, Greg talks about a hard worker who's been a leader since Day 1, and names Zach. Zach's jaw drops in disbelief as he comes up to accept the star. "You can't possibly be speechless," Jonathan cracks. But all Zach can manage before his voice breaks is to say that he never actually thought he'd win, and that he can't say anything right now. Greg says that Zach has been committed to making Bonanza City work, and after the two of them hug, Greg interviews that Zach has potential, and he could see him entering politics one day. I think Greg means that as a compliment. Even Taylor smiles a little at this special moment for one of her many nemesiseses. Jonathan disbands the group, telling them to keep running their world. He doesn't add that it's all going to be over tomorrow.
Hey, why doesn't Zach get to call his parents? It's not like that phone has numbers to dial that would give away the fact that he'd be talking to his family in a La Quinta in Santa Fe (spoiler!).
Taylor and the Taylortones have decided to use their newfound freedom to bring their favorite chickens into their bunkhouse. The birds are still getting settled when Emilie comes in to ask if she can move into their bunk as well. "You can sleep by the chickens if you want," Taylor says, which isn't the warmest invitation you can imagine. Presumably if the chickens weren't already there, Emilie would have been allowed to sleep on the windowsill.
But even that gets rescinded because in the very next scene, Kelsey has a short one-on-one with Emilie to tell her that she's not invited to sleep over that night after all, since it's their last night together. "We just really want to have a night to ourselves," Kelsey babbles. "You understand, right?" Emilie does, in fact, understand. She understands that Taylor had second thoughts about letting Emilie in, and then sent her Taylgunner Kelsey to shoot Emilie down. And she's pissed about it. "I can't trust you guys any more." Kelsey yells at Emilie that this is their last night together, and Emile tells her not to raise her voice. Which isn't really fair, because this is Kelsey we're talking about and her normal speaking voice is that of talk radio host who moonlights as an auctioneer. But Emilie storms off, and Kelsey trots along next to her, protesting, "I've been trying to talk to you really, really quietly and really calmly." Except Kelsey kind of has a really higher baseline than most people on both of those axes. If she weren't such an accomplished pianist I'd wonder if she's half deaf. Random shot of Migle, her spidey-sense tingling, and then Emilie is confronting Taylor and Leila in the Saloon for making Kelsey do their dirty work. They're a lot meaner than Kelsey was. The fight spills out onto the street, and there's yelling and grabbing and lots of random people showing up to try to put a stop to it. But it's Migle who wades in the furthest, grabbing Emilie by her shoulders and keeping her from ripping Taylor's bitchface right off her skull. DK interviews about how awesome Migle is, and then Migle mediates a solution where in Emilie can return to her Blue bunk for the night (with Migle, remember) and then hang with the Taylpipes tomorrow. Hugs all around! Emilie interviews that Migle is like a big sister to her. I wonder if the real reason for Emilie's hurt feelings is that she doesn't get to sleep with the chickens.