John (Black Crew) realizes from a close reading of the clue that the treasure must be under the mangrove tree, so he finds it and hauls it to the surface for his team to open. It's full of water and crabs and also lots of gold coins. "I found myself far and above the only one that was able to do it," John boasts in an interview. The Red Crew stands around in the river looking sad. You know what's more pathetic than being defeated-looking? Defeated-looking while chest-deep in water.
Back on the ship, the Red Crew commiserates belowdecks, while above decks, Cameron tells the Black Crew how much the different-sized coins are worth and tells them to count it up. After they've established that it's $40,000 USD in current value (determining which appears to have taken them most of the rest of the day), Cameron has them elect a Captain. For some reason, Joe Don is elected almost unanimously, with only John abstaining, because he thinks finding the chest should mean he's Captain. Too bad for John. After that's official, Cameron tells Joe Don that, as Captain, he gets half the treasure to do with as he pleases. Joe Don is told to pick two "Officers," and he taps Cheryl and Ben. That means Cheryl and Ben get an eighth of the treasure each ($5,000). The remaining five (including Louie) get to split the remainder, leaving them $2,000 each. Worse yet, the Black Crew is now disbanded, and they're all subject to "Captain Joe Don's" orders, along with the losing Black Crew.
"Fashion Publicist" Alexis bitches about what a raw deal that was, calling Joe Don "Grizzly Adams J.D., who lives in Alaska with no running water" and acting all grumpy that he gets twenty grand. John's even more bitter about having won it for the team and getting "nothing." (As a scientist, John should really know the difference between nothing and two thousand of anything).