Trapped on the boulder by the two remaining graboids and with all their options running out, Burt comments that, if worse comes to worse, he's going to run while carrying a lit stick of dynamite so that when the graboid eats him, it will blow up. That gives Val/Earl the idea of tricking the graboid into swallowing Burt's bombs. They toss out some small rocks to attract the graboids, then toss a stick of dynamite. One of the graboids takes the bait and gets blown up, but the last one is wish to the ploy and spits out the dynamite. It lands on Burt's pile of bombs, forcing everyone to take cover. Earl, Val, and Rhonda make the mistake of running and, after the dynamite explodes, they find themselves cut off yards from the boulder by the last graboid. While Earl, Val, and Rhonda stand perfectily still, hose survivors on the boulder attempt to make noise to distract the graboid. It withdraws into the ground but appears to be waiting for them to make their move. Suddenly, Val takes off running, carrying with him the last stick of dynamite. Earl and Rhonda follow Val to the edge of a deep canyon. Rhonda lights the dynamite, then she and Earl jump to the sides while the graboid continues coming straight for Val. At the last minute, Val tosses the dynamite at the graboid then jumps to the side. The explosion disorients the graboid, and it comes flying through the side wall of the canyon, crashing to bits on the rocks below. In the final scene, Val and Earl are loading up the truck, planning to take their story to Bixby. Rhonda comes over to say goodbye, obviously hoping to get something on with Val, but he just hems and haws. As Rhonda walks away, Val puffs up his courage, follows her, and kisses her.