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Kevin Naulls learns about the lighter side of law, love, and lolz

You may remember that Gregory Gorgeous sued Arta Ghanbari for “big slander,” otherwise known as Gregory Gorgeous’ brand of fake legalese. He believes she “slandered” him by writing a text message (that’s libel, friends) that indicates he has a sugar daddy. She didn’t send it, and she didn’t have anything to do with spreading the rumour. In fact, all she did was be a friend by asking about it. And yet, Gregory takes legal action, and seeks to remedy the entire situation by inviting Arta to a train track-adjacent parking lot to discuss what a Quvenzhané Wallis she’s being. And because Gregory Gorgeous is headstrong and a proponent of the white male gayze, he instructs Arta to sit in the back seat when he talks to her. It is shockingly reminiscent of the power struggle Rosa Parks was introduced to not too long ago. Who knew Gregory Gorgeous was such a jerk?

If you ever wanted to know how open-minded Gregory is, this episode isn’t going to help prove anything. He is impressively narrow, and decides to end things with Jay via voicemail because he isn’t coming out with the kind of swiftness he deems normal–you’ll remember that Jay was the first guy he’s dated “in a while” and that he’s the love of his life. Except, all of that changes when things don’t go Gregory’s way. It is the same pigheadedness that led to him suing Arta (for, I reiterate, “big slander”), and unfriending Rachel on Facebook. It comes as no surprise to me that Gregory Gorgeous is actually unstable, because his actions are so all over the place, and he is prone to freak outs, like repeatedly honking his horn until Arta tells him something she already told him in the previous episode. It makes you wonder why Rachel, the one who is considered the sender of sugar daddy text (it was Karina), wants to win him back as a friend. Because, let’s face it, Gregory is a drama magnet, and who needs that? Not me! No thank you. 

For someone who looks in the mirror so regularly, Gregory doesn’t have a clue how ugly he looks. And I mean inside, obviously, because dude is clearly a bombshell babe. So, for a penultimate episode, this really had it all: subtle racism that is never confronted; a bat shit crazy guy making an ultimatum to his boyfriend (come out or we’re done); Claire picking up clothes at Lileo for her Verve Girl cover shoot; and Rachel penning a letter to Greg because she wants him back.

The finale is going to BLOW UP. 

What do you think is going to happen? Is someone going to die?

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Kevin Naulls is a Toronto-based writer and former editor of The Goods and The Hype at Torontolife.com. Follow him on Twitter @kevinjn.

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