Day 28 already. The Council is taking nominations for the Gold Star. Morgan nominates Blaine, saying he's nicer when he's away from Greg (Blaine arc (b)). Sophia nominates Hunter. We get a rare shot of two contenders actually talking to each other, as Hunter and Blaine carry water together and speculate on who's going to win tomorrow. Hunter says a lot of people have a good chance, including Blaine. Blaine returns the compliment. Back in the nomination meeting, they seem to be running neck and neck, at least based on the five or so votes we get to see. The Council agrees that Hunter does his jobs and other peoples', but the new Greg-free Blaine is less, to use Zach's word, "beastly" (there's (b) again). We'll have to wait until after the commercial to see which way it goes.
Town Hall meeting. Jonathan starts by asking if things are more fair with the changes. Blaine stands up and says he thinks it's a lot more fair, and having him and Greg on the same team was totally unfair (Blaine arc (c)). Blaine gets a round of applause. Anjay interviews, "Why didn't I give Greg away and keep Blaine? Because obviously, as we see, Blaine is a whole lot nicer than Greg." In other words, Blaine arc (a). A demonstration: Greg stands up and yells at Anjay that he doesn't approve, and he now respects Laurel for not trading. Laurel applauds the sentiment but, realizing she's almost alone, she orders her team, "Clap!" Hmm, what is it that goeth before a fall again? "Mallory is more of a man than you are," Greg tells Anjay. Anjay buries his head in his hands. Maybe he wouldn't get attacked so much if he would stop making it so rewarding. Sophia raises her hand to say something to Laurel: "It might have been a tad selfish not to open our arms and accept anybody under the wing of the Green district." I like how she phrased that -- telling the rest of the town that she doesn't necessarily agree with Laurel, but framing it in a way Laurel will take as a compliment. Unfortunately, Laurel takes it and just digs herself deeper, saying. "Hello, we're awesome?" Michael agrees with Sophia, less diplomatically, that Laurel's move was "shallow." And then suddenly Laurel is yelling at Anjay for some reason. I think we missed some footage there, like maybe of Anjay having the temerity to suggest that maybe his District got a little bit boned and perhaps Laurel could have made a teeny sacrifice of her own. This is only conjecture, of course, but otherwise I don't see why Laurel is all up in Anjay's grill and wagging her finger at him. "Anjay doesn't deserve to be up there," Greg yells, wounding Anjay all over again. Anjay, hurry up and form your damn bones. Being 100% soft underbelly is getting you nowhere.