Love, Victor season 3, episode 7 recap – “The Gay Award”

By Adam Lock
Published: June 15, 2022 (Last updated: March 3, 2023)
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Hulu series Love, Victor season 3, episode 7


With the teen’s futures being the hot topic of the moment, the writers hurtle towards an exciting finale. Again, the series represents some of the trickier topics of adolescence and sexuality in another stellar episode.

This recap of the Hulu series Love, Victor season 3, episode 7 contains spoilers.

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Love, Victor gears up for its highly anticipated season three finale with another great episode. In this penultimate chapter the teens contemplate their futures and many of the complex relationships the show has developed over much of the season go through a sudden state of flux in anticipation of these major life events. It’s a touching episode that professionally tackles very adult decisions and again some vitally important social issues. The series has done an expert job of normalizing sexuality and highlighting the struggles of the LGBTQ+ community, with another painful depiction of discrimination in “The Gay Award”.

Love, Victor season 3, episode 7 recap

The seventh episode opens with Nick and Victor returning from their first official date together. Victor asks if Mr. Hook-Up would like to go up to his apartment block for a further make-out sesh, but Nick is adamant he wants to take things slower this time around. Happy with his new fling, Victor heads back inside, although a vague text message from his coach counteracts this positivity. Basketball has thankfully taken a backseat in series three, let’s hope it stays that way.

Victor meets with the coach, who wants to offer him a bravery award, which Victor sees as shorthand for a gay award. It may be a political move or an ill-advised, yet harmless act, but the award itself is problematic. The series has tapped into something deep here, it’s a great example of the needless pandering that comes with the territory, similar to Isabel’s response in “The Setup”. Victor seems almost offended by the award and asks for some time to mull it over. It’s an odd situation, but one that I’m sure has happened countless times before.

A confused Victor tells Rahim about the award, expecting a royal gossip to ensue, but the flamboyant teen is actually all for it. He sees it as a positive thing, celebrating that Victor’s out and proud. They discuss Rahim’s latest catch, the hot waiter Connor, and plan a double date with Nick. This sweet little get-together sets the scene for a rare bit of tension in the teen drama. Rahim shows off his shiny, blue jacket and notices a few jocks laughing at him in the restaurant. The situation only intensifies when Rahim is called a f*g as the bully verbally insults him. Rahim fights back with a tirade of his own abuse and then the foursome is on hand to distinguish a possible fight. Love, Victor again provides a timely and troubling account of the perils of standing up for your sexuality.

The ending

The series addresses another tricky topic in “The Gay Award”, with Benji and his drinking problem. The troubled teen attends a meeting and openly discusses his worries. He wants to be friends with Victor again but fears his ex may be the trigger that upends his sobriety. The leader of the AA meeting tells Benji to do what feels right, so the hopeless romantic rushes to Victor’s door. In a devastatingly heart-breaking finale, Benji arrives in time to see Victor and Nick kiss — what unfortunate timing. Benji agrees to attend boarding school to escape this nightmare.

Another stellar episode that really digs into some deep and meaningful topics. There’s real tension in this instalment and some wretched sorrow as well. You can see that the writers are working towards their endgame now, with the finale growing ever closer. With so much still to resolve it looks set to be an unforgettable conclusion. Let’s hope it can live up to the hype.

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