Insecure Season 2, Ep.2 – Recap
This week’s episode of Insecure, “Hella Questions” answered some of the questions I wondered about during last week’s episode. Molly and Issa are at Issa’s house as Issa tells Molly about what happened between her and Lawrence. Shocked by the news, Molly asks Issa if she spoke to him since the incident. Issa coyly responds that she texted him twice since she last saw him but he only replied to one of her texts.
Lawrence is shown working out very hard in what looks like a makeshift gym in a garage. This scene represents the phase many folks go through post breakup when a person releases their frustration and heartache into working out. He takes a break from working out and tries to write a text to Issa in response to what happened between them. He is unable to foster himself to write the full message and ends up deleting it entirely. He still struggles with what to do in regards to Issa.
Meanwhile, Issa and the girls go out to the California African-American Museum to support their girl Tiffany whose client had work on display there. I wish I could’ve jumped through my tv screen to enter this scene because the art work that was shown looked incredible. This show has taken steps to showcase the work of artists of color ranging from the outfits the actors wear to the show’s soundtrack and in this particular scene, the B-roll shots focuses on the artwork on display at the museum. The girls try to encourage Issa to put herself out there and get into the dating scene but because she has it bad for ol’ boy, she is not interested. She tells them that they talked; Molly replies sarcastically knowing the full truth behind Issa’s deceit. Issa tells them that they are going to work towards getting back together again. Tiffany is happy about this news and thinks that they should try to work things out if they can while Kelly thinks that Issa should move on and leave all thoughts of Lawrence in the dust. Then, she drops a bomb on Issa unbeknownst to her that Issa nor Molly knew that Lawrence was seeing another girl. While Tiffany and Kelly talk about her, Molly busily looks for the girl on social media. She finds Tasha’s Instagram profile and shows it to everyone but Issa tries to play cool, like she wasn’t fazed by any of it.
Issa excuses herself to the ladies’ room and has one of her moments that fans of the show absolutely adore. When she is alone, or when she thinks she is alone rather, she is truly honest about how she feels and she drops some malicious bars during this scene as she freestyles about Tasha in the bathroom mirror, discounting her as simply the rebound. The times when she thought she was alone, she was caught by none other than her bestie Molly. Like a good friend, Molly goes to the bathroom to check in on Issa and she catches the end of her freestyle. Molly asks her if she is okay and Issa replies, “Pull her up!” They both smirk as they join forces to become Team Petty ‘cause, hella questions. Duh.
Issa goes over to Chad’s looking for Lawrence. Chad is the Kermit sipping tea meme personified during this scene; during Issa’s replies to his questions, he just takes sips of his drink trying to mind his business. She tries to make small talk but he senses quickly that she was looking for Lawrence. He tells her that Lawrence isn’t there but he also compliments her hair (“I see those edges, girl!”). Perhaps his compliments were merely distractions from him diving out the deets about Lawrence’s whereabouts.
Lawrence and Tasha watch television together at her house. Lawrence is lost in his thoughts unable to indulge in the show or in conversation. Being the standup guy I once rooted for, he tells Tasha the truth about what transpired between him and Issa. Upset but trying to shrug it off, she kicks him out. Later, Lawrence “bumps” into Molly outside of his workplace. Molly asks how he is doing post breakup while telling him that Issa is contrite and that although she may have stepped out once, she is not a cheater. We discover from this conversation that Lawrence doesn’t hate Issa but he doesn’t desire to get back together with her. Furthermore, he tells her that he got a new place. It appears that he is making particular decisions and changes to move on with his life; earlier in the episode, Lawrence and Chad go apartment hunting. Molly calls Issa to tell her the bad news. After Facebook stalking Tasha, Issa discovers that the Best Buy where Lawrence was formerly employed is across from the bank where Tasha works. Molly reveals what Lawrence told her to Issa and she puts on a brave front. She finally got the response she sought from Lawrence although it wasn’t what she hoped to hear.
Molly visits her therapist and complains to her about the wage disparity between her and her white male colleague. Her therapist challenges her way of thinking, calling it magical. Molly thinks that because she works hard, the consequences of her hard work should be exactly what she envisions and expects. Her therapist points out that Molly shapes her life by the word “should,” when life doesn’t always work out the way most of us expect it to. This scene was particularly enlightening; the therapist shed light on what a lot of us, educated African-American women expect from life: the notion of reaping what you sow. Thus, if you sow a lot, you should reap a lot but as Molly has come to learn, this notion doesn’t hold much truth especially for a woman of color. She decides she wants in on the boys’ club at work. She finds out that some of her colleagues are going to a hockey game and she tags along. She tries to build some camaraderie with them although she doesn’t know anything about hockey. She gets along well with them. The following day at work, she bumps into one of her colleagues who was at the game with her the night before. She tries to converse with him by telling a joke but he was not feeling it at all. Giving her a bit of the cold shoulder, he quickly wraps up his conversation with another coworker while leaving the breakroom. Molly is left wondering whether her efforts were truly worth it. Later in the episode, she contacts one of the firm’s partners, her boss from last season, who recently got promoted to the firm’s offices in Chicago. Molly offers to help her on cases and the partner gladly accepts her help. Molly’s storyline this season is intriguing (What other show on television is addressing these issues?) because she struggles with figuring out whether her gender, her race or perhaps both plays a role in her not being compensated like her white male coworkers. How will she manage to overcome this particular struggle?
Frieda and Issa approach the principal of the high school their nonprofit assigned to them about how they haven’t had any student participation. The principal pairs them up with a different teacher and promises that students will sign up for their program. He makes a few unsavory comments about the growing Latino student body that leaves Frieda unnerved. This season, this show is kicking its take on social commentary up a few more notches. Frieda challenges Issa’s nonchalance to the principal’s racist remarks and Issa decides to count it all joy as long as the students continue to show up to their program, Issa sees the principal’s behavior as minute in comparison to their program potentially being pulled from the school. Frieda asks Issa if the principal was a white man making the racist remarks about Latinos, would she feel the same? “The oppressed can never become the oppressor,” she says to Issa while contemplating its validity as she says it aloud. Frustrated with Issa, Frieda walks away from her. Is Frieda more woke than Issa? Issa might’ve created a politically correct monster! This is an important conversation; is it right for the Black principal to make fun of his Latino student body? Where is his prejudice stemming from?
At the end of the episode, Lawrence stops by Tasha’s to apologize for how their last interaction went. He tells her that things are over between him and Issa. At first, Tasha appears standoffish but as she sees Lawrence walk away, she decides to invite him in for dinner. Meanwhile, Issa is in her bedroom moving her clothes around in her closet. The space she kept in hopes that Lawrence would move back in she decides to use for her own things. It seems like she finally has come to terms that things may truly be over between them. She moves her pillow to the middle of the bed displaying her new-found independence as a single woman. She looks at her phone which she looks at periodically throughout the episode (Is that Frank Ocean on the phone cover?) but this time instead of her looking at Tasha’s profile, she replies to a dating app conversation. Her reply was “Cranes in the Sky” personified.
This season continues to be evocative and address issues that many of us face but not enough of us are having conversations with one another about. What are your thoughts about this past week’s episode? Sound off in the comments below!