‘Insecure’ Recap: Obsessed-Like

As the title perfectly suggests, Issa gets a little crazy this week. More accurately, she’s become obsessed with tracking down Nathan after he seems to have ghosted her. Especially since she doesn’t have a full-time office job anymore, she has plenty of time to occupy her thoughts thinking about where Nathan is and when he’s finally going to text her back. When you think about it, it’s understandable that she’d be upset that she’s been duped by someone who was seemingly Prince Charming. He’s charming, funny and emotionally available – the perfect package. Then, when you really think about it, the sheer ridiculousness of Issa obsessing over this man she didn’t actually know that well or for that long, despite intimate time in pools and Ferris wheels. If it somehow comes down to going to his house and going through his room while he’s not home, he’s probably not the right guy for our girl. And she’s definitely made it clear that’s she’s not good for him, either.

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Molly goes on a date with Andrew after getting over her Coachella embarrassment. It goes perfectly well. They joke, they flirt, they eat. It even leads to a second date! But, as always, Molly ruins it. After joking about him once kissing a friend’s girlfriend, Andrew teases that she’s just as bad for sleeping with a married friend’s husband, which Molly told him at the music festival. First mistake: telling someone you barely know that you used to sleep with a married man. Then to get upset when he makes some very true, while light-hearted, observations about the nature of the odd relationship only makes her look even more clueless. He may not have been the man she imagined, but he’s done everything to show that he genuinely likes her and wants to get to know her better. If she wasn’t so occupied being defensive of her reasons for being mad and ditching Andrew, she might have realized that the man she imagined for herself may have been right in front of her.

My one hope for Lawrence’s reemergence last week, unfortunately, was not reality. He’s back this week and it doesn’t add anything to the overall story. We follow Issa’s ex as he decides to go to church for the first time. He feels like he’s reached a point in his life where he should start going, and it never becomes clear why. Going to church isn’t something one should decide it’s time to do just because. And, as it turns out, he doesn’t like it – particularly such a big church. He connects with a woman he meets at the service but doesn’t follow through past the first date. Lawrence’s reappearance already feels unnecessary and this random storyline makes it more apparent.

Issa and Molly are fun to watch and connect with week after week, but the storylines are beginning to go in unpleasant circles. Issa goes back to her old ways and Molly gets in her own way. Repeat. The audience’s love for these two characters can only go so far without lasting growth. And with Issa and Lawrence’s re-connection over coffee, it’s as if everything that has happened this past season was for nothing.

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