‘Insecure’ Recap: Ready-Like

Last week, Lawrence surprisingly returned, hopefully putting the Lawrence hive to rest, and this episode picks up by updating viewers on what he’s been doing since we saw him last. And he’s been doing a lot. He’s exceeding expectations at work. He has his own place and his couch has been plenty useful as he’s engaged in frequent casual sex with numerous women. To top it off, he finds out he has chlamydia! Of course, he now must make multiple calls warning his past sexual partners (very Lovesick-esque) and is met with unpleasant responses. His recent health history obviously isn’t great, but, other than that, he’s doing pretty great post-Issa – as he should be. The former lovers’ reunion at Tiffany’s baby shower is perfect because they acknowledge and praise how much they each have grown without opening any romantic doors. I hope we don’t see anymore Lawrence storylines simply because his time in the story has passed, but it’s nice to see he’s doing okay.

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‘Insecure’ Recap: High-Like

It’s the episode viewers have all been waiting for: the girl group is back and ready to conquer Coachella together. In preparation, Issa completes a few Lyft rides, which mostly go smoothly, runs a few errands for Molly and officially disappears from her responsibilities as a property manager. This weekend is supposed to be Issa’s big chance to forget about her real-life problems and to absorb the glory of Beyonce in the festival reality. But after quitting her full-time job at We Got Y’all and not hearing from party Lyft Nathan since their “eating tacos and kissin’ on the lips” impromptu date last week, Coachella might not be enough of a distraction.

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‘Insecure’ Recap: Fresh-Like

This week, Issa moves into her new place, leaving Daniel behind in his apartment. Of course, it’s crazy that she stayed there for so long, but at least she came to make the right decision on her own rather than be thrown out. And what better way to consummate a new journey in a new apartment than a few housewarming gifts from your best friend. Though, the property manager job that’s attached to her place is sure to provide more laughter for viewers. Back at We Got Y’all, Freida gets their boss to let Issa go back into the field. Issa may have been happy in the field before, but this news doesn’t offer her dissatisfaction any resolution.

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‘Insecure’ Recap: Backwards-Like

If Issa and Daniel’s romantic status was unclear in last week’s episode, it’s even more messy this week. Now sleeping in the same bed, the boundaries are expectedly blurred and even has Issa consider staying at Daniel’s longer. Thankfully, this doesn’t stop her from working to get out on her own. Issa finally gets the opportunity to work outside of the office at a local job fair. Instead of being enthusiastic about the potential applicants, Issa finds more intrigue in a different non-profit organization, The Beat Crew. We’ve seen Issa with We Got Y’all for two full seasons now, and the first time she’s seen to be truly inspired is when watching a rivaling organization. To make the issue more clear, she doesn’t express any particular interest in her company to a hopeful candidate. She’s stuck but her financial situation makes the risk of quitting her job of 5 years to possibly find another position she loves too great. On the bright side, Issa is offered a property manager position at an apartment complex, giving her the option to leave on her own.

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‘Sharp Objects’ Finale Recap

After eight weeks of building tension, making us hate Wind Gap, and giving us Amy Adams at her best, Sharp Objects has come to an end. Its shocking yet satisfying ending was the perfect conclusion to a show centered on trauma, being a daughter, mental illness, and memory.

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The finale plays out like a stressful horror movie as Camille and Amma fight to survive, all while clad in thin nightgowns that cling to their sweaty bodies. They are fragile dolls and Adora’s toys to play with, dress up, and torture. To confront her mother about the death of Marian, Camille lets Adora poison her. Adora accepts the task with ease, finally letting Camille enter her room, showering her with love and strange medicines. Adora grabs her tray of medicines like a serial killer pulling out his tray of torture devices, all while smiling that sickly sweet Adora smile. As she prepares Camille’s next dose, Alan mutters, “Don’t go overboard,” proving that he is in fact a human trash heap and has been enabling Adora’s toxic, murderous tendencies. You’ll have to watch the episode to see its final twist, but even having read the book, I gasped comically loud. All I’ll say is that Eliza Scanlen is an actor to watch in the coming years, delivering a devilish performance as Amma Crellin.

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‘Insecure’ Recap: Familiar-Like

This week, we’re back to see how the doomed situation between Issa and Daniel is underway. Issa has definitely overstayed her welcome, mostly after multiple awkward conversations in the season premiere. She does her best to keep in touch with her former flame, but that proves to be difficult since he avoids coming home. He even goes as far as claiming that his “girlfriend” Vanessa doesn’t like Issa around all the time. Instead of communicating with each other about what they want and need, they constantly walk on eggshells around one another.

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‘Sharp Objects’ Recap: Falling

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As the end of Sharp Objects approaches, I keep thinking there’s no way this show could get any more upsetting, raw, and tense. And each week, I’m proven wrong. In the penultimate episode to HBO’s limited series, the pain, cruelty, and suffering of each character seems to reach its peak.

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The episode begins with a surprisingly tender moment as Adora tries to take care of Camille after her night of partying with Amma. However, Camille is quick to reject such attention, pushing her away and refusing medicine from a rather large blue bottle. As Camille is leaving the house, she checks on a hungover Amma, who says, “You know what my favorite part of getting wasted is? Mama takes care of me after.” She also reveals that John is about to be arrested for the murders of Anne and Natalie. Camille rushes to John’s girlfriend’s house, while Richard, on the other hand, does his own investigation: This time, it’s into the death of Marian Crellin. As he speaks to nurses and reads old medical records, it becomes increasingly clear that Adora suffers from Munchausen by proxy, a disorder where a caretaker makes someone sick on purpose. There are not only records for Marian, but for Amma’s various hospitalizations. This is juxtaposed with Amma lying sick in bed, sweating, puking, trying to escape her mother’s medication.

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