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Insecure Season 2 Episode 2 Recap: “Hella Questions”

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The on again, off again dynamic between Issa and Lawrence has been the primary dramatic fulcrum of Insecure. But there have been hints that Insecure is ready to give the Issa and Lawrence storyline some time apart, and “Hella Questions” suggests that storyline might be tabled for a while.

It is the day after Issa and Lawrence finished their 21 strokes of makeup sex and Issa is asking Molly what she should do next. While Issa is over-analyzing the post-coital text message exchange between her and Lawrence, Molly is trying to work out her very legitimate issues of being underpaid and underappreciated at work with her therapist.

When Molly’s therapist asked “If your shoulds didn’t come to fruition, would you be open to your life looking a different way?” I wanted to throw money at my television screen like it was a collection plate. Like most real talk, it’s not exactly what Molly wants to hear. Her therapist is trying to get Molly to better understand her current wiring that is causing her so much anxiety, but all Molly wants to do is learn how to break into the boys club at her law firm so she can get paid like her white male counterparts. Both Molly’s reluctance with her therapy sessions and her problems at work have space to develop into something more and I hope the show continues to do so.

Meanwhile Issa’s having her own issues at work. The after-school program her and Frieda are trying to get off the ground might get pulled if there isn’t more student participation, so the two of them ask for help from one of the school leaders, Vice Principal Gaines. He has no problem giving Issa and Frieda a hand by appointing them a new faculty advisor, but he also has no problems speaking what’s on his mind. When he founds out their current faculty advisor is “Miss Alvarez” he shakes his head in disapproval, apologizes for letting their program fall through the cracks, and jokes the school may need to “build a wall” because it’s so overpopulated. This makes Issa and Freida both uncomfortable, but Frieda more so. Later when they overhear Vice Principal Gaines make another offensive comment to a group of Latino students, Frieda says she wants to flag it up to their boss. Issa makes a half-hearted attempt to stop Frieda from letting her liberal white guilt get in the way of all the progress they’ve made, but she also knows Frieda isn’t wrong, especially later when Issa ends up alone with Vice Principal Gaines and he lets his not-quite-nice feelings on the Latino kids fly. Now Issa has to figure out who she is going to protect: A xenophobic vice-principal with whom she doesn’t entirely disagree or her white coworker who is just now learning all skinfolk ain’t kinfolk.

The episode reverts back to its rom-com groove when Issa and Molly meet Kelli and Tiffany at a special event. That’s when Issa spills the tea to everyone else about her and Lawrence’s brief reunion, but Kelli has some tea for Issa and it’s about Lawrence and his rebound girl Tasha. Naturally, Issa is surprised and reluctantly begins the standard social media lurking a lot of us are guilty of when we find out the ex is getting their life together. Issa needs to know everything from what Tasha looks like to where she works, but most of all Issa needs to know what Tasha means to Lawrence.

In typical Lawrence fashion, he doesn’t know what Tasha quite means to him either, which continues to be his most obvious flaw (more on this in a minute). Last night’s episode was the strongest case that Lawrence isn’t as bad as some people want him to be. Every single flaw people have tried to use to make Lawrence seem like he ain’t shit was accounted for in this episode. He told Tasha the truth about what he did with Issa, proving he isn’t ready to be a savage in the streets. He went with Chad to go look for an apartment of his own, proving he’s ready to sleep in his own sheets and not on his boy’s air mattress. When Chad chastises Lawrence for telling Tasha the truth about what he did with Issa, Lawrence reminds him he isn’t the type to lead women on, at least not on purpose. Later when Molly does some reconnaissance to track Lawrence down and find out where his heart is at about Issa, she asks him two questions. The first question is if he hates Issa. He doesn’t. The second is if he would ever take her back and the answer to that question is answered indirectly. While Issa is outside of the bank where Tasha is working fantasizing about knocking Tasha out, Molly calls Issa to break the news to her: “Lawrence said that he’s done,” says Molly.

Whether or not this is true is very suspect since we never actually see Lawrence say this to Molly, but later we see Lawrence come back to Tasha to apologize for what he did and tell her it’s over between him and Issa. Does that mean he cares about Tasha? I’m not convinced. What Lawrence really cares about is doing what he thinks is the right thing with everyone, which never works out well. He doesn’t want to hurt Issa and he doesn’t want to hurt Tasha because both outcomes will hurt him. He is a man is too nice not only for his own good but to other people as well. Tasha may learn that lesson the hard way, just like Issa did.

Malibu! For now, Issa and Lawrence are done, at least it seems that way when the episode ends with Issa responding to a guy on Tinder with two words: “Tryna fuck?” The credits roll before we get to see the response but the response doesn’t matter, the message is clear: Issa and Insecure are ready to move on. For now.

Jozen Cummings

Jozen Cummings is the author and creator of the popular relationship blog Until I Get Married, which is currently in development for a television series with Warner Bros. He hosts a weekly podcast with WNYC about Empire called the Empire Afterparty and he works at Twitter as an editorial associate. He lives in Harlem, graduated from Howard University, and grew up in Seaside, California. He cannot get you a blue check.

  • You Know I’m Sawcy

    I’ve thought about the “tryna fuck” approach with online dating. But… eh. People are too crazy.

    • JulianWithTheRedCorvette

      No lie. If a woman sent that response to me on Tinder, by first instinct would be “this has got to be a trap”.

      • You Know I’m Sawcy

        Sometimes we’s tired.

        • !! LOL!! Though I’ve never used Tinder…but yeah.This.

      • NomadaNare

        It happens fam

        Stay woke

    • Sigma_Since 93

      Gurl you know you don’t need to go that route to get your back blown out. Stop playin!

    • Ille Jay

      Then is it an Urban Legend, cause I “hear” about all of the exports being delivered, and the frequency is kind of no joke. Meaning I “hear” it happens too much, to not take notice.

      • You Know I’m Sawcy

        I dunno. I’m sure it goes all the way down in the DMs of online dating. I just know I’m not about that life. I’m filling out personality tests and hoping for the best.

        • Ille Jay

          Decades have us wired a bit different.

    • ClaymoreParamore

      Done it. It can work in a pinch

      • You Know I’m Sawcy

        I salute thee. Seriously.

  • Sylqué

    Lawrence did the right thing telling Tasha. Ambiguity in their relationship doesn’t matter. He came to her with a broken heart but breaking hers isn’t okay. If they are going to continue or part ways doesn’t matter keeping it from her doesn’t let her decide for herself if she wants to be a part of his rebound.
    He should not have done it but he probably should have also finished sorting out what he wanted before involving Tasha. That’s the should but not the reality.

    • HouseSublime

      He did the right thing but he’s still stringing her along. He doesn’t need to be jumping into anything serious and she definitely wants to make it a relationship with him.

      • D-Nice

        Yeah, and she clearly likes him and seems to really want for things to work
        out with him, so she might not be seeing things entirely clearly.
        Lawrence should just say “I don’t know where I’m at right now with my
        ex; if you want to keep hanging out (i.e., having s*x in a casual
        relationship), cool, but beyond that I don’t know.” And, Tasha should
        make her parameters clear. But, of course, that’s easy to say from a
        keyboard. Relationships and those types of conversations are rarely
        that easy or direct.

        I like Tasha.

      • MsSula

        No, he is not stringing her anywhere. He just came to apologize and was about to leave and she asked him if he wanted food. Which he did.

  • “What Lawrence really cares about is doing what he thinks is the right thing with everyone, which never works out well.”

    This is one of my biggest problems with him and his hive in general. He gets cool points for doing regular, decent ish that he’s really only doing because he thinks/.knows that’s what’s expected of him. Also, Issa is way too awkward to just be getting unhinged Tinder peen. She can’t even make it through a date without mentally tweaking her own nipples.

    • Sigma_Since 93

      “This is one of my biggest problems with him and his hive in general. He gets cool points for doing regular, decent ish that he’s really only doing because he thinks/.knows that’s what’s expected of him”
      I’m giving dude points. After living on this earth and seeing folks who know what is expected of them and a) can’t or b) don’t give a eff. It doesn’t matter the gender, it’s nice to deal with people who operate on that level.

    • HouseSublime

      Is it really regular/decent if a ton of people don’t behave in that manner?

    • You Know I’m Sawcy

      Agreed. She is so awkward that a lot of the minor plotlines seem kinda iffy.

  • JulianWithTheRedCorvette

    Vice Principal Gaines talking about Latinos sounds a lot like my dad. That scene had me feeling some type of way because for the first time I found myself completely siding with White Girl Frida.

    • HouseSublime

      Lawrence sounds like half my older uncles/aunts/cousins.

    • Sigma_Since 93

      she’s going to blow up Issa’s spot at work this year. I see Issa out of a job due to Frida

      • JulianWithTheRedCorvette

        You never know. It might happen.

        But hol’ up. Wasn’t one of the plotlines from season 1 that Issa didn’t really like her job and wanted to do something else? What happened to that?

        • Sigma_Since 93

          She knocked the event with the kids out of the park and her supervisor said that’s the kind of work she knew Issa had in her.

          • JulianWithTheRedCorvette

            Yeah, but excelling at your job isn’t the same thing as you being passionate about it.

        • She and Lawrence were both unfulfilled in the employment arena but in two different ways. Both projected that into the relationship but both seemingly fixed the problems too late.

      • SororSalsa

        Well, Frieda has been the cause of a few of Issa’s dilemmas. She invited Daniel to the We Got Ya’ll fundraiser, which led to the Issa/Lawrence breakup. Girl means well, but she is really throwing a monkey wrench into Issa’s life.

    • Louise

      I do think Frida is being performative which they portrayed with her tweeting at Ava Duvernay lmao, and it is a problem/annoying. I’ve seen commenters online trying to say VP Gaines’ prejudice isn’t that bad. I really don’t care what he hypothetically could’ve gone through in the past. I also understand anti-blackness in the Latinx community is real. That doesn’t really justify him lashing out at an entire school, imo. I’m also uninterested in Frida white-savioring it up and I’m skeptical that his opinions will ever change. At the end of the day, VP Gaines just has to be transferred to a different school, period.

      • JulianWithTheRedCorvette

        Re: Frida, I think the character tweeting at Duvernay is more of an example of her being sincere and corny, rather than performative.

        We’ve just been introduced to the character, but I think its safe to say that Gaines is never going to change. And despite his attitude towards the Brown students, he’s probably going to stay in that school.

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      • Wendy

        I’m REALLY hoping they don’t go the white savior route with Frieda. That would be so lazy.

        • Ms. Madam CJ Skywalker

          But do these characters not exist IRL? Esp in the nonprofit world…?

          • Wendy

            Well, I’ve never worked in non-profit (I’m at a public college, but you know what I mean). Sure they exist in real life and I can even see why that storyline would work here. But, it would be cool to see it play out differently. It would be great for Issa to say something and see how that plays out (I think it’s clever to have her reacting in ways that white ppl typically/sometimes act – uncomfortable calling someone out, trying to disassociate).

            • Ms. Madam CJ Skywalker

              Hmmm, you would like Issa to say something to the VP? or her boss?
              -What would this accomplish?

              Her doing so would be outside of her character’s character. Issa (the character) actively avoids confrontation of any kind. Her going out of her way to be an actual SJW wouldn’t hold very well. She’s a selfish character, so if the VP doesn’t directly impact her, she’s not gonna do much to change the situation

              • Wendy

                I would love to see her say something to the VP, but you’re right that it wouldn’t exactly fit with her character. Her boss is white, so that would be another white savior moment, but the boss has been around a long time and seems to really like Issa…idk, it’s a tough one. I’ve never seen a person of color call out another person of color for these kinds of remarks (this could very well be because I live in a predominantly white area) and I wonder how the writers would portray these kinds of confrontations.

                • Ms. Madam CJ Skywalker

                  True. Certain black ppl do have those conversations. Not often enough, but it’s kinda a tough situation for Issa, so she’s gonna avoid it (I’d prob do the same. Me and conflict don’t get along)

          • JulianWithTheRedCorvette

            The nonprofit world, at least the portions that regularly serve POCs – are filled with white people like Frida. The majority of them are good folks that genuinely care about the causes and the people they work with. Some of them though….definitely on some white man’s burden isht.

        • Brother Mouzone

          They will.

      • Transbutter

        I agree. The white savior stance has been done to death. However, I’m hoping someone else overhears him like their “whitewashed” Latina coworker (who would probably agree with him). Maybe Issa and Freda can watch this go down and question her if she doesn’t stand up for her own people. I don’t know something to that degree maybe.

    • Mary Burrell

      Exactly

    • Brooklyn_Bruin

      Issa is disappointing here. But I saw the tension after the habañero Oreos got stolen.

  • Janelle Doe

    but what does Lawrence want?
    *non-watcher <———

    • HouseSublime

      He doesn’t know. He’s still dealing with the breakup with Issa and while Tasha is a nice, attractive girl I don’t see that lasting for a long term relationship. She’s the unfortunate rebound and will likely end up hurt.

  • Mary Burrell

    What is “Malibu “?

    • Ille Jay

      That’s the trip they went on in season 1….and they let all their baggage out, once they arrived/left. So it seems now the word is used as a signifier to tell the truth.

    • Sweet Potato Kai ?

      If you say Malibu you have to tell the truth.

      • Mary Burrell

        Oh okay. Thanks?

    • D-Nice

      I think the Regina Hall slave movie/series they’re watching is a parody – made up for Insecure.

      • Mary Burrell

        It’s funny

    • SororSalsa

      It’s the show within the show. In season one, it was “Conjugal Visits”. Several characters watch the show. I think it’s more elaborate and they got name actors this time. And “Malibu” is code for Issa & Molly that they need to be honest with each other.

    • Brother Mouzone

      Slave movie? WTF? I don’t watch but I’m sure this is part of the reason why.

  • Ess da 5’6″

    Lawrence told Tasha about the Issa chex to assuage his feelings of guilt (Lawrence doesn’t want to ever be the “bad guy” in a given situation), and Tasha postured with the, “Well, we just fucking” response knowing good and well she wants to be doing more than just that with Lawrence.

    Issa mess all around.

    • OrangeStarrHappyHunting

      Fakin the funk….all three in diff ways.
      I want Issa to move on, please, but in a healthy fashion.

    • ClaymoreParamore

      Tasha isn’t being true to her truth. Lawrence doesn’t even know what his truth is. Been there, done that (but I was Lawrence and the ex was Tasha). Spoiler alert, it doesn’t end well. Like at all.

  • Mary Burrell

    Tasha was hurt and she is just settling.

    • Ms. Madam CJ Skywalker

      I think she’s trying to play the “super-chill-chick/around-the-way-homie” role too much. She’s not built for that. They both need to figure out what they want, cause they both playing

      • Mary Burrell

        I agree Lawrence needs to stop stringing her along as well.

  • Lawrence is trying to go through the motions of being a good guy without the actual hard work. The homie was mad sassy answering the door for Issa. Hilarious! Molly did what was best even if it may been a lie. Too much emphasis on time invested and fuzzy feelings.

  • LadySiriboe

    Lawrence doesn’t know who or what he wants. Goodness me and ISSA problem? Oh my? He is supposed to operate on what level? Superhuman? Mschew! Abeg, Lawrence be confused until you are out of confusion.

    And why is Molly asking Lawrence what he wants from homegirl?! Mind your bizz.

    • D-Nice

      They made it seem like Issa asked Molly to track down Lawrence and confront him.

      • That’s how I read it too. Because Molly said she had to do several fake walk-by’s.

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