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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.

  • Mary Burrell

    And Issa needs to check that racist black coach he’s deplorable and if Issa thinks that’s cool I will be disappointed in her character. Molly is trying to join the boy’s club to increase her earning power at the law firm I have no idea how that’s going to turn out.

    • Sigma_Since 93

      When push comes to shove, when has Issa done the right thing?

    • Wendy

      He’s the Vice Principal, too (I didn’t catch that he was a coach). I thought that was an interesting part of the episode.

      • Mary Burrell

        Thank you for the clarification.?

        • Wendy

          Sorry. :(

          • Mary Burrell

            No problem.

  • The real question is this:

    Why does “Due North” seem like a more interesting show than “Underground”?

    • ClaymoreParamore

      I’m so into Due North. I feel like I want to go to Tasha’s house, eat popcorn with her on the couch, and guilt watch the fuck out of it lol

      • I want to see what actors they keep adding to the “Due North” cast. That little boy peeping around the corner was funny as heII.

        • ClaymoreParamore

          Tasha said in the last episode that the little boy is always seeing stuff. And now I’m like, what he seen!? What’s going on in this plantation house? I bet that little boy is going to be the Bran Stark of Due North, seeing stuff he’s not supposed to and paying the consequences for it maybe. Bruh, I’m like invested lol

        • tgtaggie

          I saw Jake from State Farm (scandal) making an appearance lol

        • Brother Mouzone

          Just saw the clip. Is that considered a “bed wench”? I’ve never thought it was funny when they try to push the slave master/Slave “love affair” narrative in tv and movies.

    • Soula Powa

      More interesting than Underground? Have you seen Underground?

      • I have. Couldn’t get into it. “Due North” just seems like a ridiculous take on every black show.

  • Mr. Quojo

    Insecure is better “Reality TV” than the actual Reality TV shows. My favorite episode by Far!

    Side note: Lawrences boy was in peak Light Skinned Brother form with that red suit on.

    • ClaymoreParamore

      Kappa maybe…?

      • BM, Superman

        Ego is certainly large enough.

        • ClaymoreParamore

          LMAO

      • KB

        I wanna side eye this, but being a Kappa with plans to purchase a red suit in the near future I have nothing to the contrary to say.

        • Sweet Potato Kai ?

          LOL……and matching red slippers???

          • KB

            Don’t judge me Kai

            • Sweet Potato Kai ?

              LOL you know it’s all love!

        • Zil Nabu

          You wanna admit that in these here VSB comments? The Kappa hate is skrong in these parts.

          • KB

            A true Nupe can withstand all hate thrown his way

            • Cheech

              Show em the shoes, KB!

      • RaeRae

        **Giggles as I wait for Damon to chime in**

    • Sweet Potato Kai ?

      This was my favorite Chad episode! That whole exchange at his door was pure comedy. I’m still tryna figure out what’s what between him and the realtor though.

      • Notice how he dropped that “Issa, always look like that?” bomb to Lawrence. A subtle reminder of what he had?

        • I took that as negative. I better watch it again.

          • See I didn’t. I think she dolled it up when she came to the door.

          • Sweet Potato Kai ?

            Naw it was positive. I mean, she came to the door sans bra!

            • Damn…even I wasn’t looking THAT hard. I’m just over her grade school hairdos. I rather she shave and rock a baby fro.

              • Sweet Potato Kai ?

                I was paying attention to how she spruced up to do a drive by on Lawrence. I notice all the outfits on this show! I’m currently looking for that Tubman shirt she had on.

              • Sweet Potato Kai ?

                And her hair styles are dope!!! Whatchu talmbout Pops?

          • Mary Burrell

            She looked attractive to him.

        • Sweet Potato Kai ?

          I def peeped that. Chad seems very ain’t sh!t, yet very likeable at the same time.

          • tgtaggie

            He’s a habitual line stepper.

            • Sweet Potato Kai ?

              Yes he has Ron undertones! LOL. I think Chad is a bit grimier.

              • Agreed.
                Him and #realestatebae did it in all the rooms.

                • Sweet Potato Kai ?

                  I mean, I hope not. He just got engaged.

                  • SororSalsa

                    I get the feeling that Chad’s engagement was barely a speedbump on the road to the hoedown.

              • Soula Powa

                When Chad said, “It has 2 bedrooms, one for you and one for your feelings.” Muerte.

                • Sweet Potato Kai ?

                  Yes! He called him Brian McKnight! Lawd ??

              • SororSalsa

                Chad is Ron for the 2017.

                • Sweet Potato Kai ?

                  Agreed. Modified and amplified for this trash azz dating scene!

          • OrangeStarrHappyHunting

            He is authentic.

            • tgtaggie

              He embraces his aint sh*tness. I commend him for that. Lol

          • Likeable because he is comfortable in his ain’t-sh!tness!!

            • Sweet Potato Kai ?

              I agree. It’s the same reason why I like Cardi B.

      • The realtor part killed me.

      • Mary Burrell

        Chad I said smashing the realtor.

        • Sweet Potato Kai ?

          For serious???

        • tgtaggie

          Nah, I think he’s engaged. But dude has a wondering eye with a idagf attitude. That’s the worst combination

          • Sweet Potato Kai ?

            Uh, yes he’s engaged, but you can be engaged and smash the realtor!! Easy peasy!

            • tgtaggie

              I’m engaged too but I wouldn’t try my luck. Lol.

      • Mr. Quojo

        Seriously you don’t know? Three words: Latex and Lube.

        • Sweet Potato Kai ?

          I mean, I caught the googly eyes, but I couldn’t make out what was said. Like is he smashing, smashed or wants to smash?

          • Mr. Quojo

            I would put definitely maybe

            • Sweet Potato Kai ?

              Awwww Chad is the worst!

          • Simms~

            I think he did already. I thought Lawrence asked him “that you?” and he gave a wink. But it could just mean that he’s priming for it.

            • Sweet Potato Kai ?

              Yea I rewound it but still couldn’t catch it. But she’s cheesing, he’s winking, something stinks!

      • SororSalsa

        I’m now firmly on Team Chad. He is messy, but after this episode I see that he has Lawrence’s interests at heart. When he started complimenting Issa on her edges, I DIED.

        • Sweet Potato Kai ?

          “I see them edges”
          He’s a whole fool. I want his fiance to be introduced.

  • BM, Superman

    Omg! Poor Tasha! Lawrence is the worst.

    • Sweet Potato Kai ?

      Lawrence isn’t perfect, but he’s hardly the worst.

      • He may not be the worst, but his timing ain’t sh!t, lol

        • Sweet Potato Kai ?

          He’s huMAN!

        • tgtaggie

          He just has some ain’t ish tendencies

    • He’s just proof that newly single people don’t always need to date. Some folks don’t know how to be single.

      • Etch that in a stone tshirt.

        • Hugh Akston

          Yes please do

      • tgtaggie

        I agree. Some ppl need to learn how to be alone.

        But more importantly, ppl like Lawerance needs time to figure out why their last realationship failed, their role in the failure of that realationship and the steps they are taking to prevent it from happening again.

        That’s hard to do when you’re banging the next chick.

      • miss t-lee

        This truth.

    • Freebird

      What’s he doing wrong?

    • Brooklyn_Bruin

      She knew what she was getting into. And she’s clearly cool with it. Lawrence found himself a winner..

      • SororSalsa

        She was into it to get Lawrence. She’s not going to be cool with it for long. You don’t invite your situationship to a family BBQ.

        • Brooklyn_Bruin

          If she fails, She took her shot. Can’t be mad at that.
          Most people are reasonable when it comes to affairs of the heart.

          *smirks*

  • BM, Superman

    Chad is like every light skin man combined into one.

  • KB

    We need a more complete story arc on #Tashabae

    • Sweet Potato Kai ?

      I 100% agree. So many unanswered questions.

  • I also find it funny that Lawrence getting his own place is being treated as the death knell of the relationship. They don’t have to live together to date and may have been in a better place if they lived apart.

    • LadySiriboe

      I want him to have a place to take all his hoeeeerzzz.

      • You want more sexx scenes

        • LadySiriboe

          No.

          I’m just here for Lawrence.

      • Lmao @ hoeeeerzzz

    • I think it’s very uncommon for a couple to live together for years, have a break, live in their separate living quarters, and then continue on in the relationship.

      ALTHOUGH, *if* they wanted to make it work (which I don’t really think either of them do), then separation and starting over may do wonders.

    • Dougie

      They’re finished next week. Lawrence is gonna feel pressured.

    • nicthommi

      Exactly. He MIGHT have had to get his life together if they didn’t live together and her inability to communicate her dissatisfaction seemed to lead her down the path she took. Instead of saying anything ,she acted out her resentment for having to carry the load. At least some of that wouldn’t have existed if they didn’t live together. They both have an inability to say what they mean, want, and nee and they seem to use/harm each other AND other people in the process.

  • Mary Burrell

    Tasha needs to tell Lawrence to keep walking she deserves a guy who is available Lawrence is not available emotionally or any other way. I want her to want better for herself.

    • ClaymoreParamore

      Sometimes you have to learn that the hard way

      • Mary Burrell

        I know

    • SororSalsa

      True, but Tasha is a “pick me”. She chose Lawrence from all those trips to the bank, and now that she’s got her taco on him, she’s not letting go. Her inviting him to the family BBQ says that gf is trying to tie him down, and this is going to end so badly for her. Because whether Issa and Lawrence ever get back together, he’s not going to settle down with Tasha, and she refuses to see it.

      • Mary Burrell

        Yep being the rebound chick never turns out well.

  • RaeRae

    I find it interesting he wants Tasha to forgive him, but he can’t find it in any fiber of his being to forgive Issa.

    • ClaymoreParamore

      mmmmm, intersting perspective

    • LadySiriboe

      Lol.

    • Sweet Potato Kai ?

      Maybe he just needs time.

      • RaeRae

        Very likely. He is right to feel how he feels.

    • Freebird

      Men at VSB tend to be progressive…but I don’t know many men who would forgive Issa based off of what happens in season 1.

      Issa was disloyal and his ex of half a decade. The investment isn’t the same.

      • NomadaNare

        I *have* turned the other cheek towards cheating in a situation similar to Issa/Law (cept I wasnt no bum for 2-4+ years)

        It aint worth it because its never the same

      • RaeRae

        Honestly I don’t know any either, but as I watched him struggle apologize last night it hit me how he was asking for forgiveness, but refused to hear Issa out.

        • HouseSublime

          There is a significant difference in sleeping with an ex in a 3 month long “situationship” that was never exclusive vs cheating in a 4-5 year long relationship where you’re living with the other person.

          • RaeRae

            I’m not debating that. Issa was wrong. I won’t be mad if he decides to never speak to her again. I was only speaking on one thing: the concept of accepting an apology. I’m not equating forgiveness with them deciding to get back together. He deserves to be mad.

    • Brooklyn_Bruin

      Love the false equivalence!

      • cysinblack

        Speaking of which. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/45d534ca5427b29d58b4bd048dc6bfb823244303080add65238c844c38af713a.png
        This let’s me know these people and their enablers are on some fictional BS themselves and should swallow pills to make the pain stop permanently.

        • NomadaNare

          SoB says bullish sometimes

          I dont think this is one of those times

          Real talk if this is something you have a problem with you may need to do some internal reflection

          • miss t-lee

            Basically.

          • cysinblack

            You’re a woman. No man no matter how he feels can substitute you.

            • NomadaNare

              I am a cishet straight man and I have no idea what youre talking about

              • cysinblack

                My mistake. And the het part of cishet denotes straightness.

                • NomadaNare

                  My mistake

                  Typing too fast

                  Feel free to apply that level of analysis to your feelings on SoBs statement though

            • Ess da 5’6″

              A transperson’s existence takes absolutely nothing away from your existence.

      • RaeRae

        I’m not comparing if one was wrong or not. I’m ONLY speaking to the apologies. He can forgive Issa and still be done with her. Nowhere in my statement did I say he should get over it and take her back. Nope!!!! I actually like Issa and Lawrence, but I’m not sure I like them together.

    • cysinblack

      Her betrayal made no sense to him. He did not see himself as a burden when he was living on the couch. And when she finally pressured him to get a menial job so he can be a grown man working despite feeling such a thing was beneath him – the added we’re good now because I finally got employment for my skill set, but the whole thing is ruined for us because you dipped with someone else who had the nerve to show up at the same space I’m in your work related fundraiser. He still cares but he’s righteous in his hurt.

      • RaeRae

        His hurt is justified. He should be angry!!! I am not cheering for Issa on this. I just think it’s funny how he wants to be forgiven, but cannot forgive Issa.

        • Rewind4ThatBehind

          It’s not the same thing.

          5 years with someone vs confessing you smashed your ex to a girl you’re barely dating….not even close to equal.

          • RaeRae

            Never said it was…

            • Rewind4ThatBehind

              Ok.

              But you made the point of how Lawrence would like Tasha’s forgiveness while he can’t forgive Issa.

              Aren’t the stakes different?

              • RaeRae

                Oh they are.. I completely acknowledge that. It just struck me as funny as he was asking for forgiveness from someone he doesn’t love or probably doesn’t have deep feelings for, but won’t at least have a sit down with someone he does love. He is SOOO right to be mad. I’m ONLY speaking on the concept of forgiveness. I know there are levels to forgiveness, but it struck me as funny. Trust me: I am in no way out here cheering for Issa. Not on this one.

                • Rewind4ThatBehind

                  Ahh I see your point. Ok I’m with you.

                  But I think it’s more than anger. He’s just lost. He only got his sh*t together because Issa asked him to, otherwise he’d be wallowing in his filth like he was before. He doesn’t have a purpose, and it seems like that’s what he’s looking for.

                  • SororSalsa

                    This. I see most of what Lawrence is doing now as him being rootless. Like him being reluctant to sign a lease on that apartment. In this case, Chad was right to push him to that decision. Maybe it isn’t real to Lawrence if he just continues to exist as he has been for 3 months. Signing a lease, moving and being alone solidifies his decision.

                    I am curious if Lawrence really told Molly that he was done, or if she made that up to get Issa to move on. Since we didn’t actually see Lawrence say it, it could be a future plot point for Issa and Molly’s friendship.

                    • RaeRae

                      I never quite got over Molly telling Issa she didn’t deserve Lawrence. That was kind of a record skip for me. Serious side-eye moment.

                  • RaeRae

                    Honestly, I felt bad for him.

    • Malaika Jabali

      Not the same tho! He and Issa were in an established long term relationship and he was RING SHOPPING with the girl. He’s not even exclusive with Tasha yet.

      Most dudes wouldn’t bother telling you about their other flings if y’all not even bf/gf.

      • RaeRae

        Didn’t say it was the same thing. I’m ONLY speaking to forgiveness.

        • Dougie

          There’s levels to forgiveness.

    • Asa Randolph

      1) Laurence gave Tasha a choice so if she didn’t forgive him he was willing to except the outcome either way
      2) People assume that Laurence should forgive Issa and they will get back together those are 2 different concepts.
      3) Laurence is “TOO NICE” so thus #teamissa is trying to find reasons to hate him but the reality is he is character that many women reflect on and think what if ….?

      • RaeRae

        Ummm…I’m not #teamissa. So, there’s that. She was wrong. No way around that. As I watched him struggle to apologize to Tasha it struck me as odd how he really wanted to be forgiven and not be taken as the type of guy that does things like that, but can’t place Issa in the “not a bad person” department. His hurt is completely justified.

      • SororSalsa

        I don’t think Lawrence is “too nice”. I think he just has a skewed view of what a “nice guy” is, and is mucking up his life more than necessary trying to achieve that. For that reason, I think Chad is a great and a terrible friend to have. Great, because he’s very blunt and seems apt at shining a mirror on Lawrence and his behavior; and terrible, because Lawrence seems to be modeling himself as the Anti-Chad, which isn’t a great guy either.

        • Asa Randolph

          I am actually using the words of the author when I say TOO NICE but I see Lauerence like you.

      • Brother Mouzone

        Yeah, Mr. “Too nice” guy is always getting cheated on in the real world. He needs to get up out his feelings, grow a pair, and do his thang.

    • Brother Mouzone

      Him and Issa were in an established, cohabiting relationship. The infidelity was a lot more serious, hurtful, and deceptive. He’s just kickin it with Tasha. Most people don’t even tell their fcuk buddy about cheating.

  • Damn, may have to drink the Kool Aid on this one! Lol

    • LadySiriboe

      Oooh!!! Beautiful set of ????

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