It's Issa's 30th birthday on Insecure Season 3 Episode 8 -- and Molly and Issa both must confront their past in order to craft their futures.
It's an episode of introspection as well as questioning for both of them, which I hope leads to a fascinating season 4. It's not the most action-packed episode and ends on a very unsatisfying note, but otherwise, it's a solid 30 minutes.
It's so satisfying to see Issa finally pursue the music nonprofit after so many episodes waiting for her to just realize that it was the right choice for her. The block party plot is interesting, but Issa would do incredibly well in a team-based environment like that.
I'm glad that Issa turned away Nathan -- it finally means that she's learning (or that she's learning from Molly!). It's interesting to see Issa taking dating advice from Molly considering Molly's situation, but Molly has a different kind of issue than Issa does -- trust.
Issa's too trusting, while Molly doesn't trust enough. However, Molly went on a great romantic redemption arc when she gives Andrew another shot -- and that's big for Molly.
Lawrence: You rockin’ a purse?
Chad: It’s my fiancé purse!
It's interesting to continue seeing Lawrence's side of the story even after a few episodes without him. I wasn't completely sold on his conversation with his father, given that we don't have that precedent for that kind of scene.
Similarly, it'll be interesting to see where the show takes Lawrence's storyline with Condola. How will Issa react? She's bound to find out. Issa definitely won't take that well at all, given that she and Lawrence still have some chemistry (don't deny it!).
You trying to Annalise Keaton your coworkers seems stressful as fuck, but good for you, girl!Issa
I'm almost starting to think that Molly's storyline is the most interesting to me, but we get little to no development. Molly has spent the majority of the season trying to find her place at the firm, and she never heeds Issa's advice but still succeeds.
It would be a wild dynamic if Issa were to feel financially secure for once and Molly was out of work, just to flip the script. Molly seems to be due for a reckoning from her firm, while I'm hoping that Issa gets her new job.
Lawrence's story isn't as interesting as I'm hoping -- so many episodes without him and I'm no longer in tune with his story. It was interesting when we understood his relationship to Issa, but now it just feels distant.
Issa: We ARE dating! You guys, this is my girlfriend!
Molly: Nope, nope, nope, Issa, get off me, my man might be here!
He seems like a nice guy, but he doesn't really have that much of an engaging story. Unless his story ties back in with Issa's like Molly's outside of chance meetings, he doesn't seem to be worth keeping on the show.
Besides, I was hoping that there would be some drama between Issa and Lawrence (I kept waiting and waiting!), but nothing came of it. It's nice to see them moving on, but it's as if they're taunting viewers a bit.
It was almost a little bizarre to see Jared back -- it brought back a part of Molly that occasionally feels out of place. Although she has a heightened sense of insecurity with men, it was jarring to see her jump to Jared being gay in order to reassure herself.
She did this in the first season, but it's a little disheartening to see her try and defend herself using this argument -- and on a show like this. Ultimately, maybe it's realistic, but it definitely brought back some rough things with Molly's character.
Where is Molly's therapist? Is she still going? She's still having trust issues with her relationships -- maybe she should look into that. It was nice to see her seeking help and at least some sort of outlet, but maybe that's not happening anymore.
Issa: You’re taking me to real-ass Mexico for real-ass Mexican food?
Molly: No girl, I’m not your man.
Issa: That’s just what a shady bitch would say.
She's pushing her way through work trying to rise to the top -- and sooner or later that's going to catch up to her. Without a doubt, something's going to happen that will force her to reconsider her approach to work and relationships.
I was hoping that moment was with Andrew, but maybe it wasn't. He reminded her that she slept with Dro even when she knew about Candice, and she was offended. Maybe it was stepping over the line, but he was being real with her.
And I'm glad that Molly acknowledged that. Their potential relationship feels like it could grow -- but only if Molly just lets go of her insecurities.
And hence, Insecure.
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Olivia Popp was a staff writer for TV Fanatic. She left the site in September 2018.