Insecure: Season 3/ Episode 3 “Backwards-Like” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

Issa looking into a mirror.
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Just when you think Issa and Daniel could be gearing towards something, he gets in his feelings and throws a cluster bomb.


Network
HBO
Director(s) Mo Marable
Writer(s) Ben Dougan
Air Date 8/26/2018
Characters Introduced
Antoinette Karen Obilom

At Her Old Firm: Molly, Kelli

At Molly’s new firm, Hayward & Associates, she already has mixed feelings. It being mostly Black, big plus. However, the caveat is a lot of things are either backwards, like no DocuSign program but a courier, her office being temporary storage sometimes, and meetings not starting on time. Which irks her in ways that irk Kelli during the group meet up. For Molly questions why Black businesses always on the struggle and Kelli asks why we so hard on our own people.

Commentary

Molly looking out of the window of her office.

Let’s be real, Molly ain’t lying. Is it universal that Black majority jobs are behind and bring bad habits of the culture to the workplace? No. However, if you are someone who jumps from Black majority to white majority anything, you’ll notice stark differences. Heck, even if, as a kid, you went from a Black majority school to white majority school, it may feel like you suddenly skipped 2 to 3 grades or went back 2 to 3 grades.

As for why? Well, in a school, you can say it is because of lack of tax income and things of that nature. However, as for why resource issues can permeate at a law firm like Hayward & Associates? That is harder to say.

But let’s address Kelli’s comment too. The idea that we are harder on ourselves than other races. Why shouldn’t we be? I get there is a need to address how systematic oppression has made it so things are much more difficult for Black businesses and places where Black people are the majority of the local population, however, why should that mean lowered standards? Especially when your money is involved?

I mean, let’s bring up the courier thing – the dude is holding documents which need to be at certain places by certain times but the dude runs on CP time when he wants. Docusign would eliminate his position, yeah, but also make the company seem more efficient and not worried that this middleman didn’t deliver documents yet because he decided to make a stop at his girl’s house.

Oh, and one last thing, why did they make every last person at the firm boring as hell? Like, there was not one person who felt worth noting at all. They were just different pieces of Molly’s headache with the place.

It Has Been 5 Years…: Freida, Antoinette, Issa

Joanne has seemingly taken to what Issa said about diversity so she sends her and Frieda to a job fair. One which really forces Issa to take account of where her life is. Here she is, at We Got Ya’ll, for her 5th year, and is kind of miserable. Not full on, flip out, I QUIT! Kind of miserable, but when one candidate, Antoinette, asks how the job really is, sista to sista, Issa notes it is okay but mentally she just seems out of it.

Especially since this other youth program, The Beat Crew, seems more in line with Issa’s interest. But, being that Issa is more so about money than trying discover a career path, she may talk to their representative but doesn’t apply for anything. After all, she just took a new job as property manager.

Commentary

Antoinette (Karen Obilom) being interviewed by Issa and Frieda.
Karen Obilom as Antoinette.

I think it didn’t really hit Issa she has had that job for 5 years until it was said out loud. And it makes you wonder, with her having her own place now, by being a property manager, does this mean she may try to shift into a new job eventually? For there are levels to this. You gotta have a place before you worry about a job, and often have to have a job before you can find a place to be a career.

But, again, like the discussion around Black jobs vs. white ones, you have to appreciate the realness of the situation. That you have been on auto-pilot, even if there is some effort behind your work, and lost track of time.

He’s Just Working Things Out: Daniel, Issa, Molly, Tiffany, Kelli, Khalil, Spyder

It isn’t clear what may or may not happen between Daniel and Issa, but it is clear Molly, Tiffany, and Kelli do not support them doing anything together at all. For good reason too. Not just because of the cum in the eye example, that Kelli brings up, but also how he handles his frustrations. Take, for example, his attitude after what could be seen as a disastrous meeting with Spyder. One in which Daniel didn’t present the beat he and Khalil worked on, but just his, then followed up with the one he and Khalil did.

Why? Well, because he doesn’t respect the new or just Khalil’s style. Leading to, when Issa calls him out for what he did, him noting she doesn’t have something she is passionate about so of course she wouldn’t understand what he is feeling. All offense – no shade. Making it where when he tries to make up with eating her out, she is turned all the way off.

Commentary

Daniel after eviscerating Issa.

Dudes really can’t handle their emotions or even constructive criticism. That is pretty much the gist of the Daniel situation. Also, be wary of what you say to who because they can either be shady like Issa’s girls are or just straight up come for your neck like Daniel did. Then try to get back on your good side like they actually tried to put what they have long felt in a nice way.

But, with Issa taking note of her 5 years and Daniel coming for her, maybe this is a serious wake-up call. Proof that it isn’t just her who realizes her life is a mess but it is common knowledge among her circle. Making it when, even as she makes moves, they aren’t moves which means she going forward but still wandering about.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Will the people at Molly’s firm maybe listen to how things were done at other places and maybe look into them?

Highlights

  1. Showing a stark difference between friends calling you out on your BS and someone who seemingly doesn’t have much respect for you calling you out.
  2. Acknowledging both how hyper-critical the Black community is of their own, while also noting how backwards, sometimes, Black businesses can be, and accepting of it as their norm. Thus crafting a culture which complains about lack of support while not excelling to its fullest potential.

Low Points

  1. Not a single one of Molly’s co-workers were worth naming and that’s a damn shame.

On The Fence

  1. Tiffany is back but, didn’t really get to further her storyline much.

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsis

Season 3 – Recap/ Review

In season 3, Issa finally has real stable growth as Molly continues to seem stagnant. But, when it comes to their friend group, they’re dealing with growing pains of a different kind.

Season 3/ Episode 7 "Obsessed-Like"

With no response from Nathan in over a week, Issa is starting to lose it. As for Molly? Well, it seems she is just hell-bent on isolating herself.

Season 3/ Episode 6 “Ready-Like”

As Issa continues to show growth, and Lawrence remains a nasty ho, Kelli has a real moment like Tiffany did in the last episode. 

Season 3/ Episode 5 “High-Like”

Tiffany, who is pregnant; Molly, who is stressed out from work; Kelli’s crazy ass; and Issa take drugs at Coachella. What’s the worse that could happen?

Season 3/ Episode 4 “Fresh-Like”

Remember how Molly said she was on some “Know better, do better” s***? Seems Issa is taking up that mantra as well.

Season 1/ Episode 1 "Insecure as Fuck"

Whether you were an Awkward Black Girl fan or the marketing for this show got your interest peaked, welcome the next series which shows TV is way ahead of the game when it comes to diverse depictions of Black folk.

Season 1/ Episode 2 "Messy as Fuck"

Dating is hard, especially when it seems the end result of any date, even the first one, seems to just be guys wanting to get laid. So does Issa really want to return to that world? The one which lacks commitment, or will she stay with her bum of a boyfriend? Much less, she has that presentation to get to.

Season 1/ Episode 3 "Racist As Fuck"

Issa owns up to her end of her and Lawrence’s relationship problems, as Molly finally gets into “The League.” Also, Issa shows she is more than a token at work.

Season 1/ Episode 4 "Thirsty As Fuck"

Just as Lawrence’s relationship with Issa is recovering, here comes Daniel. Meanwhile, Molly is still trying to find someone of status to commit to her as Rasheeda seemingly became her problem.

Season 1/ Episode 5 "Shady as Fuck"

As Molly comes to her senses, Issa loses her damn mind.

Season 1/ Episode 6 "Guilty as Fuck"

As the titles of the episode become the best way to summarize each one, so begins the need to side eye both Issa and Molly.

Season 1/ Episode 7 "Real as Fuck"

For the gains Issa gets at her job she has an equal amount of losses in her personal life.

Season 1/ Episode 8 "Broken as Fuck"

The season ends with one of Issa’s relationships saved! Can you guess which one?

Season 2/ Episode 1 “Hella Great”

Insecure returns and Issa is still recovering from Lawrence walking out on her cheating behind. But she is “Hella Great” otherwise.

Season 2/ Episode 2 “Hella Questions”

My name is Amari and I’d like to hand in my #TeamLawrence card due to him being an F*** boy. Who do I need to talk to? […] No, I don’t wish to subscribe to #TeamIssa, though I do enjoy her storyline more than ever. Is there a #TeamMolly or even a #TeamTasha subscription available though?

Season 2/ Episode 3 “Hella Open”

As Issa begins to enter her ho phase, Lawrence comes to realize that maybe he isn’t as much of a good guy as he thinks he is.

Season 2/ Episode 4 “Hella LA”

Daniel returns to Insecure and while things are awkward between the two, Kelli helps push them together. Meanwhile, Molly is propositioned and Lawrence has a threesome.

Season 2/ Episode 5 “Hella Shook”

Things are starting to get a little rocky in Issa’s work life but are holding steady for her ho phase. Meanwhile, Molly learns her role model parents aren’t as perfect as she thought they were.

Season 2/ Episode 6 “Hella Blows”

“Sometimes saying goodbye means you’re making room for something better.” This quote is a lesson damn near every last character needs to learn. As for why, look below.

Season 2/ Episode 7 “Hella Disrespectful”

All the signs are there that people need to move on but, unfortunately, until the point is smeared into people’s faces on Insecure, the point doesn’t come across.

Season 2/ Episode 8 “Hella Perspective”

Up to a certain point, you may think that everyone maybe getting their situations together. But, in the long run, happy and functioning people don’t keep shows running.

Season 3/ Episode 3 “Backwards-Like”

Just when you think Issa and Daniel could be gearing towards something, he gets in his feelings and throws a cluster bomb.

Season 3/ Episode 1 "Better-Like"

With every season, Issa and Molly try to change for the better – but it is a struggle. However, with a focus on setting boundaries, they make steps forward.

Director(s) Prentice Penny
Writer(s) Issa Rae
Air Date 8/13/2018
Actors Introduced
Nathan Kendrick Sampson

Season 3/ Episode 2 "Familiar-Like"

Issa finds herself in a place where her voice and abilities are valued and while unfamiliar territory, she is getting comfortable with people taking her seriously.

Director(s) Pete Chatmon
Writer(s) Amy Aniobi
Air Date 8/19/2018
Actors Introduced
Jada Nia Chanel
5even Moustapha Lamine Diop
Khalil Aaron Jennings
Spyder Roshon Fegan


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