Insecure: Season 3/ Episode 4 “Fresh-Like” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

Issa speaking to the challenges of changing.
Issa: I just feel like every time I claim a new me I end up in some old shit.
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Remember how Molly said she was on some “Know better, do better” s***? Seems Issa is taking up that mantra as well.


Network
HBO
Director(s)Stella Meghie
Writer(s)Dayna Lynne North
Air Date9/2/2018
Characters Introduced
StacyNikiva Dionne
FeliciaKelsey Scott
TaureanLeonard Robinson

I Don’t Want To Be Comfortable In A Bad Situation: Molly, Stacy, Taurean, Felicia, Dr. Pine

Being that Molly is driven by success and having something to show for it, not really making a name for herself at her new job is messing with her a bit. For, as she notes in therapy with Dr. Pine, Stacy and Felicia tag team on being the top Black women and Taurean the big shot of the room. What space can Molly fill?

Leading to Dr. Pine asking why can’t she just be helpful? Why must she make a statement, compete, be the best, and what have you. Which she tries to tap into but you know how therapy works with Molly. She hears Dr. Pine but she still needs to try all avenues before giving into the idea Dr. Pine was right. Hence why she goes from trying to help Stacy and Felicia with a case to following behind Taurean, I wanna say, and riding his coattails to the top.

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Molly trying to make nice with Stacy and Felicia.
Molly: Hey, ladies, so sorry to interrupt.

Molly about to learn the side effects of Black women not looking out for each other in the workplace. Yeah, she in an all Black environment now, so she may think things are cool, but now it just means racism isn’t in play. So that means colorism and sexism fights to take up all that space left and while it Stacy isn’t being given a huge push, the setup is there. She doesn’t seem to make it about being light skinned and talented, but the way the men treat her is subtle for now.

However, again, the issue here is Molly always trying to be part of the boys club and thinking, without breaking that ceiling, she isn’t getting anywhere. Making me wonder, while she does have Issa, Kelli, and Tiffany, has she ever had serious female work friends or were they just seen as competition? Especially if their job titles were similar?

I remember she wasn’t the coolest with her office mate nor the Black girl who was a little bit hood. She tries to look out for her, yeah, but once she became a threat she slowly, but surely, backed down. Though maybe I’m remembering the situation wrong.

A Simple Date: Nathan, Issa

Remember Nathan? From Episode 1 of this season? Well, light-skinned Tyson is back and quite flirty. Which Issa gets into a bit. In fact, they have an entire day together. One which includes them touring different parts of LA, like where Issa grew up until her parents divorced at 16, and Nathan revealing he left Houston after the flood. I’m talking a date like we have never seen Issa on.

Problem is, it isn’t a date and Nathan is a smooth talking brother. As seen by Love Is, them negroes are dangerous.

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Nathan and Issa during their mini tour of LA.

How terrible is it that when I see a Black woman in love on TV, I feel like I’m waiting for the show to drop? Yeah, it begins all nice and cute but then we learn the dude got a ridiculous amount of baggage, is a liar, petty, a ho, or something else. But, with this season being about doing better, maybe things are changing? Issa isn’t messing with dudes from her past anymore and is making baby steps forward.

Mind you, her visiting her former house and area shows she hasn’t forgotten where she came from, but maybe Nathan represents not repeating the past but learning from it? She can get a house like she had with the right mindset. Maybe also the right person to help her reach that goal? Now, whether or not Nathan is that dude? Well, I’m not seeing anything about him becoming a series regular so who knows?

Let’s just hope though, like when Sterling K. Brown was on last season, we don’t see someone perfect for a lead who gets tossed to the waste side.

I Quit: Frieda, Issa

You know, meeting new people, good things happening in your life, they really put things in perspective. Like for Issa, meeting that interviewee in the last episode and Frieda talking about she can go back in the field? It leads to questions of whether she even wants to do that. I mean, with finding an old rap journal, talking about the talent shows she did, when skinny dipping with Nathan, also that after school program which deals with music? Why stick with We Got Ya’ll? She ain’t happy.

So, perhaps in a rash decision – she quits.

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Issa quitting her day job.
Issa: I need something new.

Um, she doesn’t live 100% rent free at her new place, is on call, and Lyft now seems a bit dangerous for her now. So, what is Issa doing here? Did Nathan inspire her to take a leap of faith? Girl, you don’t even know if that man got a job or his own place. He could be wandering about and found a decent homeless center to wash his clothes.

But hey, LA is the city of dreams and Issa finally may have one in mind. Let’s hope something becomes of it for she isn’t a teenager or in her early 20s anymore. The world isn’t that forgiving when you are a full on adult and floundering.

Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments

  • Molly never brought up Dro to Dr. Pine.

Highlights

  1. Issa may have discovered a man who might be worth something and doesn’t have some weird a$$ hang-ups – hopefully. I’m going to try to be optimistic because he seems too good to be true.
  2. Molly is about to learn a whole lot of lessons in regards to how Black offices work, especially when it comes to loyalty.
  3. Is it wrong to say that this show seemed so much better with just focusing on Molly and Issa and not spreading the love around?

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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 Date8/13/2018
Actors Introduced
NathanKendrick 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 Date8/19/2018
Actors Introduced
JadaNia Chanel
5evenMoustapha Lamine Diop
KhalilAaron Jennings
SpyderRoshon Fegan


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