Insecure: Season 3/ Episode 5 “High-Like” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

Lawrence and Issa seeing each other at a convenience store.
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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?


Network
HBO
Director(s) Millicent Shelton
Writer(s) Regina Y. Hicks
Air Date 9/9/2018

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Still Trying To Prove Herself: Molly, Taurean

Therapy isn’t an instant cure. Despite what Dr. Pine said in the last episode, Molly still going to fight to be the very best (insert the rest of the Pokémon song). Thing is, she isn’t fighting smart and taking on big cases and accomplishments, she is fighting to be seen and that includes doing a lot of little stuff. Not to imply doing briefings is nothing but, isn’t that what paralegals are for?

And just to show how far Molly is willing to go, she was willing to miss Beyoncé at Coachella. That’s how serious she was about doing some briefing work for a damn thumbs up.

Commentary

Molly committing to coming to coachella.
Molly: Fine, I’ll work it out. | Issa: Yeah!

I think I need a refresher on Molly’s childhood. Her parents are well adjusted and seemed to be good to her, so what’s with this massive insecurity? Especially now that she is working with Black folk? She don’t got to be a shining example so she can hold the door open for someone else. All she really has to do is find her lane and cruise, speed if she must but stay in her lane.

But with this feeling like the most we focused on Molly’s work life in a while, since we spent nearly an entire season watching her be a mistress, maybe this is part of her recovery? You know, the general coping mechanism of, “Yeah my personal life is in shambles, but I’m holding it down at work.” Which Molly can’t really say since she threw the Black women under the bus and in fully trying to compete with Taurean, it seems she is ready to be married to her job and sacrifice everything. While Taurean cruises right on by – unbothered.

I’m Too High For This: Kelli, Tiffany, Molly, Issa, Nathan

With Molly getting a new job and Tiffany probably a few months from birth, Coachella was supposed to be the group’s last big hoorah! Problem is, between Nathan snatching up all of Issa’s time, and one of his friends giving everyone Molly, except Tiffany of course – she pregnant, that ruins everything. They don’t even get to see Beyoncé. All that happens is Issa gets a nice date, and gets to have sex on a Ferris wheel, and Kelli steals the show by beating up some white girl and getting tazed. Pissing on herself even.

And it doesn’t get better when they return home. Molly sees that the work she thought was done needs more work, so she is typing jibberish, Kelli looking crazy after being tazed, and Tiffany? She is in the closet talking to Derek apologizing since she ate a pot brownie. Meanwhile, whatever high Issa had, apparently her tolerance makes her the most sober person in the house. So her great idea is everyone should just sleep it off. The heat is driving them crazy.

Commentary

Kelli, after being tazed, on the ground, and clearly has pissed on herself.
Molly: Kelli, are you OK?

This is just my feelings, Nathan is way too new to be taking drugs from him and his people. Especially since, outside of Kelli, who likes to party, have we seen any of these girls go beyond wine? They barely even touch weed. So taking a pill? Have they learned nothing from the Bill Cosby case? That could have been something to knock them out and then they’d have their way with them. Are we forgetting most women know their rapist?

But, I guess it was go big or go home. Even if it meant being violently tossed out and missing the return of Beyoncé. Never mind leaving you sort of vulnerable friend, Tiffany, in a position where you know she can’t take care of ya’ll, but is the only one sober enough, originally, to be able to.

Sober Thoughts: Issa, Tiffany, Lawrence

Everything is better in the morning, but with there being nothing but vodka in the fridge, and I guess California tap water being a no-no, Issa takes Tiffany to the store. In the parking lot, they have a rare talk – considering they never have been all that close. It deals with Tiffany fearing that having the baby means she’ll be excluded and she worries about that. For it is clear she is entering a new stage in life and these ladies? They may not adapt to the expectations Tiffany has to take on. A moment Issa leaves Tiffany in the car to deal with since, well they ain’t necessarily close like that for her to be able to reassure her.

But, while looking for some alkaline water, guess who she sees? Lawrence. He and his little friend are in the same store and we’re left wondering what may come next.

Commentary

Tiffany taking note of how things are changing in the group, and how she is starting to feel left out.
Tiffany: Like, we’re different now.

Let this Lawrence thing be a coincidence and that’s it. After all Issa Rae has said about Issa moving on, how exes don’t stay in your life forever, yadda yadda yadda, let’s stick to that story. Let Lawrence just so happen to be there, Issa get her water, and that negro goes back to living his own life. Because, I honestly would prefer them dedicating any time they could use to catching us up on his life and give it to Kelli and Tiffany.

Tiffany especially since this episode was the first time things got real for her. Since the beginning, it felt with Tiffany and Kelli, they were solely comic relief or added opinions. They didn’t get the same kind of moments we get with Molly and Issa when things happen to them which don’t lead to a quick bounce back. When they get checked, when something happens to them, it’s all jokes. Even Kelli being tazed this episode and peeing on herself was made into something funny.

However, Tiffany giving that real talk about transitioning to motherhood? It forces you to realize how scary that is for her. Not just the idea of being a mom, but it adds another layer that separates her and her friends. She is already married, but now starting a family while Kelli continues a ho phase and Molly and Issa barely have their lives together. It really does seem like she is coming to the point where she may just be outgrowing these ladies. Yet, perhaps, is hoping, despite being further along in life goals, it doesn’t mean they can’t still be cool and hang out.

And that’s some real s*** right there.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. So we just not going to get an answer if Derek is the father?

Highlights

  1. Tiffany getting to have a real moment that hasn’t been afforded to her character or Kelli.

Low Points

  1. Lawrence’s return since we got closure and everything. Why is this negro back? Can it just be to say hi and go?

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Insecure - Episode List

Season/ EpisodeSynopsis

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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