Insecure: Season 3/ Episode 6 “Ready-Like” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

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


Network
HBO
Director(s) Liesl Tommy
Writer(s) Laura Kittrell
Air Date 9/16/2018
Characters Introduced
Andrew Alexander Hodge

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Chlymadia Was The Case That They Gave Me: Lawrence

While professionally Lawrence is doing okay, at 32, he is still a ho. To make things worse, he is a dumb ho. I’m talking, he contracted chlamydia kind of ho. Thus leading to him having a wake-up call that he can’t be a ho no more. This ho phase he is having, making him seem a whole season behind where Issa currently is, has to stop.

Commentary

Lawrence revealing to a girl he had sex with that he has Chlamydia.
Lawrence: Chlamydia

Issa luckily didn’t get anything during her ho phase, but look at Lawrence messing up. Which leads to the question, why is he back? Taking note of Kelli and Tiffany having moments when they are more than comic relief, is he supposed to be the segue to Derek, Chad, and Dro having those moments? Especially Chad who, with him being a bigger ho than Lawrence, without the disease, has been nothing but a comedic relief on this show.

But, setting aside the possibility of growth, I really do feel that Lawrence’s return seems like it can only lead to drama. Even though Nathan is already starting to mess up.

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: Issa, Nathan

With Issa wanting to do a block party, it seems Nathan might be her right-hand man for the experience. Especially after seeing all the paperwork and talking about planning it within a few months. Perhaps leading her to find that music after school program and do something non-profit? After all, Issa isn’t just trying to have a party but launch a business. One which she was going to name Musiqally, because they set up music events quick, but that got trashed by everyone.

However, one thing which didn’t seem to be trash was Nathan. He was talking about defining their relationship, saying all the right things, but then a negro went poof on Issa. Possibly because the dude in Issa’s Lyft, that got his ass whooped, it seems he filed a report. Making it appear Nathan must have outstanding warrants or something for he cuts Issa off and leaves her dazed and confused.

Commentary

Issa shocked when Nathan is in bed with her and talking about how he is catching feelings.
Issa: I just didn’t know we were allowed to say that shit.

Don’t you hate how people always too good to be true? Especially if the lead is a woman. A Black woman especially. It’s like, they get a few good episodes in of bliss then something turns seriously left. Usually right after a moment which made him seem different too. Because Issa seemed shocked as hell when Nathan really put it out there he was catching feelings. However, it was shocked in a good way because she was feeling him too.

Yet, next thing she knows, after feeling claimed, claiming this man around her friends, he goes ghost on her. And mind you, this is while she is realizing she has moved on from Lawrence. So can you imagine the mind f***? You got closure with Lawrence, rebounded with Daniel, and think you starting over fresh just to end up in some BS you haven’t experienced in a long ass time. Thinking it was something which faded out in your early twenties or teens.

It Be Like That Sometimes: Tiffany, Kelli, Molly, Dro, Candice, Issa, Lawrence

When it comes to Issa and Lawrence having a conversation, as Tiffany’s baby shower, they are cordial. Issa feels that closure from the end of season 2 is firm. She still loves Lawrence but has moved on. As for Lawrence? Well, the cheating thing is the main obstacle from him truly moving on – as seen by his ho phase. As for Molly? Well, Dro is at the party and that doesn’t go well at all. Whatever maturity Lawrence and Issa have? That doesn’t exist in Dro and Molly’s relationship. Especially upon learning Candice, Dro’s often absent wife, is pregnant.

But the highlight of the episode is Kelli having a serious moment like Tiffany did in the last episode. For nearly the same reason too. Kelli has long known Issa and Molly have a thing, so she has kind of clinched to her and Tiffany having a thing. However, with Tiffany curving Kelli’s offer to do a baby shower, which she seemingly would have preferred Issa or Molly to offer doing, and letting some people Issa and co. barely know? It’s a big deal. I’m talking something Kelli can’t just go off about and it be okay thereafter. This is not a situation solved by a cathartic release. She had to leave because you know, thugs don’t shed tears in public.

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Kelli feeling curved to learn Tiffany would have loved Issa or Molly to offer to throw her a baby shower but seemingly didn't want Kelli to.
Kelli: But when I asked you, you said you had it handled.

I wonder how Tiffany truly feels about Kelli. Could it be Kelli just came with the Issa and Molly package and Tiffany has just been cordial all this time? Because that’s the vibe I’m getting right now. For Tiffany does seem a bit bothered that Kelli felt a certain type of way, but not enough to call her, text her, or let Kelli’s feelings interrupt her big day. It’s like Kelli was a consolation prize or just someone to have because Molly and Issa would exclude Tiffany.

Which does explain why Tiffany had her moment in the last episode. Not just because the Beyoncé thing went bust but she was waiting for them to show the same commitment she does to their stuff for her. Which isn’t to discount them coming to her birthday party in the last season, but there will be many birthdays. Birthing a child? Tiffany may feel that pain once and decide Derek needs a vasectomy. So for them to not volunteer? For Molly and Issa to be ready with the excuses, even with knowing Tiffany would take over? It shows lack of effort and as much as Kelli is in her feelings, I’m sure Tiffany is in hers too. Making you wonder if they may further explore who Kelli is, when she isn’t a hot mess, or if this was just an off day for her?

As for the other stuff that went down? Dro is damn near on Lawrence’s level and seems like someone this show needs to move on from. Especially with Candice pregnant since now, Molly has 0 reasons to be around that man. Especially with Andrew wanting time and attention. Which, sidebar, I wonder if Molly dating Andrew is a hat tip to the joke, which recently produced controversy, from Issa Rae’s book?

That aside, with both Kelli and Tiffany having their moment, it makes you wonder if Derek, maybe even Chad, may get to be serious. Derek, especially since the only way to define him, is being Mr. Tiffany DuBois. I can barely tell you anything else about him, beyond him wearing glasses, being sort of tall, and light skinned.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. So are we not going to see Daniel again?
  2. Should we take note of any of the women introduced during Tiffany’s baby shower? Some were actually named and one Lawrence had a nice moment with.

Highlights

Tiffany as Beyoncé.

  1. Kelli got to have a moment where she wasn’t this big, goofy, vulgar comic relief but had a real moment. To the point she almost shed thug tears.
  2. Tiffany’s baby shower portraits.
  3. Issa talking about starting a business.

On The Fence

  1. Nathan disappearing on Issa, making it seem this man got outstanding warrants and got to lay low after he gets into any kind of trouble.
  2. Molly’s attitude towards her assistant who is just trying to be friendly as Molly seems to just want to kiss Taurean’s ass.

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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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