Insecure: Season 3/ Episode 7 “Obsessed-Like” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

Issa giving Lawrence advice.
Issa: Sometimes you gotta do shit for yourself.
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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.


Network
HBO
Director(s) Kevin Bray
Writer(s) Prentice Penny
Air Date 9/23/2018
Characters Introduced
Deniese Erica Dickerson

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A Peerless Woman: Molly, Taurean

It seems Molly is cool with having no friends at work. To social climb she dissed the ladies of the office and now she is trying to snatch Taurean’s star spot. Leaving you to wonder, as Black as Molly is – in terms of her growing up in the hood, does she not know any sort of Black etiquette? Such as the concept of loyalty?

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Molly joking with Andrew.
Molly: You were doing so well.

Molly must be going through something. It can’t just be not being the star player but between Dro having a baby or maybe Andrew showing more effort than any Black guy lately, something has to be messing her mind up. For while she still is maintaining a healthy relationship with Issa, everyone else seems to be getting the finger on GP.

Feelings Are Hard To Manage: Issa, Andrew, Molly

Andrew, like Nathan, isn’t coming on strong but definitely presenting himself as someone with potential. Problem is, at this point in Molly’s life, she is cool about a man with potential, but you got rope to hang yourself with on the light which illuminates the room. So, be careful what you joke about, mind what you say or… oh? There goes Molly. As Andrew learns when he thinks he and Molly are having banter over being grimy in the past, but she takes a Dro comment a little hard. Well, not a little, she basically is ready to cut her loss in time and move on.

Problem is, Issa is fiending for Nathan and has no means of knowing where he is, if he is okay, with someone else, etc? So, she needs Molly to stay in contact with Andrew to sneak around his house. Use a shared stalker account with Kelli to see if he takes some DM bait and basically, Issa acts crazier than we’ve ever seen her before.

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Molly trying to figure out why Issa acting so crazy.
Molly: Girl, what is it about him? Was the dick that bomb?

I think Molly is going to get panic attacks, have a nervous breakdown, episode of depression, something. Because the way she handled Andrew just seemed rude as hell. Now, it could just be that she wants a Black man so this Asian dude is a time waster. So, she was just looking for a reason to leave. That would make sense. However, while Molly isn’t thirsty, it is clear she would like some companionship. Making the handling of Andrew make you wonder if she may dig into her season 2 roster and hit them up. Even if just for a quickie to help with the stress. Since, even with impressing the partners with her presentation, I don’t know if Molly can deal with no one willing to talk to her at her level.

Switching to Issa, how long has it been that she met Nathan? They had sex once or twice and she already dickmatized like this? Even Daniel didn’t have this effect when he put it down before. So is Nathan that good or is Issa kind of mixed up because she hasn’t had a relationship go so long without a major screw up like this.

That is, one in which she can’t put all the blame on the dude but is forced to accept some responsibility in the matter? For that is one thing which connects Issa and Molly’s personal lives – formerly lacking being held accountable. Yet, with Andrew holding Molly accountable for her actions and Issa not saying it was all Nathan, but thinking maybe it was something she did, it seems the writers aren’t going to keep things leaning towards Issa and Molly anymore.

Not to say they never hard trash moments, but they came with some justification. In this episode, however, stalking like Issa is doing, on some YOU type stuff, I don’t know.

Safe Zone: Deniese, Lawrence, Chad, Issa

With Lawrence really not about being a ho no mo’, church comes to mind. However, with the pastor trying a little bit too hard to be hip, that kind of turns him off. But, when it comes to Chad, it seems to hit him right in his soul. Which you may think is just him playing up some game to get a church girl pregnant, and not claim the kid, but he may have really found Jesus.

As for Lawrence? Well, all he finds is Deniese. A young lady who seems nice but as much as Lawrence seems ready to move on, and Deniese has shown herself as available, she may not be the one he needs at this point in his life. In fact, Lawrence may not be looking for a woman for anything relationship or sex wise. He just needs a friend.

Hence him deciding to talk to Issa for that is his safe place, to a point. I mean, yeah, she went SaW on his heart and emotions, but it seems he has healed and so has their friendship. Hence him pointing her in the right direction to get her block party going and she, in return, trying to help him with feeling lost. For while she was lost in a different way before, she gets it to a point.

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Issa and Lawrence having lunch together.

While not a big fan of Lawrence, I am enjoying that, while him and Issa can’t work as a couple, their friendship is supportive and just what both need right now. With that said, I don’t need them back together and don’t want it at all. I’m not sold on Deniese in the slightest, but at the same time I do enjoy the idea of seeing young Black people pursue and experiment with faith. So if she is the shepherd for that, I’m down for it.

I’m also down for this faith thing to lead to Chad evolving because just the leaps Tiffany and Kelli made has really put Lawrence’s homeboys on notice. Tiffany’s husband needs to become more than Tiffany’s husband and Chad needs to be more than Lawrence’s messy ho ass friend. Issa and Molly, sometimes Lawrence, can’t be the only ones growing as people on this show while everyone else is stunted.

Highlights

  1. There might be some growth for Lawrence and Chad on the horizon.

Low Points

  1. Issa going nuts as she did, it’s like any and all progress since season 1 went right out the window.
  2. Molly’s attitude also made it seem for any steps forward she has made, she is ready to take huge leaps back.

On The Fence

  1. I really can’t say how I feel about Deniese since relationships on this show usually are good for a few episodes then become straight trash. Usually because of the men too, except in Molly’s case where it’s 50/50.

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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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