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Insecure: Season 5/ Episode 6 “Tired, Okay?!” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

by Amari

With Issa’s personal and professional life in turmoil, will this mean her taking a step back? Also, can Molly handle being away from her family, for work, during what can be her mother’s final days?


Aired11/28/2021
NetworkHBO
Directed ByNatasha Rothwell
Written ByGrace Edwards

Recap

When A Dream Becomes A Nightmare – Issa, Condola, Lawrence, Nathan, Crenshawn

Issa’s dreams of prosperity are starting to crack a little bit. Because of Crenshawn, she can’t recruit new people for The Blocc to work with and then with Nathan? Because he has beef with other members at his shop, he is thinking of leaving LA, and he STILL hasn’t said he loves Issa. Which, in his defense, he feels she is a bit all over the place to be saying something with so much weight to it.

And he isn’t wrong. Issa has two moments that show she is still not ready to deal with Lawrence having a child by someone else. In the first vision, she hits Condola and shoots her baby like a basketball, and in the second? Condola is engaged, Lawrence is rich, and to add insult to injury, Condola roundhouse kicks Issa.

Issa in conversation with Nathan

So as much as Nathan may have his flaws and issues, it seems Issa is downplaying her own and why Nathan wouldn’t want to commit to all of that until absolutely ready.

I Didn’t Know You Had A Life Outside Of The Office – Taurean, Molly

Personal crises don’t stop what is going on at work. With a rival like Taurean, Molly finds even hoping her mother awakens from her stroke not enough to keep her from going to a company retreat. Yet, she clinches her phone during every meeting or presentation, and while Issa is holding things down, as are her brothers, it doesn’t compare to being there.

Which, after stumbling through a presentation with Taurean, she talks to him about it, and it leads to him opening up about his brother having cancer and how that was for him. In fact, the two bond in ways that make you wonder if they might be developing a friendship! Though, considering how Insecure is, due to there being very few, if any, platonic friendships between men and women, there is a chance something more could come of this.

But, luckily, with her mom awakening, Molly likely doesn’t have the time to dive into what could be with Taurean – for now.

Things To Note | Question(s) Left Unanswered

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Where did this other new associate come from?
  2. How strong is Crenshaw’s influence that it could make all the notable Black designers not want to mess with Issa and The Blocc?
  3. Considering Nathan knows Issa is a lot, why have sex with her and claim her if you aren’t ready for that kind of intensity? Yeah, she is more stable, but she is still very much Issa!

What Could Happen Next

  1. Insert obligatory hope we get a Kelli focused episode
  2. I feel like we’re going to get another Issa and Lawrence conversation, either as a fantasy or in reality, which is supposed to be the nail in the coffin for their relationship.
  3. A part of me wonders if Molly may seek a shift in her life? I don’t see her quitting her job, but I think she may tone down her need to compete at the sacrifice of her personal life. You know, really pursue a healthy work/life balance.

Review

Highlights

The Challenge Of Bringing Dreams To Reality

Turning inspirational conversations, like Crenshawn mentions, into something tangible is rarely something done without sacrifice. Whether it is budget, time, manpower, something has to be compromised, and it isn’t always about integrity but getting what you want to do done. This can be said and seen with so much, and it’s sad to see Crenshawn doesn’t realize that.

But, through him, you can kind of understand the battle between creative endeavors and financers. When it comes to Nothing But Water, they wanted something safe, and he wanted to push the limits, the budget, and people’s patience because of some false sense of integrity. And with Issa in between, I feel like we get the awkwardness that comes from being the middle person who tries to use corporate money to put their people on.

For, based on how Crenshaw talks in this episode, he makes it seem Issa having his back would mean him getting everything he wants and more, but it doesn’t work like that. Last we checked, Crenshawn was up and coming but didn’t have a notable debut as of yet. And while we won’t say you need some big-name company to legitimize you, I think Crenshawn just doesn’t have the ability to look ahead long-term, and maybe saw Issa and The Blocc as exploitative vs. trying to do something mutually beneficial?

Put it to you this way, while The Blocc hasn’t necessarily made it yet, and by the time Crenshaw came around, I’m sure he thought Issa had the kind of stain needed to protect his vision. Yet, possibly due to Issa not being upfront and speaking to Crenshaw as he needed, he didn’t understand she was on the come up as much as him. Hence them having an unproductive conversation in this episode that focused more on business and lost opportunities than the end goal either person had.

Work/Life Balance

Molly thanking God that her mother is recovering

Molly’s problem in this episode is one of the most universal ones for those who are not in the upper echelon of their company, industry, or just in a job that lacks security. The problem: Having a work/life balance. For even if you are lucky enough to have some kind of PTO, you know each day off comes at a cost.

Depending on the job, you will either find yourself with work not done that now you have to catch up on, someone doing the work half-ass or simply in a way which perplexes you and, for some of us, if someone else does your job too well, the threat of you being replaced suddenly exists. This makes it so, no matter what would keep you from peak performance, you may feel the need to tough it out just to be seen.

And luckily for Molly, her mother gets better, and she gets the chance to see that, but it isn’t a universal thing. Some of us miss crucial news and conversations in the pursuit of being independent or trying to stay such. Which is why we’re going to miss Insecure, for it just shows, from a Black perspective, all the sacrifices you have to make just to stay a float.

Hell, even throwing Issa in there, her work to make something of her own and have it flourish, look at how much she has to do just because one person felt what went down wasn’t in their best interest! Add in her having issues with her man, trying to be a good friend, and balance all these spinning plates? It really forces you to realize, whether you work for yourself or someone else, you gotta take time out for yourself and what really matters, or you’ll lose out on all the moments that all the money you are trying to secure can’t replicate.

On The Fence

Issa’s Relationship Issues

As much as we hope for resolution or closure, it is hard to say what the end result will be when it comes to Issa and her relationships. A part of us just wants Issa to be happy, and if that means her ending the show single, it would be quite welcomed. For at this point, it seems she is in a loop with the guys she pursues, and many of them are from when she was less stable, less consistent, and you can see with Nathan how much that baggage is impeding any future she can have.

So between finishing the mourning of her relationship with Lawrence to finding someone who gets to know the new and improved her, here is hoping Issa ends things on a high note and not as frustrated as we’re used to.

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The Best of 2021 - Television & AnimeOriginally in order of season finales, but now in no particular order, here are many of the best shows whose season or series ended in 2021, or we only got a preview of.
Insecure: Season 5/ Episode 10 “Everything Gonna Be, Okay?!” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Through a sometimes-dizzying number of time jumps, viewers get closure about where Issa and her friends end up in life, together, and in their relationships.
Insecure: Season 5/ Episode 9 “Out, Okay?!” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)What's supposed to be a going-away party for Tiffany and Derek gets interrupted by Molly and Issa's exes encountering who they are with now.
Insecure: Season 5/ Episode 8 “Choices, Okay?!” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)As a HUGE opportunity comes Issa's way, so comes the question of what life will be like whether she does or not?
Insecure: Season 5/ Episode 7 “Chillin' Okay?!” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)A girl's night in allows everyone's favorite friend group to check-in, and over drinks, advice, and confessions are shared.
Insecure: Season 5/ Episode 6 “Tired, Okay?!” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)With Issa's personal and professional life in turmoil, will this mean her taking a step back? Also, can Molly handle being away from her family, for work, during what can be her mother's final days?
Insecure: Season 5/ Episode 5 “Surviving, Okay?!” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)A health crisis tests not only Molly and Issa's relationship but Issa and Nathan's, which seems to be in a better than expected place.
Insecure: Season 5/ Episode 4 “Faulty, Okay?!” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)While not an entirely Nathan-focused episode, we are presented another opportunity to see how people live when not in Issa's presence.
Insecure: Season 5/ Episode 3 “Pressure, Okay?!” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)It's an episode solely focused on Lawrence and Condola during their son's first year and them working out how to co-parent.
Insecure: Season 5/ Episode 2 “Growth, Okay?!” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)We jump into a more stable future for both Molly and Issa, but what were the sacrifices made for what we see?
Insecure: Season 5/ Episode 1 “Reunited, Okay?!” [Season Premiere] – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)It's the final season, and there isn't any fan service, but there is what long-term fans need.
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Insecure: Season 4 Episode 10 "Lowkey Lost" (Season Finale) – Recap/ Review with SpoilersAs always, "Insecure" doesn't end its season on a whimper but instead leaves you in your feelings and ready to harass Issa Rae for another season.
Insecure: Season 4 Episode 9 "Lowkey Trying" – Recap/ Review with SpoilersAs Issa tries to find a way forward with Nathan and Lawrence, Molly is still trying to figure a way for others to admit guilt.
Insecure: Season 4 Episode 8 "Lowkey Happy" – Recap/ Review with SpoilersLawrence and Issa check-in and continue to have the type of conversations some wish they could have with an ex – if they believe in closure.
Insecure: Season 4 Episode 7 "Lowkey Trippin'" – Recap/ Review with SpoilersIn a Molly and Andrew focused episode, she meets Andrew's family, and a confrontation with them leads to some reflection.
Insecure: Season 4 Episode 6 “Lowkey Done” – Recap/ Review with SpoilersWith Issa trying to elongate her high from the block party, she seeks ways to keep that feeling going – which bite her in the ass.
Insecure: Season 4 Episode 5 “Lowkey Movin’ On” – Recap/ Review with SpoilersTo really show how bad things have gotten between Issa and Molly, what once was unthinkable happens at Issa’s block party.
Insecure: Season 4 Episode 4 “Lowkey Losin’ It” – Recap/ Review with SpoilersWe may have come to the point that led to Issa not messing with Molly no more – can you guess the reason?
Insecure: Season 4 Episode 3 “Lowkey Thankful” – Recap/ Review with SpoilersThe beginning of the end for Molly and Issa arrives, and maybe for Condola’s relationships with Issa and Lawrence as well.
Insecure: Season 4 Episode 2 “Lowkey Distant” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)As Issa gets closer to Condola, both Lawrence and Molly seem to think that relationship is becoming a problem.
Insecure: Season 4 Episode 1 “Lowkey Feelin’ Myself” [Season Premiere] – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)“Insecure” returns, and it seems like the beginning of the end for Molly and Issa’s friendship.
Insecure: Season 3 - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
Insecure: Season 3/ Episode 8 "Ghost-Like" [Season Finale] - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
Insecure: Season 3/ Episode 7 "Obsessed-Like" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
Insecure: Season 3/ Episode 6 "Ready-Like" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
Insecure: Season 3/ Episode 5 "High-Like" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
Insecure: Season 3/ Episode 4 "Fresh-Like" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
Insecure: Season 3/ Episode 3 "Backwards-Like" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
Insecure: Season 3/ Episode 2 "Familiar-Like" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
Insecure: Season 3/ Episode 1 "Better-Like" [Season Premiere] - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
Star: Season 2/ Episode 2 "Insecure" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
Insecure: Season 2 - Overview/ Review (with Spoilers)
Insecure: Season 2/ Episode 8 "Hella Perspective" [Season Finale] - Overview/ Recap (with Spoilers)
Insecure: Season 2/ Episode 7 "Hella Disrespectful" - Overview/ Recap (with Spoilers)
Insecure: Season 2/ Episode 6 "Hella Blows" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
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Insecure: Season 2/ Episode 2 "Hella Questions" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
Insecure: Season 2/ Episode 1 "Hella Great" [Season Premiere] - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
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Insecure: Season 1/ Episode 5 "Shady as Fuck" - Overview/ Review (with Spoilers)
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Issa in conversation with Nathan
Insecure: Season 5/ Episode 6 “Tired, Okay?!” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
Trajectory: Plateau
The final season remains in that weird place of not being the best we've seen from Insecure yet being far from the worst.
Highlights
Work/Life Balance
The Challenge Of Bringing Dreams To Reality
Disputable
Issa's Relationship Issues
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