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Insecure: Season 5/ Episode 8 “Choices, Okay?!” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

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Crenshaw, Issa and Quoia looking at the place where "We Got Y'all" used to be

Issa has come to a point in her life when she is not choosing between struggles but favorable options. As this happens, Kelli reminds us she is far more than comic relief.


Aired 12/12/2021
Network HBO
Directed By Kevin Bray
Written By Eli Wilson Pelton

Recap

So This Is What Being Loved Right Is Like? – Nathan, Issa, Molly, David, Olivia, Kelli, Taurean

Issa and Molly are so good and so in love. Well, Issa is in love. I’m talking about thinking about having Nathan move into her home kind of love. As for Milly? Taurean is just showing himself to be that dude. Prime example, when Molly is just not into or has the energy to meet up, rather than pitch a fit, make critiques, do the most, he sends some wings and wine to her doorstep.

But, Kelli really shows what it means to be there for your people when it comes to love. As we’ve seen, David and Olivia, Molly’s parents, don’t like talking about money and when it comes to making a will and estate planning? They’d rather keep it simple, not get into any specifics, and pretty much leave it to their kids to figure out.

Olivia and David getting frustrated talking about money

Kelli, using humor to defuse the intense feelings which come from the situation, is able to help everyone navigate through many a tough conversation. This does take a good part of the day, but  Kelli gets it done. In fact, she enjoyed the process so much it seems she may try to help Black folk plan things out like this on a regular basis.

The Corporate Route – Issa, Nathan

So, Issa gets an offer from NBW, and so now she has to decide if she wants to go corporate or not. On the one hand, making nice money means a whole new lifestyle for her. With Nathan included, she can get a new place, travel, and really live the dream.

However, she’ll have to give up working for and with the community as she has done in the process and be willing to become a stranger.

The Down With The Homies Route – Issa, Crenshaw, Lawrence, Nathan

The alternate to this is that she can link up with Crenshaw, who is starting to act right since he realized permits, and all that Issa does for events isn’t easy to pick up. Now, this method does have some risk, but the reward is Issa staying in Inglewood, doing the work, providing opportunities, but then comes the issue of her still living in the same apartment. Also, Nathan seems to exit this dream, and Lawrence enters so, Issa is at a bit of a crossroad and unsure which dream she wants, why, and if either will make her happy?

Things To Note | Question(s) Left Unanswered

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. So how much were they offering Issa?
  2. Did Crenshaw ever do a public apology like he publicly disparaged Issa? I feel like him coming to Issa, tail between his legs, shouldn’t have been enough for them to talk business.

What Could Happen Next

  1. I think Issa getting with Crenshaw might be the move with two episodes left. Especially since her getting to purchase the building “We Got Y’all” had would be the move. For as much as Issa may want big money, I think what she mainly wants is a purpose, and working for her community is more in line with that than working to keep a nice house and to use frequent flier miles.

Review

Highlights

The What Ifs

It isn’t known whether Insecure will end on a cliffhanger, give us an epilogue, or what. So this what if? It allows viewers to see different paths Issa can take and, as the show has done since the beginning, debate what would be best for Issa. And while the show will likely settle on something, I think enough is presented to keep that conversation going to the point that, weeks and months down the line, someone will keep a social media thread going about how Issa should have done this. Just as much as people still think Daniel was the one and needs to make an appearance.

Kelli Putting Molly’s Parents At Ease When Estate Planning

While we seemingly won’t get a Kelli episode, we are getting a notable amount of Kelli screentime to placate us, and I’m not mad at it. Especially since this episode allowed Kelli to both be funny and helpful. She walked Olivia and David through a confusing and painful process. One that, as David says, forces you to realize that, while you did okay, you didn’t necessarily build generational wealth. You just made enough to pay bills and raise your family. Which there is nothing wrong with, but it can be humbling looking back and seeing what you have to leave for those with a long future.

But, what we perhaps appreciate the most out of all of this is that we were reminded that, alongside Kelli’s intelligence regarding accounting, she has emotional intelligence. Yes, a lot of the time, Kelli has been a hot ass mess, but every now and then, you realize, be it her drinking, smoking, or just trying to have fun, Kelli is multi-layered and can’t fully be judged by her most extroverted moments. You just have to pay attention to see how she contributes to the friend group in ways most don’t give her credit for.

Molly Got A Good Man!

Molly exasperated after a long day

You know, communication is nice and all, but sometimes you just want to find someone who gets it. That person you don’t have to explain yourself to. Someone who doesn’t get in their feelings, accepts what you feel on face value, and knows how to still show they care, even when disappointed. It sort of gives you hope after the show made dating seem like a trash move for so long.

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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.
Getting Ignorant With It: Episode 17 "Then God Snatched Their Hairline"Check out the latest episode of Getting Ignorant With It, "Then God Snatched Their Hairline."
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)
Insecure: Season 2/ Episode 5 "Hella Shook" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
Insecure: Season 2/ Episode 4 "Hella LA" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
Insecure: Season 2/ Episode 3 "Hella Open" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
Insecure: Season 2/ Episode 2 "Hella Questions" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
Insecure: Season 2/ Episode 1 "Hella Great" [Season Premiere] - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
Insecure: Season 1/ Episode 8 "Broken as Fuck" [Season Finale] - Overview/ Review (with Spoilers)
Insecure: Season 1/ Episode 7 "Real as Fuck" - Overview/ Review (with Spoilers)
Insecure: Season 1/ Episode 6 "Guilty as Fuck" - Overview/ Review (with Spoilers)
Insecure: Season 1/ Episode 5 "Shady as Fuck" - Overview/ Review (with Spoilers)
Insecure: Season 1/ Episode 4 "Thirsty As Fuck" - Overview/ Review (with Spoilers)
Insecure: Season 1/ Episode 3 "Racist As Fuck" - Overview/ Review (with Spoilers)
Insecure: Season 1/ Episode 2 "Messy as Fuck" - Overview/ Review (with Spoilers)
Insecure: Season 1/ Episode 1 "Insecure as Fuck" [Series Premiere] - Overview/ Review (with Spoilers)

Crenshaw, Issa and Quoia looking at the place where
Insecure: Season 5/ Episode 8 “Choices, Okay?!” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
Trajectory: Climbing
We've been in the struggle with Issa for four seasons and nearly ¾ of this one, but things are looking up. She got a good man but may want that old thing, has an offer of a lifetime, but could also stay independent and do well. This is aspirational. For what really says life is good beyond you having multiple options, with few, if not none, leaving you exhausted – in a bad way.
Highlights
Molly Got A Good Man!
Kelli Putting Molly's Parents At Ease When Estate Planning
The What Ifs
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