Insecure, Season 2, Ep. 4: “Hella LA” (Recap)
Insecure, Season 2, Ep. 4
At the start of the episode Issa, Molly and Kelli get ready to go to the Kiss and Grind singles event. Lawrence chats with Chad about their plans to go out that evening. It appears that the show’s principal characters will all be spending a night out on the town but are the protagonists truly about that life?
Issa and the girls make it to the event and it is packed. Kelli arranged for them to have their own table; as much of a cheapskate the show has portrayed her to be thus far, she knows how to hook her girls up. Dro, Molly’s childhood friend spots them and makes his way over to their table. “Look at y’all looking like Destiny’s Child,” he says complimenting them. QUESTION. *Beyonce voice* “But who is Michelle though?” one of them poses to the group. Pause. This moment brought tears to my eyes and also a bit of an eyeroll. Michelle Williams is always getting played. Back in the day, I was a HUGE Destiny’s Child fan and I always felt for Michelle in particular; she is a very talented singer and as of lately has been killing it on the ‘gram with her fashion photos! (Michelle, you slay. All day. Just simply borrowing the words of your sis!) Nevertheless, this was a great punchline especially for us Destiny’s Child fans.
Meanwhile, Lawrence is stuck in LA traffic. Le sigh. A few cars ahead of him make a U-turn to get out of traffic. Let’s harken back to a few episodes ago when Molly made a comment that he was a safe driver. Keep that in mind. Following suit, he makes a U-turn out of traffic also. Soon after, he gets pulled over by a pair of white cops. He quickly changes the station to once was loudly playing West Coast rap to an adult contemporary station on a lower volume. Smart move, L. “Keep your hands where I can see them!,” the cop yells as Lawrence quickly places his hands on the sides of his steering wheel. The cop confronts him about his U-turn. Lawrence defends himself by stating that he simply followed the other cars ahead of him that did the same. The cop asks for his license and registration. While he verifies his information, Lawrence sees the cop’s partner glaring at him in his rear view mirror. The cop returns and gives him a warning. Just when he believed the encounter to be over, the cop quickly returns to his rear-view window and comments on his Georgetown Hoyas license plate. Evidently, he didn’t expect for the cop to have friendly conversation with him but at this point, he just goes along with the cop’s banter about college football to avoid any further trouble. This is a pivotal scene in the series. It played on our expectations as viewers but also displayed how Black people navigate these kinds of encounters. Again, “Insecure” scores points for touching upon a sensitive and important issue within the Black community.
Back at the club, Issa spots Daniel at the Kiss and Grind event. She puts her grown woman panties on and approaches him. She attempts to address their past situation but Daniel appears to have moved past it. “You good?” he asks and she agrees. She ends up singing the theme song of 90s Black sitcom “Living Single” as her way of informing him that she is no longer with Lawrence. With a poker face on, he appears nonchalant about this news but part of me suspects that he was happy to hear it.
At checkout, Lawrence realizes he doesn’t have his wallet to pay for his purchase. Two white women stand in line behind him waiting to pay and offer to cover his bill. He refuses but they continue to insist. Seeing the line grow, he allows them to pay for his beer. In the parking lot, they approach him about the beer and what his plans were for it and for the rest of the evening. Feeling indebted to them, he offers to share the beer with them. Now over at their place, Lawrence and the girls get the party started with a few drinks and blunts. Ultimately, he lands himself into a threesome. During their romp, the girls say (rather, yell) offensive comments about his Pinot Noir. (Shoutout to Titus, Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) PAUSE. I gave those two girls a serious eyeroll for fetishizing Lawrence’s reproductive organ because he’s Black. Both Black men and women deal with this constantly; the show did a great job breaking down the stigma behind the legend of the great black (Moby) dick.
Back at the Kiss and Grind event, Issa and her Tinder date finally come face to face. Her date completely snubs her saying that she doesn’t look like her profile pic at all. He ends up walking away from her fully disengaging in what would’ve been their first date. Issa girl, you are 0-2 at this point! Did anyone notice that the DJ at the club was none other than Syd, the lead singer of alt-r&b group The Internet? I thought I was seeing things until the camera panned over to where she was again and then I confirmed it had to be her! During the show’s first season, they played a few cuts from The Internet.
Hungry, Molly makes her way to her friend Dro’s table to nosh on some of his chicken fingers. It is clear from jump street that these two have a good comradery. They joke and laugh and then they decide to dance. On the dancefloor, these two get a little too comfortable with one another in my opinion. Molly grinds on Dro and realizes that perhaps it is inappropriate for her to do so since he is a married man. She voices this and he replies by informing her that he is in an open marriage. Huh…An open marriage, you say? Shocked, Molly goes over to Issa and Kelli and tells them about it. She firmly tells them that she would never consider seeing him even if he is in an open marriage. Yeah, okay.
The night ends with the crew grabbing a bite to eat at a local diner. There, Kelli links up with one of the guys and his friends she met at the event. Again, Issa spots Daniel there and they give each other a cordial nod. One of the men at the table tries to spark up an intellectual conversation with Molly about Disney’s “The Lion King,” and she is clearly not interested. Kelli is too busy getting her jollies rocked at the table making Issa who sits next to her pretty uncomfortable. Clue: Smells! Molly receives a text from Dro asking if she would like some company and for a moment, she actually contemplates it but quickly replies with a refusal. Issa also receives a text and it’s from Daniel. His initiative in communicating with her and Kelli’s free spirit led her to sit next to Daniel as they giggled about Kelli’s wild and very public antics. Molly looks around seeing her friends easily being entertained by the menfolk and a twinge of jealousy or envy appears on her countenance. Will she give in and entertain Dro’s advances? I think so, although I really don’t want her to. I’m going need her to be back in therapy at the top of episode 5, THAAAAANKS!!!
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