Wednesday, June 10, 2020

What I’m Watching: Insecure

Insecure: Season 4, Episode 9 “Lowkey Trying” (B+)

Opening this episode with Issa and Lawrence relaxing together and completely enjoying each other’s company made it seem like that’s what it would be about, but that wasn’t the case at all. It is good that Issa was being open with Lawrence about getting a text from Nathan, and she did the same thing with Nathan when she told him about Lawrence. There was a moment where things got tense and Nathan seemed to be looking for a fight, but revealing his bipolar diagnosis was an important piece of information that could have helped them salvage what they had, if that’s what Issa wanted. But the real focus of this episode was on Issa and Molly, bringing them together in a rather amiable setting, first at a diner and then with two men between them as buffers. Molly’s therapist was smart to point out that she didn’t want to admit any wrongdoing and only wanted Issa to apologize, and that she’d have to choose between being right and wanting relationships. Things seemed fine between her and Issa save for the fact that they didn’t address the elephant in the room, and after Molly was about to get into a fight with Andrew about her never wanting to see his brother again, it was time for a drinking game that could let more peaceful time pass. I didn’t expect that Issa would be the one to storm off when Molly accidentally sent her “I’m trying” text to Issa instead of to Andrew, and their conversation outside was rather blunt but reached a sad conclusion. There’s still one episode (and a fifth season) left for them to make up, though I guess it’s feasible that, like this show did with Lawrence, it might follow these two former best friends down separate paths instead of the same one.

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