Lawrence who? That’s the only thing I’m going to say about Lawrence for the rest of this post about the Insecure Season 3 premiere. Like I’ve BEEN saying, this show does not need Lawrence. There was nothing lacking about the premiere without Issa’s wasteman ex-boyfriend. LAWRENCE WHO? In the immortal words of Mariah Carey, I don’t know her.
You know those cheesy Tumblr quotes you’ve seen a million times but you’re not sure where they came from or who said it first? During the first few minutes of the Insecure premiere, I thought of this quote that you’ve definitely seen on the Instagram feed of the most basic girl you follow:
“True friendship isn't about being inseparable, it's being separated and nothing changes.”
Some things have changed about Insecure. Issa is now a Lyft driver, Molly has accepted the job at the all-black law firm and she’s gotten much better at demanding her worth. Other things have stayed the same. Both Issa and Molly are still on their bullsh-t. Molly’s BS involves “F-ckin Dro,” as Lainey likes to call him, and Issa’s BS includes taking advantage of Daniel’s generosity (not that he’s perfect – emotionally that is, physically he’s pretty damn perfect). The one main thing that has remained the same? Issa and Molly are still Ride or Die. Their friendship is still intact and as honest and hilarious as usual. There should be an on-screen chemistry Emmy just so they can give it to Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji. Their bickering had me and my girlfriends in tears with laughter. The Party Lyft scene? We SCREAMED.
I’m not going to spoil any of the details of episode 301 of Insecure because I know Lainey hasn’t seen it yet and I want to give y’all some time to catch up. I’m generous like that. Last night’s premiere was Insecure’s strongest opening episode to date. I don’t want to deprive you of the surprises and comforting joy of experiencing it for the first time. I don’t want to deprive you of rolling your eyes at Issa’s mess-ups or swooning/ yelling at Daniel. Insecure’s Season 3 premiere was like coming home from abroad to a home-cooked meal and wine with your best girlfriends. It was sharp, funny, infuriating (F-CKIN’ DRO) and packed with all the reasons we fell in love with this show in the first place. There are the microaggressions Issa faces at work at We Got Y’all that are so relatable they’re laughable. There ars also some GREAT lines like when Molly declares that she’s “on some know better, do better sh-t.”
Please. Issa and Molly know better but they aren’t doing better. This is basically your 30s in a nutshell. In your twenties, you don’t do better because you don’t know better. In your 30s, there is no excuse. Watching Issa and Molly flounder through their “know better, do better sh-t” is equal parts satisfying and exasperating, which is also basically how I feel about my 30s. God, I love this show so much. I’m so glad it’s back.
My one small beef with the Insecure premiere? MORE KELLI PLEASE. If you have seen the episode and were hoping for more Natasha Rothwell, the good news is that she’s all over the episode two preview.
Attached - Issa Rae out in New York the other day.