CSLThoughts #8 – Insecure S2E3 Hella Open Recap

This episode was created at the request of @12Kyle on Twitter. He was like “you gonna do a recap for ALL of the episodes?” and I was like “All of the episodes?! mmm I’ll do this one for you and we will see how it goes.”

And as always, don’t forget to listen to Insecuritea the official recap podcast hosted by Fran of heyfranhey.com and The Friend Zone podcast and Crissle of The Read podcast. As an FYI, I am not paid to do any of this. (Update: To clarify, I meant that my podcast and blog are not sponsored and I do not receive money for acknowledging one of my favorite podcasts.)

Before I get started, I would like to say Congratulations to the Insecure HBO team for the season 3 renewal.

Let’s get in to Season 2 Episode 3 – Hella Open

I felt like the tempo of the Hella Open episode was different from the Hella Questions episode. And no, I am not going to compare and contrast the 2 episodes. I can say that I was disappointed that there was no North Star show for me to mimic. That’s ok though because the family BBQ, Tasha, and the twitter condoms craze are a big part of this recap aka the retelling of what you already know. So let us rush through the first part so that we can get to the good stuff. Are you SURE you’re ready for this deconstructed recap?

– Issa’s Tinder fingers
This scene was filled with awkward laughter, awkward fingers, and awkward exits.
“I got this from a swap meet” Issa while putting on her shirt.
Issa couldn’t bring herself to sleep with Tinder date dude.

– Issa’s Phase (no hoe)
Issa makes some real comments about the insecurities that arise when having sex with a new partner and/or finding someone you actually WANT to have sex with.

At the bar/club/entertainment establishment, Issa starts to say that she’s not out here looking like these hoes when a girl walks by wearing the EXACT same dress and Issa had to pause her statement.

Issa strikes out with all of the men she meets. One man just stopped her and was basically like ‘look, I’m not here for you’ (Angelica -Hamilton style. If you don’t get the reference, go see a Broadway show)
He was sent to keep Issa away so that his friend (played by Sterling K Brown) could talk to Molly.

Meanwhile, Molly is talking to dude. He asks for her number so she gives him a business card and walks away.

Molly approaches Issa and asks, “So girl, how’d you do?”
Issa responds with a big smile, “I got these wings!”

Confession time: In this scene I would be Issa. If someone managed to get me into that kind of environment I would be sitting in a corner or at the bar eating chicken wings, and my friends would be quite disappointed, but not surprised by my anti-social behavior.

– Frieda’s Amigas
We Got Y’all but Frieda wants to balance the demographics because all of the students in the program are black. The problem? The school is 86% Latino. Frieda asks the kids: “Do you have any friends or, like, amigos, amigas?”

Is Issa Dee really that oblivious to the work situation? Why is she all of a sudden color blind? Does she really think that what Mr. Gaines is doing is no big deal? Last season Molly had the bad attitude, but this season we have been exposed to more of Issa’s personality, and I’m not liking what I see.

– Issa’s Battery
Issa is in bed alone trying to find some self-pleasure but why does it sound like a weedwacker? I kinda want to ask what is going on down there, but that’s really none of my business. Have you ever rubbed a battery on your jeans or couch or carpet to get a little more power out of it?

– Molly’s Therapy
It looks like Molly used up all of her words last episode because she gave up on Dr. Rhonda.
She claims she is going to find another therapist. All I have to say is that they better have a magnificent bookshelf like the one Dr. Rhonda has.

So…if Molly can’t commit to a therapist, what makes her think she can commit to a relationship?

– Molly’s Big Brown Box
Molly is at a warehouse…in heels and a skirt…picking up her build a bookcase box. First she is offended that the dock person thinks she is with the man standing behind her. And then, instead of asking for help she decides to struggle with carrying this big brown box. She gets the box to her car and she watches as a woman directs her male partner to carry her box to their car. The look on Molly’s face suggests that she is back to wanting a male companion in her life.

Why is Molly trying to put together a bookshelf? It’s like she is living my life when I was trying to put together those IKEA bookshelves.

Molly is trying her best to get Issa to help her turn all of those random pieces into a useful object, and Issa is doing all that she can to ignore the task. She literally throws one of the pieces to the side while trying to convince Molly to go out and hoe.

Later in the episode, Molly chooses to ignore Lionel’s attempts to see her again and sips wine as two hired men put together her bookshelf.

– Molly’s Miscellaneous Moments
Thought: Molly is going to love Chicago and find a man there. OR, she is going to like this Lionel guy, but end up with a career in Chicago or something like that.

Molly goes on a date with Lionel and he said they skipped the awkward first date and now he is talking about fast forwarding through life. When I first watched this I felt so uncomfortable because why is he talking like this? It’s so creepy, but Molly seems to understand…I think.

Issa was high on paint fumes when she told Molly that Lionel sounded just like her. Molly appears to be mortified and now she doesn’t seem to be as interested in Lionel.

Who are Dro and Candice? Were we introduced to them before? It was like, why is Molly talking to these two random people. Apparently Issa knows them, too. I don’t know. Maybe they don’t really matter.

– Lawrence’s Travels
At Lawrence’s job one of his coworkers says: “They’re not chips, they’re chirps. Made from crickets”Note: Lawrence has been to Phuket and has eaten crickets. The man has travelled the globe.

Lawrence’s excuse for not participating in Startup Saturday: “I would love to, but I promised someone that I would pick up some chairs.” Everyone stares in “pardon me?” and he adds that it’s a family BBQ.

You know how you call someone “someone” when you aren’t willing to commit to their name?

– Lawrence and Tasha’s History
This is the juicy stuff that has everyone worked up, so I had to do a little research to refresh my memory.

Exhibit A
Let’s go back to Season 1 Episode 4 at approximately 18:46 minutes in where Lawrence says “My girlfriend LOVES kale” and Miss Tasha keeps on talking like he said nothing. Also note that when Tasha pulled out the hot sauce Lawrence gave her a look like “did you really do that?”. Yes, I know Beyonce carries hot sauce in her bag, but I firmly believe you should not carry condiments in your purse.

Exhibit B
AND THEN, in Season 1 Episode 5 “Shady as F…” at approx. 17:27 Tasha enters the Best Buy with her breasts all exposed talking about she needs some batteries. And she is smiling and wiggling ohh and she’s talking about Jalapeño Poppers and asked Lawrence out. And AGAIN Lawrence said “I HAVE A GIRLFRIEND, TASHA”

Back to this episode…
We are at Tasha’s house. The 2 of them are in bed and Tasha is talking about family members made of potato salad or something. No one cares. Also, Potato salad is 1000% disgusting.
Lawrence is like, who are these people? And starts rubbing on her because he really doesn’t care about the people and he’s not there for her words.
She says, “Are you even listening to me?” Um…Tasha, no, he is not there to listen. Sure he said “of course”, but that was a lie. Duh

I need for Tasha to sit down and talk to us Real World confessional style and explain WHY she invited Lawrence to the family BBQ, and what her actual expectations were for this man.

He CLEARLY was there for sex. No, he wasn’t listening to anything you had to say because he wasn’t interested, but you were just too happy to have him there to pay attention to the signs.

Both of y’all are guilty.

– Lawrence’s Coworkers and Tasha’s Family
Against all better judgment, we arrive at the family BBQ, and we see kids running around and people playing dominos
True to his word, Lawrence is carrying chairs and we meet Tasha Thomas’ play uncle who is wearing his Obama 44 apron and already seems to know who Lawrence is. Mmm…seems Tasha has been running her mouth just a bit too much.

Another one of her cousins (we don’t know if he’s for real or for play-play, but let’s call him Mr. Illegal Music.) Mr. Music has on a spray-painted RIP shirt in contrast to the button-down shirt Lawrence is wearing. Lawrence is all about rules, while music dude is not.

Did you hear how Tasha calls him baby, and Lawrence responds like his name is baby and goes to do Tasha’s bidding?

Did you also notice how he is walking around the cookout looking incredibly uncomfortable? He is surrounded by stranger people doing stranger things, when he gets a text from his coworker reminding him of the Saturday Startup. He tells Tasha he has to go, but that he would be back. (Yes, that was a lie. We all knew he wasn’t coming back.)

Lawrence shows up at Startup Saturday (which, honestly is more his speed.)

Tasha is texting Lawrence to ask where he is. Now, while technically he is at a work function, he is not actually working like he said in the text message.

Some of this review comes from the twitter responses I read during the live tweet.
Lawrence looked uncomfortable around her family? Why? Well, socioeconomic and cultural differences are probably at play. Maybe Lawrence doesn’t like strangers. (I can relate to that.) A family of rule breakers and flute players is a lot for an outsider to take in. Lawrence is more comfortable around his work people because they probably are of the same educational background and have technology in common.

– Tasha’s Toodaloo
Tasha calls Lawrence and asks what happened and says to him “If you didn’t want to come, you should have just told me that.”
Let me take a moment to speak in a language Tasha understands.


Miss, Thomas. YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE INVITED HIM IN THE FIRST PLACE! YOU CLAIM YOU KNEW THIS WASN’T A SERIOUS THING, BUT YET YOU TOLD YOUR PLAY UNCLE ALL ABOUT HIM. You are the one calling him baby and having him help wheel your aunt around. He was an outsider, but you tried to make him family.

He tells her that he wasn’t looking for anything serious and she continues with “my whole family was here and you just ghosted.” and mentions that she was embarrassed. Like I said, I feel nothing for Tasha. She brought this upon herself. Don’t bring “not serious” dudes to meet your family. That’s YOUR fault.
Now, to be fair, Lawrence should have declined the offer. I don’t know how men think, but maybe at the time he accepted he was seeing Tasha differently or was TRYING to see her differently. Or, maybe he felt it would be wrong to say no. Either way, both of y’all are guilty of making dumb decisions.

She then calls Lawrence some choice words and hangs up. (I’m not an N-word user, so we will just leave it Fuckboy.) I struggle with this term because it depends on which urban dictionary entry you choose to apply. Tasha was never his woman. Did he lead her on? She even admitted that they weren’t exclusive and that she knew it wasn’t serious. Of course, she could have been saying all of this simply because of her hurt and embarrassment.

Tasha only chose to see in Lawrence what she wanted to see. She constantly denied that he even had another woman in his life. She threw her breasts at him by way of saying that she cleans up nicely, and when he is finally free to do what he wants, he takes her up on her sexual offer. When did she ask for more? When did he offer more?

Enough of this. Goodbye Tasha. May you and your exposed breasts find an actual boyfriend soon.

– Issa’s Neighbor Dude
Issa is in the process of paint over her smoke damaged wall when she sees Eddie sitting out by the pool. She decides that the best way to get what her dead vibrator couldn’t provide is to pretend Eddie left his charger at her house. Her plan works and she manages get into his house and have all of the sex with him.

Buuuut, before all of the sex, Issa and Eddie are sitting on the couch discussing Gossip Girl. I loved that show and was sad, but satisfied when it went off the air. But why did they mention Blake Lively though? Serena wasn’t the best character. Blair was my favorite.

Issa and Eddie commence with the awkward sex. Eddie is so considerate; his headboard has built-in hole for Issa’s head. Aww! How sweet is that? Ungrateful Issa doesn’t approve of her head being stuck in the hole and asks to change positions and finally gets all of the man meat she has been craving.

Issa leaves Eddie’s apartment (with her charger).

The show closes with a Tinder message from Felix saying they should hang out sometime and Issa smiles.

One last thing

– Black Twitter’s Condoms
I’m tired of reading, “Where are the condoms?” and “Everyone is hittin’ raw” Can you all grow up? Just because you don’t see it happen on the screen doesn’t mean safe sex isn’t being practiced by these characters. Sure, someone COULD end up pregnant. And yes, weird Twitter person in my mentions, someone COULD get a venereal disease but I don’t think this show is looking to educate. It’s simply a story.


****Scripted shows are NOT reality shows or documentaries****

How many of you think these actors are ACTUALLY having sex on set? Hmm? If this was a documentary, I got you. If this was your homegirl down the street – I got you, but this isn’t either of those situations.

Dear Issa Ray and Prentice Penny, to appease your simple-minded segment of your audience, perhaps you would consider using implied sexual activity. For example, remember how the camera pans to the wind chimes as Celie and Shug began to kiss in The Color Purple? Or, you could do something petty like break the 4th wall to explain to the audience that, “Even though you don’t see it on screen, this character is now placing a condom on his erect penis. Also, afterward, he will remove said condom and the scene will continue. But remember! You won’t see any of this!”

I saw Prentice’s tweet stating that the writer’s room assumed safe sex and so should the viewer. But that wasn’t good enough for some of you. Someone tweeted at Prentice that “what if young people are watching?” First if all, that’s not any of his business.

I really hope they either 100% ignore you crybabies or they troll you.

Did you enjoy this retelling of what you already know? Let me know by contacting me at Danielle@frizzyfro.com or find me on Twitter @frizzyfropod and Instagram at FrizzyFroPod.

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