With the season coming to a close, it’s time to have our last check in on Issa, Molly, Lawrence, and the whole crew. It’s been a HELLA season, and there have been quite a few ups and downs for everyone involved. We gotta wonder where they left off and what might be to come next season.
Episode 7: “Hella Disrespectful”
What’s the best way to stir the drama? Put everyone in the same room at a dinner party. This week is nothing short of panic inducing stress from the tension lingering in that dining room. Molly (Yvonne Orji) is trying to become an equal in her work life but has to sit and watch her hookup buddy Dro (Sarunas Jackson) with his wife, Candice (Gabrielle Dennis.) She can’t stand playing second fiddle in her work life, will she tolerate it in her personal life? Meanwhile, Issa (Issa Rae) brings her brother and is looking to be chill with Lawrence (Jay Ellis.) But what she doesn’t account for is Lawrence bringing his new chick Aparna (Jasmine Kaur.) So everyone around the table gets to scooch down to let her in and deal with the fallout. Eventually, the tension is too much and Issa and Lawrence have it out. Whew boy, they do not hold back. And Issa takes that leftover energy and utterly destroys her apartment. And I cannot fault her because after the things Lawrence had to say, I would have smashed some shit too.
Episode 8: “Hella Perspective”
This episode takes a different approach and summarizes the month of each of the characters.
Centered around a local marathon, we begin with Lawrence. He has been training to run the marathon with his coworkers and his new squeeze Aparna. Work has been looking up for him too and he’s getting more opportunities to develop ideas with his coworkers. For a while, things are solid with Aparna too. But Lawrence begins to overthink things and you have to wonder if he is just a pro at self-sabotaging? Because I’m wondering if that’s a streak he has going for himself. Meanwhile, Molly took a break from Dro and was taking interviews for positions at a new firm. Get it, girl!! Feeling valued in your job makes a huge difference and she deserves it. After considering a thing with a coworker Quentin, she returns to old habits. Will she be able to deal with the situation or is it possible that it will become too much for her again?
And then there is Issa, who has had a hell of a season. She is having job issues, and though she fixed up the beef with Frieda (Lisa Joyce), it hasn’t improved the work scene. Also, the changing climate in her neighborhood is forcing higher rents and Issa can’t afford to live there anymore. She ends up selling her stuff and moving out. I mean really, has this woman not had enough hits lately? She’s confronted with dealing with both her exes to boot, and you have to wonder what ending she would prefer more. Her imagination plays out and for a split second, I wondered if that’s what she would really prefer. To settle for that life.
We have to wonder what next season will hold. How will things progress for Issa? What is her path ahead and will we see fresh romantic blood? Or mayhap is the key to her happiness in her past? I don’t know, but I cannot wait to find out. I guess they’ll all have to stumble around insecure until we catch Insecure next time around. We already know the show is a go in 2018.