INSECURE Season 5, Episode 8: “Choices, Okay?!”

Screen-Shot-2021-12-15-at-7.53.25-PMI’m not ready to admit this show is almost done, so let’s just immediately dive into this episode, okay?! We see Issa at a crossroads. One fork branches into a partnership with NBW and continuing to promote African American entrepreneurs and artists and entertainers. And the other fork veers into a partnership with Crenshawn (Kofi Siriboe) who sees strength in a push and pull business relationship sharing a merged space. I can see his point. It’s important to have relationships with people who will check you on things.  Speaking of checking Issa on things, Nathan (Kendrick Sampson) is getting so cozy he suggests making it official. Quite a pivotal moment in her life with plenty of things in the air.

In typical Issa Dee (Rae) fashion, she takes us down a daydream depiction of what could be. I’ll admit that Hollywood house looked pretty nice. I like seeing Nathan with her and the aura of happiness. The hustle life still seemed happy and there’s something to be said for saving money now in order to spend large later. And then of course, who should crash the party? I think Lawrence (Jay Ellis) is adorably cute, but I’m not a huge advocate of getting back together with exes. I like seeing Issa’s growth and how she’s building this amazing center for the community, her community.  She’s grassroots and making big things happen and supporting her community along the way. She thriving; she’s one half of a power couple after all.

But here’s the thing about her fantasy scenarios, when we start spinning what-ifs all over the place, of course our subconscious is bound to creep up. Some might argue it’s her feeling she has unfinished business with Lawrence. I choose to believe it’s her mind playing games with her. She had a reason for what she did breaking up with him, so does it still stand? Is she suddenly questioning why she ended things? Haunted by the ghost of Lawrence past, I suppose.Screen-Shot-2021-12-15-at-7.48.25-PM

Meanwhile, Molly (Yvonne Orji) is intent on getting family estate planning set up for her parents.  Kelli (Natasha Rothwell) wants to help and seeing her dish it with Molly’s mom (L. Scott Caldwell) was absolutely hilarious.  Molly stays strong for them but it’s no surprise she’s exhausted.  I’m grateful she came clean with Taurean (Leonard Robinson) because he seems like a genuine guy. Sounds like Lawrence himself agrees. He pulls through even though she cancels and that’s how you know he’s the real deal. In the end, Molly gives her friend some advice, pretty dang good advice. We’ll have to wait and see what path lies ahead. I want to see all the ladies happy and thriving. This is all I wish.

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