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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Summary “Insecure” Season 5 Episode 6: Dreams and Ghosts

This week’s episode begins with a feverish dream that ends with Issa recreating a viral meme. She dreams of talking to Lawrence and Condole at the hospital. In the clouds of her animated mind, she shoots Elijah in the trash can after kicking Condole in the pile of clothes.

We emerge from this fun day dream to find Issa in her living room, where she finds out via Instagram that Lawrence has returned to Los Angeles. In many ways, this episode revolves around dreams – the aspirations of young professionals, hallucinations, the dreamlike confusion that arises from a wild night.

Issa Rae has always said that she wants to showcase ordinary black people in the most incredible way in Insecure, and this episode is a perfect example of that. Here are four adults who are making their way through life and its tangled paths. They are fallible, and learning this lesson can feel like getting rid of the veneer of invincibility and control at work, as Molly did. Or it could be the understanding that wherever you go, you are always there, as Nathan needs.

Molly is at a retreat with her colleagues who share how they really felt about her when she came to the firm. As the streams of drinks grow, happy hour turns into a fun night that Molly doesn’t remember the next morning. When she wakes up, there is a strange men’s watch in her bed, and later her colleagues show Molly a video of her dancing last night. It doesn’t seem to awaken her memory, but her embarrassment is obvious.

The video shows her shaking and becoming more playful, as if she is next to Issa. Molly wants to appear tough and resilient at work, so she didn’t mention her mother’s emergency care. But when so much of her life is out of her control, she needs an exhaust valve. We can’t tell exactly what is going on in Molly’s head, but the tension from trying to hold it all together during an incredibly stressful time was clearly evident. She needs to learn to give herself permission to relax her guard and accept, as the prayer says, things that she cannot change or control. For someone like her, that would be a daunting task. Do you know that it would be too? Height.

Meanwhile Issa is fighting The Blocc. She turns to the Anthology Collective, which looks like a team of artists, and they refuse her; the hateful tweets Crenchon pushed in the last episode seem to be affecting her image. She visits Crenshon and tries to apologize, but he doesn’t relent, claiming that his latest work, the Crew neckline with “Integrity” written in it, was inspired by her.

Issa wants to promote community and opportunities in her area, but she also needs to feed herself and pay her helper. The mechanics of how she does this do not seem to be working at the moment, as we saw in her relationship with Crenshaun. But Issa hasn’t quite figured it out yet.

She’s smart, so I’m sure she learns to adapt, which could include going back to the drawing board with The Blocc. In its current form, it could have overwhelmed her. (I’m almost starting to hope that she and Lawrence are back together and that he will help her explode, but this is a secret.)

At home, Issa hosted Nathan’s I Love You fishing streak. It’s sad to see that he can’t appear in front of her the way he needs her, but he solves his own problems at work. He finally found a barber shop that seemed to work for him, but his colleague Sug, who also rushed with Nathan to the beach party, is extremely volatile towards him.

Sug summons Nathan to pick up one of his clients when he is late, and then goes on to personal, calling him “crazy” and “bipolar.” It seemed like a fight was inevitable, but Nathan eventually left. Nathan, who has been identified as a runner by family and friends, tells Issa that maybe Los Angeles is not right for him and he can move, dagger to a heart longing for reciprocity. He can get his anger from working for her, but he can also sabotage himself.

Meanwhile, Issu is chased by Condole (who is probably actually at home with Elijah). She appears as a ghost while Issa waits for food, mercilessly mocking Issa and expressing all her meanest thoughts about herself. The ghost disappears, but not before kicking Issa into the trash heap. It’s fun, but it also demonstrates the power of negative self-talk, a power powerful enough to conjure up your ex-child’s mother while you’re trying to eat dinner.

Issa has been trying to figure out what is happening with Lawrence, and now that she knows, she may be starting to develop in a spiral. I wonder what that means both for her relationship with Nathan and for her relationship with herself.

Perhaps Insecure fans will have a dream-like ending when Lawrence and Issa get back together. But I hope Issa will choose herself.

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