SPOILER ALERT: Don’t continue reading if you don’t want spoilers from tonight’s episode, but definitely come back after you’ve watched, because duh. After what felt like a lifetime, Insecure fans were finally reunited with the hit HBO sitcom tonight after the season 3 premiere, and it did not disappoint.
Last time we saw the cast, we witnessed Issa (Issa Rae) and Molly (Yvonne Orji) come to terms with the fact that maybe they don’t make the best decisions when it comes to their love lives (samesies), so this time around, it’s all about know better, do better.
The episode opens with a steamy sex scene of Daniel (Y’Ian Noel) going full throttle on an enthusiastic young woman, who everyone assumes is Issa, until we see that she’s awkwardly trying to mask the moans while on the couch in his living room.
OK, so Issa and Daniel are still living together, but they’re not hooking up and this is all kinds of messy already.
Meanwhile, Molly has been living her best life, traveling and gaining the affection from various men all over the globe--but for whatever reason, Dro (Sarunas J. Jackson) still has her dickmitized (although, let's be real, it's more so his relationship-y gestures that have her hooked).
Molly continues to be in this weird open relationship with Dro, who is still married, however, after one ill-timed phone call from his wife while in bed together, Molly realizes this ain’t it. She tries to create clear boundaries by making Dro pick a side--just friends or just acquaintances who have sex and that's it?
This story line is what intrigued me the most. As someone who’s not the best at drawing healthy boundaries with manipulative men, I was rooting for Molly. Fuck yes, Molly, let him know where he stands. Be that woman for me!
The boundaries didn’t hold up too long, mainly because Dro wouldn’t take them seriously and Molly would give in to his towering stature and their history, until one boiling point where my eagerness to fight him went through the roof because he tried to snap back at Molly for calling him out on his shit.
After he "playfully" argued against giving Molly her key back, she candidly said how messed up his marriage situation is becoming. "Just because you and Candice get to do whatever and fuck whomever you want don't mean we all want our shit that messy."
He snapped back with, “First of all, don't talk about what me and my wife do. All right? So you need to figure out what you're doing and what you want."
"I know I want my key back," she responded, and Dro got all butt-hurt.
Molly's facial expression seemed like she got a slap from reality and we're just hoping she stops entertaining this wack-ass situationship that we all know she doesn't actually want.
Aside from that, Issa and Daniel try to figure out what the hell they’re doing while working out their own boundaries as she continues to bunk at his place, and although Issa tiptoed into vulnerable territory with Daniel, he found it a little difficult to meet her there.
Noel told Variety during InsecureFest that Daniel has to “maintain his cool and his masculinity but at the same time he is a very sensitive, complicated soul which is a very nuanced thing to portray,” adding that he shares so many qualities with is character that he is “forced to have that self-examination” before filming.
Whatever the case may be, Daniel needs to figure out what he wants, because Lyft Bae aka Nathan, a newbie who caught our eyes almost instantly, is who we’re rooting for when it comes to Issa’s next love interest on the show.
What did you guys think of the premiere?