By Luvvie Ajayi
Written by Dayna Lynne North
Directed by Stella Meghie
Fresh Start - Issa’s got her new spot, and is back with her raps cuz she finally has a bathroom mirror again. Daniel stops by to drop off the last of her stuff and he looks like he’s already missing her. Those Puss-in-Boots eyes he was giving told me that. She thanks him with a hug and he bounces. He looks slightly salty, doe.
Molly comes bearing gifts: an inflatable mattress, a plant
At home, Flava Flav the dog makes his way on to Molly’s bed. That’s her only cuddle buddy. Meanwhile, Issa digs all the stuff she trashed out. In her box, she finds her high school rap journal.
Looking Up - At work, Molly seems voiceless in a meeting. People are talking over her and not taking her contributions seriously.
Issa goes to grab some tacos when she runs into Nathan, the best Lyft rider. Unfortunately, he startles her and the taco falls. OUCH. The two
As they walk around, Nathan roasts all things L.A. but Issa is riding for her city. She gives him a
Excuses - At therapy, Molly’s going off about how she
Truth or Dare - The spontaneous lunch date continues, as Issa and Nathan continue to stroll through L.A. They start playing truth or dare and Issa picks “truth.” He asks her when her last relationship was, and she admits her 5-year relationship ended because she cheated. Honesty hour, indeed. He replies with, “We all got something. You just gotta grow from it.” Come on, Supersoul Conversations! They’re strolling through the hood but when she says she grew up elsewhere, he suggests they go. Issa does not protest so she calls Frieda and says she won’t make it back cuz she ain’t feeling well. HEY NOW!
Issa and Nathan show up
Make Moves - Naked as they are, they get even more intimate as Issa tells him she has a rap journal and sometimes she raps in the mirror. She asks him for more of his truths and he admits he’s never had a real relationship. And his apartment flooded during Hurricane Harvey and that is what spurred him to make the move to L.A. He just picked up and made the move, and he encourages her to do the same. Not happy with the job? Make a move. Right then, homeowner
Molly decides to be helpful at work and offers to pitch in on one of her colleague’s cases.
Tacos and Kisses - Issa and Nathan go back for the tacos they ordered hours before, which are now cold. She uses this as an excuse to invite him over to her place to use her microwave. She ain’t got no furniture so they’re sitting on her boxes but that’s fine. Cuz they don’t need plush things. The two start kissing when a knock comes at the door. It’s a little boy who says he’s been sent by his mama who is locked out her apartment. HA! Nathan kisses her as he walks out and says they should go out again. Y'ALL BETTER.
The two ladies at the firm approach Molly about the case she asked to pitch in on and when she says she can’t meet with them that night, they get slightly funny acting. Especially as one of her male colleagues calls her into his office. What is that shade I detect from them?
Free - Issa sees the pile of stuff she was fighting
I am so here for the Issa-Nathan connection! Getchu a man who will fight for you in your car, and then pop up randomly in your life again so you know it’s real. What are the odds that they’d run into each other again? And then they played Adult Ditch Day, which was like dates 1-3. At this point, they can be considered to be on date 4. They got vulnerable, they challenged each other and they laughed. I see real promise here. He was even able to encourage her to step outside her comfort zone and take that leap she was afraid to do: quit her job, which makes her miserable.
Now, that was a bold move. I just ask what her plan is to stay afloat. This property management job is
Now Molly and this job. I don’t know why it ain’t curling all the way over. Is she not being patient enough or is it not a good fit? Her therapist was right to call her out, though. Maybe she shouldn’t be so concerned with coming in and ranking
Issa has finally accepted hers.
This post is in partnership with HBO. As always, thoughts and opinions are my own.