If you’re still #teamlawrence after this week’s episode, then I’m low-key judging you. Actually, I’ll take that back. I am ABSOLUTELY judging you! Let me explain why…
I’m sure we are all aware of this weird triangle between Issa, Lawrence, and Tasha, but this week it went to another level. As we saw in the previous episode, Tasha invited Lawrence to her family’s cookout. Now looking at their current situation(ship), it would only make sense that Lawrence declines the offer. You would think that because they’re not in a monogamous relationship or have even confirmed that they’re dating, then he would not not even entertain the thought of meeting this girl’s whole family. But nooooooo….he accepts the invitation!!!!
Not only does he accept the invitation, but he shows up as if he is her BOYFRIEND!! The family is comfortable around him and already knows who he is, so evidently Tasha has been talking about him to them. He’s helping her family out at the cookout and it seems that he’s right at home. So you know, you kind of start thinking that he may actually be into Tasha. WRONG! He decides to be scandalous and “ghosts” her at her own family cookout by telling her he has to go to a “work function” which is basically a mini cocktail hour that his new job holds every Saturday; but he does let her know that he’ll be back later. SHOCKER: He never shows back up :-/. At the end of episode, we finally see a clearly pissed off Tasha finally call him out on his BS. She blatantly called him a “F*ck Ni**a” and said he’s one of the worst kind because he tries to pass himself as one of the good ones.
Now, even though Lawrence did her dirty this week, Tasha also played a part in her own downfall. She KNEW her and Lawrence weren’t committed when she invited him. She also knew that he had just gotten out of a long-term relationship and he had recently just slept with his ex. I think it’s also safe to say that she knew that Lawrence wasn’t really putting in any effort to “date” her. She knew all of this, but still hung on to the potential of a relationship with him.
I’m sure so many of us, both men and women, could relate to the dynamic of Tasha and Lawrence’s relationship. Situationships are a common occurrence among millennials. You know why? Because they are easy and convenient!! I mean, you can literally have ALL the perks of a relationship. You aren’t held accountable for anything because technically you aren’t tied down; however, when feelings are involved someone is bound to get hurt. I honestly hope this was a wake-up call to Tasha to get out and stay out. Maintain your sanity girl!
Also in this episode, we also get to see Issa attempt to put herself out there in the dating world. She was adamant about trying to experience her hoe phase. She enlists the help of her best friend Molly to be her wing woman, and the shenanigans ensue. It wouldn’t be Issa if it wasn’t awkward. When I tell you I was weak watching her go about this new chapter in her life, but there were some parts that were really relatable.
Putting yourself out there is no easy task, and she tries over and over again despite the outcome of the previous interaction. We witness her being vulnerable and lonely, and REAL! At the end of the episode, after a one night stand with one of the guys in her apartment complex, we see a sense of accomplishment as she walks away. It’s like she is finally realizing that she is in control of getting past her whole Lawrence ordeal. She seemed liberated and confident, and I was happy for her! (Even if she did turn down Luke James for the big headed pool boy) #stillteamissa
It’s ironic that we are seeing Issa finally take control of her love life, just as it seems that Lawrence is losing control of his. I’m interested to see what happens next for them. What are your thoughts on this week’s episode?