But Molly Wasn't That Wrong, Though

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Is it shady to refuse to do your best friend a favor because of some arbitrary (and fabricated) rubric, like what Molly did to Issa on last week’s episode of Insecure? Yes! Yes, it is! Especially when said friend is desperate and her desperation is connected with work and/or money. Especially especially when you’re one of the only people who could assist said, desperate friend. Especially especially especially when the effort required to do the favor is small.

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On the spectrum of shady friend fuckshit, Molly’s refusal has a permanent spot there.

But!

Issa using Nathan like WAZE to find a path to Andrew after Molly blocked it was clever and resourceful and the right thing to do. But sometimes the right thing is also a shady thing. And it is shady to essentially go over the head of the best friend you’re currently chilly towards to ask her partner to do you a favor. It just is.

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Is it as shady as what Molly did? No! But if shady exists on a spectrum, what Issa did belongs on it too, and Molly had a right to feel a way about it. If this were a turducken of shady, Molly would be the turkey, but Issa would be the duck. The duck is small (and gamey) but the duck matters too!

Did Molly pick the right place and time to express it? Probably not! They were in public and they both had nice clothes on! But if not then, then when?

Goodbye!

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and the author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker (Ecco/HarperCollins)

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DISCUSSION

Molly met Andrew through Nathan when Issa and Nathan were seeing each other, so Issa has her own connection to Andrew via Nathan. Nathan re-established contact with Issa via that voicemail last episode and apparently asked Issa if she needed help; I don’t think it’s wrong of Issa to be like, “well, actually, I do need help.” And Andrew made it clear when he mentioned it to Molly that the request wasn’t a big deal at all and he was happy to do it. Nobody was pressed except Molly.

Also, even if Molly had a leg to stand on to be mad at Issa (in my opinion she doesn’t), at the end of the day, two of the most important people in her life had a win. Issa’s event went well (until Molly ruined it with her bullshit), and Andrew had a win with Vince Staples. Vince’s manager came up to Andrew, thanked him for the hookup, and said “you were right,” so Andrew probably framed it as “this is a good opportunity for Vince” when he made the introduction. And apparently it was! Yay! Why isn’t that more important to Molly than Issa breaking some dumb rule?

I was so sad watching them all wobble because it looked like so much fun, and we not getting a mass get-together like that until like 2025.