HBO’s Insecure returned on Sunday with Season 3 premiere, “Better-Like.” And we return to the lives of our favorite cast of characters led by Issa Rae.

As the saying goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. And while Issa Dee is exhibiting some growth, some things stay the same…like Daniel’s (Y’lan Noel) hold on Issa’s heart.

We catch up with Issa, who is busy picking up the pieces after making a royal mess of things at We Got Y’all, the after-school program and youth organization where she works. Clients are dropping like flies and it will take a lot for Issa to turn things around. The whole fiasco forces her to take a closer look at the organization and she doesn’t necessarily like what she sees.

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But more pressing right now is bringing in money as Issa is still couch surfing at Daniel’s. Picking up hours as a Lyft driver is just what the doctor ordered, leading to crazy after hours capers and brawling passengers.

And then there’s Daniel. A clear and present threat to Issa’s emotional advancement. His couch being her current home was never a good idea, but at least for now, Issa is trying to resist his wicked charms. We’ll have to see how long that lasts even though he has plenty of foot traffic in and out of his bedroom. Admittedly, muddling through truly becoming an adult is not easy, but one hopes that Issa will eventually realize her full worth.

Elsewhere, Molly (Yvonne Orji) is asserting herself at her law firm, like the woman we know her to be. That is, until it comes to Dro (Sarunas J. Jackson). The question is can friends become lovers and then friends again? Dro’s situation on the home front is complicated, just one of the reasons he is not available to Molly. She tries to create new boundaries, setting up a non-friends with benefits scenario with Dro. But when he creeps up on her place, she wants her key back. We say yes to boundaries, but will they hold up over time?

While Issa, Molly and the gang have much growing up to do and many lessons yet to be learned, it is fun to watch them shuffle through each new phase, sometimes naively, often head-first, but always with much heart, and as the captain of the ship, a brilliant Issa Rae continues to be a compelling reason to come back to Insecure.


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