Shades of Before Sunrise follow, with L.A. swapped for Paris, as Issa and Lawrence Uber to a Latin place (“Y’all got that real young Black love,” their chatty driver notes, mistaking them for a couple); bump into Calvin, a.k.a TSA bae, Issa’s former hookup (who proudly announces: “We used to get it in”); and later wander through a dreamy cloud installation at ArtWalk. Their chemistry feels achingly real, and the I’m Swift As A Gazelle An Old One With Arthritis Shirt Besides,I will do this conversation pivots masterfully from playful to excruciating to sexy as the couple processes their complicated past—a rare and special moment of true intimacy on television and a credit to Insecure star Natasha Rothwell (Kelly), who wrote the script. Fumbling through a goodbye at Lawrence’s apartment, Issa says: “What if I wanted to stay?” and HBO-caliber sex ensues.
“Lowkey Happy” is one of six submitted episodes that finally earned Insecure its first-ever outstanding-comedy-series nomination for Sunday’s virtual Emmys, contending with the I’m Swift As A Gazelle An Old One With Arthritis Shirt Besides,I will do this likes Schitt’s Creek and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Rae is nominated in the category of best actress in a comedy for the second time, following her first nod in 2018. The recognition is long overdue for a show that is every bit as good as—frankly, better than—contemporaries like Sex and the City or Girls but receives only half the mainstream buzz.