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Watch ‘The Search’ (Season 2, Episode 4 Of ‘Awkward Black Girl’)

Watch 'The Search' (Season 2, Episode 4 Of 'Awkward Black Girl')

Watch season 2, episode 4 of Awkward Black Girl starring Issa Rae below, which debuted yesterday; it's titled The Search, in which J finally decides to search for a new job, but just when things are looking up, White Jay throws a curveball.

By the way, Issa Rae was a guest on FX’s Totally Biased last night.

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She lost me completely when she tried to turned slave rape into a joke. If I wanted to put up with that, I'd watch some hipster bullshit on YouTube.


Okay, lets bring this home. I never said a series should not have a plot, nor did I say anything that would imply this –>"Anyone that tells you it's only about the jokes isn't going to be working for very long". Nope, never did I say the success of sitcoms were all about jokes. Now, some had concerns on ABG's lack of development in Jay's relationships. Others thought ABG's success hinges on a "stronger" plot-line. I opened by saying this–> No amount of rationalizing, analyzing or justifying can defend the indefensible… she's just not funny." In essence, I was disagreeing with the aforementioned suggestion. In fact, I said exactly that–>"this is a web series that's going for instantaneous reactions (by way of) funny lines, funny characters, amusing and hip and quirky dialog. It's not about a stronger "plot" nor tighter storylines." XI said "I'm gonna have to disagree CareyCarey. I think a stronger plot is key." HELLUVA said, "It depends on what style of "sitcom" we're talking about" And Akimbo said something very interesting–> "but even with all the jokes and funny characters in the world, you need an actual story to move it along and keep people interested. I'll take good/captivating storytelling over laugh out loud moments, though both would be nice." I agree with Helluva, it depends on the style of the sitcom… and a captivating story and laugh out-loud moments would be nice. However I question the notion that a "story" is needed to keep people "interested". But in the end, there has been thousands of "pitched" sitcoms with seemingly great plotlines and wonderful premises, with room to develop the relationships of the characters. HOWEVER, less than 1% ever make it to the tv. Of those that do appear, a minuscule few would be considered "successful". Most were taken off the air after 1, 2 or 3 seasons. WHY? It WAS NOT because of an underdeveloped plot-line, nor the lack of developing the character's relationships. I believe all that talk and emphasis on plots and storylines, is simply that; superficial fluff that's taylor made for talking head points. They sound real good and are great selling points, but the winds beneath the wings of situation comedies are not plotlines nor character development. It's the weekly — episode by episode — TALENT OF THE ACTORS, situations that inspires laughter, inspires feelings of excitement and stimulating intelligent dialog, jokes etc,. In respect to "Martin" Gina's departure forced the writers to fill a huge void. Which meant they had to change gears and shift some of the load/focus on Pam, Cole and Tommy (increasing their lines and responsibility). I've recently seen all the episodes that did not include Gina. Was the show as funny or amusing after Gina's departure? Some were and some where not. Why? Neither of the remaining actors were as talented or funny as Gina. Another problem involves many of Martin Lawrence's multiple characters (i.e. Sheneneh, Edna (Mama) Payne, abrasive Otis, Pimpin' Jerome, white man Bob, etc) who generally played off Tisha Campbell's character (Pam). With the reduction of those HELLAVA funny characters because of Tisah's departure and the remaining cast taking larger roles, the series stopped being as funny. Is the plot the key? Obviously not. Does all of this depend on the type of humor and the type of "sitcom" we're talking about. I'd say absolutely yes.

Adam Scott Thompson

That "baby-voiced nigga" was always my favorite. I thought he might mess around and Urkel the show! LOL


She cannot be taken seriously. These episodes are becoming even more terrible and she is doing nonsense videos like that Ratchetpiece Theatre series!! She will continue to have a following because she continues to monopolize on ignorance within the Black community and its constituents and ignorant "urban" culture & many people love to wallow in ignorance (I'm sure she welcomes all races) produced by Black Americans. The "episodes" seem like afterthoughts, and she is trying to spread these lackluster episodes out. I don't believe she has the resources to fully expand yet because she is not looking in the right places. She may not have a clear vision either. Who is taking this seriously? If you asked me, she should have wrapped season 1 and turned this nonsense into a movie. At least she could have went out with a "bang" and moved onto something new. But it's getting worse with each episode.


How much are we supposed to overlook just because this chick is black? I turned my back to the bad acting, low production value, and casting choices because I felt she would get stronger in the writing dept and compensate with dialogue. However, the writing is DOUBLY WACK this season! She didn't make a lateral move, it was straight downhill into a snow-covered tree…wtf? The non-black token (Cece) always bothered me, especially since everybody grumbles about black ppl being the token, until a Chinese/Indian/insert brown ethnicity takes their place. Where's the low talker and the narcissistic boss? Why take away the supporting cast that actually made her shine? When I think back to comments about ABG vs Girls or this show being on HBO, I laugh heartily. She's not ready, and matter of fact, she's >>><<< close to fucking it up. I'm still rooting for her success, but for the love of God Issa, step your writing game UP! Form test groups or something.


Go easy. She's in bigger leagues now with the Pharell thing and the magazines and exposure and that's got to come with pressure to perform. This was flimsy but the woman has a voice. I hesitate at calling the series a shark jump just yet. This wasn't good – if fact, it was downright bad – but I want her to succeed so will continue to support.


That was…pretty bad. Felt forced, over-the-top, and painful. If J was really an African (-American?) studies major, then the Middle Passage fantasy is not only unfunny and stupid, but also incongruous. Poor Cece has been downgraded to a one-note clown and the Js have absolutely no sexual chemistry. Just let them hook up offscreen and tell us they did it; I don't think anyone wants to see it.

Charles Judson

I'm curious why there's a month lag between episodes, not the best way to build up momentum. As for this episode, I did find the Slavery-Colorism joke funny. Watched it several times in a row and laughed every damn time. It's up there with "Rap and Poetry had a baby called Spoken Word. I wish I could abort that baby," line from the first season. In fact that episode drops more than a few good lines and moments. I do think Issa Rae and her crew know how to land a comedic punch and land it hard. However, since season one they've been hindered by repetitious beats, a very loose season structure, a lack of raised stakes episode to episode and too much "Almost" plotting. J and White Jay have almost slept together. The phone call reenactment with her boss almost has impact on her job. The Jingle kinda has some importance but her failing doesn't dramatically change anything other than she looks for a new job–in the least visually interesting and impactful way possible, online–and she almost has a new job because of it. The asides can definitely be funny, but as with FAMILY GUY, when they don't have an bearing on the plot, it's more of a waste. What if someone in the office HAD figured out she was looking for a new job? What if she had gotten the Jingle job and she awkward blew it when she thought she had it made? What if the next episode she had awkwardly tried to go to corporate to convince them she had the better jingle? What if she had slept with White Jay already and in true J fashion it was awkward as hell and now we're watching the repercussions? Watching J try to erase a bad night of sex by blowing White Jay's mind would be infinitely funnier and relatable than watching her trying to have sex. The premise of the show in my mind is a still missed opportunity. How J's Awkwardness get her into trouble and puts obstacles in her way should be more of the show, not something we see more often in her head, and definitely not something that doesn't back her into dramatic corners. Watching characters almost do anything is never terribly interesting.


You guys know the words to this EN VOGUE slow jam, so sing along… "Many say that I'm too young to let you know just where I'm coming from. But you will see, it's just a matter of time my love will surely make you mine. Well, I'm livin' in a world of ghetto life, everyone seems so uptight. But nothin's wrong and it's alright with my man. People out there can understand I'm giving him something he can feel, to let him know this love is real. Giving yawl something y'all can feel to let you know this love is real." Goddamn! That's my mfkin' jam! Yes sir… GIVING HER SOMETHING SHE CAN FEEL. Now here we are gathered together trying to understand what Issa Rae is giving us. Some have said "something is missing." One said they can't put their finger on it. And, of course, we have the intellectuals doing their thang… "There's a lack of character development"… "She's a wannabe chick who's using hipster humor and prurient jokes" but she's not hip and she's kissing on a white guy. Now I say, cutout the analysis paralysis, the over-analyzing or over-thinking that we love to engage in. Tell it like it T-I-IS, the sh*t just ain't funny — PE-RI-OD! Now check this, in respect to giving us something we can "feel", the other day I was watching Young Man With A Gun starring Kirk Douglas and Lauren Bacall. Well, Lauren was a privileged trust fund baby who was a medical student, studying "art" and psychology. One day Kirk (who was in love with her but she was playing him) was playing his horn in the corner of a swanky joint. Lauren started asking him a lot of deep questions concerning the intricate details of Jazz. He tired to blow her off b/c he wasn't trying to "discuss" Jazz. She finally said "Aren't you interested in understanding the roots of jazz and why you're so engrossed by it." He dropped the horn from his lips, peered in her eyes and said, "Baby, I don't want to understand it, I just play it. I feel it, and when it's good, everybody feels it, so we don't have to talk about it or understand it. I'll leave that for you and your high-class friends." Yep, Issa Rae may be talented, but she has obviously met her match. No amount of rationalizing, analyzing or justifying can defend the indefensible… she's just not funny. When she resorted to blackface, mammy jokes and stanky poomtang humor, it's time to call this one — another love TKO.


Great another Felecia Day/Lena Dunham wannabe. A chick who creates a web "series" based on hipster humor, prurient jokes and pretending to be edgy. If white people do racial/racist humor to be "edgy" she'll one-up them by degrading herself and by extension blacks in general. Why the world actually likes this garbage?
The fact anyone does –or would even want to– watch such crap proves society is swirling around the toilet bowl.
Won't be long now!


Ms Rae spits the N word more than folks at a KKK convention…so not funny! SMDH


Best episode this season. Liked a lot of the jokes and setups, esp. Darius's slow walk-by and the talking like a white girl to a potential employer bit. I think the show is better when they don't focus entirely on the relationship part and just let her be herself.


Tough crowd. I thought it was funny, esp the Middle Passage Exhibit and I don't like jokes about slavery.


Hmm. I'm kind of annoyed with this season of ABG as well. One of the main problems is the month long space between episodes. Then the ep's length are varied. Honestly, in a month's time I forget all about this show. As far as critiquing what's missing, it seems like this season isn't developing Jay's relationships the way they did it season 1. (Her friendship with Cici, her nemesis Nina, Darius etc. ) I love Issa, she got a GREAT cast together and that's one of the things that made it so special. This season is focusing more on her (Jay). –I'll continue to support the show though.


Yeah, this is just not what it was in season 1. I cant put my finger on it, I's not funny anymore. Season 1 was LOL funny. Now i'm trying to find the jokes.


I appreciate her talent, and last season was hilarious, but this season leaves much to be desired. Something's off, but I hope it gets back to its quirky heights soon.


Loved this episode! Lots of comedic risks taken here and I found it very funny and on point. I really like how over the top, creative and campy ABG is. A lot was packed into these 10 minutes and I thought overall it worked well. Some of my favorite parts in this one and in ABG in general are during the things she imagines could happen as well as flashback scenes mixed in with what is going on now. The social commentary mixed in with the comedy and the awkwardness..always has me rolling. Get it, Issa!

the black police

So sad to say this: it was terrible.

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