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Younger – Post Truth (4×01)

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Younger is finally back ya’ll!

The highly anticipated 4th season premiered last night but it wasn’t filled with its usual late-night deceit.

Liza’s absurd, but understandable lie, has been trickling out over the past few seasons. Josh was let it on her secret and at first, found a way to cope with it but eventually came to the conclusion that once a fraud, always a fraud.

After seeing how her lies were hurting everyone, she decided to come clean to her best friend Kelsey and her timing may have been a little off. Kelsey just lost her BF, a place to stay (Lauren kicked her out to make room for Max) and now everything she thought she knew about Liza was flipped upside down. “I don’t understand,” Kelsey replies, which forces Liza to launch into the truth – she was forced to lie about her age to secure a job in the publishing world after making a decision to be unemployed for several years to raise her now college-enrolled daughter. Sprinkle in a cheating husband in there to add some real flavor. to take care of her now-college enrolled daughter.

And while any sane person could understand why the 40-something-year-old would choose to masquerade as a mid-twenty-year-old, Kelsey just couldn’t let it go. At work, she played it cool but made it very clear that their “personal” relationship was no more and things would remain professional.

Hoping to keep the momentum going, Liza was about to out herself to both Diana and Charles when Kelsey stopped her. If she tells the truth, Millenial’s credibility would be ruined and with everything else going wrong, she cannot afford to loose her imprint. Kelsey’s anger is understandable but putting her imprint and herself first makes her a hypocrite as she just scolded Liza for selling a book to “keep her secret,” saying she “only cares about herself.”

Kelsey decided to call in Lauren to help Liza create “her truth.” She didn’t have to come clean, she just needed to change the narrative and that included, building up a social profile, which would squash any doubt about her age because as you know, Google does not lie.

Using Emily’s own blackmail against her, Kelsey gives her an ultimatum – either she gets them on the elite “29 under 29 list” or she pulls the plug on her book, making sure she won’t be able to find another publisher. And just like that, the girls are having a field day with the press, promoting Millenial, which obviously makes Liza feel like an even bigger fraud.

How long will she be able to keep up this charade? It’s been working out in her favor for awhile but clearly, the minute people realize what she’s been doing, they don’t feel very sympathetic to the cause. Although it should speak volumes to the workplace for women of age. The secret she’s harboring is the crux of the show so once revealed, it would change the dynamic drastically. Is that a bad thing though? Younger is not the show it started out being – the characters have grown, their learning and evolving and without that element of secrecy, we would finally be able to watch Liza learn the rules of social media and publishing as a middle-aged woman. It would definitely be more empowering than it is right now for her, trying to really convince herself and pretend that she’s someone she isn’t. Right now, Liza and co. are living in a fantasy-world that we love to live vicariously through because it’s so forbidden but there’s still an exciting chapter of being honest to explore, which I think fans will enjoy because it’s all about learning to live your truth and owning up to it.

Obviously, the truth would also change her relationships. That’s already happened with Josh and Kelsey but it would be the biggest change for Charles, who obviously harbors feelings for her. It hasn’t bothered him that he’s hit on his younger employee, which could be frowned upon. There is this unspoken attraction and when he finds out that she called off the proposal with Josh, he swoops in taking her to a Hemingway gallery, just to impress her. It’s funny that he hasn’t realized he has so much in common with her because they are the same age. But will those feelings change once he knows the truth? Will he be able to forgive her?

Aside from the possibility of Liza’s secret coming out, the other most intriguing part of this season will be Kelsey’s new relationship with Josh. Both of them have Liza and her lies in common, which will draw them closer together. She’s already his new roommate but will she be more? Will both of them drown their sorrows and broken hearts in each other? Would Kelsey actually do that to Liza? I’m going to say yes because it seems like she’s pretty upset by this reveal and if she were to find out Liza’s been keeping her “fling” with Charles a secret too, would most likely retaliate.

Thoughts on the first episode? Will Liza finally pop the truth balloon? Will it ooze out in a calm, collected manner or simply blow up in everyone’s face?

And will Lauren please stop insinuating that assault (sitting on a nocturnal erection) is ever okay. Even with innocent intentions, there should not be “rape is ok” jokes nor should there be scenes that basically ignore the rules of consent with a “no means yes” outlook that encourages rape culture. Do better Younger. You have a show that’s young, vibrant, insanely addicting and relates to millennials equally as it does to the Gen Xers, don’t screw it up with bad judgments and poor taste now.

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Younger – Irish Goodbye (4×12)

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Before I jump into my review, I’ll preface that I did NOT hate the season finale of Younger as much as others did. Maybe it’s because I’m neither #TeamCharles or #TeamJosh…. I’m #TeamConfused and so I thoroughly enjoyed the excitement of “who will it be.” I felt that in order for Liza to truly be done with one of them in the romantic sense, she had to gain some closure, which is what her trip to Ireland was all about. Sure, she may not have gotten her happy ending but to me, there’s no such thing – the fun is in the journey and this was one heck of an adventure. And it guarantees a few more seasons! At this point, I don’t think Liza is even ready for a happy ending yet.

SPOILERS – STOP READING IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED! 

The season 4 finale of Younger took us on a trip to Ireland for a supersized finale that included Irish dancing, lots of lying, and a green-card wedding. All in that eventful order.

After receiving a midnight call from Josh, Liza flew halfway around the world to be the “best man” at her ex-boyfriends wedding. A wedding not out of love but out of the need for a green-card. Josh was happy to oblige because he wanted to keep Claire in NYC to “see what this could become.” Can you imagine what would happen if I married every person I ever dated just out of curiosity?

Upon arrival, Liza and Maggie were surprised to find wedding preparations in FULL swing. Claire’s mother, a newfound lesbian thanks to Maggie, is so enthralled in the wedding planning process, they simply let her believe that it was happening for legit reasons. Plus, what mother wants to know that her daughter’s big day is only for papers?

A quick trip to the city with Claire alerts Liza that she’s not just here for moral support – Josh brought her to Ireland to bolster the validity of the marriage and the worst part is he doesn’t even have the balls to ask Liza to lie for him himself. “You kind of owe him this,” Claire utters revealing that Josh wasn’t too tight-lipped on Liza’s little white lie.

When Liza finally confronts Josh, he’s already drunk and throws a hissy fit exclaiming that Liza had no problem lying for herself but wouldn’t lie for him. Low blow. At this point, Liza’s compromised because she’s not the most honest person in the world but at the same time, she knows how dangerous one small lie is and how it can take on this whole new life. I lost a lot of respect for Josh in the finale as his immaturity really began to show. He was trying so hard to force this “thing” with Claire, a girl who couldn’t even say she was in love with him when Liza asked, only because he was trying to mask his feelings for Liza and mend his broken heart. When he told her “if you don’t want to be here then just go home,” I seriously prayed she would pack up her bags and leave and stop enabling him but I get it, she cares for Josh and feels protective over him. I think a part of her also wanted to prove that they could just be friends and that means supporting him even when she doesn’t agree with his methods.

So she stuck around for the Irish pre-wedding party where she danced up a storm with Claire and came to her defense when her alleged “best friend” tried to exploit the relationship for what it is, a fake marriage. “When someone you love that much proposes, you say yes. Believe me, you say yes,” Liza says, validating their relationship in front of Claire’s friends and family.

That statement, however, proves that she’s still very much in love with Josh, which is something Maggie kept foreshadowing when she kept taunting her with the “friend” word, knowing damn well Liza wanted nothing more than to stop this wedding. It’s when the heartbreaking reality set in that she loved someone she had absolutely no future with. She’s attracted to him but cares for him enough that she wants what’s best, which is why she broke it off in the first place. She’s fully aware that age gap is significant and wants him to live his best life, to have the chance at children and despite him saying that the only future he wants is one with her, she has a better grasp and can see clearer down the line. Someone can say one thing now but later on change their mind and resent you for stealing their golden years. This is why the choice between Team Josh and Team Charles is so hard. Because under the right circumstances, Josh is and could be the right choice.

And not only is it already complicated between Liza and Josh, now he’s getting married and he drunkenly stumbles into her room and Lucas Scott’s her. I kid you not, Josh pulled a Lucas Scott from One Tree Hill and professed his love to Liza the same way Lucas did to Peyton.

“It’s you Liza, it’s always been you.” 

Can you believe Josh just One Tree Hill’ed us? Okay, maybe it wasn’t word for word the same but literally, I had Deja Vu followed by the same goosebumps I had back in 2006 when I first watched that scene. I may need a moment.

Then to add an additional layer of complicated,  Josh SLEPT, just slept, with Liza the night before and then the next day, was outside mingling with the guests, going forward with the wedding at a full speed. Understandably, Liza was confused. But seriously, not more confused than Josh who basically told her that in order to free himself from her spell, he needed to put a ring between them.

This is the equivalent of saying that you hope your cheating husband changes after you get married. Marriage isn’t some magical solution that fixes all your problems and makes feelings go away. In fact, things are only going to get messier with Josh being married because deep down inside, whether he wants to soberly admit it or not, Liza is the one. Not Claire.  And no ring, no binding ceremony, no document will change that.

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He’s also lying to Claire, which is a new low for Josh because as Maggie pointed out, he hates liars. He married her knowing that he was withholding the truth from her and the whole beginning of their relationship, like his relationship with Liza, is now based on lies. And maybe he just assumes she doesn’t care because the marriage is for papers but it’s still a valid marriage. Imagine how she’s going to feel if she ever finds out what he was up to just mere hours before they tied the knot. I know, I’m getting way too deep into this but I mentioned that Josh’s immaturity was showing and this was the cherry on top. Also, who else is SHOCKED that Josh actually went through with the marriage? I guess we were all so certain that he would back out that actually having him get married was the storyline to throw us off.

At this point, Liza’s getting hit from every angle. When she left for Ireland, she informed Diana about her trip but failed to let Charles, you know the man she just admitted to loving, know that she was leaving town. Why? How hard would it have been to pop in and say “hey, I’m going to Ireland cause Josh is getting married.” Do you know how many problems we could have avoided?

Instead, Charles found out she was “chasing Josh around Ireland” from Diana, who was sitting on her independent high horse after kicking Richard to the curb. With that in mind, every decision Charles made from that point on in regards to Pauline was based on the fact that Liza had been pushing him away and allowing him to reconcile with his ex and now she was off in another country with hers.

Zane tried to one-up Kelsey in the meeting by offering up a segment on Good Morning America for “Marriage Vacation” and while everyone was on board, Charles was adamant that he was not going to go on live television to support his wife. Of course, during the interview, the producer threatened to pull the segment unless she got something juicy so Zane caved and gave the OK for them to bring Charles on set in front of a live audience. And how do you say no on live TV without looking like a jerk?

That was honestly the last straw for Zane. I truly wanted to love him but he’s just the type of person to throw everyone under the bus to save his own face. It’s despicable and shows the true nature of his character – we were all so intrigued by his bad boy antics but really, he was just bad. I’ll miss the eye candy but I wouldn’t mind if he got as far away from Kelsey as possible.

Pauline is so desperate to make everyone believe that they are back together, it’s almost delusional. How does a middle-aged woman who left her whole family to “find herself” just assume they’re all going to take her back? And even more frustrating is that Charles willing plays along with her narrative of getting back together in order to get better ratings to sell the book. Oh, how money talks. Her story is rich however because it’s relatable to Liza and that’s why they’ve bonded so well. Pauline essentially mirrors Liza, who also felt trapped in her marriage and wanted to break free to find her career. They’ve both done these drastic things in hopes of making something of themselves, which is why Liza has willingly stepped aside, despite her strong feelings for Charles. She won’t be the woman to stand in the way of another woman’s happiness, even if it costs her her own.

Now the good thing is that after all of this, Charles is still very much focused on Liza. That frustrating yet predictable cliffhanger – we all saw it coming when Claire’s friend said it was a no-cellphone ceremony – leaves us wondering what Charles was going to say. At the end of the day though, it’s good he still wants to talk to Liza and pursue whatever chemistry there is between them. He’s hoping she’ll understand he went along with the “we’re back together” narrative to sell the book and if she does, maybe there’s hope he’ll  understand why she had to lie about her age when she finally tells him. There are SO MANY LIARS on this show. And it’s all a domino effect from Liza.

So I get why fans are so angry. The whole season has kind of been a “will they or won’t they” between Liza and Charles and it ended with Liza struggling with her feelings for Josh. But it was necessary to make room for Charles. After her breakup with Josh, instead of understanding her feelings and getting over them, she ignored them, pushed them aside because it was the right thing to do. This Irish goodbye doesn’t open the chapter for them, it closes the romantic book. He’s off the market but not out of her life completely because she still has to be heavily involved to vouch for his marriage, which adds a new layer of complexity for next season.

Come season 5 though, it’s your time #TeamCharles fans. The cliffhanger guarantees (and the producers already acknowledged) that the focus will be primarily on Liza and Charles. They are way overdue at this point and they have to at least give it a chance – a real chance, not just a quick make out sesh before the janitor waltzes in.

Thoughts on the Younger season finale? I know you probably had just as many as I did but come on, there are so many rich layers to peel back here. They always say, to hide one small lie, a thousand lies are needed and this finale showed that beyond a doubt!

Do you believe Josh is Liza’s soulmate and having her with Charles goes against the show’s theme of breaking age cliches? Or do you think he’s just the one who woke her up and she’s really meant to be with a grounded man like Charles? To me, the Liza who came to Brooklyn is a free-spirited woman who doesn’t want her old life back. So while both dudes have their assets, they also have their flaws. Maybe Liza just needs to pick Liza and focus on the career, which is why she really lied in the first place.

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Younger – It’s Love Actually (4×11)

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“To Liza, it’s her fault we’re in this damn mess,” Claire says as she raises a toast during her Irish goodbye party. And if you want to get technical, it really is all Liza’s fault. But aren’t you at least a little bit thankful for Liza’s lying and secretive bone? If she didn’t start all of this, we wouldn’t have gone on all of the adventures and felt all the feels and been torn between shipping Liza and Josh and Liza and Charles, which I still very much am. The point is, you should be cheers-ing and THANKING Liza for all of this because truth be told, right now, she’s getting the short end of the stick.

As the episode kicks off, she’s watching Claire and Josh fondle each other and openly discuss bed activities. Exes should never be subjected to that. And seeing Liza cringe a couple of times, as did I, you know she’s not completely over Josh although it seems he’s very much over her.

Josh is completely smitten with Claire and bummed that they cannot be together because the end of her internship means the end of her work visa means she’s going back to Ireland. And while he’s trying to salvage this in any ways possible, even bringing up the possibility of a long distance relationship, she seems fine with things ending. That’s the first straw. I wanted to believe Claire wasn’t as batshit crazy as Montanna, but something tells me, she’s a master manipulator covering up for it with her sweet Irish accent. I think Claire sensed Josh’s vulnerability – he’s been trying to get over Liza so he’s getting under anyone else. Now that he has nothing left to offer her, she’s ending things. But what if he were to offer her a way to stay in the states through marriage, which we all see coming. Then I think she’d be a little more responsive. I hope Liza figures it out next week but would Josh even listen to her? In the promo, we see Claire telling Liza she “owes” Josh but surprisingly he doesn’t seem too happy about the possible wedding. Is he maybe realizing that he’s being played?

Things got heated at Empirical when Charles and Diana informed Kelsey and Liza that they were considering publishing Marriage Vacation on their imprint, instead of Millenial. Kelsey’s outburst at the “disrespect” once again showed her level of immaturity and Liza’s understanding tone showed her maturity. Though I wonder if she would have the same reaction if she wasn’t, you know, in love with Charles. Also, Liza indifferent on which imprint they go with because either way, she’s getting tons of recognition. Which also begs the question, how is no one outing her real age? Her picture keeps popping up in the glossy’s and someone is bound to know her real story. This is NY after all. And if not, I’m surprised her lowlife ex hasn’t seen how prosperous her career is and tried to sabotage it by outing her.

Then there’s the love triangle that we all wish didn’t exist – Pauline, Charles and Liza. Charles seems to be really impressed with Pauline’s book mainly because Liza edited it and her voice can be heard throughout it, which continues to be proof that he’s still very much into her. However, he’s pulling a Liza. He’s backing off because he wants to give her the “young” life she deserves, just like Liza did with Josh. He’s taking a play from her book.

His actions towards Pauline are in no way romantic or inviting to rekindle the romance but Pauline wants them to be. She’s making a fool of herself trying to go back to the way things used to be and Charles is reacting with kindness for the sake of the children and his image. I believe that Pauline senses something is going on between Liza and Charles because if Jay figured it out, a woman surely would and so she’s trying to play up the relationship, make it something more than it is, to keep Liza away. Claiming territory and all.

Ah yes, Jay. He’s the nice guy next door that you wish things could work out with but literally, there is NOTHING but dead air between them. It’s so forced and mundane and I about cringed every time he mentioned bringing Liza home. Even Liza’s take on the relationship is “practical.” When he finally makes the connection that Liza loves Charles, she admits it, breaking down in his arms as he comforts her. Look, I don’t believe Jay’s a bad guy but realistically, he now knows all of her secrets and even an angel can do a lot of damage with that much information. And he’s very well known in the “in crowd” so it’s only a matter of time.

So really, we’re in this mess, as Claire stated because Liza doesn’t know how to go after what she wants. I believe she should just do and ask for forgiveness later and you know with how Charles feels about betrayal, there will be a lot of forgiveness. I don’t understand why it’s so easy for her to trust Pauline but assume Charles is playing her, even though she’s been pushing him into his old relationship. Everything that Charles has been doing was once done by Liza before – giving her space to be young, putting his kids first – so she should be understanding. But I think as a woman scorned by his first marriage, she wants to give the woman the benefit of the doubt. Although she should know that sometimes, people don’t want second chances in a marriage. She definitely wouldn’t so why assume Charles would?

Then there’s the addition of Zane to Empirical. I can honestly say, I didn’t see that coming. Zane, the man we love to hate, asked Kelsey to go into business with him and for a hot second, she actually considered until Liza made her do some homework and she realized that he was trying to play her again. I don’t really know why he did what he did all that – maybe to throw her off the scent that he was actually going to swoop into her company? Either way, it was bold and brash and will definitely make for some good television, especially if they continue sleeping together. Plus, I can never complain about more Charles Michael Davis and if him joining the team is the only way we get to keep him in this world than so be it.

Diana finally got her shining moment when she kicked dead old Richard to the curb. We all knew he was bad news since the beginning but back then, she was scared of being alone. She was easy prey, looking for love literally anywhere and even though she knew he was taking advantage, pretended that it was okay. This time though, she learned her lesson and showed him the door and her badassery.  I swear she should have won an Oscar for that moment where she walked out, almost broke down, reminded herself that she’s a boss, and strutted to accept her Pubbie award, knowing that she was a strong, powerful and independent woman that was better off on her own.

Thankfully, she didn’t have to stand completely alone because she has friends by her side, even if she refuses to admit that Liza is her friend. That moment where she grabbed her hand was proof that under the cold exterior, Diana has a good heart. A heart that won’t be taken advantage of ever again. We could all learn a few things from her.

So Younger fans – do you think Liza admitting to herself that she loves Charles will finally bring them to the next step in their relationship? Or will Pauline become the next obstacle, threatening to pull the book unless Charles does whatever she sayst? At this point, the longer Liza keeps her age a secret, the more collateral there will be.

 

 

 

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Younger – A Novel Marriage (4×10)

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Diana involvement this week was sparse but she did make an observation that summarized everything Liza this week- she was finally putting work ahead of boys for the first time. And coming from someone who is boy crazy, that means something.

Liza’s relationship with Pauline is intensifying and that bothers Charles, but not as much as the realization that advancing her career is more important to her than pursuing their relationship. And that’s a very secure-man realization. How could it not be? For his whole adult life, he’s put his career first – it was what provoked the demise of his marriage. Now that he’s successful and wealthy, he’s made room for love again but Liza, a woman he thinks is 28-years-old, cannot possibly be willing to be lesser than the man. Did he not learn anything from his failed marriage? Women want their own place, their own careers and Liza is trying to make a name for herself so her hunger to make Marriage Vacation a success is justifiable, even if it does hurt his ego. Now if he knew her real age, it would change things because he’d be able to understand why she’s formed such a bond with Pauline; she too was trapped in a marriage and unable to focus on her dreams and this is her second chance. Why would she give it up for another man yet again?

Then there’s a third layer to Liza’s thought process – she’s a sucker for a happy ending and seeing how much Pauline still loves Charles prompts her to want to give them a second chance. The fact that his ex-wife is romanticizing everything and telling Liza, which makes her believe things are better than they actually are. Charles may have mentioned something about her moving back in for the children’s sake, but that doesn’t warrant a “we’re getting back together” convo like Pauline made it seem.

So while Liza’s choice to kiss Jay was surprising, it shouldn’t have been. With the circle getting smaller and Liza wanting success for herself and Pauline both professionally and personally, her kiss is the next step into “safe” territory. She knows it will push Charles away and help her forget about the real feelings she has for him, which will make all of this easier. It sounds good in her head but she’s not actually realizing that she’s willingly pushing them back together, pushing Pauline back into Charles’ arms. It’s dangerous because there’s no going back from that.

Jay, while a pesky annoyance at every party, was a knight in shining armor, coming to her aid during a badly-timed run in with Caitlin’s best friend’s parents. Can you imagine if Charles or Pauline walked up right at that moment and found out she has a college-aged daughter!?! The New York elitist circle is getting smaller, but it’s comforting to know that she also has a small circle of trustworthy people that are willing to protect her secret because they know it’s not the time to get caught. It wouldn’t be good for Liza, her career, Pauline or Empirical. There’s a lot riding on this.

Josh came off as more immature than usual and for the first time, I’m seeing why my friends have been so adamant that they’re on #TeamCharles. Maybe Liza just brought out a mature side of him, that isn’t necessarily when she’s not around. I can’t say I’m deeply invested in his relationship with Claire just yet simply because I don’t trust her. Why was she messing with Kelsey’s things? I’m sure that Josh will decide to marry her so that she can stay in America but something, call it a weird vibe, tells me that that’s been her plan all along. She knew she wasn’t going to get the job so she made some guy fall madly in love with her so she could find a way to stay. And of course, Liza is going to get sucked into this mess. If there’s one person that’s the king of irrational decisions, it’s Josh. Sometimes it’s a good thing, sometime’s it isn’t.

Overall, I’m disappointed that I wait week after week for a 20-minute episode that’s at a standstill. This season has been the most unproductive and I think the most frustrating part will be the realization that we invested all this time into Liza’s many relationships and in the end, she’ll simply choose herself. And there’s nothing wrong with that don’t get me wrong – I think it’s bold, I just wish we could at least see a proper hook up with Charles before it all gets thrown away.

Other Thoughts

  • Lauren did exactly what I would do if I got fired from my job, hung out at the super exclusive and member only club “The Nest.” They say you’re supposed to struggle in your 20s and this, this is definitely struggling.
  • Her determination not to fail is admirable, however. I truly have a Lauren-sized breakdown once a day.
  • Is it really that easy to network with segment producer of GMA? Have I just been doing it all wrong?
  • Diana steals the show yet again with her kryptonite. Keep doing you girl!

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