Young & Hungry premiered last night as it was enchanting, funny and something I’ll be tuning into every Wednesday to lighten up my hump-day and get me through to the weekend. While I’m not a sucker for comedies with too much color and a laugh track, I did find this comedy entertaining, although if they want it to stick around, they need a better hook then just a rich guy who needs a chef. It needs purpose, which I hope it’ll develop because it has potential. It was like a hipper version of The Nanny, which lets face it was the shiz! Gabi is the help to a rich man, who doesn’t have a family, but does have a gay assistant and a funny African American maid. If we wanted to get into the stereotyping on the show, we would be here all day, but honestly it’s all pretty obvious isn’t it? Aside from that, the comedy has a Disney feel to it– granted it was produced by Disney’s sweetheart, Ashley Tisdale. But a little spiced up Disney, which works for ABC Family since that’s technically what the network is trying to be.
Emily Osment plays Gabi Diamond, broke college drop out who goes on an interview for the private chef position at John Kaminski’s house. Kaminski is a young and filthy rich entrepreneur, who isn’t hard on the eyes. Upon arrival at the “mansion”, she realizes that she’s competing for the spot against a chef from America’s Best Chef or something. His personal assistant Elliot Park is totally sold on hiring the very attractive male chef, but Gabi is in the right place and the right time, feeding a hungry John grilled cheese. Everyone knows grilled cheese is the way to a mans heart. John is fine with hiring Gabi, but Elliot requests a trial dinner and Gabi takes on cooking an engagement dinner for John, who is preparing to propose to his model girlfriend Caroline. Gabi is totally confident and not phased at all, exclaiming she’ll make a dinner that will make Caroline say, “yes, yes, YES!”
She whips up the perfect dinner,sets the mood and the table, but unfortunately, Caroline calls and tells John that they should take a break. Cue Johns tears and broken heart, that Gabi tries to heal with mashed potatoes, expensive champagne and sex with the new chef. Yep. Gabi slept with the boss. Granted they both had a lot to drink and when she woke up the next morning, she was (pleasantly) surprised. “You’re like a ho-ho pretending to be a ding, dong,” her best friend Sofia told her after she found out. It’s those one liners that hold the show together.
It’s safe to say Gabi didn’t get the chef position and when she goes back to pick up expensive knives, Elliot does a little victory dance, thrilled that he can finally hire his man-candy. Or can he? Gabi hides behind the kitchen counter only to see Caroline come to the house and apologize to John about last night. She has a problem with sabotaging things that are going good, her psychologist says. Clearly, Caroline isn’t all there. She’s the stereotypical model, obsessed with her looks and not much else. Why is John even in love with her? Oh yes, logic doesn’t exist in 30-minute comedies. I forgot. She admits she slept with someone else and so does John, much to her surprise. This turns her on and finally, John proposes to “the love of his life.”
As Gabi tries to sneak out of the house, John sees her crawling on the ground. The two sort-of talk out their awkward and totally irrational night last night and Gabi congratulates him on his engagement. He insists that if she still wants the private chef job, it’s all hers. It’s good to see that despite sleeping together, their relationship isn’t awkward. They try to hug it out, but the house keeper, Yolanda, breaks it up stating, “this is what got us in this mess in the first place.” Touche. Yolanda is literally going to be one of the best characters on this show, although I’m upset to find out she isn’t Lisa from Sister, Sister. I was totally convinced she was!
All in all, the show isn’t bad. It’s nice to see Emily Osment separate herself from Miley Cyrus, although admittedly, the reason why I think I like Gabi so much is because I feel like she’s just an older Lily. Young & Hungry feels like a continuation of Hannah Montana, except from Lily’s point of view. Hannah left to pursue her music career and Lily moved on to pursue her dream of cooking. And changed her name to Gabi. Literally, Gabi and Lily are the same person, with the same humor, only a little more risque. It’s obvious that this drama will be nothing more then Lily crushing on her new boss, while he crushes on her and tries to ignore it because he’s engaged. While it aims to attract the young viewers with refrences of struggle and college debt (which I like) it also isn’t focusing on the struggles. In 5-minutes Gabi got the job and slept with her boss. It wasn’t hard. (No pun intended). A problem with this is that it might make young girls think that in order to get their dream job, they need to sleep with the boss. But I guess if you think that then your too young for this show and should probably continue watching reruns of Hannah Montana.
Young & Hungry – Young & Series Finale (5×19 and 5×20)
In the midst of all the emotions, I found myself angry with how the writers chose to wrap up a series I’ve lived and love for five solid years.
Everything seemed to be going great until suddenly, they left the SERIES finale on a cliffhanger.
I had to rewind my DVR recording a few times just to make sure I didn’t go too far and skip through what would have been Josh’s proposal answer. No way the writers, who have always been so diligent with their storylines, leave us with an open-ended finale; a choose your own adventure.
Choosing your own adventure is what got Sofia and Gabi in all these situations in the first place.
If you’re like me wondering “where’s the rest,” fear not because it turns out, that was done purposefully simply because they were 100% convinced that they would be renewed for another season. Same, Emily Osment, same.
And since they obviously weren’t, they rode it out and Osment and team are now in talks for a wrap-up TV movie which would provide closure to fans and hopefully give us a look at Gabi and Josh’s wedding… granted he says “yes.”
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s rewind a little bit.
The first part of the finale felt like any other Young and Hungry episode. Sofia’s abuelita was coming into town and she was worried because grannie’s approval meant the world to her. And she also really wanted her to like her new BF Nick.
Meanwhile, Josh disclosed a huge secret to Gabi which he feared would alter the course of their relationship — he’s a magician. And he was not “Ma-Josh-in” about it.
At first, Gabi thought she’d be cool with the whole magic thing, but when Josh brought it to the bedroom, she was suddenly turned off. And by turned off I mean she had to fake her “O” for the first time ever.
So, per usual, Gabi and Sofia ran into some issues and didn’t know how to handle them. They decided to do the “adult” thing and swapped place; Sofia went to tell Josh that Gabi hates his magic while Gabi went to tell abuelita that Sofia would no longer care what she thinks.
And if you know anything about this show, it went very, very, very poorly.
Sofia saw how happy Josh was that his “perfect girlfriend” approved of his hobby and didn’t have the heart to tell him otherwise. Gabi powered through her speech but accidentally (keyword) killed abuelita in the process.
When Sofia came home to tell Gabi the bad news, she let her go tell a presumed dead abuelita just how she really felt and then proceeded to blame her for killing her grandmother.
Except the joke was on them because abuelita was faking it the whole time. She was mean because she wanted to get a rise out of Sofia so she’d finally stand up for herself and earn her right of passage into adulthood. Having a Quinceañera seems a lot easier, but who am I to say?
Seeing how brave Sofia was, Gabi heads over to Josh’s place to tell him how she really feels and accidentally walks into his magic show for charity. He pulls her into his routine as his assistant which is where she tells him she hates magic, especially in the bedroom.
I don’t know why all these girls were hating on Josh’s magic because I thought he was phenomenal. I was especially impressed with that fashion-swap magic trick. Can someone teach me that one, please?
Sprinkled throughout the episode was Yolanda, pen-palling with a murderer in jail who was released on “good behavior.” Actually, that part is unclear and he very well could have just escaped prison.
Anyway, she’s terrified that he’s going to come find her for the first half of the episode but when she sees him in all his chocolate-colored glory, she tells Elliot she’s taking her chances.
Things fall through when she accuses him of stealing valuables during the charity event and he realizes she’ll “never be able to trust him.” Go figure.
The second half brings us to the series finale portion where Josh invites all his friends onto the Dot Com Yacht, a nerdy plan on words, in case you didn’t pick up on it.
This isn’t just a random occasion either; Josh has planned to propose to Gabi later on in the evening. Knowing that she’s a sneaky, nosey human, he pays Nick to be his lawyer and stash the ring somewhere she won’t be able to find.
Of course, Nick isn’t as clued into Gabi and Sofia’s escapades and he’s spotted stashing the brown paper box, which Sofia assumes are drugs.
She clues in Gabi, who is having a crisis of her own — her favorite Iron Chef chef was so impressed by her cooking, she offered to be her mentor and gave her a job at her new restaurant in Seattle. As Gabi points out, Seattle is not in San Francisco where Josh is.
Before they deal with that dilemma, they sneak off to find the package and knowing that her relationship could blow up in her face if the brown box is filled with drugs, Sofia asks Gabi to open it.
When they see the ring, they both assume that Nick was planning on proposing to Sofia. She becomes emotional and then decides to say yes. As they hug it out, Sofia accidentally flings the bling into the ocean.
Logically, she dives in after it, and Gabi goes right after her.
We don’t get to see the rescue mission, sadly, however, Sofia reveals that she salvaged the ring and is saying “yes” to Nick,
His face when he realizes that she thinks he’s proposing is hilarious but at that point, Gabi is so moved by Sofia taking charge of her life and going after what she wants, she tells Josh she’s taking the job in Seattle.
As the romantic fireworks go off, Josh allows Sofia to think Nick proposed to her as his beautiful moment is ruined.
As defeated as Josh felt by this whole thing going sideways, I felt even worse. It’s been three years and they still can’t get anything right, can they? Why did this moment, of all moments, have to get messed up?
Josh orders the captain to turn the boat around, and when they hit San Fran, Nick comes clean about the whole mess up.
Sofia is surprisingly fine with not being engaged and that’s because she couldn’t be happier for Gabi who probably deserves it way more than she does. Hey, they’ve only been dating six weeks.
While Nick and Sofia go to have “we didn’t get engaged sex,” Gabi rushes off to the loft where she finds Josh cleaning up all the celebratory decorations.
She’s furious that he didn’t propose to her and he breaks it down for her in a way that makes every woman who has ever had a dream and wanted a man to respect it, love Josh even more.
He recalls the first day Gabi came to work for him and how she told him all about her dreams, her mom and Julia Child. When she told him about the new job, he saw her face light up the same way it did back then.
Marrying her is his dream, but he knows her is to have a culinary career.
However, Gabi doesn’t think that’s entirely fair because the first day working for him was also the day she fell for him and when their journey began.
Sure, she wants a successful career (who doesn’t?), but she also wants to a future with him.
Truthfully, this is the most honest and level-headed these two have ever been with each other and on the series.
When she realizes Josh isn’t going to re-propose to her, she decides to take matters into her own hands and gets down on one knee.
They always say to take charge of your own fate — props to Gabi for doing that.
Who said you can’t be career-oriented and make room for love? Why choose one over the other?
Especially when for a tech-guru like Josh, moving doesn’t really seem to be an issue since he can develop apps and whatever else from anywhere in the world.
And heck, Seattle is a TECH city after all. Why did he even hesitate?
The frustrating part is that we never get an answer from Josh on either front. He’s stunned, rightfully so, but he doesn’t agree or disagree.
I’m willing to be that he says yes, but Josh strikes me as a romantic so if that TV movie happens, I’m willing to bet he’ll plan another proposal for his “perfect girl.”
And while all of this is happening, Yolanda was trying to hook-up with the captain who revealed that he scattering his late wife’s ashes on the water as he was finally ready to move on. She’s also scoring the jackpot, isn’t she? How fitting would it be for Yolanda to find love at the very end?
Meanwhile, Elliot and Alan were looking to spice up their married life by adding a third partner to their relationship.
Somehow, they all ended up in bed together and man, I’m going this miss this bunch.
Thoughts on the series finale of Young & Hungry? Do you think they’ll get a goodbye movie?
Young & Hungry – Young & Motorcycle + Young & Bullseye (5×17 and 5×18)
That’s it. These were the last two episodes before the series finale of Young and Hungry.
I’m not ready to say goodbye to what has been quite a rushed season.
We haven’t even really dived into Gabi and Josh’s relationship properly and we already have to say goodbye.
Thes two back-to-back episodes found Sofia and Nick growing closer together, and Gabi and Sofia drifting apart.
Sofia and Nick’s third date was supposed to be the magical one where they finally hooked up. But, as luck would have it, everything started going wrong. First, there was the explosive diarrhea courtesy of the Ethiopian food. Then, there was the allergic reaction to a bouquet of flowers which was followed by way too much allergy medication which knocked her out for a few hours.
And just when they were about to do it, they got a call that Josh was in a motorcycle accident.
Now, from the minute Gabi road that pink bike to work and Josh told her she wasn’t allowed to because it was dangerous and she’d become a “donorcyle” rider, you knew it would end in some kind of accident.
I personally thought Gabi would be the one to wipe out proving Josh right, but it was a much better lesson when he stole her bike and crashed.
After everything finally settled down, the besties and the boyfriends decided to go on a double-date to get to know each other better.
And you know what happens when two rich and successful dudes get together? They start to one-up each other. The date turned into a complete disaster with each guy trying to outbrag the other.
Pretty soon, the tension got to Sofia and Gabi and they began defending their significant others.
After Nick asked Sofia to move in with her after just five dates, Gabi exclaimed that he’d do “anything” to win the one-up game.
So, Sofia agreed to move in with him. Josh told Gabi to remain calm and call their bluff but the next day, Sofia was all packed up and ready to go.
At this point, Gabi became frustrated with Josh who has been with her for three years and still never asked her to move in.
Trying to be romantic, he made the suggestion but when Gabi met up with Sofia to share the good news, she accused her of trying to one-up her again.
Things came to a breaking point after Sofia accidentally hit Gabi in the head with a dart. Both ladies agreed that they had made hasty decisions out of spite and the guys followed suit.
The series finale teases Josh’s proposal to Gabi and based on his inability to even have her move in, I don’t know if this is the right choice.
And while three years have gone by, I can’t say that these two are in a stable relationship.
Arguably, the show is coming to an end and something needs to happen on their front, however, this is just another example of shows being forced into a finale before they’ve told their story in full.
Whatever happens, it’s been a fun ride. I’ll miss the comedic tone and on-the-mark writing the most.
Young & Hungry – Young & Amnesia (5×10)
After seeing Josh and Sofia kiss on the promo for Young & Hungry’s season finale, I turned into Karen from Will & Grace. Honey, what’s going on, what’s happening?
In the grand scheme of things, it made sense. The ‘will they or won’t they’ dance came to a monumental end, but not before Josh completely forgot who Gabi was thanks to a concussion caused by a squirrel in his apartment. To be honest, throughout the whole episode I kept wondering if Josh was playing a practical joke on Gabi… I wouldn’t put it past him.
Josh remembered both Yolanda and Elliot but had absolutely no recollection of Gabi ever working for him. The last thing he remembered was that she’d come by to audition to be his chef… which was about 2 years prior. And if he loved her, he’d remember her right? Josh seems to think so, which upsets Gabi even more because that means that the night she finally told him she loved him, he was going to tell her he didn’t love her.
The episode was frustrating to watch as Gabi was told not to remind Josh of his past so he doesn’t have a psychic break. Instead, she was supposed to allow him to remember “naturally” so she re-auditioned for her job by wearing the same outfit and cooking the grilled cheese he loved so much, only to have him hate it. Then he hired the other chef in the running, making Elliot very pleased. That is until he realized this new chef was “no bull” and called both him and Yolanda out for “not doing anything.”
That’s when they both realized they had to help Josh remember Gabi for their own sake. Yolanda brought him over to the apartment hoping that maybe his childhood blanket that Gabi made for him would spark his memory. Instead, Josh thought he was in love with Sofia and planted a big smooch on her as Gabi (and I) watched in horror. Seriously Josh, never do that again.
Finally, Gabi, who was suffering a psychic break of her own, decided to just tell him everything. “I believe you,” Josh told her knowing that the love story was too bizarre for anyone to make up. But still, he didn’t remember and he wasn’t sure if he ever would. That sent Gabi packing for Aspen, to attend her uncle’s wedding while crying the whole ride there. When Josh finally heard Tegan and Sara’s “Closer,” all of his memories came rushing back and he jogged all the way to the train stop where he told Gabi that he loves her too. FINALLY. And who do we have to thank for the romantic reunion? Elliot! Despite his “evil” facade, Elliot is a complete sweetheart who
When Josh finally heard Tegan and Sara’s “Closer,” all of his memories came rushing back and he jogged all the way to the train stop where he told Gabi that he loves her too. FINALLY. And who do we have to thank for the romantic reunion? Elliot! Despite his “evil” facade, Elliot is a complete sweetheart who insults Gabi out of love.
Til next season – here’s hoping they don’t break up again!
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