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Younger – A Close Shave (4×06)

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The tension on Younger could be cut with a knife this week.

If you think about it, the episodes have been building up to this very explosive, jaw-dropping and fairytale-ish moment between Liza and Charles. Seriously, what woman doesn’t want her hunk of a boss to yell at her for dating someone other than him? Okay… I admit, it sounds a lot less sexy than it was portrayed on the screen.

Basically, Charles has been keeping his feelings bottled up since the kiss that rocked Liza’s whole world. She’s been stealing wanting glances his way occasionally but for the most part, she’s been too preoccupied with Kelsey finding out her real age, her big ugly breakup with Josh and her daughter’s appendix bursting. A lot’s been happening so finally, when sh*t hit the fan, it went flying everywhere.

Things at Empirical have been kind of rocky and that’s part of the reason for Charles’ outburst. Money problems equals a tense boss. Then, to make things worse, Kelsey was involved with a viral Twitter feud with Zane and while she thought it was completely innocent and good for publicity, it ended up costing her Empirical’s biggest writer, L.P Moore. A sinking publishing house losing their moneymaker? Not good for business. At this point, no amount of puppy books will save the situation. Although really, how did two brilliant minds behind Millenium really not realize that a book about a dog would be a massive success? Have they not heard of Doug the Pug? He should totally guest star on the show after this.

And all of this on Charles’ birthday! When Liza saw how angry Charles was and how upset Kelsey was – it wasn’t just her job on the line, her heart was broken too – she went over to give her boss a piece of her mind. Why was he being so mad and making such rash decisions without finding out the truth? Charles tried to write it off as a business issue but in the heat of the moment, came the word vomit – he was angry that Liza was seeing a 40-year-old man in the publishing world and it wasn’t him.

The man Charles is referring to is Jay, the book editor she met during the wilderness retreat who offered her a job running his publishing houses’ imprint. And while the dinner date definitely didn’t look innocent considering his history of dating younger women, it was actually the total opposite of romantic – Liza was coming clean about being in her 40s after he heard Caitlyn call her “mom.” Even more surprising is that Jay was totally “cool with it”, even promising to keep Liza’s secret, not blackmail her with it (we’ll see about that…) and even told her to avoid telling her boss because it would create a scandal.

At this point, I think Jay’s right. Charles is already so frustrated, can you imagine how he would react if he found out Liza is actually his age and has been lying to him this whole time? But knowing how honest she is and how this is eating her up inside, it’ll eventually happen and we’re going to have to deal with the ugliness that comes with it.

It’s hard to believe that someone in a competing company wouldn’t want to take this news and run with it right, especially since that’s exactly what Zane did to Kelsey. The worst part is that he actually lured her into bed and kept her mind occupied while he was plotting to undermine her. It does seem like his intentions weren’t pure in the beginning but after all of it, he’s feeling guilty. Still, I would never give him the time of day again, hot bod be gone.

For now, we’re left with quite the cliffhanger. Charles was left standing there vulnerable as all hell, Liza was speechless and Diana and the rest of the company had no idea what they just walked into while singing happy birthday. Seriously, timing people. However, with the way Liza’s life has been going, things could not have turned out a different way. And maybe this will finally be the step that brings them together. And if so, how will they keep it a secret from their colleagues? After all, sleeping with the boss while you’re in an entry-level position is frowned upon as is being a boss who is crushing on the younger employee. That’s what makes it so alluring though – Liza’s attracted to the taboo. First a much younger man, now her sexy older boss. Or will they just sweep this angst and sexual tension under the rug for another rainy day. Pursuing this relationship could cost them both a lot and deep down, it’s what’s been holding them back.

Other Thoughts

  • I’m not digging these Josh-less episodes. I guess less of Liza means less of Josh… that is until he hooks up with Kelsey. But should they be each other’s rebounds?
  • Maggie’s love life is pure entertainment. I seriously almost lost it when she went in to shave this woman’s mustache. Clearly, she was super proud of it and Maggie could not be more turned off. And I love how after all of it, she comes out unscathed whereas everything about Liza’s life is dramatic. These two really balance each other out.
  • Kelsey revealed that Liza basically rewrote that one blackmailing girl’s book which is probably going to be her entryway into being that anonymous romance novel that will save Empirical and the publishing world altogether. Happy endings and happily ever’s do exist!
  • I need Diana to come to my house and hit those high notes for every birthday I have. That is all.

 

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Younger – It’s All About the Money, Honey (6×10)

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Another day, another PR nightmare for Millennial.

Kelsey, Liza, and Charles visited my hometown of Chicago on Younger Season 6 Episode 10, but things weren’t exactly a breeze in the Windy City.

The trip was high-stress from the beginning as Kelsey and Charles attempted to sway their last remaining investor in to keep the company afloat.

They’re broke now, remember?

Charles took charge in the male-dominated meeting, but Kelsey flexed her publisher muscle by explaining that Millennial’s main asset is their ability to keep up with the times. Sometimes, a little too much.

There was a mention of transparency, which was worrisome considering Millennial’s lack of transparency when it came to Liza’s lie.

However, it wasn’t something the investors, all older men, would have been made privy too.

As they pointed out in the meeting, they didn’t understand the power of social media or how it could make them money, so chances are they didn’t Google to read up on Millennial’s recent hiccups.

But they got a very detailed lesson on social media courtesy of Kelsey.

After securing the funding, Kelsey and Charles’ celebrations were short-lived as they were plagued by another social media snafu, this time not one of Liza’s making.

Read the full review at TV Fanatic!

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Younger – Millennial’s Next Top Model (6×09)

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This season just keeps getting better and better.

Millennial, with Kelsey in tow, dealt with the aftermath of “42-gate” on Younger Season 6 Episode 9.

The publishing world was rocked by Pauline’s scandalous revelation that Liza, formerly known as 1 of 2 awesome millennial editors, was, in fact, a 42-year-old woman.

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The company was sinking, clients were dropping, authors were fleeting, but they didn’t have to be.

This negative reaction could have been prevented with better preparation from Team Millennial.

Since they knew the truth, they were the ones holding all the cards and should have had a contingency plan in case someone exposed Liza.

And there were plenty of people who could have potentially pulled the trigger.

Related: Younger Season 6 Episode 8 Review: The Debu-taunt

Instead, they were trying to catch up with the headlines, which made it harder to change the narrative already painted about the company and its employees.

Zane was the only one with an outside perspective; he wasn’t close to Liza, he didn’t have any connection to her, nor did he owe her anything.

But his advice to fire Liza also overlooked the negative impact it would have had on the company.

Liza lied because a woman in her forties wasn’t granted the same opportunities in the workforce as a thriving woman in her 20s.

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If they fired her, they’d only be feeding into the age discrimination that Liza was trying to combat with her illegal move in the first place.

They’d essentially be proving her point.

Zane was right in saying that Liza lied and made everyone, namely Kelsey and Charles, complicit, but he failed to acknowledge that they all knew about her lie and helped her cover it up.

They lied on her behalf, so in a way, they’re just as responsible for Millennial’s potential downfall as Liza.

Harboring a secret is equal to assisting someone in harboring said secret.

Read the full review at TV Fanatic!

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Younger – The Debu-taunt (6×08)

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What a big, emotionally-loaded episode.

The cast of Younger wasn’t lying when they said Younger Season 6 Episode 8 was the episode we’ve all been waiting for.

If you’re not crying happy tears after Liza’s and Diana’s “I love you” exchange, you have no soul.

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We’ve all been so focused on Younger’s love-triangle, but the magic has always been in the relationships between the female characters.

Liza’s secret unraveled at a rapid pace and by the end, we were all in a different space mentally, physically and emotionally.

For the most part, everyone was in a better, more honest place, even if Millennial is stuck going through an identity crisis.

Diana was one of the last remaining Empirical/Millennial employees who was kept in the dark about Liza’s real age, and we all wondered when and how she’d find out the truth.

I knew that when it happened that it was going to be intense, but I had no idea it would be such an emotionally raw moment.

Related:  Younger Season 6 Episode 7 Review: Friends with Benefits

Diana rarely wears her heart on her sleeve, but when Pauline pubically tore down Liza, she put her foot down against the alleged slander and came to her assistant’s defense.

One might say it’s wildly out of character for Diana to be so bold since we’ve never seen her defend someone so passionately, but it really wasn’t.

Diana loves her co-workers under her icy exterior and she’d do anything for them.

Read the full review at TV Fanatic!

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