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Younger – A Close Shave (4×06)

"Younger" Ep. 406 (Airs 8/2, 10pm ET/PT)

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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 Season 6 Report Card: Best & Worst Moments!

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Liza takes on New York City after modeling for Infinitely 21 on 'Younger.'

Younger had some great moments and some less than great moments on Younger Season 6.

On a broad level, the storylines weren’t as fleshed out as they should have been, plenty of story arcs got condensed for the sake of time, the characters weren’t as empowered, and the love triangle got pushed so heavily, both Team Josh and Team Charles teams were over it by the finale episode.

But the magic that made Younger the fresh, inspiring, and addictive show is still there hidden under all of that.

We’re looking back at the best, worst and funniest moments of Season 6.

Most Frustrating Thing About the Season

The love triangle.

We all dug the Charles vs. Josh conundrum in the show’s early days, but we can all agree that Liza’s indecisiveness is tiring.

The best thing that can happen come Season 7 is for Liza to make a choice and stick to it.

 

Funniest Moment

There’s never a shortage of funny moments on Younger.

Ironically, two of the funniest moments involved vaginas: Maggie sticking garlic up hers to get rid of a yeast infection delivered plenty of laughs on Younger Season 6 Episode 4 as did Lauren getting her private parts stuck to an ice sculpture on Younger Season 6 Episode 12.

But my personal favorite was Liza’s micro-dosing experience.

On Younger Season 6 Episode 6, Liza hallucinated Charles and Josh morphing into one person — it would make things easier for her — and then ballroom danced with both men when in reality, she was dancing with a plant

 

Read the full post at TV Fanatic!

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Younger – Forever (6×12)

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Younger Season 6 Season finale review

Usually, proposals call for a celebration. Usually.

On Younger Season 6 Episode 12, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Charles’ proposal couldn’t have come at a worse time, and it drastically underlined how differently he and Liza viewed their relationship.

His speech before the proposal was heartfelt and genuine; Charles has fallen madly in love with Liza and only has eyes for her.

But Liza’s eyes and heart have been wandering for several episodes now. She’s not as fully committed to this relationship as Charles is, and that’s a damn shame.

Viewers have been frustrated with the back and forth that’s been happening all season long.

Related: Younger Season 6 Episode 11 Review: Holding Out for a Shero

There was hope that by the season finale, Liza would make up her mind and move on from this nonsense.

Pick Charles, pick Josh, pick no one, but be an adult and make a decision, Liza.

Kelsey said it best: they’re no longer looking back.

Even Charles’ proposal is pushing for her to make a decision and commit to it.

If Younger Season 6 was about Liza owning up to her lie and accepting her truth, then Younger Season 7 needs to be about Liza deciding to be the grown woman that she is.

Unless Liza is into polygamy, there’s no way she can have them both.

There has to be a sacrifice for any of this to be worth it.

Liza’s indecisiveness becomes even more frustrating when you consider that everything has been leading up until this very moment.

Liza and Charles had chemistry from day one, and despite her other relationships and obstacles, they kept being drawn to each other.

The set-up was perfect: their song was playing (though the magic wasn’t there anymore), they were in the moment at a wedding, and there was talk of their future and blending their families.

Yet, Liza keeps holding onto a memory of what once was for reasons unknown.

On Younger Season 5, she was ready to leave Josh alone and embrace her relationship with Charles.
How did we stray so far from that realization? Why did we lose sight of all the magic Liza and Charles had?

They all deserve better, but after that speech, oh, that speech, Charles deserves so much more.

Charles is a gentleman who is thinking of the bigger picture, and Liza is acting worse than a teenager.

Read the full review at TV Fanatic!

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Younger – Holding Out for a Shero (6×11)

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Younger Holding Out for a Shero Review

“You wrote a letter to the wrong guy.”

That statement at the end of Younger Season 6 Episode 11 oozed so much truth.

And it’s also incredibly sad. My heart sank when Josh said those words as it revealed just how much he still loves Liza.

Liza’s love triangle keeps getting messier, and though she tried to make a choice and wrote Josh a “Dear John” letter hoping to cut ties with him and focus on her new squeeze, Charles, she opened up a can of emotions instead.

Related: Younger Season 6 Episode 10 Review: It’s All About the Money, Honey

As a fan who has been pushing towards a resolution to this drawn-out triangle, I applaud Liza’s efforts for wanting to give her new relationship a shot but clearly, there are feelings that keep pulling her back to her ex-boyfriend despite being “content” with Charles.

Because at this point, that’s just what it is.

Team Charles fans have waited so long for Liza and Charles to get together, and the moment they did, their chemistry died off and things became mundane.

Since she’s gotten with Charles, Josh has always been lurking there subconsciously.

She wasn’t even able to justify her reasons for Charles being the one; there’s nothing sweep-me-off-my-feet romantic about dating someone because they’re your peers and age-appropriate.

And she can’t deny that being with Charles reminds her of being married and suffocated, which is the first thing that came to mind after her confrontation with Josh.

After everything she’s been through to get to this point, Liza doesn’t need to go back to how things used to be.

The tension has been building up between Liza and Josh for a while, but this was the confrontation Josh fans needed.

He needed to call her out on her bullshit.

Read the full review at TV Fanatic!

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