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Younger – Forged in Fire (4×03)



What happens when you stick two city girls in a cabin for a few days? Lots of drinking and truth bombs, which is quite the change of pace for Liza’s, a woman whose life has been a lie up until now.

Kelsey has been giving Liza the cold shoulder for a few weeks now and everyone’s been noticing, including Charles, who was quite shocked to hear that Kelsey didn’t agree that her best friend deserved a raise.

But while things between the girls were getting icier, Millenial was heating up as they scored an exclusive invite to a publishing retreat. Of course, that was almost a setup for multiple awkward silences and much more shade from Kels, who at this point really just needs to stop being petty and take a moment to reflect – why did Liza decide that the best course of action was lying about her age to get a job?

As if being stuck with a person you’re royally pissed at isn’t bad enough, the Bonfire retreat is a “no cell phones” zone. Kelsey’s attempts at ignoring Liza include ditching her during the hologram introduction and staying out all night drinking and sleeping with strangers. When she returns at the crack of dawn, she goes off on Liza assuming she’s about to go all middle-aged woman judgey on her but really, she just wants to let her know that her “tit’s out.” Hands down one of the best moments on television.

Business is business however and they have an image to uphold, which unfortunately for Liza involves drinking a ton of shots and puking in a plant. So, sort of like college right? As the old adage goes, drunk mind speaks sober thoughts and only then does Kelsey really lay it on her co-worker. “Maybe this isn’t working anymore,” Liza says. “Maybe it isn’t,” Kelsey retorts forcing Liza to hand her card over to Ray from Macmillan Publishers who scouted hear earlier about running their millenial imprint.

We know that no matter how much she needed the money, Liza would never try to undercut Kelsey so seeing her actually consider this option showed just how fed up she was with everyone holding this lying thing against her. Will she actually pursue it? Probably not but the initial reaction is probably enough to stir up even more trouble.

As the girls leave the retreat, Liza’s phone is bombarded with voicemails from Caitlin. After being unable to get a hold of her mom, she finally went to the hospital to find out her appendix burst. It’s a pivotal point in the episode, with Kelsey realizing that in the grand scheme of things, this woman next to her is actually a mother. And instead of being a mother this weekend, she was still trying to keep up with her younger counterpart to keep her job. A job she needed to support her daughter after her deadbeat husband left them.

It’s something we’ve realized about Liza for awhile – we’ve known her story, we’ve understood her struggle and her motives. Up until now, Kelsey was going about the situation selfishly because she really still thought that she was dealing with a friend who was walking in her shoes when in fact, this was someone who had experienced way more life. Seeing her final embrace Liza for who she really is was pretty adorable.

Now we’re going to see Liza deal with multiple aspects of her life – she’s going to want to be a better mom to Caitlin and a better friend to Kelsey. She also has to keep up the charade at work. And on top of all of that, she’s still in love with a younger man, who is now sleeping with Montana, Maggie’s new cheeky assistant. Called it! Thank god Josh wasn’t hooking up with Kelsey. Even with all of this happening, I would think their friendship would be stronger than that. spite the possibility, I would hope

Josh’s rebound is expected – he’s pretty hurt about this whole Liza thing. “When someone tells you they’re a liar, believe them,” he tells Maggie. He was in love, he was going to propose, he got cheated on and then he found out she was way older than she was letting on. Of course that’ll screw with a guys head. Does it mean it’s over between them? Possibly. I’m sure seeing Josh with another woman will help her realize whether or not she really has feelings for him or if she’s going to pursue that spark with Charles.

As for Diana, she brought the comical relief this week by introducing herself to Richard’s ex-wife, who she recognized at a restaurant because of cyber-stalking. We all do it, don’t judge her. I don’t know why she thought introducing herself was a good idea but she did and it was welcomed with uncontrollable bouts of laughter. She decides to visit one of the ex’s sessions for an explanation to the reaction and finds out, Richard left because of a mid-life crisis. He wanted to date young models… and clearly, Diana is not a young model. This information paired with her self-conscious mind rattles her to the core but when she confronts him, he assures her their love is the real deal. Is Richard scamming her? I’d hate to think a woman as powerful and poised would get duped but I think that’s where this is heading. And if so, I hope she gives him hell.

Thoughts on this week’s Younger? Are you happy Kelsey and Liza seemingly made up? Will Josh’s romance with Montanna make Liza jealous?

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



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)



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)



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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