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Younger – The Gift of Maggie (4×05)

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If that’s the last time we’ll ever have to see Montana, or Amy, or whatever her real name is, I can live a happy life.

Maggie owned the episode this week on Younger proving that she’s not someone you want to mess with. Unless you’re down for a woman with a switchblade with meat stabbed onto the end, then mess with her all you want.

Montana, the sweet coffee shop girl turned Maggie’s assistant turned Josh’s temporary squeeze tried it this week. It all started when she informed me of her upcoming art show, which seemed promising considering we know she’s an aspiring artist with impressive dick-shaped foam art to prove it.

Unfortunately, that’s where her artist talents stopped…. or to be punny, fell short. Like a Drake song, Montana went from 0 to 100, sweet to overbearing really quickly. The first sign was when she invited Josh to help out in her studio. It wouldn’t have been an odd thing at all had her studio not been attached to her parents’ house and the only reason she invited him in the first place was to introduce him to the rents… after one date. The gods were basically screaming for Josh to “run” at that point but since he was quite far from New York, he stuck it out and found out that Montana’s art consisted of appropriation.

If you think that sounds bad, that’s because it is. This girl basically steals artwork from other artists, tapes on the shape of the state of Montana and sells it as her own. According to her mother, it’s innovative. Josh is clearly thrown off by this outward example of stealing and confronts her about it but Montana doesn’t see the wrong in it either explaining that this is just what “millenials” do. At this point, I’m fairly certain Josh’s appreciation for dating 40-year-old women skyrocketed.

Josh goes with his gut feeling and tells Maggie about Montana’s show, even though she specifically asked him not to. Mere moments pass before Liza gets a text from her crazed roomie that “shit’s about to go down.” When Montana spots Josh’s ex and her previous “mentor” she waltzes over and snobbishly informs her that the artwork is now hers to sell because she “added onto it,” prompting Maggie to take out her switchblade, slash the painting and exclaim, “now it’s mine.” I’ve never seen Liza prouder of Maggie, the gift that keeps on giving… and giving some more.

Liza and Josh have been avoiding each other the whole season so it about time they finally had a real face-to-face. Time heals all wounds and he was finally ready to talk things through. “Why did you have to kiss him,” he asked her with that puppy-dog hurt face that melts every girl in America, I’m sure of it. Liza’s answer was brutally honest – she had to blow it up to give him a fighting chance at a normal relationship. A chance at having kids, deciding if he wants kids, living his young adult years.

The realness of the break up began setting in even more when she told him that she’s love to be in his life still and maybe someday be the fun “Aunt Liza.” Openly saying that you want a dude to move on and have kids with someone else is the equivalent of saying “it’s never going to happen again. She basically cemented in the reality that these two were over for good and not because she doesn’t love him but because she knows that one day, he’d wake up miserable and with regrets. It’s noble of her to put his needs first. Josh’s facial expression revealed that he too picked up on that message and while it was hard for him, he promised that he would always be in her life in some capacity, even if it wasn’t romantically. Exes can be friends.

This basically gives Liza the go-ahead to pursue Charles and based on her actions at work and behavior towards him, I’d say it’s going to happen sooner rather than later. I mean we all saw him look at her butt as she walked away from him right?

I’m also going to call it right now – Liza is going to take her story of lying about her age and falling for a much younger man and having loads of hot sex and she’s going to turn it into one of those “happily ever after” love romances. Think about it, she’s a good writer, she’s authentic because she owns the story and she’ll be able to stay anonymous… for awhile at least.

Kelsey’s relationship with Zane is also heating up. I wasn’t convinced that I could take Marcel out of the actor but he’s convinced me that this tailored-suit wearing character was meant for him. With The Originals coming to an end, I hope they find a way to give Kelsey her happily ever after by keeping him around as eye candy numero dos, next to Josh. Considering Kels’ luck with men, it seems rather unlikely, especially since he’s been playing it cool after finding out that she poached his author. He’s either planning to retaliate or he played her into falling for him and still going after Lachlan because they were going to release him anyway. Either way, it spells trouble.

Do you think Liza and Charles should just hook up already? Should Liza tell everyone the truth? What’s next in Josh’s story now that he’s made up with his ex and gotten her blessing to go date and be young?

Other Thoughts

  • Every girl in New York City carries a toothbrush and underwear with her. Noted. Also, kind of a good idea.
  • Josh considers Maggie to be his friend. I love that. He’s a good human. He even chose her and Liza over Montana because let’s face it, no matter how good the sex is, you just can’t stay with crazy.
  • Diana wants to MEET Maggie, which is good for Maggie and possibly bad for Liza.

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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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