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Younger – The Incident at Pound Ridge (4×09)

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This isn’t your typical company picnic.

There was Asian slaw, potato sack races, not to be confused with just “sack races” and a showdown for the ages between Josh and Charles. Spoiler alert: Josh knocked Charles out on the first try. But to be fair, he didn’t retaliate because even he knows he deserved it. And also because he’s the boss of the company so he obviously took the higher road.

The matchup is one we’ve been waiting for ever since Liza kissed Charles in the Hamptons causing Josh to call of his deeply romantic proposal. And thanks to Kelsey’s idea of turning Josh’s tattoo’s into a coloring book, we finally got to see what would happen when the two were in the same room, racing for yet another common, slightly-less important goal – the title of Potato Sack King.

Basically, all the tension that’s been building up over the weeks was released when Josh’s gripped fist met Charles’ chiseled chin. How dare he right?! But more on that in a bit.

Liza has once again found herself caught up in a love triangle, but this time, it’s with Charles and his ex-wife Pauline. Here’s the problem: Pauline is nice. We sympathize with a woman who feels like she was being held prisoner in her relationship and who finally broke free and followed her dreams. That’s why we like Liza so much. These two have a lot in common, which I’m sure is why Charles is so attracted to Liza.

The series tries to humanize her by showing her with the kids, having her give Liza the grand tour and even sharing moments from their blissfully married life together, however all I see is a woman who is pretending she did nothing wrong. She could be making amends but instead, she’s expecting everything to be as it was before she walked out, leaving Charles heartbroken and raising their two daughters. She’s jealous of the alleged “new woman” in Charles’ life and instead of focusing on the book, presses Liza into revealing any gossip.

This obviously puts Liza in a very awkward position because she had to keep reminding her that she was her editor and they had to keep it professional. Not to mention she’s the other woman so she has to keep lying to this woman who she probably would have been really good friends with under any other circumstance.

And that’s not even the worst of her problems. Josh comes to the picnic unexpectedly with his Irish video-gamer/coder girlfriend Clare to schmooze (and by schmooze I mean punch) Charles, who is giving him a $10K advance for his tattoo coloring book. Millenials and their love of coloring. Seriously, if Empirical is just giving out these advances left and right, I can see why they’re having financial problems.

Josh’s life has been a sloppy mess of highs and lows since his split with Liza. First off, he takes Clare on a Mexican date and immediately regrets the decision when his night ends with a tub of Greek yogurt on his penis after receiving a jalapeno hand job. Props to the writers for still being able to insert the most hilarious of scenes into an episode filled with angst and rising tensions. Word to the wise – never touch anything sensitive after touching jalapenos. It almost always ends badly.

But all these so-called “girlfriends” are simply proof that he’s not over Liza. And no matter how much Clare tries to help him keep his composure during the meeting,  Josh needed that revenge on Charles in order to even take the first step in moving on.

Color Kelsey more confused than anyone else on the show right now. She can’t understand why Josh would throw all that money away, not to mention a career opportunity, and then claim that it was “worth every penny.” Eventually, she pieces it together as Liza comes clean – she shared a “moment” with Charles that led to the messy breakup. I think Kelsey’s finally all caught up now, don’t you think.

She gives her friend some honest advice and from a girl who has mixed business with pleasure, Liza should listen: don’t sleep with the boss. If we thought lying about her age to date a younger man was messy, just imagine what sleeping with your boss while editing his ex’s book would do. Imagine if Pauline found out SHE was the other woman. She would ruin Charles! Part of me believes that she actually already speculates it after she found out that Liza watches the girls sometimes. I bet it was painful to find out your daughters, which you abandoned to “find yourself,” actually cared for another woman.

Liza seems to have figured out as much as #TeamCharles fans did – this relationship is infuriating and will most likely never happen. I’ll say it was probably a combination of Liza seeing her relationships blow up in her face publicly, realizing that there is a lot of unfinished business between Charles and Pauline and being scared for something real and substantial.

I feel like the series keeps wanting to stretch out the tensions but I guess for good reasons. In the heat of the moment, acting on their feelings seemed like a good idea but as reality literally hit them in the face, she sees there are too many obstacles, too many hoops and too much was at risk. Will Charles keep fighting for them in the face of these obstacles or will he let the chemistry fizzle out?

And when he finds out her real age, everything will surely change. I’m just wondering if it will finally be for the better? Will her truth set her free?

Best Quotes/Moments:

  • Josh to Clare: “What are you looking up?” “Jalapeno dick.”
  • Diana on Liza playing matchmaker: “You set him up with a girl and a job? Later, we have to have a talk about how not to be a doormat.”
  • Really, everything about Diana this episode. She gets so little screen time but she makes every scene memorable, from her being honest with Pauline about never having sexual relations with Charles (hard to believe) to her eating a corn dog to her talking about sacks.

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Sexy and Steamy TV Shows to Watch During ‘The Bachelor’ Hiatus

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Shows to Watch During The Bachelor Hiatus

With The Bachelor taking a hiatus (well, until their spinoff Listen to Your Heart premieres in April), you need to fill that reality TV dating void in your heart with some shows that are equally as hot and steamy.

While there are plenty of choices to make from the Bachelor franchise, if you’re looking to shake things up the same way Peter Weber did on his season, we suggest these shows!

 

What/If

Young scientist Lisa is strapped for cash and needs it to fund a life-changing project when Anne Montgomery (Oscar-winner Renée Zelwegger) approaches her with an offer she can’t refuse: one night alone with her husband. The only condition: she cannot ask what happened.

Grand Hotel

The telenovela lasted only one season before ABC canceled it, but it was a sizzlin’ drama focused on a forbidden love story and a who-dun-it murder mystery. Two of our favorite things.

Younger

Liza, a 40-year-old single-mom struggles to re-enter the working world. But when she meets a 26-year-old guy who believes she’s his age, it all becomes so clear as she fakes her age, gets a publishing job, and gets a second shot at her crazy 20s… that is until people start figuring out her secret that she’s trying desperately to protect.

 

The Bold Type

Fashion meets sex on The Bold Type. Three besties — Kat, Sutton, and Jane — are living their best lives in New York City and working for a fashion magazine, Scarlett. As they “push the envelope” in their career, they’re also doing it in their daily life as they find themselves, have plenty of sexual experiences, and learn how to be comfortable in their own bodies while feeling as lost as most millennials do.

Good Girls

Sisters Beth and Annie and best friend Ruby get fed up with playing by the rules and constantly losing, so they get a crazy idea to rob a grocery store. One illegal decision suddenly lands them in hot water and starts a dangerous life of crime and even a crime of passion with one sexy “gang friend.”

The Affair

The series explores the emotional and psychological effects of two affairs. Newlyweds Alison and Cole are experiencing problems in their marriage and she finds solace in the arms of Noah, a teacher vacationing at his in-laws’ Hamptons estate with his family. What starts off as a summer affair quickly becomes much more complicated.

True Blood

Described as the “adult Twilight” and the more intense version of  The Vampire Diaries when it first came out, Sookie Stackhouse, an oddball at school who can read minds, falls for a 173-year-old vampire named Bill Compton. Bill and his vamp clique have joined the land of the living after a new synthetic blood allows vampires to survive without human blood. Sex, lust, and bloodlust all fuel this HBO series.

Elite

A private school in Spain becomes the scene of a murder brought on by a clash between the rich and the poor. The murder mystery begins as no one knows who’s responsible, and there’s a lot of sexual tension between the good looking students that leads the storyline.

Reality TV Shows

Love Island

In the same vein as many other dating reality shows, Love Island brings together a cast of hot singles ready for love and romance that’s fueled on by warm weather on the island and a grand prize of £50,00o.

 

Married at First Sight

The title of the series is pretty self-explanatory, but in the case that it needs to be explained, a group of strangers looking for love get married to a complete stranger the first time they lay eyes on him/her. They’re paired up with the help of a spiritualist, a relationship coach, and a sociologist who use “scientific matchmaking methods.” The remainder of the season documents their honeymoon and life after marriage. Following several weeks, the couple gets the option of staying together or splitting up. 

 

Are You The One?

The tagline of this series is my favorite: if your perfect match was standing in front of you, would you know? A group of singles tries to find their soulmate using a dating algorithm that processes a ton of information including a compatibility test. It then pairs the couples it thinks have the highest chance of success, but it’s kept from the participants who instead mingle for weeks and try to find their ideal significant other. If they choose the wrong person, they start over, if they don’t, well, love and money are involved.

Love is Blind

The Netflix series is a new kind of dating experiment that finds strangers meeting via cubes and falling in love without ever seeing each other. The whole idea is to remove looks from the equation and find your soulmate based on connection alone. If finding someone you vibe with is successful in the pods, the couples get engaged, have a honeymoon in Mexico, and walk down the aisle a few weeks later. Who will say yes? And who will walk away?

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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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