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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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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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Younger – Merger, She Wrote (6×06)

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Younger Merger, She Wrote Review

Someone pass the tissues because Younger Season 6 Episode 6 had me in tears from both laughing and crying.

What a work out in 23 minutes!

The mix of a comedic and heartfelt made this the best episode to date.

My expectations were high after seeing Peter Hermann and Nico Tortella tease the episode as the one “we’ve always wanted to happen.”

And the moment I heard the words retreat, I knew it was going to go down.

All of the craziest things have happened at retreats and that was when microdosing (taking small amounts of drugs) wasn’t involved.

Add drugs and the fact that Liza’s there with her ex and a current boyfriend who she’s feuding with, well, what could go wrong?

I don’t condone the use of drugs, but man, it was so hilarious to see her hallucinating.

There was no shortage of funny moments: Josh and Charles merged into one person, Charles spoke using Josh’s voice, and Liza danced with a plant.

That last one is going down as one of the show’s most iconic moments.

While I’m not a fan of continuing the love triangle, if we have to endure it, this was the most interesting way to go about it.

With the added layer of not-LCD, my interest was piqued.

What would come of their heightened reality, open mind, and unlocked unconsciousness?

Related: Younger Season 6 Episode 4 Review: An Inside Glob

Apparently, the only realization that Liza had was that she’s still torn between Josh and Charles. Go figure.

Now, I’m in no way complaining about Liza’s dance routine because they got to incorporate Sutton Foster’s real-life talents into it in a way that felt authentic and fun to the story, but I wish her altered state allowed her to finally settle for one.

Flipping between Josh and Charles in bed was great, but at some point, the show has to reign in on one and let the other one go.

At this point, I don’t even care which guy she ends up with, I just can’t keep bouncing back-and-forth.

Especially because it does seem like Josh has finally accepted Liza’s new relationship and even bonded with Charles while she was otherwise occupied.

After the retreat, Charles mentioned that he had a good chat with Josh, which convinced him to fight for his family at Millennial.

Read the full review at TV Fanatic!

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