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Younger – It’s Love Actually (4×11)

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“To Liza, it’s her fault we’re in this damn mess,” Claire says as she raises a toast during her Irish goodbye party. And if you want to get technical, it really is all Liza’s fault. But aren’t you at least a little bit thankful for Liza’s lying and secretive bone? If she didn’t start all of this, we wouldn’t have gone on all of the adventures and felt all the feels and been torn between shipping Liza and Josh and Liza and Charles, which I still very much am. The point is, you should be cheers-ing and THANKING Liza for all of this because truth be told, right now, she’s getting the short end of the stick.

As the episode kicks off, she’s watching Claire and Josh fondle each other and openly discuss bed activities. Exes should never be subjected to that. And seeing Liza cringe a couple of times, as did I, you know she’s not completely over Josh although it seems he’s very much over her.

Josh is completely smitten with Claire and bummed that they cannot be together because the end of her internship means the end of her work visa means she’s going back to Ireland. And while he’s trying to salvage this in any ways possible, even bringing up the possibility of a long distance relationship, she seems fine with things ending. That’s the first straw. I wanted to believe Claire wasn’t as batshit crazy as Montanna, but something tells me, she’s a master manipulator covering up for it with her sweet Irish accent. I think Claire sensed Josh’s vulnerability – he’s been trying to get over Liza so he’s getting under anyone else. Now that he has nothing left to offer her, she’s ending things. But what if he were to offer her a way to stay in the states through marriage, which we all see coming. Then I think she’d be a little more responsive. I hope Liza figures it out next week but would Josh even listen to her? In the promo, we see Claire telling Liza she “owes” Josh but surprisingly he doesn’t seem too happy about the possible wedding. Is he maybe realizing that he’s being played?

Things got heated at Empirical when Charles and Diana informed Kelsey and Liza that they were considering publishing Marriage Vacation on their imprint, instead of Millenial. Kelsey’s outburst at the “disrespect” once again showed her level of immaturity and Liza’s understanding tone showed her maturity. Though I wonder if she would have the same reaction if she wasn’t, you know, in love with Charles. Also, Liza indifferent on which imprint they go with because either way, she’s getting tons of recognition. Which also begs the question, how is no one outing her real age? Her picture keeps popping up in the glossy’s and someone is bound to know her real story. This is NY after all. And if not, I’m surprised her lowlife ex hasn’t seen how prosperous her career is and tried to sabotage it by outing her.

Then there’s the love triangle that we all wish didn’t exist – Pauline, Charles and Liza. Charles seems to be really impressed with Pauline’s book mainly because Liza edited it and her voice can be heard throughout it, which continues to be proof that he’s still very much into her. However, he’s pulling a Liza. He’s backing off because he wants to give her the “young” life she deserves, just like Liza did with Josh. He’s taking a play from her book.

His actions towards Pauline are in no way romantic or inviting to rekindle the romance but Pauline wants them to be. She’s making a fool of herself trying to go back to the way things used to be and Charles is reacting with kindness for the sake of the children and his image. I believe that Pauline senses something is going on between Liza and Charles because if Jay figured it out, a woman surely would and so she’s trying to play up the relationship, make it something more than it is, to keep Liza away. Claiming territory and all.

Ah yes, Jay. He’s the nice guy next door that you wish things could work out with but literally, there is NOTHING but dead air between them. It’s so forced and mundane and I about cringed every time he mentioned bringing Liza home. Even Liza’s take on the relationship is “practical.” When he finally makes the connection that Liza loves Charles, she admits it, breaking down in his arms as he comforts her. Look, I don’t believe Jay’s a bad guy but realistically, he now knows all of her secrets and even an angel can do a lot of damage with that much information. And he’s very well known in the “in crowd” so it’s only a matter of time.

So really, we’re in this mess, as Claire stated because Liza doesn’t know how to go after what she wants. I believe she should just do and ask for forgiveness later and you know with how Charles feels about betrayal, there will be a lot of forgiveness. I don’t understand why it’s so easy for her to trust Pauline but assume Charles is playing her, even though she’s been pushing him into his old relationship. Everything that Charles has been doing was once done by Liza before – giving her space to be young, putting his kids first – so she should be understanding. But I think as a woman scorned by his first marriage, she wants to give the woman the benefit of the doubt. Although she should know that sometimes, people don’t want second chances in a marriage. She definitely wouldn’t so why assume Charles would?

Then there’s the addition of Zane to Empirical. I can honestly say, I didn’t see that coming. Zane, the man we love to hate, asked Kelsey to go into business with him and for a hot second, she actually considered until Liza made her do some homework and she realized that he was trying to play her again. I don’t really know why he did what he did all that – maybe to throw her off the scent that he was actually going to swoop into her company? Either way, it was bold and brash and will definitely make for some good television, especially if they continue sleeping together. Plus, I can never complain about more Charles Michael Davis and if him joining the team is the only way we get to keep him in this world than so be it.

Diana finally got her shining moment when she kicked dead old Richard to the curb. We all knew he was bad news since the beginning but back then, she was scared of being alone. She was easy prey, looking for love literally anywhere and even though she knew he was taking advantage, pretended that it was okay. This time though, she learned her lesson and showed him the door and her badassery.  I swear she should have won an Oscar for that moment where she walked out, almost broke down, reminded herself that she’s a boss, and strutted to accept her Pubbie award, knowing that she was a strong, powerful and independent woman that was better off on her own.

Thankfully, she didn’t have to stand completely alone because she has friends by her side, even if she refuses to admit that Liza is her friend. That moment where she grabbed her hand was proof that under the cold exterior, Diana has a good heart. A heart that won’t be taken advantage of ever again. We could all learn a few things from her.

So Younger fans – do you think Liza admitting to herself that she loves Charles will finally bring them to the next step in their relationship? Or will Pauline become the next obstacle, threatening to pull the book unless Charles does whatever she sayst? At this point, the longer Liza keeps her age a secret, the more collateral there will be.

 

 

 

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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

 

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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.

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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.

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