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Younger – A Novel Marriage (4×10)

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Diana involvement this week was sparse but she did make an observation that summarized everything Liza this week- she was finally putting work ahead of boys for the first time. And coming from someone who is boy crazy, that means something.

Liza’s relationship with Pauline is intensifying and that bothers Charles, but not as much as the realization that advancing her career is more important to her than pursuing their relationship. And that’s a very secure-man realization. How could it not be? For his whole adult life, he’s put his career first – it was what provoked the demise of his marriage. Now that he’s successful and wealthy, he’s made room for love again but Liza, a woman he thinks is 28-years-old, cannot possibly be willing to be lesser than the man. Did he not learn anything from his failed marriage? Women want their own place, their own careers and Liza is trying to make a name for herself so her hunger to make Marriage Vacation a success is justifiable, even if it does hurt his ego. Now if he knew her real age, it would change things because he’d be able to understand why she’s formed such a bond with Pauline; she too was trapped in a marriage and unable to focus on her dreams and this is her second chance. Why would she give it up for another man yet again?

Then there’s a third layer to Liza’s thought process – she’s a sucker for a happy ending and seeing how much Pauline still loves Charles prompts her to want to give them a second chance. The fact that his ex-wife is romanticizing everything and telling Liza, which makes her believe things are better than they actually are. Charles may have mentioned something about her moving back in for the children’s sake, but that doesn’t warrant a “we’re getting back together” convo like Pauline made it seem.

So while Liza’s choice to kiss Jay was surprising, it shouldn’t have been. With the circle getting smaller and Liza wanting success for herself and Pauline both professionally and personally, her kiss is the next step into “safe” territory. She knows it will push Charles away and help her forget about the real feelings she has for him, which will make all of this easier. It sounds good in her head but she’s not actually realizing that she’s willingly pushing them back together, pushing Pauline back into Charles’ arms. It’s dangerous because there’s no going back from that.

Jay, while a pesky annoyance at every party, was a knight in shining armor, coming to her aid during a badly-timed run in with Caitlin’s best friend’s parents. Can you imagine if Charles or Pauline walked up right at that moment and found out she has a college-aged daughter!?! The New York elitist circle is getting smaller, but it’s comforting to know that she also has a small circle of trustworthy people that are willing to protect her secret because they know it’s not the time to get caught. It wouldn’t be good for Liza, her career, Pauline or Empirical. There’s a lot riding on this.

Josh came off as more immature than usual and for the first time, I’m seeing why my friends have been so adamant that they’re on #TeamCharles. Maybe Liza just brought out a mature side of him, that isn’t necessarily when she’s not around. I can’t say I’m deeply invested in his relationship with Claire just yet simply because I don’t trust her. Why was she messing with Kelsey’s things? I’m sure that Josh will decide to marry her so that she can stay in America but something, call it a weird vibe, tells me that that’s been her plan all along. She knew she wasn’t going to get the job so she made some guy fall madly in love with her so she could find a way to stay. And of course, Liza is going to get sucked into this mess. If there’s one person that’s the king of irrational decisions, it’s Josh. Sometimes it’s a good thing, sometime’s it isn’t.

Overall, I’m disappointed that I wait week after week for a 20-minute episode that’s at a standstill. This season has been the most unproductive and I think the most frustrating part will be the realization that we invested all this time into Liza’s many relationships and in the end, she’ll simply choose herself. And there’s nothing wrong with that don’t get me wrong – I think it’s bold, I just wish we could at least see a proper hook up with Charles before it all gets thrown away.

Other Thoughts

  • Lauren did exactly what I would do if I got fired from my job, hung out at the super exclusive and member only club “The Nest.” They say you’re supposed to struggle in your 20s and this, this is definitely struggling.
  • Her determination not to fail is admirable, however. I truly have a Lauren-sized breakdown once a day.
  • Is it really that easy to network with segment producer of GMA? Have I just been doing it all wrong?
  • Diana steals the show yet again with her kryptonite. Keep doing you girl!

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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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