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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 – 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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