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Younger – In the Pink (4×04)

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It’s been one of the best and darkest seasons of Younger thus far but one thing’s for sure, men are just candy. nd one thing has been made perfectly clear, men are just candy.

That’s really been the show’s motto this whole time and it’s one heck of a life motto, not to mention a good book title provided by one of Empirical’s most trusted writers, Belinda. The series echoes her sentiments of romance novels being written off by men who think they’re solely about lust and sex. Sure, on the surface that’s all it is and there’s nothing wrong with it. But as Liza pointed out, just like in romance novels, it’s about women being heroes and sometimes banding together for a much-needed girls night.

Echoing that, the episode featured lots of man candy, sex, lust, and a girls night to take a break from the sad reality that comes with being a broke millenial living in New York City with a broken heart.

You may have noticed Josh was nowhere to be seen this week – I’m going through withdrawals as we speak – but we did get two new handsome men to oogle at: Diego, Liza’s post-breakup pipe cleaner and Zane Anders, an extremely well dress editor from a competing imprint who sets his eyes on wooing Kelsey. Seriously, I don’t think there was ever a 30-minute series starring this many good looking men with tailored suits.

The girls’ attempt at a carefree hookup turns into more trouble, which Belinda warned them about before her passing. Liza’s pink ladies came to a “nursing home bar” after the pepto-bismol inspired funeral to encourage her to pick up a man her own age but she was understandable, reserved about dating and putting herself out there again. Knowing Josh is hooking up and moving on with someone at home – someone much younger who is also working for Maggie – helped her get over that really quickly and she finally gave into the lust, only to find out Diego was married.  any favors and she finally gives in, sleeping with Diego in his loft only to find out that he’s actually married.

Men I tell you. Diego tries to explain that being single in NY is the equivalent of Liza lying about her age at work but we all know it isn’t. A lie is a lie, sure, but with Liza, at least she did it for her daughter, which Kelsey finally seemed to understand. The fun was short-lived since Liza knows what it’s like to be the woman getting cheated on by a man that supposedly loves you. And while it was nice to her move on for a change she’s really just hiding from the truth which involves talking things out with Josh and seeing what that kiss with Charles actually meant.

Liza’s make-do with Kelsey was one of the few good things that happened to her during this week’s episode (I’m SO GLAD they finally put this pettiness aside), the second being her promotion to associate editor. But as all jobs nowadays, her new title came with a catch – Empirical couldn’t afford to give her a raise and hire a new assistant for Diana so she was basically required to work 2 jobs. Hey, at least they paid her more for it, unlike my current job. Yes, I’m throwing shade.

Millenial’s success is being recognized not only by Empirical but by competing publishers and other authors, including Lachlann Flynn who took Kelsey up on her offer to discuss his future. Leave it to her to try to poach an author during a funeral!  When she arrives at the meeting, she’s surprised to see “it” boy Zane who scolds her about trying to steal his authors. As payback, he invites her to a party and it lands her a second date plus a sweet and pricey jacket from his wardrobe. He has an allowance, can you believe it?But when she arrives at the meeting, she’s surprised to see the ever-so-handsome Zane. He scolds her about trying to steal his authors and as payback, invites her to a party with him that night, which allows her to tease him about his wardrobe allowance (jealous) and even lands her a second date. Look, I love me some Marcel in New Orleans but watching him walk the streets of NYC in those fitted suit pants.

As much as I want to believe that his intentions are in the right place, I have a feeling he’s using her to boost his credibility or to blindside her so she feels guilty about stealing his author. Either way, we know Kelsey has terrible taste in men and she definitely has to be wary of the sly, smooth talkers.

Other Thoughts

  • Montanna feels so guilty about sleeping with Josh, she quits as Maggie’s assistant. No, we haven’t seen the last of her though. Through that mop of bouncy curls, it’s obvious she’s up to no good.
  • Lauen was caught “grading” Max and the amount of “repulsed” smiley faces left her single and crying in Maggie’s lap. While I feel for the girl, she said it herself – she was bored! Next!
  • The best part of the episode? Charles’ expression when Liza talks about having lots of sex.

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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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