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Younger – Post Truth (4×01)

"Younger" Ep. 401 (Airs 6/28, 10pm ET/PT)

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Younger is finally back ya’ll!

The highly anticipated 4th season premiered last night but it wasn’t filled with its usual late-night deceit.

Liza’s absurd, but understandable lie, has been trickling out over the past few seasons. Josh was let it on her secret and at first, found a way to cope with it but eventually came to the conclusion that once a fraud, always a fraud.

After seeing how her lies were hurting everyone, she decided to come clean to her best friend Kelsey and her timing may have been a little off. Kelsey just lost her BF, a place to stay (Lauren kicked her out to make room for Max) and now everything she thought she knew about Liza was flipped upside down. “I don’t understand,” Kelsey replies, which forces Liza to launch into the truth – she was forced to lie about her age to secure a job in the publishing world after making a decision to be unemployed for several years to raise her now college-enrolled daughter. Sprinkle in a cheating husband in there to add some real flavor. to take care of her now-college enrolled daughter.

And while any sane person could understand why the 40-something-year-old would choose to masquerade as a mid-twenty-year-old, Kelsey just couldn’t let it go. At work, she played it cool but made it very clear that their “personal” relationship was no more and things would remain professional.

Hoping to keep the momentum going, Liza was about to out herself to both Diana and Charles when Kelsey stopped her. If she tells the truth, Millenial’s credibility would be ruined and with everything else going wrong, she cannot afford to loose her imprint. Kelsey’s anger is understandable but putting her imprint and herself first makes her a hypocrite as she just scolded Liza for selling a book to “keep her secret,” saying she “only cares about herself.”

Kelsey decided to call in Lauren to help Liza create “her truth.” She didn’t have to come clean, she just needed to change the narrative and that included, building up a social profile, which would squash any doubt about her age because as you know, Google does not lie.

Using Emily’s own blackmail against her, Kelsey gives her an ultimatum – either she gets them on the elite “29 under 29 list” or she pulls the plug on her book, making sure she won’t be able to find another publisher. And just like that, the girls are having a field day with the press, promoting Millenial, which obviously makes Liza feel like an even bigger fraud.

How long will she be able to keep up this charade? It’s been working out in her favor for awhile but clearly, the minute people realize what she’s been doing, they don’t feel very sympathetic to the cause. Although it should speak volumes to the workplace for women of age. The secret she’s harboring is the crux of the show so once revealed, it would change the dynamic drastically. Is that a bad thing though? Younger is not the show it started out being – the characters have grown, their learning and evolving and without that element of secrecy, we would finally be able to watch Liza learn the rules of social media and publishing as a middle-aged woman. It would definitely be more empowering than it is right now for her, trying to really convince herself and pretend that she’s someone she isn’t. Right now, Liza and co. are living in a fantasy-world that we love to live vicariously through because it’s so forbidden but there’s still an exciting chapter of being honest to explore, which I think fans will enjoy because it’s all about learning to live your truth and owning up to it.

Obviously, the truth would also change her relationships. That’s already happened with Josh and Kelsey but it would be the biggest change for Charles, who obviously harbors feelings for her. It hasn’t bothered him that he’s hit on his younger employee, which could be frowned upon. There is this unspoken attraction and when he finds out that she called off the proposal with Josh, he swoops in taking her to a Hemingway gallery, just to impress her. It’s funny that he hasn’t realized he has so much in common with her because they are the same age. But will those feelings change once he knows the truth? Will he be able to forgive her?

Aside from the possibility of Liza’s secret coming out, the other most intriguing part of this season will be Kelsey’s new relationship with Josh. Both of them have Liza and her lies in common, which will draw them closer together. She’s already his new roommate but will she be more? Will both of them drown their sorrows and broken hearts in each other? Would Kelsey actually do that to Liza? I’m going to say yes because it seems like she’s pretty upset by this reveal and if she were to find out Liza’s been keeping her “fling” with Charles a secret too, would most likely retaliate.

Thoughts on the first episode? Will Liza finally pop the truth balloon? Will it ooze out in a calm, collected manner or simply blow up in everyone’s face?

And will Lauren please stop insinuating that assault (sitting on a nocturnal erection) is ever okay. Even with innocent intentions, there should not be “rape is ok” jokes nor should there be scenes that basically ignore the rules of consent with a “no means yes” outlook that encourages rape culture. Do better Younger. You have a show that’s young, vibrant, insanely addicting and relates to millennials equally as it does to the Gen Xers, don’t screw it up with bad judgments and poor taste now.

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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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