Should this episode be titled “Quinn continues to be the worst?” Why yes, yes it should.
But I feel like I’ve given Quinn way too much of my time in these reviews lately, so I’m going to focus on the prospects of Liza and Kelsey leaving Empirical and starting their own modern publishing company!
That’s exactly the kind of energy I need from the final season of Younger.
The season kicked off with a fresh and fun attitude, but it quickly veered into “stuffy” territory with Liza and Charles’ breakup and Empirical’s identity crisis.
The idea of gunning for books that are bound to be best-sellers and blockbusters while ignoring the up-and-coming and promising authors is the formula for Empirical’s demise.
Throughout the show’s six-season run, the company has reinvented itself with the addition of Millennial, but now that it’s reverting back to the dinosaur ages and focusing on “mid lit”, which is not exactly what Liza, Kelsey, or even Lauren embody.
What was the point of having that hip party if Empirical is just going to pander to the “AOL crowd.”
More so, it’s becoming evident that the ladies no longer need Empirical.
They made Millennial a huge success on their own — it was their talent, their passion, and their knowledge that made it what it is, so there’s no doubt that they’d be able to forge their own path with their own company.
It’s a tall order to get something like this off the ground since they’ll have to get financing and investors (finding talent is the easy part), but they can have the eye and a great marketing guru (Lauren) to publish books and authors that align with their brand and tell the story they want to tell.
It’s not only a tall order for them but also for the series since there are only a few episodes left to wrap up a brand new storyline.
If Kelsey and Liza commit to starting their own company, audiences will have to be content in knowing that they are doing this for themselves as we likely won’t see their successes and struggles pan out on screen.
However, this is exactly what Younger has always been about: finding yourself, your passion, and your voice.
The love triangles attracted audiences, but as I’ve said, the show has always been about Liza and Kelsey tapping into their fullest potential.
Starting their own company and emphasizing that they are determined, career-oriented women brings it all back full circle.
And let’s be real, there’s absolutely no better time for Liza to leave Empirical either as things with Charles are getting quite ugly.
The information she received from Quinn’s former assistant came too easily, and of course, there was a catch — Quinn set her up so that she’d look bad in front of Charles.
It really wasn’t worth it for her to get involved, but can you blame her?
Liza tried to stay out of it as much as she could, but she can’t help that she cares so deeply about Charles and his girls that she felt it was imperative to warn them.
I hate that Quinn is making Liza out to be some kind of scorned, jealous ex when in reality, her intentions continue to be pure.
But she also needs to take note of Charles’s attitude and how he’s acting.
For someone who was so in love with Liza and ready to get married, he quickly veered towards a different direction, jumped into a brand new relationship without even processing the breakup, and forgot who has been by his side throughout.
Also, why did he immediately think Liza was trying to be malicious by warning him about what her sources said?
He knows her and her heart, so he should’ve at least taken a step back to consider what she was saying instead of telling her to “stay out of his personal life.”
It’s not like Liza to meddle or try to sabotage someone’s relationship even if it does hurt her to see him happy with another woman.
Is he that desperate for a family unit that he’s just willing to give into Quinn’s whims and manipulations so easily?
They always say when someone shows you their true colors, believe them.
If Charles can so easily be turned against the woman he once loved with his whole life then maybe Liza was right to say no to his haste proposal. Maybe he isn’t in it for the right reasons!
Based on how Charles is acting recently, I’m totally on board with the idea of Liza leaving Empirical and forgetting all about him.
However, that seems like kind of a waste considering we spent six seasons going back and forth between Team Josh and Team Charles.
So, I’d be willing to give Charles another chance if and only if he and Liza have a mature conversation that addresses the issues that led to their swift breakup following the proposal.
Liza is anti-getting married again because of her previous marriage, but she needs to acknowledge that Charles is a completely different man (and not a serial cheater like her former husband). Getting married this time around isn’t automatically going to make her a housewife either as she’s older and they won’t be raising young kids. She’s also not being asked to give up her independence, freedom, career, or sense of individuality and adventure.
She can have all of those things while being with Charles even if he does tend to play it on the safer side.
Of course, this doesn’t mean they have to rush into marriage either, and Charles needs to acknowledge that because of his failed relationship with Pauline, he has a fear of abandonment, which is why he was pushing so strongly to solidify his union with Liza.
They aren’t necessarily on different pages as I assumed previously because they both want to be committed to each other, but they’re also not confronting the real issues at hand.
When Liza rejected Charles’ proposal, he dipped out of the relationship because it was easier; he was protecting himself before he could get left behind again.
And I guess, in a way, that explains why it was so easy for Quinn to weasel her way in. She’s saying and doing all the right things because she needs this idea of a “perfect family” for her future campaign.
Liza may not have been right about Quinn announcing her run at her book event, but she’s right about Quinn using Charles to get what she wants.
I think deep down, Charles knows that and simply doesn’t want to admit it.
In a long-winded way, I’m basically saying that Liza and Charles should give each other another chance.
But first, he needs to kick Quinn all the way to the curb. Because man, I’ll be mad if after all this back-and-forth, the series ends with Charles marrying Quinn!
As for Team Josh, I think that ship has sailed. There’s nothing romantic between them anymore; the love they have is familial and friendly
Josh will always be part of Liza’s family, and in turn, she’ll always be part of his.
And that’s fine.
Sometimes, that kind of love is more powerful and important than anything else.
And it’s comforting that he can still be part of Liza’s journey of self-discovery in new ways like Inkubator, the underground book club. Also, how clever is that name?!
Throughout the seasons, all Josh has ever wanted was a family and a partner. He has his found family with Liza, Kelsey, Lauren, Maggie, Claire and Gemma, but now, he needs the love interest.
I hope he finds one that loves children as much as he does. And sorry, KT wasn’t it.
I love that so far into the series, the characters continue to make brave choices that align with their needs; they’re brave enough to walk away from relationships that don’t serve them even if it hurts.
Josh prioritized his daughter while KT knew she didn’t have space in her life for children. They were honest with each other and ended things without any hard feelings.
Though, it was pretty hilarious that she thought the diaper and other baby items were left on his bed for a night of kinky sex.
Maggie and Lauren are honestly the best duo on the series. Whenever they team up, the shenanigans are next-level.
On Younger Season 7 Episode 6, Lauren joined Maggie at a dinner at the dean’s house simply to make her wife Camila jealous.
It’s definitely awkward to attend a dinner knowing you hooked up with the woman’s wife, but it’s even more awkward when she ogles you all evening and sends nudes photos from the bathroom while you’re at the dinner table!
What is with this girl? And does her wife know? Maybe they’re both in on it?
Whatever is going on here, I just hope it doesn’t jeopardize Maggie’s teaching position because it seems like an art residency is her true calling!
We have a few episodes left so hopefully, the series will begin tying up loose ends and focusing on the relationships, friendships, and passion projects that will allow us to send the series off without any regrets.
What did you think of the episode? Where do you stand on the relationships?
And where do you hope Liza and Kelsey’s journey takes them?
9 TV Shows We’re Sad to Leave Behind in 2021
2021 was a strange year in TV. The production of so many shows was sidetracked by the pandemic, but we still somehow made it to the finale. So with the end of the year coming up in a couple of weeks, it seems only fitting to give a proper send-off to 9 TV shows that we’re sad to leave behind in 2021. Some ended too early, while others ended at the perfect time, but all will be greatly missed.
1. Younger (Paramount+)
This past summer we said a tearful goodbye to the cast of Younger. Originally, its producer, Darren Star had unofficially ideated Season 7 as its final season, and then it came true. Thankfully, it’s available to stream, so you can repeatedly enjoy this show in its full glory. Younger is about Liza Miller, a 40-year-old woman who resorts to lying about her age in order to return to the workforce after raising her daughter. It’s an entertaining rom-com that highlights ageism and sexism in the workplace, while also beautifully capturing the importance of friendship.
2. Insecure (HBO Max)
Insecure is a dramedy that focuses on the Black narrative, particularly Black women and the unrealistic expectation of confidence. Issa Dee’s just trying to survive and thrive in her personal and professional life. However, in order to get there, she must learn to overcome her insecurities and flaws. With the help of her best friend Molly, the two take on life in Los Angeles together all while overcoming a period of liminality.
3. Dickinson (Apple TV+)
A fantastic comedy that puts a modern twist on the mid-1800s, Dickinson, is not what you’d expect. Hailee Steinfeld leads the series as the outspoken feminist Emily Dickinson, as she strives to become the infamous poet we know and praise today. You don’t have to be an English major to enjoy this one. As long as you love a good romance, fight against the patriarchy, and maybe a little Wiz Kalifa, you’re sure to find this 3 season show, delightful.
4. Feel Good (Netflix)
Mae Martin’s original comedy, Feel Good on Netflix is a much-needed LGBTQ+ representative show. The show is a short two seasons but they sure pack quite the punch. It centers on Mae, a standup comedian who swaps her drug addiction for love. During her time in England, Mae meets and falls in love with George, a baby queer. The show dissects the qualms of their relationship, all of course, with a healthy dose of humor.
5. Shrill (Hulu)
A young journalist struggles to jumpstart her career until she begins to write about her greatest insecurity–weight. Shrill shares the life of Annie Eaton as she learns to find confidence in being unapologetically herself. Navigating the world of romance and privilege, she runs into problems and makes countless mistakes. Its three-season run feels short, but once you make it to the end, you’ll feel appreciative of the journey.
6. Kim’s Convenience (Netflix)
Kim’s Convenience is a Canadian show about a Korean-Canadian family and their acclimation to both the Canadian culture and the evolving generation. An endearing comedy about the pressures and tension between the children of immigrants and their parents. Its five-season run was the perfect length, but we will surely miss this cast.
7. The Bold Type (Freeform)
The Bold Type is a show about three fearless friends who bond over their careers at Scarlet Magazine. It has hints of Sex and the City, but with a more diverse and feminist perspective. It’s a bit more drama than comedy and includes the typical search for love, self-identity, and everything in between. The show’s fluidity was affected by the pandemic but still managed to end on a sweet note in its fifth season.
8. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (NBC)
This NBC show was cut way too short, but thankfully Roku picked it up for a movie to tie up some loose ends. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist centers on a unique premise. Following a CT scan, Zoey starts hearing people’s inner song-alogues. The power initially seems useless and annoying, but she later learns to use it for the better.
9. Atypical (Netflix)
Atypical is a sweet family comedy about Sam, a teenager who falls on the autism spectrum. The show follows his quest to find independence, love, and the meaning of life. And while his family plays a large role in his life, his newfound autonomy especially puts his mother on a new life journey–one without the constant supervision of her son. It’s a family affair, and you’ll be sure to invest in every character and the family dynamic by the end.
Younger Series Finale Review – Look How Far We’ve Come (7×12)
There is no such thing as the perfect ending.
Inevitably, someone is going to be disappointed. It’s hard to fulfill everyone’s expectations as it is, but that becomes especially true during an episodes that is meant to provide closure to a beloved series of six years.
I both loved and hated the Younger series finale. As Maggie said, love and hate tend to go hand-in-hand; they’re two sides of the same coin.
The finale was an authentic wrap-up for each character’s journey with each of them getting their own version of a happy ending. We celebrated how far everyone has come from the pilot episode.
No one was sidelined or forgotten about, even if it did take 35 minutes into the episode for Josh to get any screen time.
Can I just say, the series should have always embraced a 45-minute format! Look how much we were able to accomplish.
I’ll break up my finale review by character, but I’ll start with the most important question, the one we’ve all been dying to know for seven seasons…
Team Charles or Team Josh?
The truth is, neither. The finale ended with Josh telling Liza “I’ve been right here, by your side all along,” which implied that Team Josh won out in the end, but it was also an ambiguous ending that allowed audiences to interpret it in whatever way they saw fit. Josh and Liza could’ve remained friends, they could’ve become friends with benefits, or they could’ve given things another shot.
The line was meant to imply that Liza was ignoring what was right in front of her this whole time, but how could she ignore a man she barely even saw?
The moment may have made Team Josh hearts swoon, but I felt a little cheated. Josh was an afterthought this whole season. He barely had any storylines, and he barely interacted with Liza at all. He popped in and out of every episode for a total of a few minutes just to keep up appearances. And he’s the one she supposedly ends up with?
Why couldn’t we see them find their way back to each other. Why couldn’t we get more scenes between them?
Though, I will give it to the writers for making things come full-circle as Liza and Josh found each other at the bar once again in the same way they did in the pilot.
Liza’s love story with Charles was a special one, but sadly, it was always doomed. Their relationship, for the most part, was based on a lie. Secrets defied their relationship.
While there was plenty of love between them, there also wasn’t a lot of trust. They would never be able to get past the feeling that the other wasn’t being forthcoming and truthful. And that wasn’t fair to either of them.
However, if Charles and Liza were always going to go their separate ways, why did the show keep pushing them together this season?
It was such a tease to see them finally get back together after he broke up with Quinn only to have them ripped apart again. We saw Charles’s girls happy to see Liza back with her dad only for it to end again. It seemed like a colossal waste of time for both the characters even if it was realistic in the sense that there’s always that one person we keep going back to.
Most of the season felt rushed and as though the writers couldn’t actually decide what they wanted to do with this relationship.
Everything was shaping up for them to end up together and then bam, the rug was pulled out from under us.
If they were never endgame, it would’ve simply been better to keep them apart without the whole airport scene and give some of that screen time to Team Josh.
Though things didn’t pan out romantically between Liza and Charles, they were a necessary part of each other’s lives.
Liza reminded Charles why he got into publishing in the first place and pushed him to finish his novel, which was accepted into that YATO, a prestigious writer’s colony. He, in turn, named her Editor-in-Chief of Empirical, and I couldn’t think of anyone better for the job.
Liza started out as a woman lying about her age because she couldn’t get a job to running one of the most respected publishing house’s in New York.
And though they parted way amicably and will always remain friends, they also parted ways without actually growing much from the relationship — he remained insecure as ever and she continued to be painted as a liar.
I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again — Liza’s story was always one of forging her own path as an independent and badass woman. It was about finding herself after giving up her career to raise a child, owning her womanhood, her work ethic, finding her voice, becoming confident, her love of books, so it’s fitting that it ended with Liza putting herself first and getting the dream job.
What more could a woman ask for?
Okay, fine, maybe Liza should’ve reserved the rights to her story and turned it into a book, but the least they could’ve done is invested in the musical put on by Redmond’s boyfriend. She was the sole inspiration of Scamalot… and it was brilliant!
Kelsey’s story was set up for a potential spinoff, and it’s a spinoff that I’m hoping gets greenlit. Kelsey came up with a brilliant idea with Inkubator, but it wasn’t meant for Empirical. The company, and Charles, took a chance on her right out of college, but Kelsey’s time with Empirical had run its course. And she knew that. That’s why this time, she took a chance on herself and left even before she got the funding for her company.
Well, she did have some interest, but she shot those offers down immediately when she realized Rob was using her as a business transaction. Hey, Claire did try to warn her. Kelsey and Claire also made up, and I’m here for the female empowerment. They are both too good to be fighting over some worthless, misogynistic man.
Eventually, Kelsey’s persistence paid off because Hello Sunshine, Reese Witherspoon’s female-positive media company, invested in Inkubator, and Kels announced she was moving to Los Angeles (likely because Hilary Duff wants to be closer to her family in real life!). I wonder if this means that Hello Sunshine has picked up the Kelsey-focused spinoff? Wouldn’t that be the perfect TV-meets-real world situation?
The best part about Kelsey’s story arc is that she finally made it as an independent woman. She never needed a man, but she always relied on them (bad men, might I add) as a crutch. This was her moment and she’s owning it by herself and for herself! There’s a beauty in her maturity!
Six seasons and they couldn’t give Josh a last name?! As I mentioned, Josh didn’t get much screen time in the finale even though he was the “chosen” one, but we did find out that he bought the apartment building that housed Kelsey and Lauren’s place along with Inkburg.
I never knew Josh was that loaded, but I guess being a highly sought after tattoo artist likely pays well? I’m not sure. All I know is that Josh started off the series with roomies and ended up as a property owner, so good for him.
In the words of Rihanna, Maggie found love in a hopeless place. And while happiness looks good on Maggie, I’m slightly disappointed it was with the woman who was petty enough to ruin her career. Sure, she revived it as a make-good, but it just seems like Maggie could do better than Cass, who will always be a malicious woman with deep insecurities about herself.
Maggie, unlike Kels, has always been independent, and never needed to rely on anyone to help her career.
Lauren is the only person who can take something that would’ve normally been a roadblock for and turn it into a whole opportunity. She’s always been authentically herself, so pining after some heterosexual dude because her parents wanted her to settle down just wasn’t her speed. But when Max explained that she encouraged him to be himself and introduced her to his male fiancee, it all suddenly fell into place. Lauren propositioned the both of them, and well, you don’t have to ask yourself WWLD (What Would Lauren Do) because you already know!
In the end, the series has always been about the friendships you make along the way, and that’s exactly how it ended — with Liza, Maggie, Kelsey, Lauren, and Josh enjoying each other’s company while navigating this messy and unpredictable thing called life.
What did you think of the series finale? Are you happy with how it ended?
Younger Review – I Didn’t Get on the Plane (7×11)
The penultimate episode is setting up Younger for a happy ending, but will all the drama this season be worth it?
I’ll start with the positives — though I knew exactly how the episode would end, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.
There was such a thrill in seeing Liza come to terms with the fact that she had to let him go while also trying to see if there was anything left between them.
And there was! When she handed him back the passport, there was plenty of tension and so much left unsaid. Charles’s feelings for her were obvious by the way his eyes lit up when she appeared at the airport. That’s the one and only thing Pauline was right about.
However, the predictability was also what made me so upset with the episode.
Younger has never been a cliche or predictable series, so having Charles realize that he has feelings for Liza moments before boarding a plane with another woman felt like cheap storytelling.
Was it romantic? Sure. It always is. That’s why near-miss airport scenes have been the backdrop for so many rom-coms, but we don’t watch Younger for a re-enactment of the classic Ross and Rachel scene in the Friends finale. We know the formula, and there’s nothing exciting about it.
There is something to be said about the writing as it managed to do what I thought was impossible and bring the focus back to Liza and Charles, but again, that’s where the focus should’ve been this whole time.
Audiences didn’t want to see this mess with Quinn dragged on, we wanted the final season to explore Charles and Liza’s blossoming relationship.
Not to mention, their reunion makes the whole season unnecessary and pointless as it unravels everything that’s happened over the course of 11 episodes with one big and predictable gesture.
Why put them through all that drama if we were always going to end up back at square one?
For the last few seasons, I’ve been Team Charles and wanted nothing more than to see them end up together, but after everything he put Liza through this season, I’m just not feeling the romance.
And as I said in previous reviews, I would’ve preferred an ending where she chose herself.
Some fans have questioned why I’m so hard on Charles and not on Liza despite the fact that she slept with the first pretty boy she laid eyes on post-split, but there’s a difference between getting under someone else casually to move on and pursuing a brand new relationship with your exes sworn enemy and proceeding to flaunt it in her face.
Charles knew better and did it anyway because he could. Liza didn’t deserve any of it, and yet, she was ready to let him go and be happy because she loved him that much.
Now, that’s not to say that Liza hasn’t had her fair of indecisive moments in the past that led Charles to question whether she was truly in it for the long haul, but even so, he should’ve been open to a conversation and let her explain why she wasn’t interested in getting married again.
This time, Liza was his and only his, and he let his insecurities get in the way of a damn good thing.
The silver lining is that he realized how stupid he was before he made any actual commitments to Quinn.
I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Charles shock when the real Quinn came out. As she barked orders at him and belittled him for forgetting his passport (who doesn’t double-check before a flight?!), he realized that this was absolutely not the woman he wanted to spend the rest of his life or even the next hour with.
It’s further proof that this whole time, Quinn was putting on an act. She may have been in love with the idea of Charles, but she didn’t love Charles. And I’m convinced that a part of her also enjoyed flaunting the romance in Liza’s face.
And believe it or not, she is the villain in this story as it all boils down to Inkubator!
Buying Inkubator would allow Quinn to get revenge on both Charles and Liza. Not only would she be able to take it away from Empirical, and thus, Charles, but it would also make her Liza’s boss, which means she’d essentially own her.
The storyline would’ve been promising in any other season, but with one episode left, I don’t really want to see Liza and Kelsey’s company get bought up by someone who doesn’t have its best interest at heart, nor do I want their unique concept to be ripped off by publishing vultures.
Kelsey should’ve listened to her gut about sending the proposal to one of Rob’s VC’s.
He wanted to help her get the best price, but clearly the subject line “for your eyes only” means “forward this to everyone you know.”
I really hope that everything works out for them in the end because Liza and Kelsey deserve it.
They’ve worked too hard on the concept to get ripped off.
And let this be a lesson to Kelsey about keeping her ideas under wraps and only showing them to the people she absolutely trusts. Kelsey would’ve been better off researching a few investors herself and pitching them directly.
As for Rob, he doesn’t seem to be worth all the trouble.
As I said, he may have wanted to help, but in general, he’s just been causing chaos in her life both personally and professionally.
In addition to the whole Inkubator debacle that we know is coming in the series finale, Rob also caused a rift between Kelsey and Claire, which meant that she had to move out of Josh’s place.
I guess it was the little push Kelsey needed to get out on her own.
Except that she’s not actually on her own and can’t even afford to get her own place without Charles’s offer. For now, she’s relying on Rob’s kindness and living in his model apartment, which could make things super difficult and awkward if she decides to break up with him.
Then there’s Lauren’s love life, and well, it seems like she’s going to end up with her ex Max.
Now, all I want is for Lauren to find her soulmate and be happy, but I just can’t get down with her ending up with a regular dude like Max. I know opposites attract and he could be the one to level Lauren’s eccentric nature, but I don’t want Lauren’s spirit to ever be dimmed.
She needs someone just as wild and free-spirited as she is; she doesn’t need to settle down with a “nice boy” as her parents suggested.
And don’t let that steamy sex scene that ended up being just a dream fool you. Though, it was great!
I’ll admit a part of me is still rooting for Lauren and Maggie.
As we near the end, the series wanted to bring some familiar faces, but I’m willing to bet that Pauline was not the familiar face we all wanted to see. Diana, where you at, girl?
I know her appearances were limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic and prior commitments, but really… Pauline?
The whole storyline was so juvenile. She tried to make amends with Liza and thought she contributed to her breakup with Charles. Can someone please help Pauline realize that she’s not that important?
Pauline’s plan wasn’t effective in the way she hoped it would be, but it did help Charles see Quinn’s true colors, so I guess that counts for something.
There were moments where her meddling was slightly comical, but she came out of the blue and inserted herself for absolutely no reason and against Liza’s wishes.
And once again, my issue with Josh’s lack of screentime stands. Pauline got more screentime in the 25-minute episode than Josh did all season.
The only thing I did enjoy was how protective he was over Kelsey when he gave Rob a stern warning about “being a little more careful” with her heart than he was with Claire’s.
Josh has every right to call out Rob since he’s now involved with two of the women that he loves.
What did you think of the penultimate episode? Do you think Charles should be forgiven and taken back with open arms?
Will you be happy with Liza and Charles as endgame?
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