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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.

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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.

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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.

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Younger – Stiff Competition (6×05)

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Younger Stiff Competition Review

With a title like “Stiff Competition,” it was obvious that Charles and Liza would be squaring off against each other on Younger Season 6 Episode 5.

Sure, the “stiff competition” actually referred to Charles’ penis, but it more than applies to the current dynamic between Charles and Liza when it comes to Millennial and Mercury.

There was a possibility that Charles and Liza could keep this competition friendly and lighthearted, but that all went out the door the moment Charles began pulling almost every author right from under Millennial and showing absolutely no remorse.

Competition can keep you on your toes, but it can also destroy your relationship.

As Diana and Kelsey put it: Liza is sleeping with the enemy and it was bound to become problematic.

Being caught in the middle is nothing new for Liza; it’s a formula we’ve seen Younger implement since the first season.

She’s always in the middle trying to make everything work and watching it crumble around her.

If it isn’t Charles vs. Josh, it’s Charles vs. Kelsey or Millennial vs. Mercury.

Lines have become blurred and there are only three ways this potentially goes: Charles and Liza break-up, Charles pursues different authors than Millennial (as he should), or Liza goes to work with him at Mercury.

Keeping the peace and remaining neutral didn’t work when Kelsey’s whole reputation was on the line.

And to be honest, by the end, I was against keeping things neutral, too.

I’ll fully admit that I’m a bit confused on Charles’ motivations and where he’s coming from internally.

Is he genuinely fine with competing with Liza? Does he enjoy it?

Does he not value her as a career woman because she’s still technically working for him? Is he just oblivious to how it’s affecting his former co-workers?

At one point, he tells Julia she’ll be in good hands whoever she signs with.

Initially, it seemed like Charles had no ill intention and believed in Liza and thus, Millennial, but after his last statement about everything benefitting the bottom line, he basically took all of Liza and Kelsey’s wins as his own.

His approach in that final scene was surprising

I’ve never pegged him as an egotistical man, but that’s the kind of the vibe I’m getting.

All those things he said about “risking everything for his dream” don’t apply because somehow — and I truly don’t understand how he’s allowed to still have a stake in Millennial while running Mercury — he has toes dipped in both companies thus making it impossible for him to lose.

He’s winning regardless of who is signing the authors.

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