Happy Wednesday TV fans! After watching TV Land’s Younger season 5 episode 5 last night, I learned that we might not always know what the future holds for us, but that doesn’t mean that running away is the answer. Even if we think that there is nothing left for us somewhere, a glimmer of hope can still prevail, proving that “you can’t go wrong committing to yourself.” Do we take the leap of faith or do we opt for the safe choice? It’s impossible to know which option will work out better and both may fail miserably, but if we don’t try, we’ll end up with something even worse, regret. Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet. In last night’s episode, “Big Little Liza,” Liza continues her relationship with Don, but is in for a surprising twist. Meanwhile, Josh contemplates leaving New York, Lauren gets schooled on what is relevant, and Kelsey grows closer to her author, Jake. My top 5 moments from Younger season 5 episode 5 are:
“I don’t want to share you tonight.”
Kelsey and Zane’s new author, Jake, invites Kelsey to be his plus-one at a party. It seems harmless enough, but as the night goes on, it’s clear that Jake has romantic feelings for Kelsey. After taking her on the rooftop away from the rest of the party, he awkwardly asks her if he can kiss her, but Kelsey doesn’t turn this request down. They share a kiss and Kelsey starts to realize that their relationship may not just be professional anymore. Zane is not blind to Jake’s growing crush on Kelsey and reminds her, “You’re too smart to do something to jeopardize this.” Zane is looking at this from a business angle, but there may be some jealousy involved as well. Is Kelsey making the right decision? I still feel that she is better suited for Zane, but it may take losing him for her to realize that he could be the one.
“Please keep your mingling to a minimum.”
Lauren is preparing for a make-up event and introduces us to her new intern, Tam. After Josh asks who he is, Lauren reminds him that “you can’t just assume everyone’s pronouns buddy,” and explains that “their name is Tam.” At the party, Lauren tries to school Liza and Maggie on what’s appropriate and on trend, but Maggie hilariously says, “I was less confused in the closet.” After Lauren fails to get Tam to commit to a Selfie or a photo with her, he tells Lauren that she is trying too hard and that no one even posts anymore. Lauren is shocked to realize that she is now considered “old,” as she has always prided herself on knowing what’s relevant before everyone else. Will this cause Lauren to have a further crisis or will she be able to accept who she is and own it?
“Your life is your life but why are you smashing your face into bread?”
The funniest part of the episode for me is when Liza discovers that her daughter, Caitlin, is into “breadfacing.” Liza is horrified by this and tries to understand it, but Maggie does not hold anything back when she explains that people are definitely “jerking off” to what she is doing. After several failed attempts to reach Caitlin by phone, Liza sits down at dinner with her and asks her why she is doing this. Caitlin explains that it is just for some extra money, but Liza reminds her that “you are what you do,” which is advice that she can apply to her own situation as well. Liza hilariously begins rubbing her own face against a loaf of bread at dinner to get Caitlin to see her point, proving that she doesn’t care what anyone thinks. However, she still feels the need to lie about her age at her job. Even though Charles has explained why she must continue to lie, it seems like Liza can take some lessons from her older and wiser self.
“I’m not ready to give up yet.”
In this episode, we learn that Josh needs to make a huge decision on whether or not to stay in New York and continue his lease for the next ten years. Josh has clearly been damaged by commitment and starts to wonder if he might be better off starting fresh somewhere else. He confides in Liza about this and tells her that he feels like he is done with this place. Liza desperately tries to get him to see the good and tells him that, “this place is your passion, your soul.” She reminds him that “you can’t go wrong committing to yourself,” but Josh is still confused at this point on what he should do. He asks her what is keeping him there and explains that he doesn’t have her, even though Liza tells him that she will always be a part of his life. Later in the episode, Liza freaks out when she sees the Inkburg sign being taken down and rushes up to Josh to try and get him to change his mind. Josh explains that he is just replacing it with a bigger sign to her relief. Josh and Liza embrace in a hug and it’s hard not to notice the spark still lingering between these two. Josh tells Liza that he’s not ready to give up yet, but it’s clear that he is talking about more than New York and his place of business. Josh and Liza still have unresolved feelings that will reach the surface sooner or later, but this doesn’t make their friendship or relationship any less complicated at the moment. Either way, I am happy that Josh will be sticking around.
“I think I might know why you can’t find work.”
In this episode, Don returns and him and Liza seem to be hitting it off. While I don’t really see the passion like with her and Charles or with her and Josh, Don seems to be a nice enough guy who is making Liza laugh. After Liza slips on the ice, Don picks up her two ID cards and Liza tells him the truth about her situation. Liza quickly learns that you can’t trust everyone and Don uses this as an opportunity to expose Liza in a story for Vanity Fair. A Fact Checker begins calling Liza, Kelsey, and even Reese Witherspoon’s company, looking for confirmation on Liza’s age. Liza panics when she is asked for an answer, but thinks on her feet and says that she is “age queer” and doesn’t identify with any age. Kelsey jumps on the bandwagon as well and surprisingly this works and even creates a buzz on Twitter. Later on, Liza confronts Don and he reminds her that he was just doing what he needed to do and is no different from her. Liza reminds us why we adore her so much when she tells Don that she thinks she knows why he is having trouble finding work and says, “Because you’re an asshole Don.” I have to admit I started cheering for her in this moment and I hope that Liza realizes that she deserves much better. However, this should teach her a valuable lesson about trust and maybe it’s about time that the truth comes out to everyone, even though there will be consequences. Stay tuned!
I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on Younger below in the comments section. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!
Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl
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