Reaction to the “Younger” Series Finale: The Ending I Dreamed of Came True

**Please note MAJOR spoilers are ahead if you are not caught up with this series.**

I woke up bright and early today to watch the Younger series finale and even though I have had some issues with the final season, I went into it hoping for the best and boy did it deliver!

In last week’s post, I talked about some of my predictions and questions that I had and I think that most of them were answered in the finale, but there were still a few loose ends I had some issues with.

First, let’s talk about Kelsey’s decision.

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I was really happy that Kelsey made the right decision about Rob and decided to go out on her own even though she didn’t really have an investor anymore for Inkubator. I thought that her speech at the party was really heartfelt and inspiring and I was rooting for her to find her own way.

Well, she did and thanks to the group behind Reese Witherspoon’s book club, she now has an investor. Kelsey will be moving to California and will be starting a new life, which was bitter sweet since she will be leaving Liza behind.

I have one issue with the Kelsey story and it involves Zane. I don’t like that we are just supposed to assume that Zane couldn’t handle Kelsey’s promotion and left things the way they were. I understand that the pandemic prevented some actors from returning, but Kelsey could have gotten a congratulatory text from Zane, perhaps?

Lauren and Maggie get a chance at love.

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While not exactly what I expected for either of them, their choices were far from boring and I think that it suited their characters. I am really happy that we got to spend a lot of time devoted to them this season.

The end of Charliza…

I went into this series finale thinking we were going to get a cheesy Charliza ending and I was glad that the writers went in a different direction. Liza and Charles realize that they are not going to make it and part amicably this time.

Liza is going to be the editor-in-chief at Empirical and I was honestly really excited for her. This show has been a journey of self-discovery for Liza in a lot of ways and I think that this promotion proves that she has made it and then some.

The only thing missing here is that she needs Diana to join her team again…seriously not even a mention in the series finale? That was another missed opportunity.

OK, so let’s talk about that ending!!!!!!

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I’ve been complaining that Josh has seemed mostly filler in the final season and deep down in my heart, I have always shipped Liza with Josh. The show ends exactly as it should. Everything comes full circle and Liza ends up at a bar…with Josh.

She points out that she didn’t even know he was there and he reminds her that he always has been.

The implication is there, which is exactly what I was looking for. We don’t get this over-the-top kiss or them walking off into the sunset, but we do leave things open enough to make our conclusions about what will happen between them.

I think that Younger redeemed itself in its final episode and I thought that it nailed the series finale, which is not easy to do.

I have seen a lot of shows fail at this miserably over the years and Younger took a simple and effective approach and it paid off.

I’m a Younger fan for life and I will miss watching the episodes, but there’s always time for a re-watch!

If you haven’t watched Younger yet, you can catch up now on Paramount Plus and Hulu!

Feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Younger in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!


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My performance of the week ending 4/18/20 on TV goes to…

Kerry Washington as Mia Warren on Hulu’s Little Fires Everywhere.

There are a lot of emotions to tap into during this show, but Kerry manages to display every single one to perfection. Her performance as Mia Warren is real and honest and she brings me to tears.

**Please note some spoilers are ahead, but major ones have been left out for your convenience.**

It’s no secret that Kerry Washington is a fantastic actress, but she is exploring a whole new character in Little Fires Everywhere and I absolutely love every single second of it. Mia Warren clashes drastically with Reese Witherspoon’s Elena Richardson and the dynamic between these two is fantastic.

Even though both are talented actresses, Kerry has been stealing the show. Mia is broken and jaded in a lot of ways, but she also tells the blunt truth, which is not always received well in a small town where appearances matter.

Mia is a fantastic artist and photographer and she loves to take pictures of how people really are, capturing them in emotionally raw moments that reflect the parts of them they don’t always want others to see.

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And that’s what makes her work so unique, revealing the many layers of her own character as well. After learning more about Mia’s past, a lot of the jumbled pieces started to form into coherent images, but Mia is far from being perfect herself. She has made many mistakes in her life and she clings to her relationship with her daughter, Pearl, but quickly learns that perhaps her stance on honesty should also apply to her own family.

Mia’s connections with other characters are truly interesting because she really seems like more of a loner and yet she is able to make such an epic impact on all of their lives. Elena starts out wanting to gain Mia’s approval, but eventually changes her tune, determined to expose her for her own faults.

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There is this constant divide between these two and yet they both value motherhood above all else. Elena is all about perfection even though she has her own skeletons in the closet, but Mia recognizes the beauty in imperfection. It’s interesting how Mia’s daughter bonds with Elena and Izzy feels more comfortable with Mia, revealing that perhaps these two broad ends of the spectrum are not that different.

Mia has tried so hard to prepare her daughter, Pearl, for the harsh realities of the world while Elena refuses to let Izzy just be herself, which creates another interesting dynamic. Through it all, Mia’s love for Pearl is apparent and she will do anything to protect her child, but now that Elena is threatening that relationship, things may get ugly.

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What’s next for Mia? Well, we’ll have to wait and see, but Elena has crossed a serious line and Mia is not one to stay quiet. We also need to see how this impacts Mia’s relationship with her own daughter and how this plays out. The fires are igniting everywhere between these families and it’s only a matter of time before someone or something is destroyed.

I can’t wait to see how it all ends and I am so invested and grateful for Kerry Washington’s performances week after week. She is truly brilliant in this role and deserves some recognition for sure.

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Little Fires Everywhere” on Hulu: Deliciously Deadly Suburbia

**This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!**

“If they’re saying something untrue, then you should change the story…”

Little Fires Everywhere premiered on Hulu on March 17th 2020 with 3 new episodes (Approximately 50 minutes in length). The remaining 5 episodes of the limited series will air weekly on Wednesdays. It stars Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Joshua Jackson, Lexi Underwood, and Gavin Lewis.

The show is based on the best-selling novel written by Celeste Ng. It follows a 90’s family living in the picture perfect suburban town of Shaker Heights. They cross paths with a mother and daughter who have just arrived in town, as secrets, dark pasts, and mysteries are revealed. Each character’s story is intertwined with another, creating a vortex of drama along the way.

This plot and setting may seem familiar, as it definitely channels some aspects of Big Little Lies, The Affair, and Desperate Housewives.

However, the connections and story lure you in right away, making this binge-watch friendly option entertaining. But does it do enough to stand out from its predecessors? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Witherspoon and Washington are electric on screen.

Their characters certainly have an interesting dynamic and we can absolutely feel the awkward tension between them, as each mother comes from a different socioeconomic background. However, the performances of these two incredible actresses transform these intriguing characters into something far greater. I can’t get enough of them!

The rest of the supporting characters are actually terrific as well and I would like to spotlight Lexi Underwood, who plays Mia’s (Washington) daughter, Pearl.

A mystery that leaves you wanting more.

The opening scene of the series immediately draws you in, as we discover that Elena Richardson’s (Witherspoon) beautiful home is on fire. We know that this is not an accident and it certainly makes you suspect everyone we meet, as we try to get to the bottom of this mystery, while other secrets are exposed along the way.

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90’s nostalgia.

I don’t know about you, but I love a show that can transport me back to a time that I know very well. The show is set during the late 90’s and we get several mentions of this, but the pop culture references seamlessly mentioned really make you feel like you are turning back time.

The kids are seen watching Ricki Lake and The Real World. Elena’s daughter throws in some comments about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and even compares her own high school relationship to Brenda and Dylan’s on Beverly Hills, 90210.

Once you get to the high school dance, the songs will absolutely make you smile. Seriously, one song after the next had me singing along from Chumbawamba’s Tubthumping to The Cardigans’s Lovefool to Savage Garden’s Truly Madly Deeply.

I was in 90’s music heaven and I still know all the words! Enjoy!

The Cons:

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Same Reese. Different show.

I wouldn’t say that this is really a con, but I have seen Reese Witherspoon play this character before. Elena Richardson is very much a mix between Bree Van de Kamp from Desperate Housewives and Madeline Martha Mackenzie on Big Little Lies, played by Witherspoon. I’ve seen Reese play this character obsessed with perfection many times and I was hoping for a different role for her.

That being said, she plays the role brilliantly, but I guess I was looking for some more layers from her.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in! This series is exactly what I need right now. The show keeps you on the edge of your seat and there are so many moments in-between the big ones that will take your breath away. Every character and plot point is important and Kerry Washington is out of this world. She’s truly incredible and she lights up the screen with Reese Witherspoon, as we unfold this mystery together.

While some of the suburban drama is predictable, the show has not let me down yet, surprising me with its reveals and twists. I can’t wait to watch the remaining episodes and I absolutely recommend this show.

It is the series to watch right now!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Little Fires Everywhere in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!


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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Younger” season 5 episode 8: “Can We Stay In Our Bubble Just For Tonight?”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching TV Land’s Younger season 5 episode 8 last night, I found myself thinking of Liza’s advice when she says, “The good things only happen when we risk letting the bad stuff happen too.”  We may want to keep our guard up or make decisions with our head rather than our heart, but sometimes we can miss out on something truly great if we do so.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Bubble,” Liza and Charles finally get a chance to explore their feelings for one another.  Meanwhile, Kelsey tries to make the right decision, Lauren has a dinner party, and Diana struggles with keeping up with her cleanse.  My top 5 moments from Younger season 5 episode 8 are:


“I need to press pause.”

Kelsey has clearly been stressed out in her personal and professional life and it doesn’t help that she has been stuck in the middle of a love triangle between her author and her co-worker.  Kelsey finally makes the decision to choose herself, or at least a time out, when she tells Jake that she wants to cool things at least until after the book comes out.  Kelsey is just being honest and tries to explain that she has made this mistake before and it seems like Jake is willing to accept this.  However, Jake demonstrates his sneaky side once again and goes behind Kelsey’s back to approach Charles and suggest that his book be published by Empirical Press rather than Millennial.  Jake’s actions prove that he is absolutely not the right match for Kelsey, but will the shadiness stop here?  Something tells me it’s only the beginning.  Watch out Kelsey!


“We all have issues.”

Lauren is excited to host a dinner party for her friends and plans on inviting a woman she recently met that she is very much interested in.  Josh and Maggie show up and Maggie hilariously brings some food even though Lauren is cooking and reminds her, “You want to impress this girl right?”  When the doorbell finally rings, Maggie is beyond shocked to learn that Lauren’s date is her ex-girlfriend, Malkie.  Lauren’s cooking is not the only thing stirring in the pot, as the drama and tension between these two escalates.  Malkie and Maggie clearly have unresolved feelings for one another, but Maggie leaves before they can completely rehash everything.  After speaking to Liza, Maggie realizes that maybe she does need to let her wall down and give Malkie a chance.  With the help of Josh, she paints a beautiful mural with Malkie’s portrait to surprise her and it looks like they are both ready to give their relationship another go and put in some work.


“This one is hers.”

In the beginning of the episode, Zane is still angry with Kelsey after being taken off of Jake’s book.  Kelsey tries to talk it out with him, but Zane harshly tells her, “You screwed me and then you screwed me over.”  Later on in the episode, Charles approaches Zane about shifting Jake’s book over to Empirical and Zane proves to be a knight in shining armor.  He could easily take the credit here and grab this opportunity, but he tells Charles that Kelsey worked very hard on the book and Charles agrees to keep it at Millennial.  Zane may be hurt and frustrated by Kelsey’s actions, but he refuses to stoop to the underhanded level that Jake has, proving once again to a good and honest man.  Now let’s hope our girl Kelsey can realize this too.  Men like Zane are hard to come by and I would hate to see these two miss out on an opportunity to be together.


“She might want revenge.”

Liza and Diana are meeting with Reese Witherspoon’s representative to discuss “Marriage Vacation,” and Liza is shocked when Pauline arrives.  Pauline clearly knows what is happening between Liza and Charles, as she starts coming up with different premises for her sequel, suggesting that perhaps a younger assistant steals her husband.  Liza panics and plays along when she says, “Maybe the assistant was actually trying to help,” but Pauline is not buying it and starts talking about revenge ideas.  While it is great to see Liza and Charles finally together, there are still many outside forces that can bring consequences.  Are they finally ready to face them together?


“Can we stay in our bubble just for tonight?”

The beginning of the episode opens up with us seeing bits and pieces of Liza and Charles’s night together which is very sexy and passionate.  Charles leaves for ten days and when he returns, he is sporting a new beard.  While Liza is not necessarily a fan of the beard, she is so excited to see Charles and the two continue their secret relationship by meeting up in the stairwell and sending texts to one another.  When Charles invites Liza out, he takes her to Battery Park to a sea glass carousel and I was absolutely swooning over this date.  All of this talk about staying in a bubble and Charles literally takes her to their very own bubble away from the rest of the world.  After Liza tells Charles about Pauline, he explains that he has already taken care of it and agrees to let her take her sequel to another publishing company.  It’s clear that Charles’s main priority is Liza, but he does recognize that the challenges are going to keep coming their way.  While we know that they cannot stay hidden in their bubble forever, I have to say that it was so wonderful to finally see these two enjoy some quality time together.  But what happens when they step out of the bubble and face reality?  Something tells me that as long as they stick together, they can make it through any obstacle thrown their way.  That doesn’t mean it will be smooth sailing; however, as we know these two are in for a bumpy ride.  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!


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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Younger” season 5 episode 5: “You Become What You Do”

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!


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