Ranking the top 5 moments from “Younger” season 5 episode 10: “We Accept the Love We Think We Deserve”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching TV Land’s Younger season 5 episode 10, I realized that it’s important to take our own advice.  Sometimes it’s easier to reflect on what someone else might need or deserve, but what happens when we take a good hard look in the mirror?  Can we truly apply that same advice to our own situation?  It’s important to remember that the person staring back at us in the mirror deserves the same respect as anyone else.  We just have to remember that we are worth it and we do deserve our very own chance at happiness.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Girls on the Side,” Liza quickly realizes that her secret relationship with Charles is not ideal.  Meanwhile, Josh opens up Inkburg 2.0, Diana meets Enzo’s entire family, and Caitlin introduces her mother to her new boyfriend.  My top 5 moments from Younger season 5 episode 10 are:

5

“He is your father’s age.”

Liza is surprised and excited to run into her daughter, Caitlin, at Josh’s re-opening.  When Caitlin introduces Liza to her new boyfriend, Liza is not thrilled.  Caitlin’s new man is much older than her and also her former English professor at school.  Liza tries to give him a chance and agrees to brunch with them and Josh tags along for moral support.  Liza reminds Caitlin that he is her father’s age and Caitlin hilariously tells her mom that she checked and he is in fact younger than her dad.  Liza doesn’t want to get in the way of Caitlin’s happiness, but she is very worried about this new relationship and how it will impact her daughter.

4

“I just want to acknowledge one person in particular.  She inspired me to not give up so thank you Liza.”

Liza is very excited to attend the launch party for Josh’s grand opening of his new tattoo parlor.  Kelsey had previously told her that he has been trying really hard to impress her, but Liza just wants to be there to show her support for him.  When Josh gives a speech, he focuses entirely on Liza and thanks her for being there for him and never giving up on him.  This moment is truly touching, but it makes it so much harder to shift gears toward Team Charles, especially when Josh wears his heart on his sleeve…of tattoos.  Josh and Liza have had their fair share of ups and downs, but it’s nice to see him take a moment to acknowledge her here.  But is there more to it beyond friendship?  We’ll have to wait and see.

3

“I am too old to fight.”

In this episode, Diana is invited to dinner with Enzo’s entire family and she is beyond nervous.  Enzo’s mother tells her to bring a dish and she enlists the help of Maggie to pull off something spectacular.  When she arrives, Enzo’s mother is pleased with the dish, but this leads to Diana being forced to help her in the kitchen.  Diana is a real trooper and tries to do her very best, but she has had enough when Enzo’s mother scolds her for not using the proper garnish on the Eel dish.  Even though Diana has very strong feelings for Enzo, she is not about to go insane to impress his mother.  Diana courageously stands up to Enzo’s mother after her harsh words and walks out.  Enzo goes after her and tells her that he is going to move to an apartment in Manhattan, which shows that he is not ready to give up on Diana just yet.  After all, he likes to be around strong women and Diana is absolutely worthy of this title.  Arrivederci Enzo’s mom!

2

“You don’t even know what real is.”

It seems like Josh and Liza are getting along very well, but this takes a turn for the worst when Liza decides to confide in him about her relationship with Charles.  Liza tells Josh that she is “trying to be more real,” but Josh tells her that a secret relationship can never be something real and that he was always so open with his feelings for her.  While I was heartbroken for Josh in this moment, I was beyond upset when we see him going to get his dragon tattoo covered up or re-done, which is the tattoo he got for Liza.  Is Josh really ready to permanently remove his attachment to Liza?

1

“Call me when it is.”

After Caitlin comes home upset after her boyfriend made her leave because they could be seen together by a colleague, Liza tells Caitlin all about the lie she has been living.  Caitlin is doubtful at first, but is supportive of her mother.  Liza tells Caitlin that she deserves to be with someone in an open and honest relationship and quickly realizes that she needs to apply this to her own situation with Charles.  She asks Maggie, “What if Charles and I are just a fantasy?”  Maggie hates seeing Liza resort to being someone’s side piece because she deserves so much more.  At the end of the episode, Charles explains why they need to still keep their relationship a secret and that it’s not the right time yet.  Liza courageously tells him to call her when it is, trying to accept the love that she does truly deserve, which is something more than this.  While I was heartbroken to see a setback for Charles and Liza’s relationship, it’s important that Liza doesn’t lose her sense of self-worth along the way.  I’m proud of you Liza!  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!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Affair” season 4 episode 9: “I Just Want To Live A Different Life”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s The Affair last night, I realized that it is never too late to try and change our own story.  Alison Bailey is proof of that.  Over the years, Alison has been broken, like a wounded bird, desperately trying to cling to some kind of temporary moment of bliss.  Even though Alison began to make real changes in her life, her true metamorphosis occurred when she took Helen’s advice and decided to change her narrative, refusing to let men treat her a certain way.  That made this episode even more tragic, dark, and heartbreaking for me.  I was so proud of Alison’s strength here, but sometimes there is a darkness in others that tries to stifle even the faintest light, dragging it deep into the ocean.  But not everything stays beneath the surface for long.  Please note major spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “409,” Alison prepares for her conversation with Ben and confronts him about his lie.  While the temptation remains, Alison focuses all of her energy on doing the right thing and finding out the truth.  Alison’s fate is finally revealed to the audience, which is both shocking and devastating.  My top 5 moments from The Affair season 4 episode 9 are:

5

“All I want is to somehow be forgiven.”

Part one of the episode is from Alison’s perspective, as she anxiously waits for Ben to arrive.  When he shows up, Alison does her best to keep the conversation going and explains that she has some things she wants to address with Ben.  Before she can get a chance, Ben reveals to Alison that he is married and that he has just left his wife.  Alison explains that she already knew this information and that she is “done being a woman you lie to your wife about.”  After all, Alison has already lived through this before and she knows that “it doesn’t end well.”  Ben opens up to Alison and tells her about his time as a soldier in Afghanistan and how he killed a kid by mistake, which has left him with a never-ending hole of guilt, weighing down on his conscience constantly.  He explains that he was not the same person when he returned and this impacted everything, including his marriage.  Alison compassionately listens to him, understanding what it means to walk around with that pain every day.

4

“Don’t mess with my heart, OK?”

Ben agrees to fix Alison’s sink even after she tells him she can’t see him anymore and then she agrees to make him dinner.  It seems like their break-up is amenable and I instantly began to question everything since we know that this is not the story that Ben told Cole and Noah.  Ben asks Alison to dance with him and Alison asks him, “What happens to us?  The ones who can’t be forgiven.”  Ben answers that he wants to live and the two share a kiss.  He asks Alison what she wants and she gives in to Ben and begins kissing him back.  This leads to them making love and it seems like everything is perfect between them now.  Only it’s too perfect and now we know why.

3

“Tell me the truth.”

Alison is cleaning up in the kitchen and hears a knock at the door.  The rain is still pouring outside and she looks down at the sink, which is now broken again.  When she opens the door, Ben is standing there and part two from Alison’s perspective begins.  One of the reasons why I adore this show so much is because we get to see things from different perspectives.  Usually each story has its own version or variation of the truth, but we ultimately get to peek into the hearts and minds of our favorite characters.  When part two opened up with Alison again, I realized that the first part was merely a dream or a fantasy of what could be.  Reality was now at the door and I was on the edge of my seat, fearing for the worst.  When Alison tells Ben she needs to talk to him, he is no longer kind and gentle like in the first part.  He tells her never to stand him up again and is clearly angry and on edge.  Ben begins drinking when he tells Alison about his time in Afghanistan, which now reveals that Ben knew that the kid he killed was not holding a real weapon.  Alison tries to ask him why he would do this and his anger begins to escalate even further.

2

“I don’t owe you a thing.”

We know that Ben has a problem with drinking and his behavior begins to become erratic.  He breaks down when Alison tells him to leave and cries in her lap and begs her to be with him.  Alison has had enough; however, and is ready to embrace the strong woman within.  She tells Ben she knows that he is married and it’s like a new darkness comes over Ben.  He is now suddenly calmer, but the danger is nowhere near gone.  He tells Alison that she better not tell his wife, threatening her.  Alison tells him that she won’t if he leaves and he turns everything around on her.  Ben tells Alison that she broke up other marriages and that he will only leave if she admits that this is her fault.  Alison stays strong and tells Ben, “I don’t owe you a thing.”  While I was so proud of Alison in this moment, I feared what would happen next.  Ben attacks Alison and hits her over the head.  As the blood rushes down on Alison’s face, her life began pouring out of her.  While I was hoping to be wrong about Ben, the reality of him being Alison’s murderer became painfully obvious when I realized that there were no other characters in this episode at the beginning of part two.

1

“I just want to live a different life.  I want to live a different story.”

At the end of the episode, we see Ben dumping Alison’s body into the ocean by the rocks.  Alison’s last monologue is heard, which is beyond heartbreaking.  Alison talks about wanting to live a different life or story so that she could be someone who could be happy.  She took Helen’s advice and finally tried to be strong and stand up for herself, but Ben refused to allow her the chance at a fresh start.  We see Alison’s body sinking to the bottom of the ocean, as this life is over for her.  In this moment, I wanted nothing more for Alison than for her to get another chance.  She has been through so much loss and pain along the way and it seems beyond unfair that her story ends just when she was starting to fight for the spark of life that had been trapped away for so long.  This episode was compelling and dark, revealing the ugliness that can lurk beneath the surface.  Alison was not perfect and she was completely aware of this, but she didn’t deserve what happened to her and I am hoping that Cole gets the chance to bring Ben to justice.  While Alison’s story may be over, Cole’s love for her will not burn out, keeping her memory alive.  Farewell Alison.  You deserved better.  Stay tuned!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Younger” season 5 episode 9: “Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching TV Land’s Younger season 5 episode 9, I remembered that there is no “I” in team.  It may seem cliché, but after listening to the “Claw” book pitch, I started to really agree with Liza.  You don’t have to sacrifice your own self-worth or ambition to help someone else, but it’s important to look out for those that matter most to us and to understand when compromise is necessary.  Otherwise, it might be pretty lonely looking out for ourselves at the top.  What’s truly important to you?  Only you can answer that question, but I don’t think that there is anything wrong with knowing when to share the spotlight, especially when true friendship is involved.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Honk if You’re Horny,” Liza and Charles continue their secret relationship, but realize that they have an audience lurking around every corner.  Meanwhile, Lauren discovers a secret about Enzo and Kelsey crosses a line at work.  My top 5 moments from Younger season 5 episode 9 are:

5

“I am really sorry to be wasting your time…sir.”

Charles and Liza continue to grow closer and they decide to grab dinner at a quiet place on the Upper East Side.  Everything seems to be going well until they run into the agent, Redmond, at the restaurant.  When Redmond asks what they are doing together, both Liza and Charles panic.  Liza practically throws the manuscript that Kelsey passed on at Charles to come up with a believable cover story and Redmond thinks he has it all figured out now.  Rather than think that Liza and Charles are there together romantically, he jumps to the conclusion that Liza wanted Charles to look at the manuscript Kelsey passed on because she believes in it.  Things are about to get beyond complicated, as Liza and Charles realize that they aren’t safe yet in public.  Will their secret affair blow up in their faces or will they be able to finally figure out a way to have a normal relationship?

4

“How long have you two been repairing things with each other?”

Kelsey is beyond angry when she learns that Charles approved a manuscript that she passed on, feeling like he went right over her head.  When she vents to Liza about it, Liza has no choice but to come clean about what happened.  Kelsey does not react well to the news about Liza and Charles and says that she has a big problem with this.  It seems like Kelsey is always stuck in the web of Liza’s deception, which can damage her reputation and her career.  However, she does need to also realize that Liza’s relationship with Charles is personal and she doesn’t have a right to get involved.  Will Liza and Kelsey’s friendship be able to handle another lie?

3

“Thank you Diva.”

In this episode, Lauren really puts her publicist skills to good use, as she lands Kelsey an award at the Glamour Women of the Year event.  She tries to branch out and represent Diana as well and gets to meet Enzo for the first time.  Lauren thinks that he looks oddly familiar, but can’t quite place it there.  She later discovers that Enzo was in the first porno she ever saw and shows the video to both Kelsey and Josh.  Enzo lets out a very distinct honking noise when he climaxes, which Josh comments on when he hilariously says, “yo that was primal.”  Lauren feels that she owes Diana the truth even though Kelsey is hesitant about this.  Lauren approaches Diana and tells her about it, but also reveals that she has taken care of getting every copy off of the internet.  She gives Diana the last copy and Diana is beyond grateful and thrilled.  It looks like Lauren is getting a new client after all.  When Diana confronts Enzo about it, he explains that he comes with baggage just like anyone else and Diana accepts him completely.  I have to say that I was initially worried about what secret Enzo might be hiding from Diana, but it looks like these two are really the perfect match.  Now hopefully she can win over his mother as well.

2

“Nothing worth having comes easy.”

At the end of the episode, Charles explains to Liza that no one else can know about their relationship.  He is going through a divorce and there is a lot at stake for both of them professionally.  Liza understands and agrees to keep their relationship a secret, but it seems like it will only be a matter of time before a new challenge is thrown their way.  While I am happy to see Liza and Charles finally together, I am still waiting for them to get their true moment of happiness together.  Will they finally be able to step out in the spotlight together or is this a secret romance destined for disaster?

1

“I choose you.”

Kelsey crosses a line when she confronts Charles about accepting the manuscript she passed on and wants him to also approve the one she liked.  After explaining that there might not be enough in the budget for both pieces, Kelsey says, “What if I got Liza to ask you over dinner or after dinner?”  While Kelsey is still clearly upset about what Liza told her, this is a threat that Charles does not take lightly.  Kelsey needs to remember that Charles is her boss and she has no right to meddle in his affairs.  Liza tells Kelsey how much she means to her and tells her that she chooses her over Charles, as she cannot handle the idea of losing her friendship.  Even though Liza has gotten herself into this mess, she would never try to hurt Kelsey.  When Kelsey accepts the award at the Glamour event, she looks over at Liza and realizes that she is right.  Kelsey accepts the award on behalf of both of them and says that she would not be where she is today without Liza.  I’m glad that Kelsey had a change of heart, as I can’t handle another fight between these two.  While Kelsey makes up with Liza, Charles gently reminds Kelsey that she is not to pull another stunt like that again.  However, I think that Kelsey’s discovery is only the beginning of the complicated mess between Charles and Liza.  Will they be able to handle everything that comes their way?  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!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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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:

5

“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!

4

“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.

3

“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.

2

“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?

1

“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!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Affair” season 4 episode 7: “I Wish I Had Your Life”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s The Affair last night, I realized that sometimes you have to just let the fear in and embrace it.  You may want to maintain control over your emotions or keep your feelings locked away, but sometimes facing what scares us the most and saying it out loud can make a world of difference.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “407,” Helen decides to go to Joshua Tree with Sierra to attend a moon circle.  Meanwhile, Noah continues to involve himself in Janelle’s family affairs and then receives an unexpected phone call from an old friend.  My top 5 moments from The Affair season 4 episode 7 are:

5

“Eventually you get old enough and start to figure shit out.”

Part one of the episode is from Helen’s perspective and she impulsively decides to go to Joshua Tree with her neighbor, Sierra, even though she initially dismissed the previous invitation.  Helen’s reaction to the idea of the moon circle is hilarious, but she does get the opportunity to step away from her life for one night.  After the women at the circle write down their fears, the Guru begins reading them out loud and Helen provides each of them with really great advice.  Helen has experienced a lot of what they are going through now and her wisdom is very much appreciated.  The Guru passes the baton to Helen for the night, as she touches each and every one of them with her advice.  Maybe Helen has another calling she has yet to tap into just yet.  Either way, it was great to see Helen finally let her guard down for just a moment to really make an impact with these women.

4

“I’m not doing it for him.”

In part two of the episode, we see everything from Noah’s perspective and he is surprised when Anton shows up at his home to ask for his advice on whether or not to join the Marines.  Noah stays neutral and suggests that he at least go and see Princeton for himself before making a rash decision.  Noah also explains the importance of involving Janelle in this decision.  Janelle’s ex-husband, Carl, is not happy to see Noah back at his home again and asks him, “don’t you have your own family?”  Noah believes in Anton and does not want to see his potential go to waste.  Later in the episode, Janelle shows up at Noah’s home late and thanks him for what he did.  Noah agrees to take Anton to Princeton so that Janelle can focus on the board meeting and she is happy to see him standing up for her son.  The moment we have been waiting for has finally arrived, as Noah and Janelle enjoy a passionate night together without interruption.  While I’m not sure where they will pick up now that Alison is missing, it seems like this might be the first stable relationship Noah has had in a very long time.

3

“Control is really hot.”

In part one, Helen and Sierra continue bonding in their tent.  Sierra clearly feels guilty about sleeping with Vik, but decides to act on her growing feelings for Helen.  She passionately kisses Helen and the two share an intimate moment together.  While I had seen hints and implications at this earlier in the season, it’s nice to see Helen finally enjoy a moment for herself, as she is always so busy being needed by everyone in her life.  Sierra makes her feel wanted and free, as she is able to take a moment to truly relax and give in to what she wants.  She deserves it!

2

“I don’t want you to die.”

After Helen goes into the deprivation tank, she begins to panic in the small space.  Sierra opens the tank and asks her if she is all right, but Helen just needs to get out of there, as she takes off quickly in the car.  When Helen returns home, she immediately rushes over to Vik and reveals her own fear out loud.  Helen finally had the epiphany she was searching for and doesn’t want to waste another second.  She tells Vik that she doesn’t want him to die and Vik promises her that he won’t.  This moment was truly something significant and special for Helen and Vik.  Ever since his diagnosis, Vik has been focused on the statistics and the reality of his situation, but in this moment with Helen, he finally allows his heart and emotions to take over.  Whether he believes that he will not die or not, Vik understands the importance of holding on to the belief that he could be OK, giving Helen the glimmer of hope she so desperately needed.  We know that Helen has been speaking about starting menopause, but perhaps a baby is not so far off now.

1

“So who’s coming to get us?”

After Noah and Anton miss their connecting flight to New York, Noah notices that he has several missed calls from Cole.  He is finally able to answer and is shocked to hear what Cole has to say.  All of the pieces have now come together, as we finally catch up to the present day timeline, understanding how Cole, Noah, and Anton all end up together in the same car.  When Cole picks them up, Noah tries to stay positive, but Cole is clearly beyond worried that something terrible has happened to Alison.  Will they be able to find out what happened to Alison before it’s too late?  Stay tuned! 

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Younger” season 5 episode 7: “I Don’t Care Anymore”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching TV Land’s Younger season 5 episode 7 last night, I was pleased to learn that many families have quirky holiday traditions.  I mean not everyone gets up in front of a party to yodel to a song from “The Sound of Music,” especially when your boss walks in to get a glimpse of the show, but it’s all in good fun.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “A Christmas Miracle,” Liza tries to make her daughter’s holiday a special one and is willing to tough out a night with her ex-husband to do so, only an unexpected guest shakes things up quite a bit.  Meanwhile, Diana continues to be surprised by Enzo, Maggie refuses to compromise herself, and Kelsey continues to struggle with balancing her feelings for Jake and Zane.  My top 5 moments from Younger season 5 episode 7 are:

5

“It’s so full.  It’s so many pine needles.”

Diana and Enzo’s relationship is continuing to blossom and Enzo decides to show up at her doorstep with a large Christmas tree.  Diana is not too sure that it will really go with her decor and seems worried about the impact it may have on her carpet, but Enzo proves he can deal with Diana’s antics and then some.  He sets up the tree for her and lights it up and even gets her to change her tune a little bit, which shows how much these two truly care for each other.  Enzo is really making Diana happy and she is willing to break out of her comfort zone for him, which may be just what she really needs.

4

“I didn’t make all this work for it to be buried in the artistic sunken place.”

Maggie is beyond excited that all of her artwork has been purchased by a wealthy couple and they continue to spoil her with gifts and attention.  While it seems harmless at first, Maggie quickly realizes that the bracelets she received are basically like “golden handcuffs,” and that she will be required to go on vacations with them and fit into their lifestyle whenever they want.  While Maggie appreciates the money and the opportunity, she is not about to stifle her artistic persona in order to fit into some kind of cookie cutter mold of forgotten artists and she tells the couple exactly what she thinks to their shock and disappointment.  Maggie never ceases to amaze me, as she refuses to compromise herself in any situation.

3

“Can I have one secret?”

In this episode, Kelsey continues to struggle with seeing both Jake and Zane.  Things get beyond complicated when they show up at the office party and Zane kisses Kelsey in front of people.  Jake notices this from afar and takes this opportunity to approach Charles and request that only Kelsey work on his book from now on.  Zane is beyond upset, but realizes that he should have seen this coming, seeing right through Jake’s act.  He says, “The author gets what the author wants,” and is really hitting closer to home with this statement than he realizes.  It seems like Jake is willing to play dirty to get Kelsey all to himself, but is this really the right person for her?  Zane’s feelings for Kelsey are real and passionate and I would hate to see him hurt when he finds out the truth about Kelsey and Jake.  Will she make the right decision before it is too late?

2

“Don’t give up on her.”

Caitlin and Maggie are shocked when Josh stops by before leaving to see his family and gives Liza a holiday gift.  She also gives him one as well and it’s clear that the “just friends” vibe is crossing a line.  Caitlin tries to tell her mother that Josh still loves her, but she dismisses it.  Later in the episode, Caitlin bumps into Josh and tells him, “You’re the best thing to happen to her in a long time…don’t give up on her.”  This causes Josh to stop and think for a moment and it seems like Caitlin may have lit a spark that might not be ready to burn again, especially when we know that Charles is waiting in the wings.  Will this conversation further complicate things between Liza and Josh?

1

“I don’t care anymore.”

After Caitlin begs Liza to perform to “The Sound of Music” in front of the holiday party, Liza eventually gives in to make her daughter happy, but is shocked when Charles walks through the door.  Charles is told that Liza is the woman that the hosts wanted to set him up with to make things even more awkward.  Charles plays along and pretends that this is the first time he is meeting Liza and is delighted to also meet her daughter, now learning that everything Liza did was for her.  When asked what he thinks of Liza, he comments, “She is definitely interesting.”  Sparks continue to fly between these two at the office and Liza is shocked when she gets a very large Christmas bonus from Charles.  After she goes to confront him about it, she discovers that he has already left, but Charles has a change of heart when he sees a promotion for “The Sound of Music” in the taxi.  I have to admit that when Liza returned home and found Charles standing on her doorstep, I was squealing with joy.  Charles simply tells her, “I don’t care anymore” and the two begin kissing.  The moment we have all been waiting for is finally here and it seems like Team Charles is finally getting the chance it deserves.  Now that is a “Christmas Miracle!”  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!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Affair” season 4 episode 6: “What If You Change The Narrative?”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s The Affair last night, I thought about the idea that it’s easier to confide in a stranger than it is to your best friend or loved one and I started to wonder why that is.  Is it because we are afraid to let our loved ones see the inner turmoil stirring around inside of us?  Is it because we don’t want to taint their image of us or is it because we need to hear the raw and simple truth?  Either way, we sometimes get the best advice from someone on the outside, but what do we do with this advice?  Do we change our narrative or do we continue to go down the same path, continuing to make the same mistakes over and over again?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “406,” Noah and Janelle continue to grow closer when they bond over Anton’s essay.  Meanwhile, Alison meets an unexpected stranger and finds out the truth about Ben and her day continues get worse until she has a real conversation with the last person on earth you would think would be willing to help her.  My top 5 moments from The Affair season 4 episode 6 are:

5

“He saved your life.”

Part two of the episode is from Alison’s perspective and she is visiting her mother, Athena, with Joanie while Cole is away.  Alison notices that Athena gets upset after a short phone call and that her phone continues to ring.  Curiosity eats away at Alison until she finally picks up the phone and is shocked to find out the identity of the person on the other line.  Alison meets a man named James who claims he is her father.  Alison is shocked by this revelation and explains that her mother said she never knew who her real father was.  James reveals his side of the story to Alison and explains that he is the one who saved her life, putting some of the pieces together of her lost memory, which involved two strong hands pulling her out of the water.  Alison realizes that the timing of this revelation is strange and asks her father, “why now?”  James explains that his kidneys are failing and he is hoping that Alison can get tested to see if she would be a potential match as a donor.  Before Alison can give a real answer to this request, she leaves the house, unable to process all of the information being thrown her way.

4

“Why did he reach out to you?”

Alison confronts her mother, Athena, and asks her why she kept this information from her.  Athena is upset to find out that James contacted Alison and begins laughing hysterically when she finds out that he wanted a kidney.  When Alison questions her mother further about this, she tells Alison the truth and explains that James raped her when she was nineteen and that she changed her name and moved away to protect her.  Athena tells Alison that she doesn’t remember anything about him saving her and Alison is having trouble processing everything, as she desperately needs some kind of escape at this point.  If James did not save Alison, it still makes us wonder about this memory she has locked away.  It was clearly traumatic enough to be blocked, but will we find out the truth about what happened to her?  Is it possible that James or his wife has something to do with Alison’s disappearance?  The questions keep coming as new players are introduced to the mystery, but we will have to wait and see how it all unravels.

3

“Hey pot, I’m kettle.  Nice to meet you.”

In part one, Anton approaches Noah and gives him an essay to look at, as he is now thinking about applying to Princeton again.  Noah is clearly having an impact on Anton and he wants to loop Janelle into the conversation, as he recognizes how much potential her son has.  Noah barges into Janelle’s office and interrupts a conference call with her supervisor.  Noah tries to get involved further by talking to him and explaining that he’s “incredibly lucky to have her.”  While this gesture is sweet and well intended, Noah is out of line and Janelle reminds him to knock next time.  After Trevor refuses to go to the concert with Noah, he ends up at Janelle’s doorstep and the two discuss Anton’s essay and begin growing even closer.  As fate would have it, just when they begin kissing, Anton and his father walk in the door and Noah finds himself out of place.  Janelle thanks him for coming over and Noah is beyond polite to Anton’s father, but is Noah overstepping here?  Noah is having trouble connecting to his own family and it looks like he has the chance to do so here, but something tells me that Anton’s father will not want Noah intervening any further.  I was disappointed to see Noah and Janelle’s moment together interrupted, but it’s clear that sparks are continuing to fly, but how will Anton feel when he finds out that his teacher and mentor is into his mom?

2

“You look good for a felon.”

After Noah gets a phone call and rushes off to bail Alison out of jail, we jump to part two to learn about the events that led up to this.  Alison tries to call Ben and she really needs to talk to him about everything she just learned about her father.  Her emotions are overwhelming her and she makes the decision to drive down to his work, but is in for an unexpected surprise when she meets his wife at the office.  Alison is stunned and walks out of there, desperately needing to just get away.  She uses Noah’s gift card to take a flight to California, but trouble refuses to stay behind.  Alison begins drinking and talking to the stranger next to her and it seems harmless enough until he begins touching her thigh and suggesting that they try out the mile high club.  Alison throws her drink on the stranger and tries to get up, but bumps her head and accidentally pushes over an elderly woman.  The misunderstanding begins to escalate and no one believes Alison when she tries to tell security that the man attacked her.  Alison’s terrible day hits a new low when she winds up zip tied for the remainder of the flight while a young girl records her on her phone.  #BadDay 

1

“You can manifest your reality.”

After Noah bails Alison out of jail, they are in the car and she begins breaking down and tells Noah she feels like she can’t breathe.  While it seems like Alison is having a panic attack, he rushes her over to Vik so he can make sure she is all right.  Helen offers for Alison to stay the night and even Alison comments that “this is weird.”  Alison turns to Helen, recognizing that perhaps she is the only person who can give her some real and honest advice.  She asks her, “Why do men look at me and see someone they can fuck with?  It’s like they can smell something on me.”  Helen talks to her about “manifesting her reality,” and explains that “if there’s something in your life you want to change, you just need to think differently and it will change.  Alison seems doubtful at first, but Helen reminds Alison that she doesn’t always need to play the victim.  She says, “If you don’t like the way men are treating you, change the story.  Play a different character.”  Helen’s words seem to really resonate with Alison and Helen reminds us why we love her so much when she tells Alison to tell Ben to “go fuck himself” and that it’s not OK for him to treat her like that.  It’s no secret that Alison and Helen have a beyond complicated past and this moment is truly important, as Alison gets some much needed advice that is free of an ulterior motive.  Helen has been going through her own issues and she reminds Alison that she is still young enough to change her story.  Will Alison be able to do so, however?  Either way, Alison genuinely appreciates Helen’s words.  I have to admit that I never thought I would see these two bonding over anything, but this moment of clarity was extremely important for both Alison and Helen.  Perhaps these two women can finally discover who they are and what they want without compromising themselves to please someone else.  It’s about time.  Stay tuned! 

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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