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‘Young & Hungry’ recap: Too much scheming, not enough truth

Season 2 | Episode 9 | “Young and Getting Played” | Aired Aug 20, 2014

In this week’s episode of Young & Hungry, we learned about the limits of how far a scheme can go. How many schemes on top of schemes on top of lies and ruses and tricks can be stacked on top of each other before everyone involved forgets what they were scheming about in the first place?

We start by finding out that Yolanda has a 24-year-old son, Derek, who is home from law school.  Derek is dealing with an epic breakup that has left him heartbroken, but has Yolanda’s heart all a flutter. Apparently, Derek’s girlfriend broke up with him because she knew Yolanda did not like her. Yolanda, who definitely does not dispute this fact, wants to hook Derek up with someone she finds more acceptable.

No, that someone is not Gabi. She instead wants to set him up with her roommate, Sofia. Why she thinks Sofia is more put together than Gabi, we’ll never know. I mean, Derek’s ex-girlfriend is also in law school, and Sofia steals toilet paper from Starbucks. But Yolanda finds her to be suitable, and Sofia does not object.

Derek’s problem though, is that he’s still head over heels for his ex, and if Yolanda would just accept her they could get back together. This is where the scheming begins. Derek concocts a plan: If he pretends to be dating Gabi, Yolanda will realize that his ex is clearly the best choice for him and have to accept her. Kind of like choosing the lesser of two evils.

The scheme is broken up, though, when Elliot hears Derek and Gabi talking about the lie and tells Yolanda. Thus begins scheme No. 2: Yolanda pretends to be elated by the idea of Derek and Gabi, hoping it will convince him to break up with her.

But Elliot gets in the way again, telling Gabi and Derek that Yolanda is lying as well. So Derek comes up with scheme No. 3. The scheme inception. And this scheme is the craziest of all:

Derek falls in love with Gabi.

But is he really in love with Gabi? Is it all a lie? Do any of them even know how to tell the truth anymore? Maybe this is all just a dream. Either way, the whole thing is exhausting.

But if there’s one thing we know is real, it’s that despite Yolanda’s preference for Derek to NOT date Gabi, she is still a great friend to her. Yolanda even exclaims that she would be lucky to have Gabi as part of her family, to which Gabi replies, “You already do.”

I knew from the beginning that Yolanda would become a mother figure to Gabi—just not a mother-in-law, which is actually very good.

Next week is the summer finale, and Josh is getting married. Will we finally see a Gabi and Josh reconciliation? And if so, could the timing possibly be any worse?

Young & Hungry airs Wednesdays at 8/7C on ABC Family.

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