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Season 1 | Episode 3 | “IRL” | Aired Apr 7, 2015

This week’s episode of Younger is about confidence, not attributing your self-worth to age, possessions, or anything else that doesn’t truly define who you are.

Liza and Josh’s relationship is heating up, and it’s making Liza very nervous. She hasn’t had sex in two years and is afraid her body will disappoint Josh and give away her age. She asks her best friend, Maggie, for her opinion, and Maggie exclaims that she looks great. Liza doesn’t believe her, but Maggie shuts that kind of bad talk down and says that Liza just needs to relax. Maggie offers Liza Xanax, under the advisement that she just takes half a pill.

At work, Liza helps her boss, Diana, land a date through a dating website. Diana’s new, made-to-order designer bag arrived, and Liza suggests they take a new profile pic with Diana sporting the bag. “Guys respond to the whole picture, even if they don’t realize it,” says Liza. Much to Diana’s surprise, she gets a hit from a guy who seems too good to be true. Diana excitedly (yet sternly) asks Liza to respond to the guy with cute Shakespearean rhyming talk until they set a date to meet IRL that night.

Determined, Kelsey attends a reading for the Swedish author she wants to sign with the company. What she doesn’t expect is for the reading to be in Swedish, but she sits through it, and eventually gets her chance to speak with the author, Anton—who is very good-looking, by the way. Anton is interested in Kelsey’s thoughts on his novel and agrees to a formal meeting. I’m sure it hasn’t escaped his notice that she’s young and attractive. There is definitely something else simmering under the surface with those two. While we know that Kelsey’s boyfriend, Thad, isn’t a winner, a married man isn’t much better, either.

As for Diana, her date doesn’t go as planned. Waiting as patiently as Diana can be at a bar, a young man compliments her designer bag. Eventually, it comes out that she’s been catfished by that kid, who lied about being a 45-year-old professor and culture aficionado. The kid explains he lied because he wanted to see her one-of-a-kind bag in person, and didn’t think a woman as accomplished and awesome as Diana would have given him that chance. Diana doesn’t think her life is as great as the kid thinks it is, but the kid explains how hard his life is in comparison. Showing an ounce of sympathy, Diana invites the kid to sit down and lets him take a coveted picture with her purse.

Liza’s date with Josh is going very well, until they’re interrupted by a few girls, one of whom wants a tattoo from Josh, like, now. The girls’ flirtiness makes Liza uncomfortable, and she offers to leave so Josh can get to work. But Josh stops Liza because he wants “lavish” all of his attention on her. They head straight to his apartment, and Liza lets out the funniest nervous laugh when he takes his shirt off. She heads to the bathroom to “relax.” She takes half a Xanax but feels so nervous that she pops a few more. Once those suckers kick in, she’s way too relaxed. Thinking she’s drunk, Josh gets up to make her some coffee. Once he turns back, she’s passed out.

Embarrassed, Liza relays the tale to Maggie the next day as they clean out Liza’s old house in New Jersey. Liza’s husband had movers take out all the furniture earlier that week without her permission. He then tried to guilt-trip her by saying he was just trying to help and make up for past wrongs. As Liza and Maggie wait for the consignment guy to offer a price for the furniture, Maggie gives Liza’s “Frida” a pep talk. The funny scene is awkwardly interrupted by the consignment guy, who offers a very low price for the furniture. Feeling worthless, Liza is cheered up by Maggie when she decides they should take the furniture to Brooklyn.

Brooklyn clearly doesn’t think Liza is worthless, as the hipsters are digging the “norm-core” suburban furniture. Feeling emboldened, Maggie encourages Liza to go see Josh. Liza leaves the sale, practicing what she plans to say. She wants to tell him the truth about her age. When she sees the way Josh is looking at her and the way he starts kissing her, Liza changes her mind about telling the truth.

A few things I especially love from this week’s episode:

  • I love how female relationships are portrayed on the show. We really got to see and understand Liza and Maggie’s friendship dynamic, and how they are all about bringing out the best in each other.
  • We see a vulnerable side of Diana that sheds a little light on her feelings and shows off how cool she is. Also, she says, “Fashion is for enjoyment,” and proclaims that she plans to take her bag everywhere with her. I wish more fashion addicts lived by that proverb.
  • It was hard not to be giddy when Josh ignored the other two girls flirting with him to focus all of his attention on Liza. I was bit hesitant to call him “a keeper” … until this episode.

Younger airs Tuesday nights at 10/9C on TV Land.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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