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Season 1 | Episode 4 | “The Exes” | Aired Apr 14, 2015

“I am now officially acting like a 26-year-old monster,” proclaims Liza. After an opening montage full of Josh, sex, and bed-breaking, Liza is on cloud nine when she strolls back into Maggie’s apartment on tonight’s episode of Younger. Insisting on keeping things casual with Josh still comes with complications, but it’s easy for Liza to forget all that when such good sex is involved.

At work, Kelsey announces that they have signed the English translation of Anton’s hit Swedish novel. Kelsey totally owns that meeting, and Liza is very impressed, as am I. A celebration is in order, so the girls head out for drinks later that night with Lauren. After a discussion on who is hotter (Jonathan Taylor Thomas or Andrew Keegan? I thought these girls were in their twenties—the real question should be Backstreet Boys vs. *NSYNC. But I digress …), Thad shows up as Lauren heads out for another party. Thad insists on tequila shots, but Kelsey had already asked Liza to make sure she doesn’t drink too much. Unfortunately, Thad keeps the shots coming, and Kelsey, for some reason, can’t help taking them. It’s hard to believe that someone as smart as Kelsey sees anything in someone as awful as Thad. His only likable quality so far is that he secretly binge-watches Gilmore Girls.

Before we know it, Kelsey has passed that point where “it’s not cute” anymore, and Liza tries to take her home. Kelsey is a very aggressive drunk and wants to commemorate her new deal by getting a tattoo—from Josh, no less. They head to Brooklyn, and of course, Kelsey can’t help but send a totally inappropriate “U R HOTTTT” text to Anton, the author she just signed for the biggest deal of her career so far. The shenanigans don’t end there, as Kelsey tries to wake up Josh by throwing rocks at his window. Eventually she breaks one of his windows, waking him and his unexpected lady guest, much to Liza’s shock and dismay. Liza flees the scene with drunk Kelsey in tow, before Josh can explain himself.

Josh is caught sleeping with his ex in Younger

Liza can’t believe that Josh jumped into bed with someone else so quickly. Even though she wanted their relationship to stay casual, you can kind of see that some deeper feelings are starting to form. It’s obvious to Maggie, who thinks that maybe this is more than having fun. Liza dismisses that by saying that it’s not fun at all anymore.

Kelsey is late to her meeting with Anton, which is no surprise after the night she’s had. Liza tries to explain Kelsey’s absence to Diana, who goes into the meeting to speak with Anton. It immediately goes bad once Diana asks him about the marketing, and he leaves abruptly, not at all interested in talking about marketing. Frazzled, Kelsey arrives shortly after he leaves and is upset that Anton left annoyed. She takes her frustration out on Liza for not being a good wingwoman the night before and stopping Kelsey from overconsuming. Liza can’t believe what she’s hearing, despite trying very hard last night to stop Kelsey from taking any more shots. Liza lays it all down by saying that Kelsey needs to own her mistake and take responsibility. Finally, we see the Kelsey we know and love. She apologizes to Liza about last night and what happened with Josh.

On a mission to right her wrongs, Kelsey heads to Anton’s to apologize for the missed meeting and the inappropriate text. He accepts her apology with a kiss. “We both get one mistake,” he says. Oh, boy. This is going to go downhill fast. I can’t help but be annoyed to see one of the most ambitious characters on the show get into unprofessional situations like this one.

Waiting on Liza’s doorstep is Josh, who explains that his ex-girlfriend stopped by unannounced last night. He thought since Liza insisted on keeping the past and future out of their relationship, it wouldn’t matter, but his ex is in the past now. Josh asks about Liza’s past relationship, noticing from before that she doesn’t like to talk about it. She tells him a version of the truth, ending with her being cheated on and leaving for India. Josh asks for a second chance … and we know Liza is all about second chances, as they lean in to kiss.

Liza and Josh kiss in Younger

Younger airs Tuesdays 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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