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'Younger' recap: Girl code

Season 1 | Episode 5 | “Girl Code” | Aired Apr 21, 2015

As charming as Sutton Foster is as the 40-pretending-to-be-26 Liza on Younger, there is going to be the inevitable moment when she totally forgets that she’s living a lie and embraces it a little too much.

After reveling in watching Josh take a walk of shame out of her apartment, Liza begins to realize that she hasn’t hung out with her best friend and venerable artist, Maggie, as much. Maggie tells Liza about an art show she plans to go to that night, and they decide to go together.

At work, Diana has her eye on Charles, one of the handsome executives, who’s going through a divorce. She wants Liza to make sure she looks good and catches Charles’s attention. It doesn’t quite go as planned when at one of Diana’s lunch meetings, Liza casually talks with Charles about a book series. There is a tiny little spark of interest between Charles and Liza, and Diana absolutely detects it. Now we’ll see if the show ever goes down that path, because frankly, that would interesting; Charles seems like a nice, sincere older man, perfect for the real Liza.

Liza learns the meaning of “girl code” when she helps Kelsey in a tricky situation. Kelsey got an eco-friendly tampon-cup thing stuck in … an uncomfortable place, and Liza helps her dislodge it. Such an intimate favor officially makes Liza part of Kelsey’s inner circle. When Liza mentions that she’s going with Maggie—whom Kelsey knows as Liza’s old lesbian roommate she found on Craigslist—Kelsey invites herself, as well as Lauren and another friend, for a girls’ night out.

Liza realizes it’s going to be awkward, since Kelsey and the girls don’t know that Maggie is actually her best friend and was always “the cool one.” They arrive at the art show, which is busier than expected. Maggie is a little peeved that a young, new artist can get this many people at his first showing. She means to talk to Phil, the gallery director, to schmooze and make sure her upcoming show gets as much attention. All the while, Liza is too distracted by Kelsey and her friends to realize that Maggie is getting herself in a bind. Eventually, the girls get bored and want to leave for drinks. Liza goes with them, promising Maggie to let her know where they’re going so she can meet up once she’s talked to Phil.

The girls (or flamingos, as Maggie acerbically refers to them) ask why Liza considers Maggie her mentor, and she replies that it’s nice having an older, wiser person to talk to. The girls don’t quite get it, though. Before you know it, Liza gets caught up in the talk of girl code and offing each other before they hit 40. Is Liza forgetting that she’s actually 40? When Liza arrives home drunk, she announces to Maggie, “I have bitches now, and we roll.” Maggie tries to tell Liza how Phil ended up canceling her show, but Liza is too busy giggling over “middle-age murder pacts” with Kelsey. Maggie obviously can’t believe how her friend is acting.

Hung over, Liza tries to make it up to Maggie. Maggie is too upset, thinking she’s not going to find another gallery at her age. She gets a little resentful of Liza for passing for 26. For her job, it was okay, but not for getting a crew of new friends or young boy toy. It ends with our two favorite besties fighting.

Liza tells Kelsey she feels bad about what happened with Maggie. Kelsey doesn’t understand at first why Liza feels so bad, until she explains how much she cares about Maggie. Living up to girl code, Kelsey gets on board to help Maggie by finding her new space for her art show—but how can they convince Maggie not to be upset anymore and to let them show her their surprise?

A text from Josh reminds Liza about the car service the company uses for clients (and Diana-related emergencies). Liza makes the ultimate gesture and recreates Pretty Woman‘s final scene to win Maggie back. Maggie can’t help but forgive Liza: “I can’t believe you Pretty Woman-ed me!” she yells. She comes downstairs, and Liza takes her to see Kelsey and Lauren, who show off her new gallery space.

Maggie is impressed and happy, and it’s great fun to see these girls welcome another more-than-worthy member to their inner circle.

Liza makes a grand gesture to Maggie to forgive her on Younger

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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