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Season 1 | Episode 7 | “Broke and Panty-less” | Aired May 5, 2015

At the halfway point of its first season, Younger delivers its weirdest and most memorable episode yet.

Josh is playing with his band at a local bar accompanied by Liza, his number-one groupie. They’re being very cute and flirtatious. Before we know it, it’s the next morning, and they’re woken by Liza’s cell phone. She sees it’s a call from her daughter and sneaks into Josh’s bathroom for some privacy.

It looks like Liza’s ex-husband never paid for half of their daughter’s tuition. Liza has only a few days to come up with $1,800, or her daughter won’t be able to continue her semester abroad. Josh overhears the last part of their conversation—mainly that Liza is calling someone “pumpkin” on the phone. He instantly becomes suspicious when he asks Liza about the phone call, and she says it is work drama.

At work, Kelsey apologizes to Liza about leaving her and Maggie to hang out with Anton last night. (What she should really be apologizing for is that topknot hairdo.) Liza brushes it off, since she’s too concerned about how she’s going to find a way to pay for her daughter’s tuition. Kelsey suggests meeting up with Lauren, who is “the queen of the second shift.”

What does that even mean? Lauren knows how to land a temp jobs: in catering, as a “dancing taco,” or even as a hand model. Once hand model is ruled out, Kelsey tells Lauren to ‘fess up about one of her other successful side ventures: selling her used panties to creepers on Craigslist. (Can we just do a collective “Ewwwwwww!” right now?) Believe it or not, they convince Liza to give it a try. I guess it’s a hard deal to resist, since she can catch up to $200 per pair.

Later that night, Liza and Josh are on a date, but Liza gets distracted when she starts fielding replies from Craigslist. Josh notices and asks her about it. She uses the work excuse again, which he doesn’t believe. He tosses his phone on the pool table, inviting her to take a look at his phone. Liza declines, saying she respects his privacy. She begs out of her date, so she can focus on her new side business. She totally doesn’t see that Josh thinks she’s up to something else.

Anton attends a meeting with the publishing team to discuss their planned marketing strategy for his book. Diana’s plan is to send Swedish Fish to booksellers as a tease for his book. Anton isn’t impressed, saying that the candies aren’t really Swedish Fish. (According to him, the real candies are more bitter, with a licorice taste.) After the meeting, he and Kelsey are alone in her office going over edits. She’s trying to work, but Anton is in the mood for something different. They almost get caught by Diana, but save face. Still, the situation did end in an awkward handshake between Anton and Diana.

Kelsey continues her affair with Anton on Younger

Liza goes to meet one of the Craigslist replies, but ends up getting “sniffed and stiffed.” The guy took a sniff of the goods and ran out before paying her. Clearly, this was not her calling; therefore, Lauren gets her another job as a “sexy” cocktail waitress. At the party, Liza bumps into her boss’s boss, Charles, who recognizes her as Diana’s assistant. They have a cute, awkward exchange that leads to Liza turning around and accidentally dumping her drinks on her other boss. Another job goes bust, but we got to see Charles out of his element. He’s a pretty charming guy, and he and Liza have a real chemistry. If only Liza were closer to his age … oh, wait.

Diana is also curious about Charles “out in the wild.” When Diana catches Liza joking around with Charles the next day at work, she questions Liza about him. Liza says he’s kind of dorky and explains how and why. You can tell that Liza sort of likes him, but doesn’t realize it quite yet. Anyway, Diana doesn’t like Liza moonlighting or working anywhere else; Diana demands that she stops.

Kelsey meets with Anton at a random address outside of work. He takes her for a real Swedish Fish taste test, and he suggests sending these candies to booksellers instead. He orders some candy for himself “and his girlfriend.” Kelsey straight up tells him that she’s not his girlfriend, but his editor. Anton makes the correction, but he doesn’t take it as seriously as we’d hoped.

Diana orders Liza to get her something from her desk, and what Liza sees is a check from Diana. It’s for the amount she needs to pay her daughter’s tuition. Liza goes to thank Diana, but she’s not having any of that mushy stuff. Diana tells Liza to consider it an early bonus and commands her to get back to work.

Josh texts Liza that they need to talk. Uh-oh. Liza asks him what’s wrong, but he just reiterates their need to talk. She meets up with him at a bar and sort of tells him the truth. She says she really needed cash for a student, so she started selling her underwear on Craigslist. She even shows him the proof on her phone. She doesn’t tell him that the Craigslist plan didn’t work out, but lets him believe she made all of that money selling her underwear. He’s both impressed and relieved. He happily heads back onstage to play with his band, when Liza gets a text message from her daughter that the money arrived. If only she knew what her mom went through to get it for her.

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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