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'Younger' recap: I'm with stupid

Season 1 | Episode 9 | “I’m With Stupid” | Aired May 19, 2015

As a book reader, it’s hard to not audibly gasp when someone—especially someone you like—says they’re not much of a reader. Liza visibly has the same reaction on tonight’s new episode of Younger, when she talks to Josh about a new manuscript she discovered and encourages him to read it as well. It’s temporarily forgotten as they arrive to participate in dodgeball, a game Liza has never played.

To no one’s surprise, she gets nailed in the eye by one of Josh’s former hookups, and when the girl comes to “apologize,” she shares some of her own “wisdom” about Josh. Mainly that he’s hot, but not all that bright. Combine that with Josh’s earlier “not much of a reader” comment, and Liza starts to realize Josh isn’t as educated as she is.

The book Liza was enthused about is The Scarf, a manuscript she found in the office “slush pile” that Charles suggested she read through when they bumped into each other one morning. Kelsey is surprised  Liza found something of substance in that pile and encourages her to start a grassroots campaign, especially with housewives, who apparently have the power to drive any book to the top of the bestseller list. Liza starts by calling her old book club back in New Jersey. They agree to host the book at their next meeting, but mainly they want to see Liza again since it’s been so long.

Liza talks with Diana in Younger

The thing with Josh is still bugging Liza, and she even asks Kelsey about it, who jests that all men are dumb. However, she goes on to say that if it’s important to Liza that Josh is smart, then it matters. Later that night, Liza questions Josh about college, language skills, and furthering his education during their date. Eventually it reaches the point where her inquiry is kind of offensive. It’s like she’s assuming that Josh isn’t smart because he never finished college and doesn’t plan to, and he doesn’t like to read books. When she realizes her mistake, she tries to backtrack, but Josh is too wounded to let it go.

Her date with Josh may have gone badly, but Liza’s meeting with the Jersey book club is successful. After an awkward welcome where her friends admit they thought Liza and Maggie were an actual couple, not just friends rooming together, they all sit down with drinks in hand to discuss the book. All of her friends loved The Scarf, and can’t believe the author has never been published before. They help her out by leaving positive comments online to create demand the publisher will see. It looks like Charles’s instincts about Liza may be right on; she could be nailing her first book deal soon.

Liza is still feeling awful about how she treated Josh, and a talk with Maggie makes her realize she was sabotaging the relationship because she sees herself falling more and more for Josh. She’s afraid of what that could mean, especially since she’s still lying to him about her age. She courageously heads back to the dodgeball court to confront Josh and apologize. She tells him the truth about her feelings (not her age), and how fear made her try to ruin their relationship. Josh is a little wowed by what she has to say and how deep it runs. Then, his cute smirk appears, and he jokes that at least he’s emotionally smarter than she is. Sparing her another dodgeball game, Liza and Josh walk away arm in arm into the night.

Liza and Josh walk through Brooklyn 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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