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'Younger' recap: Boy with the dragon tattoo

Season 1 | Episode 10 | “The Boy with the Dragon Tattoo” | Aired May 26, 2015

Liza finds herself on the other end of a lie in this week’s new episode of Younger, but will it finally make her see just how big the lie she’s currently living is? Oh, yeah, and it’s all thanks to a boy with a dragon tattoo.

Remember The Scarf? That book Liza discovered in the slush pile and showed off to her book club friends? It’s going viral; readers on the internet are hearing the buzz and demanding the book be published. Liza arrives to work with her office space filled with scarves sent from fans. Kelsey is just as wowed and insists they take this book to their boss, Charles.

Charles is impressed by Liza’s find and tells Kelsey to call up the author to make an offer. The girls are ecstatic, but no one is as happy as the author, Meredith Montgomery, played by guest star Ana Gasteyer. Meredith is a frustrated high school teacher, who can’t believe that her book is finally being published. She tells Liza and Kelsey her book is based on a story passed down in her family for generations. The girls are happy to have Meredith and her book on board, and Kelsey suggests Liza and Josh go out with Thad and her to celebrate the new deal.

At dinner, Kelsey, Thad, Liza, and Josh have fun at a Chinese restaurant, matching their compatibility by the year they were born. Liza almost slips by mentioning her real birth year 1975, but quickly shuffles her finger down to 1988, her fake birth year. The funny thing is that 1988 is the year of the dragon, which isn’t compatible with Josh. 1975 is, but Liza can’t tell him that.

Due to a bed bug infestation in her building, Liza is staying at Josh’s place for a couple days. After their double date, they’re surprised to arrive home to more of Josh’s friends who are visiting from Philly. When Josh introduces Liza, he totally screws it up by saying that Liza and he are just “hanging out,” as opposed to saying she’s his girlfriend, which I honestly thought she was. Liza doesn’t miss this. She keeps her cool, and Josh ends up looking like the fool.

Liza arrives at work the next morning exhausted and explains that Josh’s place is a little too rowdy for her. Kelsey invites Liza to stay with her at Lauren’s place. Liza is super grateful, but even Lauren’s pad comes with its own surprise: Lauren’s parents. It’s not weird that Lauren still lives with her parents, but Kelsey also living with them is kind of strange. Luckily, Lauren’s parents are hospitable, especially her father, which means we get a super awkward, kind of creepy moment between him and Liza. But Lauren’s mother is nice, offering the girls advice on love and relationships, and that “hanging out” really shouldn’t be a thing.

Miriam Shor plays Diana Trout on TV Land

Diana, who is more than miffed that Kelsey and Liza went behind her back about The Scarf, does some of her own investigating. At their second meeting with Meredith, Diana doesn’t waste any time questioning Meredith about The Babushka, which is essentially the exact same story of The Scarf, only “more ethnic.” Caught in a huge lie, Meredith admits to plagiarizing the story. Charles is disappointed and thanks Diana, who basks in his attention. Liza feels both disappointed and humiliated. When Meredith explains why she lied and how it got so big that she forgot it was a lie, Liza can’t really blame her because isn’t that exactly what she’s doing too?

Liza finally realizes just how big her lie is and that she needs to start being honest. She’s determined to do just that when she meets with Josh at the bar later that night. He wants to talk to her too, and they’re fighting on who gets to speak first, when she relents and Josh shows her a new dragon tattoo he got. He apologizes for what he said the other night and says he wants her to be his girlfriend, which is why he got a dragon tattoo to prove that they really are compatible. First, Josh must be a magic tattoo artist because that new ink looked like it healed very quickly. Second, that SO sucks for Liza, but it’s finally the wakeup call she has needed all season to start telling the truth.

With only two more episodes left this season, do you think Liza will finally fess up to her real age?

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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