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'Younger' season finale recap: The Old Ma'am and the C

Season 1 | Episode 12 | “The Old Ma’am and the C” | Aired June 9, 2015

Age is really just a number, as the Younger first-season finale proves. At the end of the day, it’s about the person you are, the relationships you forge, and the decisions you make. The finale encapsulates all that, giving Liza the chance to reevaluate her youthful 40-year-old life and the one big lie that made it all possible.

The episode begins with an apology and an explanation. At the end of last week’s episode, after telling each other “I love you,” Liza told Josh the truth about her age. After Lauren’s Hot Mitzvah, Liza tracks Josh down to explain everything to him. It doesn’t go as well as she hoped, since Josh becomes less and less forgiving as she admits to being married before and having a college-age daughter. As much as she tries to convince him that her feelings are real, he is too hurt by the lie to ever believe anything she says.

Just because Josh knows about her age doesn’t mean she’s ready to tell the truth at work—especially since she knows Diana would finish her career with a snap of her fingers. It becomes incredibly tricky to hold on to her secret when runs into Cheryl (guest star Martha Plimpton), a marketing director at a competing publishing house. Cheryl once worked with Liza, 14 years ago—meaning she knows Liza is not 26. Ellen Degeneres announced she’s publishing a new memoir and giving all the major publishers a chance to bid on her book. Imperical, Liza’s place of work, has the first bid, and Cheryl, knowing Liza’s secret, blackmails Liza into sharing Imperical’s confidential marketing numbers with her. If Liza doesn’t provide Cheryl with the documents she wants, she’ll tell Diana that Liza has been lying the entire time.

Not only is Liza feeling awful about everything with Josh, but her career may be completely ruined, which was the whole reason for the lie in the first place. Maggie tells Liza to just give Cheryl the documents; she has worked too hard to let this opportunity go.

Kelsey and Lauren visit Josh in the Younger finale

Liza is about to do it, but a heart-to-heart with Kelsey—I think—changes her mind. Kelsey tells Liza that she and Lauren went to see Josh to ask why he would break up with Liza, who is still clearly in love with him. It says a lot about Josh’s character that he didn’t rat Liza out to them, but simply said that Liza isn’t who he thought she was. Kelsey takes that to mean that Liza isn’t emotionally available to him, and gives an inspiring speech about getting “messy” and letting people in to get to know the real you. (I honestly wish Kelsey was this smart in her own relationships.) I like that the writers took a moment to give us this scene between Liza and Kelsey, because it goes to show just how deep and meaningful their friendship is.

Later that day, Liza meets with Cheryl and hands over a folder full of copies of their email conversations. It’s proof of Cheryl requesting illegal documents, and Liza threatens to share them with the media. Cheryl counters that by saying she’ll tell everyone Liza’s real age. But all Liza has to say is, “I’d lose a shitty assistant job. You’re the one who loses everything.”

Liza meets with an old friend in the Younger finale

Throughout the episode, Liza is drafting and redrafting a text to Josh that she never sends. She doesn’t want it to end this way between them, but can’t figure out what to say next. It’s her conversation with Kelsey that gives her the idea to share a slideshow of pictures from her whole life with Josh. Sharing her life with Josh is the kind of gesture that gets through to him, and he seeks Liza out the next day to talk with her. He doesn’t know where to go from there, so Liza suggests they begin anew. She reintroduces herself as 40-year-old Liza, mother and recent divorcee. With a tentative but cute smirk, Josh asks her out for coffee. It seems like things are okay between them … for now.

I’m excited to see what happens in season two. Liza is still living her lie with work and her new friends. Her daughter is coming back home from India, and I seriously wonder how Liza is going to explain all of this to her daughter. Let’s not count out Liza’s chemistry with Charles that was teased throughout this season. (Thanks to everyone who participated in my poll last week! It looks like Charles won.) What are you most looking forward to next season?

Younger returns next year for season two 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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