Despite some episodic hiccups, Younger continues to tell a charming story.
“Do you like Molly?”
“I LOVE MOLLY. She’s my favorite American Girl doll.”
Okay, that is an exchange from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and not from Younger, but it kind of applies to what happened on this week’s episode of the latter. After failing to land a book doctoring gig despite being a 26-year-old who writes like a 40-year-old (more on that in a bit), Liza (Sutton Foster) and her crew go to a Hot Mitzvah party thrown by Lauren (Molly Bernard). At the party, Lauren serves a cocktail of manischewitz and Molly–MDMA/pure ecstasyfor the uninitiated (i.e. Liza). During the rolling, Liza and boyfriend Josh (Nico Tortorella) exchange “I love yous” and Liza decides this is the time to come clean about her little age ruse.
First of all, I appreciate that the show chose to have this reveal in the penultimate episode instead of the last moments of the season finale, particularly since it would have been unknown at the time whether or not the show would get picked up for a second season. There needs to be some evidence of fallout from Liza’s lie, even if it may not end up being that big a deal.
Second, I opened this Younger post with the quote from UKS partly to illustrate how similar in concept both of these shows actually are. Both feature plucky female protagonists who are trying to function in 2015 despite being removed from popular culture for the last 15 years. Let me be clear: I am not equating motherhood and a loveless marriage with being held against one’s will in an underground bunker. I am speaking more generally. This idea needs to be teased out a bit, but I’m pleased that each show has me thinking fondly of the other.
Third, there are some weird story problems in this episode. Liza is asked to meet with the author of the book she is attempting to doctor and it doesn’t go well at all. Why would this meeting be one-on-one without an editor present? Also, what does the line “you write like a 40-year-old” even mean? The purpose of this plot diversion I guess is to demonstrate that Liza has ambition and that her boss Diana (Miriam Shor) disapproves or feels threatened, but why not continue building off of the slush pile storyline?