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You guys!!! It’s back!! Words can’t express how much I love this show. My only complaint is that each episode is only 30 minutes! We need more, TV Land! We need more!
The Season 4 premiere of YOUNGER, which aired on Wednesday, June 28th, picks up where Season 3 left off. Liza’s lies (say that five times) are catching up to her, and she’s forced to “unburden” her truth on Kelsey (Hilary Duff). The tension is high throughout the conversation, but Liza (Sutton Foster) has got to be exhausted from all the lying! Kelsey doesn’t take the news well and sneaks out of Maggie (Debi Mazar) and Liza’s apartment in the middle of the night.
Now let me say that, on a personal level, I don’t think what Liza did — lying about her age in order to be considered for a job she was already good at — was necessarily wrong, but I think she definitely should’ve told Josh (Nico Tortorella) and Kelsey a lot sooner. The truth always comes out in the end, and, let’s be real … when you marinate something for a little longer than necessary things can get salty. Do you like what I did there? lol.
In any case, Kelsey feels betrayed by her bestie and now has to face the burden of finding an apartment to live in. During a meeting with Charles (Peter Hermann) and Diana (Miriam Shor) regarding a potential book deal, Liza is determined to come clean with them as well. Before she can spill the beans though, Kelsey stops her in her tracks and saves her from ruining her career. Did her alone time allow her to consider Liza’s position and possibly forgive her? Not quite. She tells Liza that if she reveals the truth, the Millennial imprint will be done for — it’s all business.
Kelsey ends up bonding with Josh over their shared feelings of betrayal by Liza. Spoiler Alert (if you’re not caught up on Season 3): Josh is still heartbroken after finding Liza kissing Charles in the Hamptons right before he was about to propose! He tells Kelsey not to ask him about that night in the Hamptons ever again. Ugh … Josh’s heartbreak makes my heart break!
Surprisingly, Kelsey calls in Emily — the Entertainment Weekly writer who blackmailed Liza into publishing her labradoodle book in exchange for not revealing her secret — into the office for a chat. She tells Emily that they’ll only publish her book if she keeps Liza’s secret AND puts Millennial on EW’s 29 Under 29 list to garner more publicity. Liza takes this as a sign of forgiveness, but she’s dead wrong … again. After the EW party, Kelsey tells her that what she did was for the imprint, not for her. She doesn’t know that she’ll ever be able to forgive Liza because she broke her heart. And to be honest, this whole exchange broke mine! I love the friendship that Kelsey and Liza have, so to see it on the rocks like this is difficult. Especially when I can understand both sides. Liza didn’t have bad intentions when she started this lie of hers, but she took a little too long to reveal the truth to those who trusted her integrity. Kelsey has gone through a lot in the past few seasons, so to have the one person she relies on reveal this huge lie, I can see why she feels so utterly betrayed.
While Josh and Kelsey wallow in their feelings of betrayal, Liza goes out with Charles to see items related to Ernest Hemingway being sold that once belonged to his father. Liza sees love letters written by Hemingway to Marlene Dietrich, which Charles explains the two were “victims of unsynchronized passion.” Ummm … yes, Liza … that was probably directed at you!
I should tell you all now that while I’ve been on the fence regarding the Josh-Liza-Charles love triangle at times, I am definitely on Team Josh at the moment. Josh is young, yes. He’s a bit more spontaneous and wild as opposed to Charles, yes. But Josh loved Liza despite her lies and he wanted to start a family. He was about to propose to the girl and saw her kissing her boss (which is a no-no as it is)!
After the 29 Under 29 party, Lauren (Molly Bernard) offers Kelsey her Uber ride which has just arrived. Kelsey takes the bait and Lauren and Liza follow the Uber on Lauren’s phone to find out where Kelsey has been staying. Turns out she’s Josh’s new roommate! He greets her at the door with a set of keys and my immediate thought is … this will not end well!
Ughhhhh … why do you do this to us, YOUNGER?? We get it, cliff hangers are your thing. But our broken hearts can’t take much more! Either way, I’m as hooked as I was during the first season and I’m not going anywhere!
If you’re not caught up yet, you can find all the episodes on the TVLand app, On Demand and on Hulu. Also, it was announced recently that YOUNGER has been renewed for a 5th Season!
Here are some outtakes from this episode to hold you over until next week: