We’re back! After a week, Younger 7×06 “The F Word” returns with a vengeance. Charliza’s problems continue to grow as Liza and Kelsey set out on a new course and Maggie and Josh learn some valuable lessons. Let’s discuss everything!
Here we go!
Younger 7×06 “The F Word” begins in the same way as the previous episode ended. Liza already knows Quinn’s dark intentions and is determined to tell Charles, despite Maggie advising her not to. I understand both of them at this point. I mean, Maggie has a point in saying that it’s no longer Liza’s job to try to protect Charles or meddle in his life because, in the end, she will get hurt.
But Liza can’t let Quinn use Charles and do nothing. Charles has been a very important part of her life, he still is and she loves him … she doesn’t want anyone to hurt him. This is how Liza is. So she’s determined to tell him … but the moment just doesn’t happen. And, of course, Quinn takes advantage to make it clear to Liza, without words, that she’s the outsider in that trio. Goodness, I hate her so much.
However, Liza must hurry because Quinn is going to make her move that night and brag about a happy and perfect family. She will use Charles and his daughters for her own benefit and Liza … Liza just wants to stop that from happening. So she takes advantage of what seems like the only time she can talk to him, even though it all feels … weird.
She no longer has the right to stand there and tell Charles’s daughters what they can and cannot do. Charles makes that clear to her with his gaze. And there is a different energy … between her and Charles. They seem like two strangers after having meant so much to each other. It’s sad and Charles is a real asshole. I said what I said. Liza deserves better.
Going back to the episode, at the end, Liza tells Charles everything and he basically doesn’t believe a word. And I say it again, Charles is an asshole. He supposed to know Quinn and he knows Liza. He should know that Liza would never lie to him about something like that and that Quinn is capable of that and much more but hey, I guess since the fact that Quinn is a harpy doesn’t even deter him from dating her, I can’t hope for absolutely nothing from Charles, but I still expected something more from him.
Quinn, as always, has an ace up her sleeve and instead of making the announcement that Liza was thinking, she announces a school program. So Liza has no choice but to accept that she was wrong. You have to have a big ovaries to, despite everything and Charles not deserving it, stand in front of him and apologize for being so wrong. And make it clear that she wants the best for him, that she wants him to be happy, even if it is not with her.
No one knows how hard it’s for Liza to say this. She still loves Charles but she’s confessing to him that she … she just wants him to be happy because he deserves it, even though she is not in his future. This is something that tears her apart, that breaks her heart, but … it’s the right thing to do. Loving means putting the happiness of the person you love above your own, even if that means seeing how he or she is happy with someone other than you.
However, Charles continues to sink even lower and he wants Liza to forget about all of this, but … he can’t stop himself and tells her what he really feels, what he really wants: for her not to intrude further in his personal life. Here, what Maggie says to Liza at the beginning of the episode makes perfect sense.
In the end, she was right and the one who has been damaged has been Liza. Charles and Quinn are closer than ever and both have made it clear that they don’t want her. Because Quinn hasn’t missed the opportunity to do so, something we’ll talk about later. But I do agree with Charles that they should let each other go on with their lives, they should let go … and that includes not meddling in their personal lives.
When Liza, defeated, leaves the party, Quinn confronts her and that is when we realize that Liza has fallen into a trap. Quinn just wanted to make a fool of her in front of Charles and she played with her, manipulated her and handled her like a toy, like a puppet. Have I already told you I hate her? Because I can’t hate her more.
But soon Quinn shows me how wrong I am. Yes, I can hate her more. Because Quinn tells Liza that she’s hurting Charles by not letting him go. Sorry? The first thing is, who the hell is she to comment on anything? And the second thing is: what about the damage that Charles is doing to Liza? Because he doesn’t deserve Liza right now #sorrynotsorry.
Also, being protective of those you love is just part of Liza’s personality and Quinn, I have a message for you, if you worry so much about your boyfriend’s ex hurting him because, according to you, she won’t leave him alone, maybe that boyfriend of yours isn’t interested in you at all. Just saying…
As is normal, Liza is not very happy with having to work with Quinn and Kelsey is on her side but she also advises her to try to separate things because the truth is that they have the chance to lose. And I hate that Kelsey is so right here, but she is, and she wouldn’t be a true friend to Liza if she didn’t give her good advice. As much as they both hate it, Quinn and her book are an important part of the business and…it’s not a good idea to start a war.
However, there’s nothing like a friend to know that all of that makes Liza want to kill Quinn even more and that she needs a good night of drinking and ranting about men. Basically a girls’ night out. And I simply love this friendship.
And together, they‘re going to meet an old friend who offers them a great opportunity … although they don’t see it that way. They want to go back to how it was before, to Millennial. A young, fresh, daring, irreverent editorial line. They want to be themselves and see their personalities reflected in the books they publish, but he makes it clear that this dream is over. That brand no longer exists. It was diluted between various scandals and now … well, they just have to follow a more conservative line of middle-aged women.
And I hate this. This is why Liza started lying in the first place. Why are women over 30 considered middle-aged women who can’t be daring? Yes, Kelsey is almost 30 and Liza is over 40, so what? They continue to be daring, irreverent, rebellious and combative. Age doesn’t matter here. This is how they are, who they are. And they want to give voice to young talents who would not have another chance. Although their friend has a point, Millennial, although it hurts, is too finished to relaunch but … that doesn’t mean they have to settle for less that.
And they don’t.
They want to go back to the top, to do what they do best. So together, with the help of Josh and Lauren – this team scene is one of my favorites – come up with an original way to do it. And this reminds me a lot of the way they worked side by side at Millennial and I didn’t realize how much I missed this until I saw it. Kelsey and Liza as a team and giving their best, in their element, doing what they do best, and together as true friends and partners. QUEENS.
This new project, how could it be otherwise, is a success and they find a manuscript that is really worth publishing. It’s … different, fresh, with a twist. However, Charles disagrees with them. That manuscript is not something that Empirical would publish. They have a much more conservative profile and, at the point where they are, they must play it safe not to take risks.
This rejection of Charles is like a turning point for Liza. She’s sick of having to hold on and not follow her instincts, of having to pass up these opportunities that she knows are going to be a success just because someone above her doesn’t approve. It’s time to take charge. She and Kelsey are brilliant at their work and Millennial was even more successful than Empirical.
Yes, maybe it’s time to reinvent … but in a different way. They don’t have to settle for what Charles or anyone else tells them. They must go back to being their own bosses, flying alone … with a new brand. And I’m with Kelsey, Liza is my heroine.
Because you have to have ovaries to make up your mind to take the step of starting over with something that you are passionate about, just because you know that you and your friend make the best possible team and that both are capable not only of giving voice to unknown talented authors, but also because you are sure that this is what you do best and that you can catch the hits before they become hits. And the best thing is that this time they will do it without lies, proud of who they are and the exact age they are.
Can’t wait to see where this adventure takes them, but bravo, Liza! Bravo, Kelsey! Standind ovation, please.
Josh, for his part, is moving on with his life without Liza and it seems that he has started dating the woman we met in the previous episode. But he hasn’t told her anything about cute, adorable little Gemma. And, as Lauren tells him, that’s a mistake. Sooner or later that woman is going to find out and it’s something Josh should have told her from the beginning because … that means a lot of things and that woman has the right to decide if she wants to move on, all things considered.
However, Josh didn’t say anything to her and, of course, when he had made up her mind to tell her … everything turns out badly. She’s not ready to play this happy family. She just … she was meeting a wonderful boy like Josh and she wanted to find out where that was leading, but everything changes now that she knows he has a daughter. That all of a sudden means a bigger commitment that she’s not sure she’s ready for.
I find it interesting that she confesses to Josh that maybe things would have been different if he had told her from the beginning, just as he should have. Because then, maybe, she wouldn’t have felt so … scared and shocked all of a sudden. She would have known what she was getting into by starting to date him and she would have been able to decide whether or not she should move on, if she was ready or not. Perhaps … if she had had a choice and hadn’t discovered the truth like that, she would have decided to explore what was emerging between them. Perhaps …
In the most comical aspect of the episode we have Maggie and Lauren who have made me laugh out loud. Maggie has gotten into some serious trouble now that she knows that she slept with the wife of her new boss … and that she introduced them to Lauren as her girlfriend. I’m sure they will give us a lot of good and fun times … but it will also bring trouble for Maggie.
Here ends our Younger 7×06 “The F Word”. We will be back next week with a new one.
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Younger final season airs Thursdays on Paramount+.