We return one more week with Younger! After last week, the countdown to the series finale begins and it shows. Younger 7×10 “Inku-baited” feels like an episode that puts the pieces on the board exactly where they need to be for the last two episodes of the show, while giving us a final scene that will remain in the memory of many. Let’s review!
Here we go!
Kelsey was back in the spotlight on Younger 7×10 “Inku-baited” and we always love when that happens. She was getting into a casual relationship with Rob … but he is Claire’s ex-boyfriend and that puts Kelsey in trouble with her. I have to say that I was rooting for Kelsey and Rob (waiting for Zane) but my clumsiness made me not realize it was Claire’s Rob so no… Kelsey, that’s not right.
I mean, it’s true that “we broke up maturely” is something that is said simply to pretend that it hasn’t affected you too much and Claire is not a close friend but she is… Claire, Gemma’s mother and, although she is not close to Kelsey, Kelsey is the closest to a friend she has in New York.
So our Daphne Bridgerton AKA Claire is right to be so angry and disappointed. The least she deserves is for Kelsey to be honest about what was happening between her and Rob, especially when Claire really trusted her and thought of Kelsey as her friend.
Of course, Kelsey didn’t want to hurt her and it really broke my heart to see her so upset when she leaves Josh’s apartment. Kelsey didn’t want to harm Claire or anyone, she just wanted to live a story with someone who attracts her and she did not know how to tell Claire because how do you tell someone who starts to consider you a great friend that you are in a casual relationship with her ex-boyfriend? And so, Kelsey didn’t tell her, the secret got bigger and bigger… until everything exploded.
And what will happen now? I don’t think Kelsey will go on with Rob after this, which is ideal if they want to bring Zane back for the series finale. Just saying…
Maggie is a hit! She deserves it and luckily her boss’s maneuvers didn’t end her career. In Younger 7×10 “Inku-baited” Maggie was reborn from her ashes. I really liked that Maggie’s former boss realized how much she had done wrong and went in person to apologize to her – I loved the way Lauren stood up for Maggie, I’m still not over it. It takes a lot of courage not only to acknowledge your mistake but to apologize for it.
It is true that the damage has already been done. I mean, this woman almost ended Maggie’s career and that is not something she can forgive and forget so easily but she acknowledges her mistakes and to tries to repair them as much as she can. Not just anyone would have. So maybe, maybe, I’ll get Maggie’s ex-boss off my particular blacklist.
And now, let’s review the big elephant in Younger‘s room 7×10 “Inku-baited” which is the trio of Kelsey, Charles and Liza. As for Empirical, I understand Kelsey and also Liza’s desire to tell Charles everything.
I mean, I understand that Kelsey wants to hide what they’re doing from Charles. He made it very clear that he didn’t want to be involved and Charles forced them to prove him wrong to take them seriously so… it’s what they’re doing. Those are the things that can happen if you are too adamant so, in the end, others prefer to go behind your back to try to follow their instincts and be who they are.
But I also understand Liza’s position. She trusts that Charles, despite being a bit more cautious than them, knows that this book will be a success and values them as professionals, so they don’t need to be hiding anything from him. After all, Charles’s instincts are part of the reason he’s so good at his job and has run a successful publishing firm.
I think both are partly right here. I understand Kelsey’s motives but the right thing to do is to tell Charles because it just doesn’t feel right for them to act behind his back …. although a part of me thinks it’s not too bad for them to do it so that Charles learns to trust them from the beginning.
In the end, it is Liza who is right in this and in the key scene of the episode AKA THE scene, Charles makes it clear to Liza how much he values the work and the instinct for Kelsey’s successes and hers, especially hers. So he totally trusts them and wants to include the new brand within Empirical. Here we already begin to love Charles a little bit again, because it is something that not even Liza expected.
At that dinner everything feels so… natural, as easy as breathing. They are both as before. There is no Quinn, no failed marriage proposals, only them … talking, reconnecting, getting carried away … so, Charles says “they will be lucky to have you” and we all know that he is not talking about the new author of the firm …
That’s when Liza diverts the conversation to Quinn. They both know what those looks mean between them, that phrase from Charles … but nothing has changed. As much as they want to think that Quinn doesn’t exist, she does… as well as the failed marriage proposal.
But something has changed: Charles. He, for the first time, recognizes that he doesn’t know what he wants. In moments like this, when he has Liza so close, no obstacle seems insurmountable enough not to be together.
The whole atmosphere feels strange between them now, charged with electricity and unspoken words. But for Liza, the most important thing is that Charles is happy. Because that’s the most important thing when you love someone: their happiness. Even if she/he is not with you.
Little by little, the atmosphere relaxes and dinner becomes pleasant, both of them are in their own world, together. They missed each other so much …
As they leave the restaurant, Charles, with a few more drinks, loses all inhibitions and is the best Charles we have seen in a long time. The looks between them are a precious form of communication and they speak more than a thousand words.
Liza… she reminded Charles why she loves what he does. He had settled and she came and broke all his schemes, made him love and live what he does again.
And the phrase of the night arrives. “You’re a remarkable woman, Liza Miller.” “You make me see things from a totally different perspective … and I’m sorry I didn’t see it before.” Dead. I’m a ghost. Goodbye.
This is gorgeous and a full-blown declaration of love. Liza just came in and turned Charles’s life upside down. She moved everything and she is like a ray of sunshine, all light, all… hope. She made him see everything from a new perspective, a different one, risky, irreverent. She came to bring hope and light to his life.
Charles didn’t realize how gray his life was until he met her. She made him step out of his comfort zone and not just go through life … but live it. And he only regrets that everything went wrong, that it took him so many years to realize it, that they wasted so much time …
It’s so beautiful it hurts. Charles still hasn’t earned my forgiveness for all the stupid things he did – and he’s still doing because, let’s remember, he’s still in a relationship with Quinn – but the man earned a lot of points from this. Things as they are. Although Team Josh forever and ever!
After such a statement, Charliza almost kissed. Almost. The waitress interrupts them and the magic that had enveloped them suddenly disappears as if it had never existed and gives way to reality. It gives way to Quinn and the fact that they both want different things, a different future. The walls that had fallen between them are back in place.
Thus, with a look full of longing, of what could have been and was not, with a look that tastes of farewell and that lasts a lifetime, they separate from each other.
Here ends our Younger 7×10 “Inku-baited”. We will be back next week with a new one.
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Younger final season airs Thursdays on Paramount+.