Ghost Of A Chance (Television Thoughts, Like A Boss, Younger S02 E03)

younger-season-1-poster-tv-showMy main takeaway from the third episode of “Younger” this second season? The term “Ghosting,” which millennials apparently use. Apparently, it’s when someone stops communicating with you (through text or various messaging platforms) even though you still see them on social media. In my days, we just used to call that ignoring you, and people who do it basically have bad manners. It’s been done to me, and honestly in my younger years I may done it to someone as well. It just goes to show you that even in this day and age, things do not change with regards to human behaviour.

Tonight’s episode, “Like A Boss” is great. We get to see Kelsey launch her Milleanial imprint, and they have a party (In Greenpoint!) to launch it. In the beginning, though, Josh is still upset that Liza has not told Kelsey her real age. How could she, of course, when she involved with the new imprint? “But don’t you want to lead an authentic life,” he asks. Who wants to do that – and that’s when Liza realizes Josh has been ghosting her, as he had social media interactions with different people. They are definitely setting up the Liza/Josh/Charles triangle, as towards the end of the episode, a nice champagne moment between Liza and Charles gets marred by Josh’s arrival, and you can see twinkles in Liza’s eyes as Charles leaves. Subtle, but I can’t be fooled.

And they are giving Hillary Duff a whole lot more to do, even providing her the big laugh of the night, as she struggles to get out of a pretentious fashion moment from avant-garde designers. It’s great physical comedy, and Duff shows she is more than game to be out there. I loved his episode, and it looks like the show will be hitting it out of the ball park this season.

Young Again (Television Thoughts, Younger, Season 2 Episodes One and Two)

younger-season-2-poster.jpg.pagespeed.ce.VWlOQlal0dThe second season of “Younger” starts almost exactly where the first season ended. Liza’s daughter Caitlyn is coming home from India, and Liza has just ‘reconciled’ with Josh. Liza starts to confess to Caitlyn, but backs off when the latter suggests that maybe Liza is ‘transitioning’ (“Dad always says you had big hands”)  Darren Starr still knows how to pack everything in neatly in these episodes – he has such a deft eye for well-done ‘fast paced’ that you always come up begging for more. And this show always manages to delight and infuriate me all at the same time always.  For example, all the press releases for the second season hint on the fact that Caitlyn coming home will cause a different dynamic, and true, the idea is promising. So why, then does she shipped away, living with her father at the end of Episode 1, after she discovers her mother dating the guy who did her tattoo? That just seems a bit lazy. But the rest of the show, I have no complaints. I like the fact that theya re using Hillary Duff much better, and her getting her own imprint at Empirical will open up new story lines for her. And Sutton Foster is better than ever – she has now mastered just the right mix of vulnerability and chutzpah for Liza. And most of all, I love the fact that this is a very New York show – the characters act, sound, and look like the idealized version of New Yorkers I know and love. I’ll be wsatching.

Panties and Pansies (Television Thoughts: Younger S1E7: Broke And Pantyless, S1E8: Sk8)

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I haven’t had a chance to write about the past two episodes of Younger (Episode 7: Broke And Pantyless, Episode 8: Sk8) so I am consolidating them on one post. On “Broke And Pantyless,” Liza finds herself with a financial dilemma: her ex-husband is not fulfilling his share for their daughter’s college tuition so Liza has to find cash, and quick. The first solution? To sell her soiled panties to fetishists. Ew. I think I remember reading a review of the show where the writer was saying how the show was obsessed with vaginas, and now I cannot get that out of my head. I honestly am not too fond of this part of the storyline either. And poor Sutton Foster – I kind of feel bad for her filming scene where she takes off her panies, wads them in a ball and hands them to a pervy man. Thank God the episode doesn’t  linger there and she finds other ways to make money. And it even has a soft epilogue, when her boss Diana gives her a check for the money.

I prefer Episode 8, where there are no stories about soiled panties. Instead, we get to see Anton win the PEN Award, and her wife surprising him. This is too close for comfort for Kelsey, and the situation is exacerbated by the fact that Anton has been writing about hsi affair with Kelsey and have been sending the manuscripts to his wife. So when Liza picks up the wife at the airport, the wife assumes it’s Liza who is having an affair with her husband. At the dinner later that evening, Kelsey confesses to the  wife. I thought this

man. Thank God the episode doesn’t  linger there and she finds other ways to make money. And it even has a soft epilogue, when her boss Diana gives her a check for the money.

I prefer Episode 8, where there are no stories about soiled panties. Instead, we get to see Anton win the PEN Award, and her wife surprising him. This is too close for comfort for Kelsey, and the situation is exacerbated by the fact that Anton has been writing about hsi affair with Kelsey and have been sending the manuscripts to his wife. So when Liza picks up the wife at the airport, the wife assumes it’s Liza who is having an affair with her husband. At the dinner later that evening, Kelsey confesses to the  wife. I thought this

man. Thank God the episode doesn’t  linger there and she finds other ways to make money. And it even has a soft epilogue, when her boss Diana gives her a check for the money.

I prefer Episode 8, where there are no stories about soiled panties. Instead, we get to see Anton win the PEN Award, and her wife surprising him. This is too close for comfort for Kelsey, and the situation is exacerbated by the fact that Anton has been writing about hsi affair with Kelsey and have been sending the manuscripts to his wife. So when Liza picks up the wife at the airport, the wife assumes it’s Liza who is having an affair with her husband. At the dinner later that evening, Kelsey confesses to the  wife. I thought this

man. Thank God the episode doesn’t  linger there and she finds other ways to make money. And it even has a soft epilogue, when her boss Diana gives her a check for the money.

I prefer Episode 8, where there are no stories about soiled panties. Instead, we get to see Anton win the PEN Award, and her wife surprising him. This is too close for comfort for Kelsey, and the situation is exacerbated by the fact that Anton has been writing about hsi affair with Kelsey and have been sending the manuscripts to his wife. So when Liza picks up the wife at the airport, the wife assumes it’s Liza who is having an affair with her husband. At the dinner later that evening, Kelsey confesses to the  wife. I thought this part of teh story was a little unbelievable, and Duff’s acting is a bit too wooden to make it work. Meanwhile, we see Liza babysitting Charles’ kids, and obviously she connects with children, and we start to see romantic tension between Liza and Charles. Hmmm.. I kind of see the end game for this story, and the show.