Younger has a problem. Liza’s secret is not so well-kept anymore. On Wednesday night’s episode, Liza told Dr. Wray (guest star Camryn Manheim) that she’s in fact 40 years old to both silence Cheryl Sussman (Martha Plimpton) and to get the book signing Millennial Print desperately needed. However, this limbo can’t last forever. The list of people that need to keep quiet is growing and we all know that’s terrible for a secret. Someone’s going to slip and if it’s not Liza, she will have a lot of recovery work ahead of her.
Yet, here’s the rooted issue: Liza’s friends are growing up. Liza’s pretending to be 26 and like some strange 90s cartoon, she’s staying 26. She’s already gone to college, had a career, got married, had a kid–all the milestones her friends are going to embark on–she’s done it all. However, this week Kelsey turned 27, and with a push from Dr. Wray, she broke up with Thad. She can’t be the person who is succeeding in her professional life and not her personal life. Thad thinks setting up a threesome is a great birthday gift for Kelsey, which she hates. They are starting to be on different levels in their relationship. They both have amazing careers and are great at them, but it’s their personal lives are the issue. Kelsey might not be ready for the 2.5 kids and a white picket fence, but she’s ready to take the next step. She wants the stability that comes with growing up. Liza is prepared for Kelsey’s old life: the bar-going, hung-over life that she has grown to know over the past two seasons. This is the one she learned. Maggie and Liza planned for that life. Switching over to something that is more natural to Liza might just be the one that destroys her secret.
Here’s another issue: Josh is also growing up. His career is taking strides. He is in the New York Times. Josh has the chance to share this exciting part of his life. Liza cares for Josh and he cares for her. He wants her to be in the article, but Liza’s hands are tied. She wants to be in this relationship with Josh, but she can’t be public yet. Her career is important. She is making progress. If she comes out about her age, she believes it will all be thrown away. She needs to keep her secret, which is beginning to hold her back instead of move her forward, which was what it was intended to do.
However, I see it differently. Her career is becoming more and more stable with each passing day. She doesn’t need to worry about doing a good job because she already is. There’s nothing stopping her from succeeding in her field. She’s good at it. Now, instead of hurting her career, when her secret is revealed, she will be hurting the people she cares about–her friends. That might have greater weight than possibly throwing rocks into your career path.
So, what can we expect in the future for Younger?
I can only imagine Liza’s secret is going to get even more difficult to hide. How can you advance your personal life as a 26 year old if you’re actually 40. Liza has already completed the milestones her friends are just now figuring out. Liza’s proven that she can handle anything in her career, especially returning to a field that is constantly changing even after being away for so long. There’s not an ounce of me that worries about Liza’s ability to continue her job—which I applaud this series for, daily.
Yet, how can Liza continue to be 26? Her friends are getting married—or at least becoming more serious about their lives. The future only holds more of this. Kelsey was the first one to wake up and really think about what her future holds. After Thad apologized, he proposed and Kelsey said “yes.” We’re going to be entering a new part of Younger, one that includes some big steps for these characters. Liza’s surroundings are aging, and while that might have been a good thing when the series first started, it’s going to make things harder for her.
Now, of course, things could go wonderfully. Charles clearly has an eye on her. In terms of who she is romantically involved with next, Liza has a comfortable transition with Charles–and we know fans like him. He’s a smart decision in terms of Liza’s future. Everyone is thinking about the next stage in their life, and Charles might be Liza’s.
With that said, as we move forward, I’d like to see Liza stand on her own two feet. She will go through this break up. She will be upset. That’s all warranted. She can have fun and date. She can be 26. It looks like it’s taking her no time at all to branch out and meet new people–including the author of the manuscript Empirical signs (Glee’s Matthew Morrison).
The only challenge that presents is how can Liza keep up with what her younger friends expect of her? However, she doesn’t need a boyfriend to continue her lie, and she doesn’t need to continue her lie for a boyfriend. Her lie was invented to protect her career. Now that she has proved herself, once it comes out, it will not be the biggest blow that we all imagined in Season 1. As the episodes go by, that blow lessens and lessens. How Diana Trout will handle it? That’s up to debate. The woman isn’t exactly level-headed when it comes to drama. However, with this case-study on the move, maybe leading Millennial to another book deal will only continue to lessen the weight of Liza’s lie.
Are you excited to see what’s in store for Younger’s future? What do you think Liza should do? Sound off in the comments below!
Younger airs on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on TV Land in the US and Mondays at 9 p.m. on E! Canada.
Megan's TV addiction began with Gilmore Girls. Television taught her everything, from how to survive on an island to how to get away with murder. She will talk TV all day and every day. Follow on twitter @meggh11