BIG LITTLE LIZA: Episode 5
CC: So we’re starting the episode off with the return of Liza’s college-bound daughter Liza. Oh, and she’s breadfacing. WTF.
KC: This is clearly a cry for help.
CC: Yay! Lauren!
KC: I’m still stuck on bread facing. Is this a real thing?
CC: Definitely not one I’ve heard of. I’m clearly missing out. Meanwhile, Lauren’s assistant is SO. EXTRA. They are gender-queer. Josh isn’t completely on the same page though as the whole ‘can’t assume pronouns’ situation.
KC: I feel like living where Josh does, he’d be more au fait with the queer spectrum.
CC: Definitely. And just being who Josh is. Who’s the villain guy waiting for Josh?
KC: What? WHY DO WE HAVE A JOSH SUBLOT? WHO CARES?
CC: Can I just say how happy I am to have a JOSH SUBPLOT? I CARE. And it will be important in some way, to bring Liza back to her true love. Meanwhile, at Empirical, the entire Empirical staff is in a meeting with cute politico, Joe.
KC: YOUNGER is the worst name-dropper ever.
CC: I’m only here for the Zelsey tension, especially because Joe is flirting the pants off Kelsey.
KC: Like, SO name droppy.
CC: Oh, Zane is BURNING here!
KC: I’m down with Kelsey hooking up with the new author. I mean, professionally it’s a big ‘no no’, but fictionally it’s way better than Zane.
CC: These parties always make me want to move to New York and run my own imprint. And have Kelsey’s clothes and eyelashes.
KC: We all want Kelsey’s clothes. Hilary Duff should only ever wear baby blue. But her self-tanner is a bit off?
CC: Baby blue is definitely her colour. I’m not sure about Joe’s manners though, dragging her away from other potential authors. New York is so sparklyin this scene! And they’re all a deuxand Josh really puts the moves on. Kelsey pretending she’s surprised by his attention, and demurs with a: “I am your editor!” before leaning in for the kiss.
KC: Super not profesh, Kelsey.
CC: Oh, jeez. So Liza is still dating Don – I’d forgotten about this guy! I cannot understand why we have him as a potential Liza interest? I mean, obviously he’ll be a villain but, no. Just, no.
KC: They give Liza the worst secondary love interests.
CC: And now he pronounces ‘GIFS’ as Jifs. Or am I saying it wrong?
KC: OH MY GOD HE’S A JIF GUY! DUMP HIM! DUUUUUMP HIM!
CC: Not least of which is they’re on a romantic date and now suddenly he’s talking about herpes? Ugh! And Liza is falling all over the place.
KC: Oh, he’s about to find out!
KC: Oh HE’S ABOUT TO FIND OUT!
KC: OH HE KNOWS!
CC: Noooo! He is NOT A GOOD VAULT for this information.
KC: Right? Because he’s totally broke, and looking for a big break! CRAP!
CC: This could be very dangerous for Liza. Don says he hopes he can think of a way to make his own career great again and I feel like all the foreshadowing is there.
KC: Why have we not seen Charles yet?
CC: He’s no doubt being all broody and cross somewhere.
KC: So now, Liza and Maggie are at one of Lauren’s fabulous parties, and as they walk in, Liza gets a text to say Don can’t make it because he’s writing.
CC: Oh, gee, I wonder what he’s writing facepalm.
KC: Kelsey confides in Liza that she’s got a crush on her new author. I love how Kelsey and Liza’s friendship is still so solid.
CC: They are friendship goals, for sure.
KC: Lauren is being told by her intern that EVERYTHING CAN’T BE IN ALL CAPS ALL THE TIME.
CC: I fundamentally disagree with that.
KC: So wait. Did Younger introduce a non-binary character just to make this scene a punchline? NOT. COOL. YOUNGER. SO VERY NOT COOL. Like, this is not a Liza’s age thing, but a general respect thing. That could have been handled somuch better.
CC: Yeah, it feels like a strange choice, given the show’s viewer demographic. Moving from the party, we (finally) come to Josh, sitting in Inkburg all alone (and smoking hot) and he’s calling Liza. JOSH IS CALLING LIZA. JOSH IS DRUNK CALLING LIZA!
KC: Of COURSE you would put that in all caps. At least we know who the mystery guy is. Not a villain, just a landlord.
CC: I can’t type because I am HOLDING ALL MY BREATH and crossing all my fingers! Please let there me Josh and Liza sex! They’re touching! And getting closer!
KC: Josh is just being really emotionally manipulative here.
CC: Because he LOVES HER.
KC: But Liza is wise.
CC: How do you not feel their tension?
KC: It’s in the past! There is too much hurt to get past. JOSH IS AN ENTRÉE.
CC: Okay, I love Josh, but I have to laugh at him calling Liza and asking her to leave a party for like a thirty seven second conversation. That’s not okay.
KC: OH GOD. And from the pages of the ‘we all saw this coming’ book, Don is writing an article about Liza’s age. A fact checker from Vanity Fair – name drop – calls Liza.
CC: Liza and Kelsey are freaking out about this – the fact checker is all over this, calling everyone who’s ever had anything to do with Liza or Millenial, but the sound of it! ‘New phone, who dis?’ is Liza’s choice of dodge.
KC: I love everything about this scene in Reese’s office. EVERYTHING.
CC: Age-Queer is about to become a thing.
KC: But it’s EVERYTHING
CC: So obviously Liza needs to confront Don about the article he’s writing. I feel like “The only thing Don cares about is the free food”. should have been her early warning sign..
KC: He actually says that, as a middle-age white man, he’s the one who’s marginalised! HE ACTUALLY SAID THAT! HE WENT THERE!
CC: Liza and I are in total agreement. Don is an asshole.
KC: Is Caitlyn just here to remind us all that she exists?
CC: Gah! Liza is now bread facing! “I like it on my chin. Really crusty.”
KC: That was amazing. I mean, Liza really sold that. I’m thinking of trying it myself.
CC: THE INKBURG SIGN IS BEING PULLED DOWN!
KC: This is a nice speech from Liza, about how they’re all there for Josh. Josh replies with subtext.
CC: Josh goes in for a hug. And there is subtext: it’s game on. He wants Liza back, that much is obvious. I’m really so happy with this. I’m so team Josh and this is exactly why.
KC: No, let it go! It’s over! Why was there no Charles in this episode?
CC: I don’t think we needed him this week.
KC: Age queer being a thing is amazing. I think it reframes the show from Liza’s lie towards a broader industry problem.
CC: I’m happy with that episode. Lots of tension and lots more fun, plus I think we might have seen the last of Don? Let’s hope, anyway. Next week will reveal all!