A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE: Episode 7
CC: Okay, so last episode finished with a whole new Liza – much more willing to own her true self, more confident, and truly shirty with Charles (go, Liza!).
KC: And this one starts with Maggie! All episodes should start with Maggie. And she is getting bling!
CC: She’s looking stunning, yet again.
KC: Is this a Christmas in July ep? A real Christmas ep?
CC: They’re wearing summery clothes? So maybe Christmas in July?
KC: Nope, definitely Christmas.
CC: Is Liza… knitting?
KC: And is Caitlyn sleeping … on a bunk bed?
CC: Oh, here we go! Caitlyn asking Liza to come to a party that David (Liza’s ex husband) will be at.
KC: And meanwhile, Kelsey is clearly embracing the ‘just go with it’ attitude.
CC: Liza and (I want to say) Jake in bed together…
KC: I love Kelsey’s negligee.
CC: And she’s texting Zane, ugh! Just, no.
KC: Also, can we talk about how well Younger incorporates texting and social media? OF COURSE all of their characters text and tweet and stuff. So incorporating it without some weird conceit works really well.
CC: Oh, no! There’s very, very audible kissing noises.
KC: And I do not love that she’s sleeping with her author. Wait. HI CHARLES!
CC: Oh, here you go. Kicking off with Charles. And Liza, as my true spirit animal, is wearing a necklace that lights up like Christmas tree decorations.
KC: WHAT IS LIZA WEARING AROUND HER NECK?
CC: This is so holiday-themed it hurts.
KC: Oh, Zane. Sit your ass down. SIT YOUR ASS DOWN. Do not take this moment away from Kelsey.
CC: Right? Although, it sounds like he’s the reason Jake got this great exposure.
KC: I REALLY, REALLY DO NOT LIKE HIM.
CC: Diana to Liza: “Keep that epilepsy trigger as far away from my eye line as much as possible.”
KC: I love Kelsey’s dress so much.
CC: Oh, Kelsey! Chatting to Zane about a party they’re all going to be at later. Kelsey, Kelsey, Kelsey. What a tangled web we weave! Hasn’t Liza’s story taught us anything?Seriously, I love both their outfits but I actually needLiza’s necklace. Where can I get one?
KC: I’m not even sad for Zane. He doesn’t deserve Kelsey.
CC: Liza is us in this convo with Kelsey, not happy about Kelsey seeing both Zane and Jake. Kelsey counters with the fact Liza’s been ‘gaslighting’ the whole company for years… I don’t know if Liza’s deception could be called Gaslighting?
KC: I mean, no. Not strictly. But she has been keeping a secret. I would have edited that. 😉
CC: Kate! Enzo is giving Diana a Christmas tree! This is such a sign of LOVE.
KC: And yet… he lives with his mom.
CC: Yeah, points lost there.
KC: And yet… does Diana scoot? Is she a scooter?
CC: What’s a scooter!?
KC: Oh, Enzo! He is just such a great guy. Who lives with his mother!
CC: At the party…
KC: What is with Jake’s hair in this scene? It’s… got serial killer side part.
CC: He looks like a fourth grader ready for his school photos. Like has mum has given him his one day of ‘tidy hair’.
KC: I love Christmas parties so much. I can’t wait for Christmas! Tangent. OH ZANE! DO NOT KISS KELSEY IN PUBLIC.
CC: Jake saw it!
KC: What the hell!
CC: Zane is SO tone deaf!
KC: Yes, Kelsey is pointing that out to him.
CC: Uh oh. Jake, who’s used to wheeling and dealing in political circles, is ready to strike back.
KC: If you’re going to bang your author and your co-worker, there needs to be a privacy rule. Jake’s serial killer hair is about to be on point.
CC: Meanwhile, Enzo has set up the tree (because, perfect) and he’s waiting to do like a presidential style lights-turn-on. And it does look so pretty. Aw, and there’s champagne.
KC: OH MY GOD. HE’S PROPOSING. HE’S GOING TO PROPOSE. I KNOW IT! I CAN READ THE SIGNS!
CC: I think so too! But…no. Just dousing her apartment in champagne. Thank GOD she laughed. Oh, boy!
KC: I mean, that could have been a proposal.
CC: At the holiday party: the sweaters! OH THE SWEATERS! They’re wearing family holiday themed sweaters. I can’t cope. Meanwhile, David, Liza’s ex, semi-embraces Liza
KC: Yeah, don’t touch her. What is with all the men handing out unwanted touches in this episode? Liza looks so much more sophisticated in this scene than EVERYONE else.
KC: It’s really showing how her life has changed.
CC: Right? An insight into the true Liza.
KC: They finally got Sutton Foster to sing!
CC: There is YODELLING and this is ADORABLE. CHARLES ENTERS. Oh my GOD, my hear is RACING ! !
KC: OH MY GOD, HE’S ACTUALLY HERE, OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD.
CC: His seeing her like this is AMAZING.
KC: I HAVE REFLECTED SHAME SO BAD.
CC: In a good way! My heart is racing! He can’t hide his smile!
KC: Yeah, because he has blackmail material for DAYS. Maybe Charles can starting thinking hard about why Liza is doing this. Oooh, ‘quite an act’, he says. This is a different life.
CC: This scene is actually amazing.
KC: The subtext in this conversation. It’s crazy.
CC: I’m going to need to watch this again and again to break it down, but it’s a very successfully executed turning point for them. I am loving Charles here, too.
KC: Charles hair is so good in that scene. But I’m not sure about the brown suit. There is so much going on here. Back to Mags.
CC: Maggie’s sense of style is BEYOND amazing.
KC: I’m not sure about the pussy bow. I myself am not a fan.
CC: I am.
KC: But Maggie is pulling it off.
CC: DOOR KNOCK, again. MY NERVES ARE SHOT. It’s JOSH! My heart is about to burst out of my chest!
KC: SECOND HAND EMBARRASSMENT ALL OVER THE PLACE. Why is Liza wearing a tank top in December?
CC: And what’s with all the double takes between Maggie and Caitlyn?
KC: Caitlyn is the voice of wisdom.
CC: Uh oh. Charles wants to see Zane and Kelsey in his office – I feel like we’re about to get a bombshell.
KC: Serial killer hair having its effect. Jake is going to fire Zane. Ha! Who’s the nice guy now, Zane?
CC: Oh dear! “The author gets what the author wants.” I really don’t feel good for anyone in that scene. But Zane doesn’t need to be such a drama queen about it.
KC: Zane underestimated Jake so hard. Zane is ALWAYS a drama queen. He is incapable of being professional.
CC: He’s genuinely upset here, though. I think they’re trying for a Zane v 2.0
KC: …Also, does Zane have monkeys on his tie? Whatever, Zane. Stop emotionally blackmailing her. I’m SO NOT here for Zane.
CC: GAH! Liza and Charles alone together, and it’s too good. I’m mentally juxtaposing this scene with the scene in the second episode of this season when Liza didn’t realise Charles knew and chased him into the copier room and he was super cold and standoffish and now, she’s being quite cool and reserved (in a lovely Liza way) and he’s being all charming.
KC: TENSION. SO MUCH TENSION. Oh! She brought in nudity! She actually mentioned nudity!
CC: And backpedaled awkwardly! I have been waiting for this for so long. Poor Charles. His smile is SO rusty.
KC: And now he’s totally thinking of her naked.
CC: “It’s amazing the things we do for our kids,” he says. And Liza replies, “Caitlyn’s why I worked so hard for my job. Why I did what I did.”
KC: Aw, parenting bonding!
CC: He gets it. Forgiveness. The real them.
KC: FINALLY, A REAL MOMENT.
CC: This is a really emotionally charged conversation. There’s so much subtext and it’s killing me.
KC: Peter Hermann did such a great job with that scene.
CC: Yeah, he did. He reminds me a bit of Colin Firth in Bridget Jones’s Diary. Like, learning to be happy, and relatable.
KC: Charles does have a bit of Darcy about him.
CC: And now, a Diana and Liza gift swap…
KC: It feels like new beginnings! Christmas miracles! Love at Christmas, all around! Aww, Diana! THAT IS SUCH A DIANA NECKLACE.
CC: This is so sweet.
KC: Jewelery should inspire envy, not seizures. Love it.
CC: “Never gift up. The wealth disparity just makes it awkward for both of us.” But with a look of being sooo touched. I actually can’t handle all the beautiful moments in this episode.
KC: Oh my god, everyone is being so lovely in this episode. I’m getting all teary.
CC: Mmm, so Diana has given Liza her Christmas bonus from Charles. “It’s more than I suggested, but you’ve earned it.”
KC: So Charles giving her more money than Diana suggested. Is that… I mean, is that…?
CC: Yeah… Inappropriate?
KC: I dunno. It feels like he’s trying to apologise with extra zeroes? It’s tacky.
CC: Yeah, that’s not perfect.
KC: Or maybe it’s right? She’s needing money and she’s done a lot of work, and women suffer so hard with pay disparity. Giving her a bigger Christmas bonus is the right thing to do, but THIS IS WHY WORKPLACE ROMANCES ARE SO FRAUGHT BECAUSE I CAN’T EVEN WATCH YOUNGER NOW WITHOUT THIS ANALYSIS.
CC: Maggie’s about to ruin things for herself.
KC: Yep, that’s over. That scene feels like it was trying to be nice but was slightly not as well.
CC: THINGS I’M NOT ONBOARD WITH: ANY HINT OF ANYTHING BETWEEN JOSH AND CAITLYN.
KC: Oh man, no. Josh. No mother-daughter things. No.
CC: Josh wearing the hat Liza made even though it pushes his ears WAY out?
KC: No, no no nooooooo! Oh, Caitlyn.
CC: You know, I think it’s just that Josh has raw sexual energy so he literally can’t talk to anyone without passion coming through.
KC: So Caitlyn is #teamjosh
CC: In great company. Charles is on his way to the airport for his solo Christmas trip and the cab has a screen. It cuts to a yodeling video (because, obvs) and suddenly he’s asking the cab driver to turn around. And now… Liza’s in the snow, walking home, weighed down, and someone’s at her door…
KC: BIG MOMENT. BIG MOMENT.
CC: It’s Charles! OH THE MOMENT!
KC: SOMETHING IS HAPPENING! IN THE SNOW!
CC: “I don’t care anymore,” dramatic statement from Charles before swooping in for the kiss. ERrrr, NO.
KC: OF COURSE IN THE SNOW.
CC: Wrong sentiment.
KC: I mean, right sentiment but wrong words. YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY. It doesn’t really say, “I understand”, but I think that’s what he meant? KISSING! KISSSSSSSING!!!
CC: I don’t know. I needed more there. He was pretty ruthless towards her, and I write ruthless for a living. I get it. But there needs to be good grovel and ‘I don’t care anymore’ is totally not enough. ‘I should have listened to you,” would have been better. Am I ruining the kiss moment for you? Sorry!
KC: We’ll see what happens next episode. I mean, this episode is all about passion and possibility, but next will be the process of actually making it work. Including all the HR nightmares.
CC: Pauline and Diana will be notable issues to overcome, and yeah, HR. I love the idea of their needing to be a secret romance.
KC: I mean, fictionally a secret romance is great. But wearing my industry hat, they are also a huge nightmare.
CC: Yeah. I can’t see they can go public with this. I also think they need to find a way to keep the Josh/Liza/Charles love triangle going.
KC: Agreed. They wouldn’t get rid of their cash cow and then flagrantly ignore the rules here, I think. But I guess we’ll see? Either way a magical Christmas episode with so much hot, sexy Charles. Even if he didn’t show off his supersternal notch this time.
CC: But his smile was some consolation, right? The ep was definitely all my Christmas wishes come true.