Younger Season 6 Episode 5
Let the Games Begin
Charles and Liza are attending a national arts club party together. Things quickly turn competitive as Charles is handing out his new business card and introducing Liza as his girlfriend. Michael Cunningham compliments Charles on his “feisty move”. Charles states competition is good for business; keeps the publishers on their toes and keeps the writers at the center. As Michael walks away, Liza gives Charles some sarcastic quip and he asks if she’s enjoying this. Liza quips, “What choice do I have? Be mad at you or be better.” With that Charles challenges her as they notice the A-listers in the room by saying “Let the Games Begin” as he slaps her toosh. They spend the evening competing on getting meetings set up, and checking in with each other to brag. Things get awkward as they both talk with Meg Wolitzer and a photo is taken. Liza lists the caption for the photo and lists Charles as “and guest”.
Poor Kelsey can’t catch a break. Now Charles is at the top of the New York Magazines approval matrix and Kelsey is listed at the bottom, next to Disney Live-action remakes and Nude restaurants. . . Um, WHAT?!
In true Liza fashion, she’s comforting Kelsey, assuring her no one reads that. In true Diana fashion, she rushes in asking if they’ve seen the magazine. She’s commenting on how unfortunate Kelseys cropped headshot looks – “A head without a neck is like a floating tragedy.” Diana’s one-liners are hilarious.
The ladies turn their attention to the DIY power couple from the show New York Flip, Hayley, and Cameron Butler, waiting for them in the conference room. The book is about the need for a “third leg” in a relationship. A common interest that both parties share. The couple states its healthier than just focusing on each other. Diana keeps interrupting the conversation with examples of all the things she shares with Enzo. Liza asks what happens if a couple lacks the “third leg”. The Butlers emphasize a chair needs three legs to stand on; without that, it falls over.
Josh and Lauren are out strolling with sweet baby Gemma. I love Josh’s reaction as he gets a notification that @GemmaLoves is following him on Instagram. Josh immediately knows Lauren is behind this account and Lauren insists this is a good thing. Baby Gemma already has 5,000 followers, after all. I love Lauren’s comment “oh my god. I am a genius, I scare myself.” Just so you know, @GemmaLoves is not a real Instagram account, believe me, I checked. Sad face.
I Can’t Believe I Just Said That
Diana is bragging to Enzo about how many “legs” they have, stating they should be featured in the book. Enzo is not dressed for dinner because he got called out for another plumbing issue. Enzo promises to make it up to her by buying her another necklace. Diana states, “The thing is Enzo, they choose me. And I want to be with you. I don’t need another necklace. I can’t believe I just said that.” I wish I could use Diana’s one-liners in my everyday dialog, but no one can deliver a line like Miriam Shor. She keeps me laughing.
I Had No Idea
Charles brings Liza to dinner with a client to celebrate a book deal. As it turns out, Charles signed the Butlers and their “Third Leg” book. Liza is surprised but tries to play it cool. She asks them why they chose Mercury over Millenial. Hayley states they connected with Charles and his love of literature and his love of Liza. Charles had gushed about his editor girlfriend and how publishing is their “third leg”.
As they’re leaving dinner, Liza questions Charles on him using her to get the book deal. Charles explains he is, however, using all the money from mortgaging his townhouse. He created a presence when he launched Mercury, but right now, he’s all smoke and mirrors. He knows he could lose everything.
The G Train
Kelsey wants to know how Charles is managing to steal all of their authors. Diana emphasizes he wouldn’t be foolish enough to use his own money. Liza quickly changes the subject to the next author she has lined up. Gloria Rivera, a musical prodigy, discovered playing on the G train, accepted into Julliard’s pre-college division and now the youngest ever female conductor for the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Liza has been communicating with her for months and the ladies decide to attend her local symphony performance to get her to sign a deal for the book.