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PopWrapped | Recaps

Younger: 1X01 Pilot And 1X02, Liza Sows Her Oates

Ariel Bradford | PopWrapped Author

Ariel Bradford

Updated 04/7/2015 6:39pm
Younger: 1X01 Pilot And 1X02, Liza Sows Her Oates | Younger
Media Courtesy of TV Land

Younger, a new show on TV Land is based off the 2005 comedy-drama book by Pamela Redmond Satran, follows the story of Liza, played by Sutton Foster, and her adventures of being a mature woman in a "younger" world.

"You want me to tweet?" Liza is plunged into a world of technology and new ways of communication she hasn't used before. The show pokes fun at, not only how today's information is spread so sleazily, but how insignificant the method of transportation is: the true value is still in the heart of the story.

This is what makes Liza so cheer-worthy. Anyone in a new environment (Krav Maga? Bang with Friends?) with a ready mind, a loyal heart and a strong ambition can get anything done. With the help of her new work friend/mentor Kelsey, played by everyone's favorite Hilary Duff, Liza is sure to break down ALL the barriers. #womanpower

The first airing of Younger was a two-parter, starting out with Liza in an interview with two young girls, who "don't look a day over seven." Their disinterest becomes apparent when the two begin to banter about apps and boys, forgetting all about Liza.

Preparing to drink her sorrows, Liza meets Josh (Nico Tortorella) at the bar on her street. Gorgeous, young, heavily tattooed Josh puts himself in Liza's phone and lets her know that she has a date with him.

Feeling downtrodden, Liza goes home to spill to her roommate Maggie (played by Debi Mazar) who inspires her to "just tell them you're 26." After a quick makeover, Liza is onto another interview by no-nonsense girlboss Diana Trout (Miriam Shor) and is asked in a bored, sarcastic tone, "What would you say makes you... special?"

"I'm a grown-up. I don't think I'm special."

While Liza gushes on her cell phone in the bathroom to Maggie, Kelsey comes out of a stall (looking as dazzling as ever) to congratulate her new co-worker. "Basically I was you, two years ago!" Kelsey offers energetically. She later explains, "As Taylor Swift said, there is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women. I've got your back, girl."

Liza and Kelsey's characters hit it off quickly as they bond over exercise. In the locker room, they discover their first true differences... where Liza explains that grooming is different in India, where she (steals her daughter Caitlin's [Tessa Albertson] life story and claims it as her own) lived doing charity work.

At dinner, Liza meets Kelsey's boyfriend Thad (Dan Amboyer) who ungratefully tells Kelsey to get him another drink. Kelsey later explains, "I like doing things for my boyfriend," which is an unusual representation of feminism, but okay! As long as she's happy, right?

Diana pushes Liza to come up with a new campaign to sell copies of Joyce Carol Oates' book. At lunch with Kelsey, crazy friend Lauren (Molly Bernard) undoes her top to post selfies for #ToplessTuesday which inspires Liza to create the Twitter campaign of #ShowUsYourOates where users will upload pictures of their chests censored by the new book.

Kelsey discovers a new translation of the "new Steig Larsson" book, written by an unknown Swedish author. Reading it overnight, she (incredibly) ignores her boyfriend and is ready the next day to land a contract with the writer in town. Liza is determined to help Kelsey meet him.

Josh and Liza go on their date, which all seemed wonderful until the end of the night. A magical first kiss is followed by the sad news that Liza wants to focus on her work and doesn't want to take time to do social activities. She is soon set up with a more mature man, who is absolutely boring and rude, saying, "If I wanted to be with a 40-year-old, I would've stayed married!"

Liza walks straight from her date to Josh's tattoo shop, kisses him on the mouth, and leaves him (and us!) crying, "That's it?"

"For now."

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