I don’t know why Liza trusts anymore anymore given her track record and the crazy amount of lies she’s told to keep this story going, but she does…and it backfires.
As she’s out with Don, he’s splurging for street cart falafels, she slips on some ice and drops the contents of her purse all over the place. Of course, her 2 ID cards fall out of her wallet and land in the pile that he is gathering up. I’m sure she could have spun some tale (my friend got me a fake ID for my 18th birthday and then she died so I carry it around everywhere,) but instead she tells him the WHOLE TRUTH. Don seems to be all supportive and impressed by her hustle but then he blows her off and the next day she gets a call from a Vanity Fair fact checker whose all like “is it true you’re 41?”
Liza freaks out and hangs up, then Kelsey gets a call (they don’t pick-up) but THEN they get to their meeting at Hello Sunshine (Reese Witherspoon’s company that they never use by name because I’m guessing they aren’t allowed to), their contact there also got the same phone call and she is beside herself…even Reese is in pieces. (lol)
Liza thinks quickly, yet terribly, and says that she’s Age Queer, doesn’t identify with any age, and said that to the Vanity Fair people because they were so obsessed with how young she was and that’s discrimination, or something. Kiara doesn’t understand this but she doesn’t want to be rude or uncool so she goes with it, handling the VF people and sparking the worlds fastest anti age-shaming movement. By the time Liza finds Don at the Broadway Cares benefit to yell at him, age-shaming is in the mainstream concern and VF has pulled the article. Sutton Foster gets to call her ex-husband an asshole and strut away, which has to have felt good in even a small way.
Liza is also dealing with Caitlyn’s weird participation in the breadfacing trend, which is a real thing & is all over Instagram. But she squashes that by taking her daughter to dinner and smooshing her own face in the complimentary bread to show Caitlyn that it’s crazy and embarrassing to do that.
ALSO, Josh’s landlord wants him to sign a 10 year lease or vacate Inkburg and he’s having an existential crisis over making more commitments and staying in Brooklyn where he says there’s nothing left for him. Liza rushes over to him and reminds him that he has friends who will always be in his life, & that he has her. He’s all BUT I DON’T HAVE YOU and they part ways. The next day she sees people taking down the Inkburg sign and goes upstairs to make an impassioned speech about how she will always be in his life even if she isn’t always the same person to him and he’s like lolol calm down I signed the lease I’m just getting a bigger sign. They hug and Josh’s eyes tell us he’s about to make a major play for Liza – honestly with Charles being a dick maybe this is what will get him out of it.
Lastly, Kelsey goes to a party with Jake instead of encouraging him to finish the 1st chapter of his book that was due last week. They flirt and schmooze and while staring at the NYC skyline, make-out hardcore. You’d think that Kelsey would have learned by now to not sleep with her writers, but guess not.
Younger airs Tuesdays on TVLand
Bonus pic of badass director Miriam Shor