BWW Recap: EVERYTHING Changes (No, Really!!) on YOUNGER's Explosive, Revealing, See-It-To-Believe It Season Finale
So, remember last week when I teased an explosive season finale? I wasn't kidding... and the cast is certainly all in agreement as well... these two episodes change everything. Liza encounters trouble with all three men in her life (Charles, David and Josh), but it's not as fun and freewheeling as it was in the hospital. Plus, she gets into a kerfuffle with Kelsey, while Diana makes some new developments in her relationship with Richard, and things with Kels and Colin start to get a little rocky, no thanks to devious little editor Pippa. It's a hell of a ride - to the Hamptons and back again - so grab your tissues and keep your emotions in check... 'cause it's all ahead on this week's final Season 3 recap. This one is definitely a SPOILER ALERT no matter which way you slice it (I tried my best, you guys!!), so don't read if you truly want to be surprised by the episode. If you have seen it, read on (thanks for the support!) But again, know going in, that these. Two. Episodes. Change. Everything. And I mean EVERYTHING. NOTHING will ever be the same. Got it? GOT IT?! Good. Phew! Now.... read on:
Liza and Charles: So, we all know Charles and Liza have been a rollercoaster this season. After a few chance encounters throughout the trip, wherein they both regret tripping over their words (which is the writers/actors' way of showing they really are attracted to one another), they finally come together in a BIG way.
They get super comfortable with each other, as Charles reels her in by sharing stories with her of his past, an action to which she does not object.
Thrown into a karaoke bar by the allure of Berlin (cue another one of Liza's brilliant recovery lines after spilling details of her 40-year-old life), they find themselves face-to-face with each as "Take My Breath Away" (Liza's prom song!!) plays in the background. So, inevitably, they share a kiss.
Which, admit it, we all knew was kinda coming. What we (presumably) didn't see coming was the second kiss at the door. We definitely didn't see Josh walking in on the two of them (Yikes!!!!), and we double definitely weren't expecting Liza to walk into her bedroom to find Josh's proposal of marriage, strewn out in rose petals on the bed. :-O.
Feeling uneasy about kissing Liza when he knows she has a boyfriend - and not even knowing about any of the proposal goings-on - Charles asserts he "won't be stepping in again. ... Good luck with Josh."
Well, this will certainly make things interesting for next season! They've had their kiss(es), they've essentially declared their love for one another, they'll still be working together so that tension will still be there, although they won't be together nor will they be acting on it... and it doesn't look like (for now) things are working out with Josh.
Well, with a love triangle as tangled as this one, there's gotta be a few strings that don't always get tied together perfectly in a bow. Sometimes, things just end unhappily. And sometimes... if you love someone, you gotta let them go.
The sad part about the whole thing? Doesn't look like Charles is the only one she's gonna be letting go this week. :-(
Liza and David: Amid all the hullabaloo, this one's kind of a filler storyline TBH - totally weird at such a point in the episode, and the series, where everything else around it is so heightened - but it does end with a gratifying, fulfilling resolution that undoubtedly moves the story forward, so I feel it's worth mentioning.
While attending a seminar for life coach Antonia Steward, whose new book Empirical is pursuing, Liza discovers David - the latter volunteers himself to go up as a case study at the seminar and declares his undying love for his ex-wife (aka Liza). Liza gets herself into quite a pickle here (and note oblivious Kelsey's response to David's behavior and how his ex-wife must feel - LOL!), but comes out the other side with more clarity than ever before (but really... let's face it... she rushes out of the arena while her phone buzzes, she's on speaker-phone in front of a bunch of people including Kels, and explains how her boyfriend proposed to her, which Kelsey knows Josh did... who else thought the ruse was done?!) But no, in talking through her problems with David, she comes to the realization that she does in fact love Josh... and happily heads off to make things right with him.
Too bad it might be too late, and the feeling might not be as reciprocated as she had hoped. :-(
Liza and Josh: With Liza "on hiatus" from Josh while in the Hamptons - and clearly apprehensive to continue the relationship anyway, due to his desire for kids - Josh, with a little persuasion from Maggie, decides he has to go all in and show Liza how much she really means to him.
Unfortunately, his plan (proposing marriage) blows up in his face, when he witnesses Charles and Liza kissing in the hallway.
He's, understandably, bummed... but not as bummed as Liza is when she puts all the pieces of this puzzle together.... and realizes Josh doesn't want to see her anymore.
She leaves it alone, but later returns, fueled by her "talk" with David at the seminar, to tell him she loves him.
But again, she arrives at his door to have him turn her down again.... and it really seems like he's serious this time.
"You were everything to me," he says, somberly. "I chose you.. but you're a liar, and a cheater, and whether you realize it or not, your lies are hurting everyone around you."
Oooh... biting words, but also eye-opening for Liza. She really has hurt everyone around her, with all her DECEPTION and tricks and withholding of who she really is.
Interesting to think that she's living a lie... and this self-help guru person told her what she thought she needed to hear in terms of "getting real" and going back to Josh, but what she needed to hear really came from Josh, who knows her better than anyone else at this point. (Just wish it didn't have to come with such a harsh tone). It's all the more devastating when she walks away, and he closes the door... despondent, yes, but also completely self-assured... he's not reconsidering anything. He's made up his mind. He's totally serious and he's not messing around.
So, what do you think? Can he and Liza come back from this?! They have before... can they reconcile this time? Liza, can you really make things right?! We. Shall. See.
Kelsey and Colin: So, as I also predicted in last week's recap, it seems Pippa's totally threatened by Kelsey's presence at the book fair (or rather, Colin's panels) and will do anything to separate her from her boyfriend and his authorial duties. (Let the eye-rolling commence!)
She's totally jealous, too - just listen to the b*tchy snark in her voice as she says, "Hi, Kels!" and "Don't you have an imprint of your own to worry about?" (I mean, seriously! What a b*tch!) - and how she shows absolutely no compassion when Colin the reveals his party is the same time as hers. She totally wants to keep them apart!!
What's worse is that the hype for Colin's book is dragging all of the guests from Millennial's list onto Random House's... and Kelsey's getting nervous that her imprint, therefore, won't have much of a presence at the fair. ("I hate feeling like I'm competing with him," Kelsey gripes, to which Liza swiftly replies, "You're not. You're competing with Pippa." Does she know her friend or what?!)