‘Younger’: Is Quinn Using Charles? Or is She Playing Liza?

The Quinn bombshells keep dropping right before the credits roll.

Liza (Sutton Foster) spent almost the entire episode fact-checking Quinn’s (Laura Benanti) book. Only to find that everything in the book was true. It was truly infuriating, not just for Liza, but for me. She’s a very unlikeable woman, but somehow she has a million cool stories and connections.

Is Quinn using Charles to become more likable? (Nicole Rivelli/ViacomCBS)

Liza wasn’t able to kill the book, but she may have found out something even worse. Quinn may only be with Charles (Peter Hermann) for arm candy. When she ran for the Califonia senate, she had a consultant digging into all of her flaws as a candidate. One of them was being unmarried. This is so ridiculous, but wow, she’s using Charles’ want of getting married to help her win her next race.

If there was any hope of me liking her, it’s gone forever now. She is definitely the most manipulative person. I know us woman sometimes have to play the game, but you don’t have to hurt people to do it. It’s either totally true, or she’s playing Liza. As the promo teases, Liza says someone tricked her. Either way, she’s a horrible person.

And her comment last week about Liza having to go if she didn’t play nice. Plus, she’s basically using Liza, Kelsey (Hilary Duff) and Lauren (Molly Bernard) to appear more relatable.

As Kelsey said on day one, “as Taylor Swift said, there’s a special place in Hell for women who don’t help other women.” One can only hope and think that this will come back and bite Quinn in the ass if that’s the mantra Younger is based on.

Clare fits into the group nicely, now that she’s not after Josh. (ViacomCBS)

I’ve always loved the female empowerment on this show. Most of the characters are women—especially the main ones.

That break-up brunch was so incredible. It was sweet that Kelsey and Lauren took out Clare (Phoebe Dynevor) to console her from her breakup, but apparently, it was a very mutual and mature break-up. What’s that like?

Lauren and Kelsey had the same question. It turned into consoling Kelsey, and now she’s over Zane (Charles Michael Davis). This is the empowerment I’m talking about.

It’s so nice that we can like Clare now. I’m happy the writers kept her around. She fits in well when she’s not stealing Liza’s Josh (Nico Tortorella). Yeah, I know, Josh hasn’t technically been Liza’s for a while now, but in my heart, he’s off-limits. Clearly, I’m Team Josh.

I love how much of Lauren we’re getting this season. She’s a little bit crazy, but her heart is always in the right place, even if the action doesn’t quite hit the mark. I loved how she ran over to Liza’s right away when she saw the Page Six story of Charles and Quinn. Yeah, Liza maybe didn’t want to walk in on that, but she also didn’t want to read it on Page Six. It’s okay, Lauren, you tried.

Liza attends her friends’ 20th-anniversary solo. (ViacomCBS)

Liza is far from over Charles. She broke down in the restaurant with an old crush. I don’t understand why guy’s don’t get that not wanting to get married is not the same thing as wanting to sleep around. I can understand why she snapped. It was funny and sad all at the same time. Younger does those moments so well, especially Sutton. You feel for her but can’t help but laugh at the same time.

I love the way this show is discussing marriage. There’s no one right answer to this. Liza wants to share her life with someone but without the marriage license. I love this modern take.

I’m still waiting for the writers to hint at Josh or pull them closer together, but right now, Liza is mourning her relationship with Charles and watching a manipulative woman weasels her way in. It’s got the right amount of drama to bring the final season home.

Is Quinn really using Charles? Or is she playing Liza? Tweet me @MandyTTCarr or comment below.

Mandy Carr

Editor and Founder, Primetime Addiction

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