The following contains spoilers from the Season Four premiere of Younger.
Younger, for those unfamiliar with the show, is about a 40-something-year-old woman named Liza Miller (Sutton Foster) who has just separated from her husband and is looking to get back into the workforce she left to raise her daughter. When she is honest about her age, she received nothing but closed doors, but when she reaches the publishing firm Empirical Press to apply for an assistant position, she pretends to be 26 and lands the job. Thus, her life has been a series of elaborate and not so elaborate lies to keep the truth hidden ever since.
When we last saw Liza during the season three finale, the life she’s spent so long trying to protect was falling apart. Her boyfriend, Josh (Nico Tortorella), had just broken up with her though he was planning to propose, after seeing her kiss Charles (Peter Herman) in the Hamptons. They have one of the most emotional and heartbreaking fights of the season as Josh calls her out deservedly on her lies and her behavior. After losing her boyfriend, she decided to come clean to her work best friend, Kelsey (Hilary Duff) about her real age, daughter, and second life outside of work. Season three closed with this reveal and Kelsey feeling betrayed by one of her closest friends.
In the season four premiere, which aired last night, we see Kelsey walking down the street, suitcases in hand, reliving the explanation that Liza gave her for why she lied. On top of that betrayal, Kelsey finds out that Liza bought a book that she specifically asked her not to buy in order to keep her age a secret.
Meanwhile, Kristin Chenoweth shines in her guest spot as a confident and flirtatious woman who is pushing a book wherein the truth is subjective, operating under the belief that if you say something loud enough no matter what it is, it can be true. For the sake of their millennial imprint, Kelsey implores Liza to keep her secret from their bosses, Charles and Diana (Miriam Shor), leaving Liza to believe that Kelsey has forgiven her—that is, until later at the “29 under 29” Entertainment Weekly party that they strong-armed their way into. When Liza confesses her relief at Kelsey’s forgiveness, she learns that their comradery in the party was just business for the imprint, and Kelsey feels that Liza broke her heart and can never be forgiven. Shortly after, we learn that Kelsey has moved in with Liza’s ex, Josh, which is sure to create even more drama for the show that started out its fourth season with a bang.
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Younger Season Four Premiere: photos courtesy of TV Land