Younger Season 3 Episode 5 Review: P Is For Pancake

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B is for Buh Bye Bryce!

Unless the little twerp decides to sue someone for his horrifying experience feeling negated while at Empirical, Younger Season 3 Episode 5 should be the last time we see him.

Bryce representing Millennials in the work place was a double edged sword. He was funny and excellent to point fingers at as an idiot, and made actual hard workers like Kelsey and Lauren stand out in the crowd, but gosh, he gave the rest of them a bad name.

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People do put far too much emphasis on what's in and what you're supposed to do to roll with the crowd, though. That's the entire point of Younger. 

The asinine concept that because Liza happened to be born in the wrong year, she somehow wasn't capable of doing the very work she does most excellently on a daily basis.

It's interesting that she's falling into the trap she's set for herself, using terms like on fleek (which I'm so glad is gone because I never understood it in the first place) while talking to Diana just to keep her youthful persona on target.

But Diana does need to loosen up a bit. It wouldn't do her any harm at all to wear her gorgeous red dress to the office one day, and if the mood strikes, wear the jeans and jacket the next. That's supposed to the idea of dressing to your whim, I think. You don't need to dress to the nines every day, but dress as you feel suits.

Charles: Something's different about you. I can't quite put my finger on it.
Diana [to herself]: Oh, you can put your finger on it.

If she feels uncomfortable wearing something, though, then it's not for her. Nobody should change their level of physical comfort to the point they are mentally uncomfortable wearing it. That ruins the whole thing.

Relationships were at the forefront of "P is for Pancake," as Kelsey found a date on an app that seemed like the "one." Until it was revealed he lived on Roosevelt Island. 

OK, put that quality batter back in the fridge and find a bad pancake.


How he can go from quality batter to a burnt pancake based merely upon his living situation seems silly. Not being a New Yorker, I had to look up the deets on Roosevelt Island, and while it has a shady past and a questionable future, it's making inroads into the 21st Century. 

If nothing else, buying a place there would probably be a decent investment for a rental property given the history behind the small island. They seem to be working hard to make it exclusive, and Cornell University has chosen the location for a technical school. Plus Sarah Jessica Parker once thought it was OK to live there!

The hastiness with which Kelsey and Lauren burned that pancake made me feel icky. Maybe it was just me.

The first signs of the age difference between Liza and Josh have come to light. Just by listening to a conversation at the party about women having children and the difficulties of having them over 40 perked Josh right up. 

And Liza didn't lie about wanting more kids, either.

Josh: You ever think you'd catch a cold again?
Liza: I don't think so. I'm still getting over the first one.

Josh is in love with Liza, but he's also pragmatic. If he starts thinking about his future and what it might mean to be without children of his own, their love could have a shorter shelf life than he thought.

Maggie found a new girl, but her peopledar was a little off. Gaydar was spot on, but she misread a lot about the woman she was falling for. Meeting in a garden might do that. Plus, she described the gal as not into makeup, when she clearly had it on while gardening. Come on, Maggie!

Talk about a risque orthodox woman...slips into an open air dressing room in front of all the woman she invited to her conservative boutique? Ooh la la!

With everything that happened between Josh and Liza, and at the office with Bryce deciding rewriting F. Scott Fitzgerald might be the wave of the future for this particular type of media, things are definitely looking brighter for Liza and Charles.

Bryce: I offended them. Why?
Liza: You just said you wanted to reduce a century of literary distinction down to an app.
Bryce: And that's offensive how?

Liza definitely thinks more like the olds, and it's not just because she is an old. It's because she's intelligent and nuanced. She understands art and history in a way someone like Bryce never could. 

Kids like him might want to destroy the classics and put their own spin on them, but more often than not, their attempts fail. 

Charles: Rewriting Fitzgerald is not a disruption. It's a desecration.
Bryce: If you're not going to listen to my changes, then I'm not going to invest in your company.

Art is transcendent. The written word cannot be eradicated and made better by an immersion experience and write your own ending virtual reality game. It's ludicrous to even think that he could walk into a publishing firm and make such changes.

Turning paper books into e-books or offering narration of the full text is change enough. The next big thing is going to be the next amazing book, which has been proven time and again by works such as The Girl on the Train, or that Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird was the 7th bestseller of 2015 as people discovered her original novel because they read the number one book of the year, Go Set a Watchman.

When Charles shut down Bryce, a little more space between Liza and Charles was removed. Their love of what they do will bring them closer.

Liza: You followed your heart, and that's what's important.
Charles: Yeah, well sometimes I can be impulsive when I'm following my heart.

I just worry that it will also be what drives them apart, because it's the reason Liza is keeping a secret that has the potential to change everything.

What do you think? Are you glad Bryce is gone? Was Kelsey right to burn Lucas? What's next for Liza and her men? If you need to catch up, watch Younger online so you can get in the discussion!

P Is For Pancake Review

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Younger Season 3 Episode 5 Quotes

Charles: Something's different about you. I can't quite put my finger on it.
Diana [to herself]: Oh, you can put your finger on it.

Liza: Good morning, Bryce. What are you doing at my desk?
Bryce: Personal work spaces are antiquated and restricting. At all my other companies we hot desk.
Liza: Hot desk?
Bryce: Yes. Everyone can sit wherever they want whenever they want. It fosters equality which in turn boosts productivity.