“Younger” recap (2.1 & 2.2): Namaste

Last season on TV Land’s new hit show, Younger, Liza (Sutton Foster) began moonlighting as a 26-year-old to get the job she wanted at a publishing firm. Now, she’s BFF with Kelsey Peters (Hilary Duff), and she’s hot and cold with her sort-of boyfriend, Josh (Nico Tortorella). She still lives with Craigslist Maggie (Debi Mazar), who provides her wing-woman support, coffee, wine and killer advice. Liza’s still 40, and her daughter Caitlin (Tessa Albertson) is en route as we speak from her sabbatical in India without knowledge of her mom’s new millennial ways. All Liza has to do is continue covering up her lies to the right people—and thankfully one of those people she doesn’t have to lie to anymore is Josh. Last season when Josh discovered the truth about Liza’s age, it seemed the couple was doomed, but Josh is more than stoked to be dating someone who remembers the ‘90s so well.


After Liza and Maggie pick up Caitlin at the airport (where Maggie is donning a pair of sunglasses and a bright red lip like she’s a goddess damn queen), Caitlin high-tails it out to the bars with her friends and Liza meets up with Josh for a bar date. Only, when Liza gets to the bar, she ends up waiting and waiting—only to be accosted by nearby patrons who don’t seem to respect her space at her table. One guy offers he only wants to sit at the chair while she waits for her boyfriend, uncurbed by the fact that she is, as she said waiting for her boyfriend. Still, the guy begins his diatribe on Liza—that she’s “shy” and doesn’t have to be, and that she probably gets told she’s a snob, right? Raise your hand if a man’s ever approached you in a bar with a similar observational report as if he knows your experiences as the woman you are. Yeah.

Then a pack of girls approaches the table, and one sits down at Josh’s future chair. When Liza attempts to let the girl know the seat is taken, the girl calls Liza a bitch and carries on. Liza shoots the, “Where are you?” text to Josh but he quickly responds: “Sorry. Can’t make it work.” Time to leave.

The next morning, Liza walks in on Caitlin showing Maggie her new tattoo. Apparently she was inked last night when she went out with her girlfriends. Uh oh. It’s Sanskrit for “Namaste.” She says some hot tattoo guy gave her the new piece, at that place just down the street. Oh, namas—ay it ain’t so.

Liza makes a beeline for the door. She marches right down to Josh’s tattoo parlor to give him a piece of her mind, and also clearly to ask why he stood her up last night. He feels bad about Caitlin, and, in the end, they discover his so-called break-up text was a line of miscommunication. He left out the comma. “Can’t make it, work.” He had to give her daughter a late-night tattoo, duh. Phew. So, this means they can make out again, right? Sure, if they’re okay with Caitlin playing Harriet the Spy and peeping in through the tattoo shop window because she followed her mom there! Ew.