Younger (2015) s07e01 Episode Script

A Decent Proposal

- Last season on "Younger"
- You are the money behind Mercury?
I think we'll be stronger together.
I'm gonna be a dad.
Liza Miller is 42 years old.
It was really hard lying
to someone I care about.
Maybe you did what you had to do.
Guess who got the money, honey?
We're still interested in Millennial
not with Ms. Peters as publisher.
Take this new publicity
as a business opportunity.
I'm going out on my own.
I'll get you a seat on the board.
I am so happy for you.
Liza Miller, will you marry me?
Oh, my God.
- Arrivederci, bitches!
Have the best honeymoon ever!
Ah, thank God, four hours until
she's on a plane and out of my hair.
- Where are they going?
- Grand tour of Italy.
- Ooh.
- Yup, now that she's married,
she can eat all the pasta she wants.
- Aw.
- Want to dance?
- I do. Come on.
- Yes.
Well, I, uh I think I got my answer.
The answer is, I love you.
But technically, you're
not even divorced yet.
Yeah, that's true.
And I also think you
may be a little drunk.
Uh, slightly buzzed, yeah.
And you're avoiding the question.
It is the most beautiful
question I have ever heard.
But I have a daughter I need to talk to.
And you have to speak
to your girls as well.
We don't have to rush.
I'm not going anywhere.
You know how I feel.
Sometimes I can be impatient
when I know what I want.
But I understand.
Um, so you can, uh
you can consider the proposal
officially withdrawn.
Wait, are you un-asking me to marry you?
So that when you're ready,
you can pop the question.
Provided that I'm still on the market.
- Okay.
- Mm-hmm.
Look at yourself ♪

This time, we're gonna get it right ♪

I think those were meant
for the newlyweds.
Uh, no, that's a sign.

This time, we're gonna get it right ♪
This time, we're gonna get it right ♪

I'm impressed that Chaz was
so impulsive and romantic.
I would've guessed
he would've sent over his lawyer
to discuss a prenup first.
Charles is a romantic at heart.
I'm the one being practical here.
If I make that commitment,
it's forever.
We can take our time.
So what was the ring like?
We didn't get that far.
So you never even got to see the goods?
Oh, I've seen the goods.
And I don't need a big
ring to make me happy.
Besides, he basically
withdrew the question.
Ooh, so you hesitated and he choked.
- Something like that.
- Well, then it's all good.
We'll just pretend it never happened.
I mean, from what you said,
the sex is hot, right?
So why spoil a good thing?
I can't unhear a marriage proposal.
The question is out there.
Whoo ♪

Mommy, I can't think
about a party, okay?
I'm under a lot of pressure right now.
Honey, Lauren, you only turn 30 once,
and we still don't have a theme.
What are you doing?
You're putting that on too thick.
Whoa, why are you dressed
like a drag queen?
Excuse me?
I am taking over Diana's office
while she's on her honeymoon.
Also, can you please tell my mother
that I don't have time to
think about my 30th birthday?
- Hi, Denise.
- Hi, hi oh!
- Bye, Denise.
- We still don't have a theme!
Lauren, I can't deal
with your neuroses, okay?
I've gotta go to Quinn's
office and tell her
that I don't actually want
the funding that I asked for.
Oh, luckily, you're still young
enough to make mistakes.
Do you think it's a mistake
to go back to Millennial?
And piss off a bipolar billionaire
after she agreed to fund your company?
Of course not.
I think Clare's trying to kidnap Gemma.
- BOTH: What?
- Yeah, she just texted me.
She wants me to sign off
on an expedited passport
so she can take Gemma to
Ireland to meet the family.
Do you think I should be worried?
- Yes.
- No.
It's perfectly normal
that Clare would want
Gemma to meet her family.
Okay, and since when has there ever
been anything normal about Clare?
Maybe I should just go to Ireland.
I should just go, just in case,
just just to be safe.
Oh, my God, so you are
freaking out about turning 30,
I have to go screw over
a mercurial billionaire,
- but you win.
- Whoa, whoa, whoa, you're turning 30?
Ugh, I know. The party's over.
- Wow.
- Wait, Kels.
Do you think that's a good
theme for my birthday?
- I gotta go.
- [SIGHS] Bye.
Whoa-oh ♪
And after much thought and deliberation,
I have decided to stay
put at Millennial.
Charles offered me a seat on the board
and an equity position in the company,
and it just feels like the right move
- to stay put right now.
- Hmm,
an equity stake in the company, really?
- Yeah.
Have you run the financials?
'Cause I have.
I used to own the place, remember?
Try dividing zero by zero.
It's not always just about money.
It's also family.
Oh, so you're running
home to Daddy, okay.
Or maybe I'm putting my
ego aside for a minute.
Look, I get it. You could have failed.
Failure sucks.
I've just gone through it
with my Senate campaign,
so I'm not gonna judge you.
Open one. It's what I do
when I'm at a crossroads.

"A foolish person follows her heart."
I think these cookies are rigged.
Then take another one
till you get something you like.

"A new love will come into your life."
That's a keeper.
[SCOFFS] This one's empty.
That means you make your own fortune
or you don't have long to live;
I can't remember which.
Either way, you'll find out soon enough.




What are doing in Diana's office?
Oh, hi there. Uh, you-you didn't know?
Diva asked me to cover for her
while she's on her honeymoon.
I thought she just asked
you to cover her phones.
Please. I mean, I'm merely
here to listen and learn.
Consider me your humble servant.
I'll send you the spreadsheet of
this quarter's upcoming titles.
And, Lauren, don't even think about it.

Good morning, everyone.
A couple of pieces of
good news to share.
First of all, "Arabian Sea,"
the book that Zane brought
in, is a surprise hit.
Yup, as of today, it's the
number one book in fiction,
Men's Adventure on Amazon.
- Thank you, Lauren.
- Mm-hmm.
I'm not just a pretty face.
- But the great news is
that I'm very excited to welcome
Kelsey back to her position
as editor in chief at Millennial
and and the newest
member of our board.
- Whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo!
We're, uh we're headed
to Chicago tomorrow
for our first meeting
with the new investors.
Thank you, Charles.
I am honored, and I hope to live up
to the distinction and responsibility.
I know you will.
Have you spoken to Zane?
I figured he'd really
want to stick it to me
about this "Arabian Sea"
book that I passed on.
Kelsey, uh, can I have a moment?
- Sure.
- Um, we'll catch up later.
- Okay.
- Couldn't be happier.
- [SOFTLY] Thank you.
- Uh, Zane quit this morning.
After everything that
happened with Mercury,
he felt like I betrayed him
by giving you the board seat.
- Oh, God.
- Now, I didn't intend to lose anyone,
but, uh, I knew that
I was making a choice,
and I chose you.
Excuse me.
Hey. You quit?
You can't just quit.
It's done, Kels.
There's just not a place
for me there anymore.
- Charles made that very clear.
- Okay.
Look, let's just go to dinner,
just you and me, and
we can talk this out.
I love you.
And I don't care where you work.
I want you to be happy. But
Kelsey, I love you too.
And I know I'll never meet
anyone like you again, but
the competition is crushing me.
I need a fresh start.
Are you you breaking up with me
because I got promoted over you?
I'm probably doing the stupidest thing
of my life right now,
letting you go, but
at least for now, I think that's best.
I love you, Kelsey. Take care.
Is everything okay?
I just spoke to Zane, and he resigned.
- Why?
- I don't know.
His ego couldn't handle it?
What about you guys?
- Oh, Kelsey.
- I don't care.
I really don't care.
- It's all right.

How long will you be in Chicago?
Just one night.
Are we okay?
I just I don't want
things to be weird.

Does that feel weird?
No, it feels wonderful.
I have the girls tonight.
What are you up to?
Working on a pros and cons list?
Dinner when you're back. I'm buying.
Wow. In that case, yes.
I love you.
I love you too.

There are also decision-making charts
that are really helpful.
And you keep me stronger ♪
And I can feel again ♪
We slowly make it back ♪
Daddy's gonna miss
his baby girl so much.
- Yes, hi.
- We'll be back in a week.
But if Daddy doesn't see you in a week,
he's gonna come to Ireland
and come and get you.
They're always after me Lucky Charms.
Oh, my God.
What are you guys thinking?
I'm not kidnapping Gemma.
Oh, my God, no! What
kind of a suspicious mind
would even come up
with an idea like that?
- Okay, right.
Well, I think it's time for bed.
- Mm, yeah.
- I do. Come on.
- Good night, sweet girl.
- Mm-hmm.
- No.
- Dude.
Uh, would you drop her at
my place in the morning?
- Mm.
- Oh, and don't forget,
they're gonna FedEx the passport here,
so just make sure someone
is around to sign for it.
All right. Okay. Bye.
- Bye, Clare.
- Wow.
I can't believe you just came right out
and accused her of kidnapping Gemma.
Oh, come on, I want her to know
we got eyes on her, okay?
Also, there's something I think
you should know. It's big.
- What?
- It's not, like, baby-kidnapping big,
but you should prepare yourself.
- Why?
- Okay.
Uh, so I just got the photos
back from Diana's wedding.
Obviously, there is a lot
that needs to be retouched,
but I will work my digital magic.
There's some video here
that might interest you.
Um, all right, so far,
- not interested.
- Keep watching.
- Will you marry me?
- Oh, my God.
Did she say yes? Are they engaged?
- Still not interested.


Oh, no. No, no, no, no, no, no, no!
Liza, please, do not mistake
these balls of marble, crystal, and gold
for a fashion statement, okay?
They are a symbol of the power
that Diana has invested in me.
I am a mere puppet.
Oat milk latte?
I'm just gonna get some tea.
Ah, good idea.
I think I'll join you, yeah.
Maybe we can spill some tea together.
- Excuse me?
- Okay, last night,
I was reviewing the video
of Diana's wedding.
I, uh, thought I would send
her a little highlight reel
to watch on her trip.
Guess who stole the show.
- You and Maggie?
- Not even close.
Let's just say that cameraman
was circling around you and Charles
like a hawk in heat.
Guys, we have a meeting with
that brilliant science writer
Jane Campbell from "The New Yorker."
Ooh, I read that piece that
she wrote about jellyfish sex.
And that really fun
one about black holes.
Ugh, she can make any hole fun.

When I was a girl, I loved
reading the classics:
Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke,
Isaac Asimov.
Their books inspired me to
be the writer I am today.
But all written by men.
I want to write a book that
will make girls fall in love
with science fiction the way I did
and open a door to a genre
that has always had a
metaphorical sign on its door:
"No girls allowed."
- Hmm.
- So
I decided to take some of
the most beloved heroines
in literature, "Little Women,"
and launch them into space.
Voilà: "Little Women in Space."
[GASPS] Oh, my God, yes!
- She has no power here.
- No, no, not yes to the book necessarily,
but, Kels, I found my party theme.
"Little Women in Space," that's me!
You know, I'm not normally
a fan of mash-ups, but
this is so fun,
and especially coming from you.
You know one thing I never understood?
- Why didn't Jo marry Laurie?
- Ugh.
I know. Who wouldn't
say yes to a proposal
from a handsome and wealthy daddy?
But, you know, I guess
she gets her punishment
when she ends up with Professor Bhaer.
In my book, Professor Bhaer
goes on a spacewalk and dies.
So you don't feel the need to
be faithful to the original?
No, but the science will be accurate.
It's really a way to explore
the gravity of marriage
in a zero-gravity world.
- Hmm.
- You know, quick Q,
which "Little Woman" got a proposal
and didn't tell her friends?
That's actually not
part of the story line.
Smart. She would be a
very unlikable character.
Am I crazy?
I really liked that pitch.
- You want to make an offer?
- I don't know.
It's like I can't trust my decisions.
Let's talk about it when
I get back from Chicago.
- Okay.
- Okay.
What do you know?

- Will you marry me?
- Oh, my God.
Oh, my God.
Diana had spy cameras at her wedding?
What? No, no. I think he
just picked up your audio
'cause you're so much
taller than everyone else.
Right. Who did you show this to?
Nobody. Well, nobody and Josh.
Girl, why aren't we celebrating?
- This is big news!
- Because I'm not engaged.
Not that it's any of your business.
Liza, as the interim head
of communications here,
everything is my business, okay?
I just I-I haven't given
him an answer yet.
So I would really appreciate it
if you just kept this between us.
So for now, can you please put that
where no one will see it?
Yeah, of course. Circle of trust.
Thank you

My pleasure, Queen.

With our diverse range of titles,
we expect Millennial to see
quarter-to-quarter growth
exceeding last year's projections.
And as both editor in chief
and a new board member,
I feel a special obligation
to see Millennial succeed
creatively and financially.
We've done some research,
and we have grave doubts about
the new name for the company.
- New name?
- Millennial. It's already dated.
It's like you named your
company Boomer Print.
Who gives a shit about
millennials anymore?
Empirical is a legacy brand.
Remember when Coke changed
its name to New Coke?
I make a motion we change the name
of the company back to Empirical.
All those in favor say, "Aye."
Did you know about this?
- Absolutely not.
- Against?
- Nay.
- Nay.
The "ayes" have it.
We just lost Millennial.
Everything's going back
to Empirical now.
- Wait, what?
- Yeah, the board just voted
on the name change.
So everything that we've
worked for, it's gone,
including my relationship.
God, I should have never stayed.
My instincts are just terrible.
Okay, that's not true.
Your instincts are great.
They've gotten you this far.
And Millennial, it's just a name.
A name of something that we built.
We are still building something.
Don't get stuck on labels.
The only thing that
matters is the books.
You're right.
You know what?
Make an offer on
"Little Women in Space."
It's silly, but I-I like it.
And I trust that writer.
Great. Done.
Of all the gin joints in all
the towns in all the world
- Quinn.
- Hi.
What are you doing in Chicago?
You remember that time when
you suddenly pulled your money
from my company and I had
to find another investor?
- Mm.
- Chicago.
And what brings you here?
I'm meeting with donors to explain
why I dropped out of the race.
I'm kind of on an apology tour, so
seeing you is pretty karmic.
May I?
Uh, yeah.
Another one for the gentleman.
And I'll have what he's
having. Thank you.
So my Senate campaign
crashed and burned.
- Hmm.
That failure was pretty humbling.
But it's also the best thing
to ever happen to me.
That's hard to believe.
They say when the student is
ready, the teacher appears.
And failure is a very good teacher.
I'm really sorry for treating
your company like a toy.
My own selfish ego just
wanted to win at any cost.
It's okay.
- We got through it.
- I know. I saw.
I'm really glad that the
company is back on its feet.
And it's my loss, really,
not being involved.
God, I love publishing way
more than I like politics.
Ugh, I don't know what I was thinking.
You hurt a lot of people, Quinn.
And you almost bankrupted
my company, so
"I'm sorry" doesn't exactly cut it.
I understand.
To your success, Charles.
You deserve every bit of it.
And may you continue to fail.
It suits you.
Finally a compliment.

Hello. Oh, hi!
Get over here.
Hi, baby girl.
I want to hold you.
Hi, you.
Hey, here.
- Just came in the mail today.
- Just in time.
Daddy's gonna miss you
so much, baby girl.
Oh, yes, I know. I'm sad too.
We'll be back in a week.
I'm not a flight risk.
I know. I know. It's just
You sure you don't want me to
come with you to the airport?
I can help you get checked in,
- help with the bags, whatever.
- These guys going too?
Uh, Josh, this is Rob.
- I've been meaning to introduce you.
- It's nice to meet you, Josh.
I've heard so many
great things about you.
And I'm just in love with your daughter.
That is, uh, great.
Nice to meet you too, Rob.
I've got all the help I need.

Well, I turned 30 making out
with Debbie Harry at CBGB's.
- What? How did that happen?
- I wish I could remember.
It was probably some
random blonde chick,
but I'm gonna stick to my story.
- Want another drink?
- Sure.
- All right.
- Hey.
- Hi, you made it.
- Barely.
I shared a car with Charles
from the airport.
Yeah, I think I'll spare
him this tonight.
- That's a good idea.
- Hey, have you seen "Publisher's Lunch"?
They just announced we're
buying "Little Women in Space."
"The kookiest mash-up of all time
could be amazing or a huge disaster."
Huh. That sounds like my life.
You know, Lauren's
turning 30, and I'm next.
Millennials, we're not the young
kids on the block anymore.
I'm not sure what defines me now.
Look, we're all mash-ups.
If there's one thing I've learned,
it's that age is irrelevant.
- Mm-hmm.
- Oh, thank you so much.
I'm a little emotional.
I cannot believe that
my Lauren is turning 30.
I remember the day that she was born
like it was yesterday.
Of course, she was a tiny little thing,
but she twisted my
pelvis like a corkscrew.
[LAUGHTER] That was my first time
that my Lauren was gonna
be anything but normal.
Am I right? [LAUGHTER]
All right, so please,
everybody, give it up
for the woman of the night,
our "Little Woman in Space"!
Oh, my gosh!

Oop, I got it, honey.

Fix your crotch. Good girl.
[LAUGHS] Whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo!
- Ow!
- Happy birthday!
Give it up, people.
Wasn't she worth all the pain?
So how are you gonna upstage that?
You know, like at Diana's wedding?
Oh, right. You saw that.
I did.
So congratulations?
No, not yet.
- Mm.
- I haven't exactly said yes.
Why not?
[LAUGHS] What are you
what are you waiting for, Liza?
I know you never really liked him.
Come on, that's not true.
I do like him for you.
It it brings me joy to
know that you are happy.
You deserve that.
I want that for you, for real.
Josh, you're so special to me.
I always want you in my life.
- You promise me that.
- Yeah.
I want you in mine too,
always, forever.
Relationships don't have
to be defined, right?
No, no, they don't.
We know who we are to each other.
- We're us.
Yeah. We are us.
We're always going to be,
no matter who we're with.
Thank you.
- Thank you for helping me.
- Yeah.

- Oh, oh, oh ♪

I remember this.

And this. Mm.

I will never forget when
you brought me here.
It was just you and me,
and nothing else mattered.
I don't want to lose that
moment, this feeling.
We won't.
Then can we just keep
riding the perfect ride?
I've been married, and
it didn't go so well.
I love you.
And I don't want anything
from you except
your heart.
I want to be happily
unmarried to you every day.
That was not the
proposal I was expecting.
But I do know what I want.
And it's not a ride
or some kind of fantasy.
I want to get off the carousel.
- I want a partner in life.
- I'm still your partner.
For life.
I-I-I may be old-fashioned,
but I believe in marriage.
And it may not have worked out
for either of us the first time,
but I-I believe that it can work again.
And I think we're finally free
of needing to define ourselves
by those rules and obligations.
I want to be everything to you.
We're not young, Liza.
And we both deserve what we really want.
Uh, thank you, for letting me
know what's in your heart.
- Charles
- Mm-mm.
Didn't you want to talk a little ♪
Didn't you want to talk ♪
Good night.
Didn't you want to talk a little ♪
Didn't you want to talk ♪
It's all right to be in
shock and struggle ♪
It's all right if you can't talk ♪
Common denominator ♪
- This season on "Younger"
I know endings,
and it doesn't seem like that's
where we are at the end.
Are things really over
between you and Charles?
The power of Quinn Tyler.
Things don't always turn out as planned.
Do you think we can pull this off?
- What have we got to lose?
- If I would've said something sooner,
would it have made a difference?
I'm pretty sure they tell
you to accept the past,
embrace the present,
and keep moving forward.
Is that what we're doing?
Moving forward?

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