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Let’s Play Pretend
What does Charles do after he learns that Liza isn’t as young as she claims? Tells her immediately and gives her the chance to explain? Of course not. He circles the wagons, and runs off to consult his lawyer over a whiskey. Typical. I know, it wouldn’t be much of a show without some drama, but would it be so much to ask that Charles figure out that MAYBE Liza had a reason to lie? Does he have to assume the worst? He claims he isn’t good at pretending, but he seems to be adapting pretty well with his company on the line. Hmmmm…he’s willing to pretend to protect the things that are most important to him? Sound familiar? Perhaps he’s not as different from Liza as he thinks.
They made us wait A WHOLE EPISODE, but Josh is back from Ireland with no blushing bride in site.
The showrunners realized that story was dumb. Their honeymoon wasn’t as picture perfect as Instagram let on, and after a few weak excuses for not being able to join him back home, Josh’s new wife who was so unimportant I don’t even remember her name, couldn’t lie anymore and will not be returning to him. GIRL BYE! Have you seen him with his shirt off? Have you seen that grin? He even makes playing the washboard look good, kind of. Not really. It’s still a major character flaw and so lame, but he looks good doing it.
Anyone else find that moment Liza and Josh shared as creepy, yet sweet, as I did? He’s so heartbroken and Liza is so understanding and kind, but I definitely felt more of a mommy vibe than a romantic one.
It isn’t enough that molester-stash Moore dropped a truth bomb on Charles and Liza’s HEA (Happily Ever After, as we learned in season 4), Charles torpedoes Pauline’s hopes at reconciliation. Her “Marriage Vacation” came with a hefty price tag, costing her Charles’ love. For a second time in this episode I found myself disappointed with Charles. Pauline is gushing about the best night of her life, and WHAM! He picks that moment? I have to give credit to actress Jennifer Westfeldt here. I felt her joy as equally as I felt her anguish in the moment Charles effectively took the wind from her sails. I still find myself torn when it comes to Pauline (Kate in her book). Sure, women are allowed to have a midlife crisis, but don’t expect everything to fall back into place when you come back to reality.
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