Kelsey Peters found out being a Publisher isn’t easy on tonight’s Younger, clashing with Quinn over the release of her ‘magnum opus,’ Claw.
The following recap contains spoilers for Younger Season 6 Episode 2.
TV Land’s Younger showcased the hidden, backroom politics of the writing industry on tonight’s episode (“Flush with Love”). The ‘money’ Quinn Tyler attempted to strong-arm her Publisher Kelsey Peters and Editor Liza Miller into publishing her book Claw as soon as possible. Quinn wanted Claw to be the first book released under the new regime post-Charles step down on her way to a Senate run. However, test groups for the book were not positive in the least. The show’s line of the episode arrived early in fact, “I’d just like to unread it! Please, is there some way to unread something?!”
Liza had failed to reign in Quinn with her desire to soften things up as her Editor shoved aside. The relationship between money funding leverage and releasing worthy creative pieces was on full display. Quinn did not want an actual Editor to give her suggestions but rather the image of having one. In fact, at one point during a lunch between Liza, Quinn, and Kelsey, Liza mentioned it seemed like she wanted to self-publish. Which Quinn was quick to respond ‘Exactly,’ asking for Kelsey and Liza’s loyal cheers rather than criticism. Reminding both how she saved their company from certain doom and where their titles even come from.
Quinn Knows Best
Quinn would lead a cheer at the table, “Guess who wrote a masterpiece? It will be our first release!” to Kelsey’s tears. Liza would tell Kelsey the technique was from Chapter 3 of Claw – ‘Charm and Disarm’ as Kelsey questioned herself as Publisher. Kelsey was left wondering if she had the backbone to stand up to Quinn at all.
However, the next morning she formed a plan involving an upcoming Reese Witherspoon film. Kelsey told Liza how she convinced Witherspoon’s company to release the screenplay as a novel, with the original screenwriter penning it. Liza called it “Reverse engineering a screenplay.” Thus Witherspoon’s book would be the first release, highly promoted by her, and Quinn would accept the inaugural release…. At least in Kelsey’s mind. The ploy however, would not work as Kelsey would discover later in the episode.
Liza and Charles arrive as public couple for first time
Liza and her former boss would arrive to a public event as a couple officially for the first time post-Charles step down. The two would greet Diana and Enzo when Charles sensed Diana was giving them the cold shoulder because of his departure. Diana appeared openly annoyed that it was her assistant Liza that Charles ended up falling in love with rather than her. She was also unhappy that Kelsey had taken the Publisher’s spot and felt Charles would have left to her if it was his decision. The whole conversation seemed a bit overly Hollywood-ish to be frank, with Charles acting the compete gentleman unnaturally.
However, right after Charles would return to his original Younger self on after hearing Kelsey’s plan from Liza. He mentioned how a first published book would be considered “taking out the trash first” during an old regime change. But a second book failing is a statement of the current regime. Liza would take Charles’ point to Kelsey the next morning which infuriated her. Kelsey felt Liza was still back-channeling her decisions with Charles. As a response, Kelsey decided to have an impromptu one-on-one lunch meeting with Quinn where she’d state her real feelings.
The ‘Claw’ Lunch
Quinn told Kelsey that Claw cannot be pushed till the spring because she’s using it to prop her Senate campaign. Kelsey would put her foot down as Publisher, telling Quinn she’s still just a Board Member, investment or not. Quinn answered sharply back that she ‘doesn’t want to make an enemy of her.’ The two would negotiate a compromise in writing. Quinn’s book still releases first but if it fails, she leaves Kelsey alone forever… But if it succeeds? Well no telling what will happen yet. For now, Kelsey is so certain Claw will not do well that she felt it was a victory.
“Flush with Love” – The Story of Diana and Enzo
“Flush with Love’ had another primary narrative going outside of Kelsey’s feuding with Quinn… Diana’s relentless insensitivity to Enzo. After leaving the event where they talked to Charles and Liza, Diana basically spelled out she always thought she’d ended up with someone like him. Enzo understood it to mean she had feelings for Charles, and Diana dug the hole deeper. She want on a rant about how she’s way past the point of looking for the man of her dreams, you never know what you’re going to end up in life. Which Enzo obviously meant as settling for him, and walked off the scene.
A story had been suggested to the couple earlier in the night called “Flush with Love” about Diana kissing Enzo after a major sewage incident in the city. At first, Diana said absolutely not but after what felt like a breakup, she decided to run it and even add her own words in. Which quite frankly were still insulting to Enzo overall about being ‘happy with the person dreaming instead of finding the person of your dreams.’ Yet, he decided to go back to Diana’s place and ask her if she meant every word? She said ‘Yes’ and they got back together. How many more times is Enzo going to allow his dignity to be walked on by Diana on Younger?
Clare gives birth
Clare would go into labor during a celebration party set up by Josh. Hilarious line on the way to the hospital from the driver, “No baby in my Uber!” Tonight’s Younger ended surreally for Liza as she watched Josh hold the baby. As if she wished it was theirs and a chapter of her life was forever closed. However, Liza embraced Charles like normal back home…
Be sure to catch up on last week’s Younger episode on TV Land! The first Season 6 episode is available for streaming right now.