The sophomore TV Land show Younger, about a 40-year-old divorcée who pretends to be 26 to get a job in the New York publishing industry, shocked viewers with a scene of bestiality this week. Real mature.
In this episode, “The Good Shepherd,” main character Liza (Sutton Foster) meets a handsome man from upstate who has a sheep farm selling wool blankets at a farmer’s market in the city. It turns out this man, Sebastian (Matthew Morrison, Glee), is a writer – “He writes like a hipster Thoreau” – sparks fly and Liza wants to sign him to a book deal.
When Lisa goes back to Sebastian’s farm to get a signature for the contract, she finds him in a compromising position with his sheep, Stella. GROSS! Then Liza reports the incident back to her co-workers at the office and her boss compares it to former Speaker of the House Denny Hastert’s high school wrestling memoir. (If you’ll recall, accusations surfaced last year that Hastert molested some of his students while a wrestling coach.)
-Liza: Sebastian? Hello? Oh, my God!
-Sebastian: Liza! I was just grooming her! Stella!
-Kelsey: What? Are you sure?
-Liza: Well, he said he was grooming her, but...
-Diana: But what?
-Liza: Oh, please don't make me repeat it.
-Diana: After what I went through with the Dennis Hastert high school wrestling memoir, we can't risk this. That is what comes from trying find new authors at the Farmers' Market. Maybe you'll have better luck next time at the circus.
Younger likes to be a little outrageous and wacky but this is a far cry from an earlier storyline that hilariously spoofed over-the-top male feminism.
Using bestiality and molestation as punch lines? Come on, grow up.