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What does "land a date to the dance" mean here? (Liv says this.)

And later on Joey was:

I wish I had a twin who could help me land a date to the dance. I'd call him Michael.

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This usage of the word "land" comes from fishing terminology. To "land" something means to bring it to land from a boat, so in a literal sense the word is sometimes used in place of "caught" when talking about catching a fish and bring it back to land:

I caught a fish.
I landed a fish.

In a figurative sense then, the word "land" or "landed" is used to mean that you got something, or achieved something, for example:

I landed a job.
I landed a date.

In your sentence, the first person is trying to get a date for a dance, and he is wishing that he had some help in doing that.

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The Cambridge Dictionary provides this definition (among others):

land (verb) = to get or achieve something good, especially in a way that seems easy or unexpected:

  • He landed a senior editorial job.

Therefore, your example can be rewritten as:

I wish I had a twin who could help me get a date to the dance. I'd call him Michael.

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