MISTRESSES S2E02 “BOUNDARIES”

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Previously: MISTRESSES S2E01 “REBUILD”

Once again, I’m starting this post before tonight’s episode aired. I have to admit I forgot how hard it is for me to be staying up past 11pm on Monday nights. I wish I could get the East Coast feed of ABC and watch this show at 7pm. I didn’t get to sleep until past midnight last Monday, because after the show I wrote my review then posted it on Twitter, tagging the appropriate players (cast, writers, etc.), and then I saw #RuinARealityShow was trending, and I got caught up in that. I had some good one, I thought (Bigot Brother, Chemotherapy With The Kardashians, So You Think Jews Can Dance? Are You Sluttier Than A Fifth Grader?), but next thing I knew it almost 1am. I need to try to be more concise in these posts. Alright now, time for the show…

PAUSE

First, the best thing of this night is the appearance of Krista Allen! Holy Mackerel, what a woman! If you don’t know who she is, look up “sex appeal” in the dictionary, I’m sure they’ll have a picture of her there. Also feel free to check her out in the film TOTALLY BLONDE, which I reviewed before. Anyway, she plays Janine, a socialite who hires Joss and Harry to arrange a cater a big party for her. They only have a couple of days to do it, which is very stressful. This causes some fights between Joss and Harry, which leads Joss to dissolve their partnership. But then later Harry comes to her and apologizes, explaining that all of the stress of the past year (y’know, losing his wife, his potential child, his restaurant and his home) gets to him sometimes, so she takes him back as a partner. Joss and Harry always got along well, and Jes Macallen and Brett Tucker have good chemistry onscreen together…but I really hope I’m wrong in suspecting that this show is going build towards a romance between them. I just don’t see that working.

So Penelope Ann Miller returned tonight as we learn what happened to her character, Elizabeth Gray, after the gunfight that accidentally killed her son in last season’s finale. She’s been in a mental hospital. We get some flashbacks from last season as Karen is being haunted by visions of Elizabeth. When she learns that Elizabeth is up for parole (after less than a year? That seems quick…), Karen goes to testify against her. But when Elizabeth sees her she claims she sober now, says she forgives her for everything and begs Karen to forgive her. So Karen lets it go and doesn’t testify, but Elizabeth still doesn’t get released. I suspect, and I hope, that this isn’t the last we’ve seen of her on this show. Karen gets back into her psychiatric practice, and has her first formal session with Anna (Catherine Haena Kim) and it already looks like Karen is getting too personal (that woman never learns).

Ricky Whittle returns as the show’s latest man-candy, the starving (and frequently shirtless) artist, Daniel. The hottest sex scenes of the episode are between him and April. These two can’t keep their hands off each other when they’re in the same room. Of course April is still a little hesitant about getting serious with him, and her fears seem justified when he appears to back off after he learns that she has a daughter. But then he sends her a painting with a note about seeing her again and, so far, everything is going well with this couple. Which means I’m sure it’s all going to blow up soon. He’s too perfect, so he’s gotta have some devastating secret that changes everything. Can’t wait to find out what.

And as for the star of the show, Savi goes back to work, sharing her office with the young associate Toni (Rebeka Montoya, who looks like she’s going to be a great addition to this cast). Savi nicknames her “Toni Tumbling Out Of Her V-Neck.” Not quite as catchy as “Kyra With The Funbags”, but I like it. Toni’s cheerfulness (she SINGS while typing) and aggressive sexuality gets on Savi’s nerves, and there’s also the fact that Toni is quite blatant about her desire for Dominic (Jason Winston George), initially unaware of Savi and Dom’s relationship, which they’re still keeping secret in the office. Nevertheless, Dom appears to be oblivious to Toni’s appeal (now THAT takes some good acting), and insists that he’s not interested in Toni at all when Savi confronts him about it. They, rather recklessly, kiss in Dom’s office, and Toni just so happens to see them, and smiles mischievously. This gal is going to be trouble.

It’s weird. On the one hand, it totally makes sense that Savi would have some insecurities about her relationship with Dom. These two started as an extramarital affair, so neither one of them is an angel. It’s understandable that they may wonder if history will repeat itself. And I know that happy couples make for boring storylines. This is, essentially, a soap opera, after all. But, I’ve been #TeamDom since the first episode of this show, so I want Dom and Savi to stay together. But I guess I just have to trust the writers of the show to do what’s best for the characters and the audience.

Overall, another great episode. See ya’ll next week!

MISTRESSES airs Monday Nights @ 10pm on ABC

You can also watch episodes online via http://abc.go.com/shows/mistresses

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