MISTRESSES S2E03 “OPEN HOUSE”


L-R Rochelle Aytes (April), Jes Macallan (Joss), Alyssa Milano (Savi), Yunjin Kim (Karen)

Previously: Mistresses S2E02 “Boundaries”

Matthew Del Negro returns as Jacob, Karen’s ex-partner tonight. He meets with Karen tonight, and she tells him about starting her new private practice. He apologizes for turning her in to the medical board last year, and admits that he only did it because he was mad that she didn’t return his romantic feelings. Karen acts shocked at this news, claiming she never knew that (although it was pretty obvious to most us watching). Karen talks about it to Joss, and admits she hasn’t dated in a long time. At Joss’ urging she decided to try going on a date, calling up a young Black doctor (played by Christian Keyes) from the hospital she was working at (I’ve noticed that all of these women have very multicultural tastes in men. I think Joss is the only one who hasn’t dated someone of a different race on this show, so far. Although she did date another women, so that counts). That date is lame, and Karen admits that she only asked him out because she knew he would say yes, and she didn’t want to risk getting rejected. So then Joss convinces her that she has to be willing to take that risk. So Karen calls Jacob and ask him out (I don’t know why she didn’t the first time, since he admitted having feelings for her), but then he turns her down and says they should be just friends (BURN!).

April meets Lucy’s new friend from her new school, a girl named Peyton (Jada Facer), who acts like a spoiled young brat, but April tries to be nice to her, because she wants Lucy to fit in at her new school. April has been bummed because Daniel hasn’t called her since he left. She ends up accepting a lunch date with a father from her school (I didn’t catch that actor’s name in the credits) but she’s too preoccupied with thoughts of Daniel, and she rejects him when he tries to kiss her. Later, April has Lucy’s parents come over to her house for drinks and is surprised to discover that the husband is the man she went on a date with (SCANDAL!). Later, April and Lucy bond over their cellphones, and April discovers several texts from Daniel that she missed. Corinne Massiah remains as precocious as ever, and she and Rochelle Aytes really seem like mother and daughter when they’re on screen together.

Joss’ main function in this episode was to act as a confidant and shoulder to lean on for Karen, Savi, and Harry. Savi and Harry (Brett Tucker) are still trying to sell their house, but it’s difficult for them to agree on terms because Harry is still too hurt to talk to Savi face to face. Joss urges him to get over it, and he and Savi do meet and have an argument. It’s clear Harry is still hurt over the fact that Savi chose Dom over him, even after he was willing to forgive her cheating, but Savi counters that he only forgave her when he thought she was dying it. They both have a point and it’s a painful scene to watch these too people who once loved each other struggling to even be in the same room now. As I’ve said before, I’ve been on Team Dom since this series began, but I do like Harry too. He deserves his own woman to make him happy (but PLEASE don’t have him hook with Joss).

As for Savi, she and Dom are having a little trouble keeping their professional and personal lives separate. Savi had to leave work early one day to see Harry, which caused extra work for Dom at the office. It’s not helped by the fact that Toni (Rebeka Montoya) is going out of her way to throw her attraction to Dom in Savi’s face. Dom does turn her down when she comes on to him later, but he doesn’t mention this to Savi when she brings up Toni’s taunts (WHAT IS HE HIDING?!?). This gal is definately going to be trouble…

There’s a bizarre cliffhanger. Some strange man named Zack (didn’t catch this actor’s name, either) who had come by earlier to look at the house knocks on Savi’s door when she’s alone. He acts like he knows her, and says they need to talk…okay, I have no idea what that’s about.

Overall this episode, written by K.J. Steinberg and directed by John Scott, was a little bit of a let down from the previous two. Come on, where’s the hot sex, and scandals? Other than the bit with Peyton’s parents, everything was just kind of…normal? The episode still works, thanks to the ongoing chemistry of the main cast. But I’m hoping things heat up again next week.


MISTRESSES airs Monday Nights @ 10pm on ABC
You can also watch episodes online via http://abc.go.com/shows/mistresses

Oh yeah, this song was playing during the opening scene of this episode and haven’t been able to get it out of my head since:

“HARD OUT THERE” by Lily Allen

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