The ABC hit show Mistresses spans the emotional landscapes of intrigue, suspense, and romance. The program asks each viewer to ingest each frayed and exciting frame of the show. Often times, with the jostling from gut wrenching tears to jaw drawing shock, the audience experiences a dramatic response to the storyline on the screen. Here’s a rapid reaction recap:
Karen: The lawsuit brought against Karen is soundly encased and closed with a dismissal. Karen is astonished and thrilled. Elizabeth Grey shoots an alarmingly lit glare at Karen. Karen later finds out that her license has been suspended for six months. This is an act that can only serve to service her patients. Later, she surfaces at Elizabeth Grey’s house to implore her to end her vendetta against her. Elizabeth makes Karen understand that the world she once knew, the life she once had, is now in ruin. The architect of this disaster, in her mind, is Karen. Karen’s partner at her psychology practice, through his wavering lips of anger, tells Karen that he turned her in. He also states that, when her suspension is over, to not return. It’s hard to coat Karen with any layer of sympathy from a viewer’s prospective. She harvested every bad seed that blossomed in the isles of her life. For her legitimately punishable crime, her malpractice, and emotional distress she placed on others, she was not given a slap on her wrist, but rather her sunglasses. Between Karen and Elizabeth, neither is more honorable than the other. Judging by the thick threats Elizabeth daggered towards Karen, a final verdict or conclusion may be coming for one of them very soon.
Josslyn: Josslyn did her best to dance the lesbian waltz. Her best, by her defining actions, were paved with good intentions and heartbreaking results. Josslyn is rejected by Alex in the previous episode. In this week’s installment romantic turmoil comes from Olivier, and a randomly aggressive guy at a bar. Josslyn experiences a spiraling and sorrowful turn after the loss of Alex, her first friend she claimed for herself and herself alone. She is staggered in this episode, emotionally serving punishment for her juvenile choices. A lot of Josslyn’s confusion of the season comes from not being able to identify who she is and how to process her actions through the framing lens that identity. She liked a woman. The woman liked her. These splintered sentences don’t covey the different emotional weight carried by each party. Josslyn doesn’t fully comprehend the full spectrum of love and being in a relationship. Josslyn finds herself in the overly caressing arms of a man she met at the end of a bright edged bar. Olivier and this man, reminds her of the fact that she been trying to evade, that her romantic life before Alex was insignificant. She asked herself in this episode, through her soul searching: What am I doing? She quits her job and tries to make peace with Alex by offering her an affordable studio. Through this gesture, she tells Alex: I understand my faults. I recognize your pain. Thank you for being my mirror. She might not have the puzzle of her life figured out yet, but at this point, she recognizes where the pieces should fit.
Savi: Savi is emotionally sparked in this episode. She’s energized and is tasting life like it was a simmering cup off coffee on her office desktop. She enjoys a domestic dialogue Dominic, who he tells her of Karen’s legal dismissal. Her ecstatic and elated anthem of smiles grows even wider when Dominic tells her that he is going to be the new partner at the law firm. She tells him “Congratulations” with sincere satisfaction and tells him that “He earned it.” She proposes that to celebrate, they should go to dinner. Dominic revises things and makes sure she knows that they’re going on a date. The date is lighthearted, sensual, and carefree. It is also odd to outline because the audience knows that at the table sits the paring of two potential parents. They completely have now regard or conversation about the growing baby in Savi’s womb. When they get up to leave, Dominic encloses Savi in his jacket, they reflect each other’s eyes, and he leans in for a kiss on the soft bends of her mouth. Savi tells Dominic “it’s too soon”. This statement is stained by the fact that she’s probably carrying his child. Out of guilt or singular hope, Savi returns home and tells Harry’s business partner that she’ll give him the money to save Harry’s restaurant. Her act is overshadowed by a haunting shot of the dim paternity envelope Harry stole from Josslyn’s room.
April: April is still panicked by the news of her wandering daughter from the previous week’s episode. She goes to Paul’s motel, spotlights ever pillar of the space, in an attempt to find Lucy. He earnestly tells her that he doesn’t know where Lucy is. They form an unspoken tag-team bond and begin to search for her. They go back to the family’s house. April rushes to Lucy’s room and finds it empty. She pleadingly lies on her daughter’s bed and her tears become textured by the pillow. The cops call and inform April that they found Lucy drifting down the planks of the Santa Monica pier. April tells Paul to leave after promising to call him to let him know about Lucy’s condition. Their daughter returns embarrassed, scared, and with an attitude. She extends her disruptive demeanor at breakfast and April gives her multiple allowances. That morning, April and Paul appear in public, as though they are co-parenting, as though Paul did not commit a fraud. They fall back into the routine of talking about disciplining Lucy and viewer’s can’t help but wonder when they will start making the grocery list. The entire conversation is eerie, familiar, and comfortable. They speak of time past, as the words fill the space between them, a sort of glimmer of their history of happiness shines through. That night, April goes to see Paul before her boards his plane and leaves. He begs for forgiveness, trying to disarm her logic. He embraces her, cupping the corner of her elbow in his palm. April tries to walk away but Paul grips her once more and kisses her. The tears that form on the face of April reveal that in that moment, she’s kissing the man she once knew, the family she once had, and longs for what they could’ve been.