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Mistresses US - S02 E04

Mystery . Thriller . Romance . Drama

Savi finds a surprising connection with a man other than Dom. After a series of dating disasters, Karen hits rock bottom emotionally. April introduces Daniel to the gang. Joss shells out big bucks so she and Harry can attend a pricey charity event to drum up business, but ends up attracting something else instead, the attentions of a handsome plastic surgeon.

Episode Title: Friends With Benefits
Airs: 2014-06-23 at 10:00 pm
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz

    Once past an introductory flow of steamy images--plenty of stripping and unzipping, couplings in darkened rooms--it takes no time to recognize the quality in this sharply written and entertaining saga of four women destined to lead exceedingly complicated lives.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The casting is key to make these fairly stock situations pop, all loosely revolving around questions of fidelity, although the title--like most everything else in the show--is a little bit over the top.

    Variety Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    The scripts are serviceable, although some lines land with a Richter Scale thud.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    The acting ranges from adequate to awful. Milano and George have zero chemistry, and George’s sexy stud act, which has bankrolled his career, reaches its expiration point here.... It’s not nearly enough sizzle for summer.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    The problem with Mistresses may lie with the expectations it has set. If the sex isn't going to be fun, what is it going to be? It would be good if we found that out soon.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    The stars--Alyssa Milano, Yunjin Kim, Jes Macallan and Rochelle Aytes--do the Four Musketeers thing pretty well, and all of them elevate the material. And it needs occasional elevating.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    While the purpose of all of this is to urge you to skip this version and try to get your hands on the saucy British original, it's only fair to report that one of the four--Jes Macallan as Milano's unrepentantly slutty sis, a real-estate broker having it off with her boss--captures the Mistresses spirit of naughty fun (never without consequences).

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Tawdry but lacking a spirit of fun, Mistresses strives to be a guilty pleasure, but it's more likely to induce guilt than pleasure.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    [A] disappointingly thin, damp new series. [10 Jun 2013, p.47]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Melissa Maerz

    ABC's more-silly-than-saucy new drama. [31 May/7 Jun 2013, p.130]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    The writing is stock, the acting is hollow, and the direction is perky and workmanlike. It lacks any of the clever stylistic accents and camp humor of the somewhat similar “Desperate Housewives,” and pity the poor viewer who tries to apply logic to some of the plot twists.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    The plot of Mistresses is so absurd and at times offensive that by the end of the first episode it's difficult not to hope for an early demise so these four women can be released to find better shows.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    [Mistresses is] grindingly, soul-suckingly dull.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    All this suggests a by-the-numbers romance novel, but some romance novels are involving, or fun, or lively. Not Mistresses.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Mike Lechevallier

    Mistresses is awash in a yawn-inducing flatness as thick as its quartet of cracked concubines.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Mistresses is more vaporous than vapid; its meticulously styled sex scenes wind up seeming antiseptically dispassionate and too serious by half.

    Washington Post Full Review