'Mistresses' back for season two

Bill Harris, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:37 PM ET

“Where's Savi?”

The phrase is spoken at a crowded party in the second-season premiere of Mistresses, which returns Monday, June 2 on ABC and CTV. Savi, of course, is the character played by Alyssa Milano.

“I don't know,” comes the reply. “She was holding court with a bunch of 20-somethings who were talking about Lena Dunham.”

It's hard to believe that Milano - the kid on Who's The Boss?, for the love of God - is 41 now. When we first saw Milano on TV, she was looking up to 20-somethings, not trying to fit in with them as a more mature woman.

Nonetheless, it was interesting to hear Dunham's series Girls referenced on Mistresses. If the four young gals in Girls don't get their acts together, might they grow up to be something like the four women in Mistresses? Hmmm, it probably would take a team of psychologists to study that one.

As for surface similarities, though, both Mistresses and Girls are focused on the friendships of four females. In both shows, you occasionally are left wondering, “Why are these people even friends any more?” But sometimes your friends are just your friends, whether you're drifting apart or hurtling back toward each other in a panic.

Besides Milano, who plays Savannah "Savi" Davis, Mistresses stars Yunjin Kim (Lost) as Karen Kim, Rochelle Aytes as April Malloy and Jes Macallan as Josslyn Carver. In season two, all of them are dealing with the choices they made, and the accidents that befell them, in season one.

As you'll recall, Savi was in a car crash in the final episode of season one. She was pregnant, too, and it had been revealed that the father was not her husband Harry (Brett Tucker) but rather her co-worker Dominic (Jason George). Both Harry and Dominic professed their love for Savi at the hospital when suddenly there was a “code blue” situation and viewers were left to wonder if Savi and/or her unborn baby were going to live or die.

Obviously it's no secret Milano is back on the show, so that's not a spoiler. But other than that, all I can say is the second season of Mistresses picks up eight months after the first season finished.

One side note about the first episode of the second season of Mistresses is that Soleil Moon Frye, another child star from the 1980s who played the title character in the series Punky Brewster, guest-stars in a couple of scenes, playing herself. The first time Harry sees the now 37-year-old Frye, he asks, “Is that Punky Brewster?” Honestly, I don't think I would have recognized her that quickly or easily.

At no point, though, does Soleil Moon Frye join Alyssa Milano's Savi in a conversation about Lena Dunham. That would be just too confusing. Suffice to say that whether it's Mistresses or Girls or Who's The Boss? or Punky Brewster, it's always ladies' night.

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