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Mistresses recap: Lean In

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Apologies for the delay on this recap, Mistress-lovers and hate watchers! Here are my excuses: First, I declared National Independence Day from Recapping yesterday in honor of this great country, and then — postponing the inevitable — my cable went down this morning as I was in mid-draft. Could the Mistresses curse be real? Or was this karma?

I bring karma up as it seems our lady friends are rather concerned about such things. I don’t have the scientific data in front of me, but I believe it was brought up a few times (maybe not all of them correctly). Let’s see where everyone in our mixed-up universe is this week.

Karen: Am I alone in feeling like, along with her haircut, Karen seems to have a whole new personality this season? We see her trying to pitch new proposals to that mean book agent, but Babs is not having it. She wants Karen to go on a popular podcast called “Love Chat” with a host who is even “bigger than Marc Maron” and Karen’s face is all what the hell is a podcast. Apparently this Jason Hughes fellow is called a “shock jock” for podcasts — which I wasn’t aware was a thing. But… there you have. Even Joss has heard of him!

So Karen goes to do the show, which is confusingly held in a bedroom with a giant mural of Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes on the wall. Jason Hughes looks like a jerk, tells Karen that he loves the book, and then goes on air and totally destroys her. It was hard to follow, quite honestly, but it was all about setting the “women’s movement” back and creating a “zombie tribe of whores who spread their legs for every Tom, Dick, and hooker-loving Harry.” How this has to do with her time as a thrupple is beyond me, and maybe Karen too because she goes mute.

Later she returns to her office (where they’re shoving a new wacky assistant character at us for reasons unknown) and surprise! Jason Hughes is in there waiting for her. Her “downloads” were huge, like, bigger than “the hot robot from Ex-Machina,” which I believe is Alicia Vikander. (Damn dude, that’s an Oscar winner — show some respect.) He asks her to come back on. She says no.

But later, out for a hike with Joss (who wears a Namaste tank top about which I could write so much more but we’re delayed enough), Karen is forced to rethink this position. That’s because Joss gives a sort of inspirational Lean In talk about not letting men win. She references her trainer in passing, and I wonder why we aren’t following up on that plotline. Another week, I guess.

So Karen goes back on and tells Jason Hughes a thing or three about being tired of men and their garbage. She feels good and energized, but it all backfires because Babs now hates her… again for reasons I don’t totally understand. She lets Karen go as a client and — while Karen parts from her with the burn, “In order for your soul to be compromised you need to have one” — she still gets drunk and weepy about what it all means and where her life is going. She takes a little nap at the office to sober up and when she gets home, she is surprised by someone in her hallway. Who could it be? I’m guessing… Dr. Alec? Or Jerry O’Manny? But we’ll have to wait till next week to find out.

Joss and Harry: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — I don’t want this show messing with the Joss and Harry romance. They seem to keep trying though! This week it’s a mess when Joss and Harry go out on a double date with Jonathan and his (very young) wife. Joss starts talking about doing PR for the restaurant and when they get home Harry is mad. He feels it’s unseemly that Joss was selling herself to do the job but Joss, rightly, was like well hey, why didn’t you ask me to? Harry has read some study that people in love shouldn’t work together, and he doesn’t want to do it. She gets furious and is like, when did you decide this? She stomps off, and he feels right because they’re already fighting.

In the morning, she makes her case while wearing just a towel, proving she’s the smartest one on this damn show. She has a list and presents why they can be great together and etc and etc and it turns out that Harry talked to Jonathan the night before and had already decided to give her the job. She ignores the annoying fact that he is making decisions again without her, and they make out.

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She wants to write a cute puff piece about him on his new website, so she asks him to her office. He obliges by telling a rather adorable story about making spaghetti and ketchup when he was just 7 years old. The chemistry between these two is undeniable, which furthers my feeling that Mistresses should figure out other ways to have drama elsewhere.

When Harry sees the finished piece on the site, however, he is less than thrilled. He is furious that Joss embellished facts from his past. They argue, and he tells her (as she originally argued) that he is the boss and he wants her to take it down. She gets mad, smashes the counter like the hulk that we know she is, and runs out. Man, let’s get to Joss’ rage already! Anyway, this is all much ado about nothing because Jonathan tells Harry to take it down a thousand and to lighten up. Was it just me, or were we supposed to think that Jonathan was evil and now he seems super nice? Sigh. He sends a Ducati over to their house, and I’ll say this now with all of you as my witnesses: If Harry gets into a motorcycle accident at any point this season, that will be it! IT I SAY.

NEXT: A teachable moment!