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[03/09/09 - 02:22 PM]
New Lovers, New Lies, and Old Secrets on BBC America
The second season of "Mistresses" will premiere Friday, April 3, one week after its freshman run concludes.

[via press release from BBC America]

NEW LOVERS, NEW LIES, AND OLD SECRETS ON BBC AMERICA

- Hit drama series, Mistresses, continues with all-new U.S. premiere episodes �

Mistresses, the sophisticated drama about love, sex and contemporary relationships continues to entrance audiences and critics alike with its honest portrayal of the lives of four friends played by Sarah Parish, Sharon Small, Orla Brady and Shelley Conn. As the series segues from its first six episodes to its next six episodes, twelve months have elapsed and fans find the friends in various states of joy and pain. Struggling to learn from their past mistakes, Katie (Parish), Trudi (Small), Siobhan (Brady) and Jessica (Conn) face new dilemmas, though the root of their problems remains the same � men and sex. Mistresses Season one finale airs Friday, March 27, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT and Season two premieres Friday, April 3, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

After her married lover's death and her ill-advised affair with his son, Katie has sworn off men for good and is trying to make some changes in her life, starting with a new direction in her career. However, retraining at her local hospital throws her into the path of two gorgeous men: heart surgeon Dan (Mark Umbers), who appears to offer a chance of lasting stability and happiness, and Jack (Steven Brand), an old flame who is her new boss and married to Megan (Natasha Little).

Surviving the shock of her husband pretending to have perished in the 9/11 disaster, Trudi swaps her $2m compensation money for the arrest of her fraudulent ex-partner and family bliss with Richard. But the domestic harmony does not last long and she realizes that Richard may not quite be the man she thought he was.

It hasn't taken too long for party planner Jessica to rebound from her first bruising encounter with love. Dumped by her married girlfriend, Jessica is with a man who is her mirror image � Mark (Oliver Milburn). It is the perfect arrangement; they are both beautiful, love the high life, fancy each other like mad and have no time for monogamy. However, an open relationship might sound great on paper, but is Jessica's life as perfect as she makes out?

Siobhan faced the biggest dilemma of all. Finally pregnant after years of trying, her longed-for baby is not her husband Hari's but colleague Dominic's, with whom she had a passionate affair. Siobhan and Hari are trying to rebuild their marriage as Siobhan juggles first-time motherhood, her exacting career and permanent tension, and she is nursing a dark secret that could cost her everything.

So since when was love ever simple? With their friendship to hold them together, the four battle through love, lust, lies and infidelity.

*** SPOILER ALERT***

EPISODES SYNOPSES

Episode 6 � Season one finale

Trudi struggles with her shocking discovery about Paul. She makes Sally admit the truth and confronts Paul. Hari tells Siobhan that he won't be able to forgive her if she keeps the baby. Siobhan continues to wrestle with her decision about the baby and when she realizes she can't go through with an abortion, they separate. Alex stands Jessica up on her birthday. They meet up later but it soon becomes evident that their relationship isn't going to work and they decide to break up. Katie is suspended for a year for her involvement in John's death. Sam comes to visit Katie after hearing of her suspension and to let her know that he's going away so they can work out what they mean to each other. Richard tells Trudi that he loves her and she is forced to tell him that Paul is still alive. Later, Trudi reluctantly reports Paul to the police and he's arrested. Hari and Siobhan meet and he decides to let her come home - he will love the baby because it's part of her. Jessica sits alone in her flat, crying, on her birthday but the girls soon arrive to celebrate.

Premieres Friday, March 27, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode 7 - Season two premiere

Twelve months have passed and Jessica, having moved on from her lesbian lover, has been swept off her feet by playboy Mark, and the ultimate commitment-phobe is getting married. But, as ever with Jessica, things are not straightforward. Katie's suspension from practicing medicine has come to an end and she has is now working in an oncology ward, where her new boss just happens to be Jack, her old flame from medical school. Katie has sworn off men, but it doesn't take long before she attracts the attention of Dan, a surgeon at the hospital. Trudi and Richard's relationship is in full swing, but money is tight and life is chaotic. Trudi decides to take matters into her own hands and start a cake-baking business. Meanwhile, to those on the outside, Siobhan seems to be living the perfect life with house-husband Hari and daughter. However, Siobhan and Hari's relationship is far from perfect and Siobhan is hiding a very dark secret.

Premieres Friday, April 3, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Episode 8

Katie's working relationship with her boss, Jack starts to feel too familiar and after reminiscing with him, Jack kisses her. Richard has moved in with Trudi and when she finds a bank statement, with a mystery $3,000 withdrawn, she confronts Richard who gets defensive. Later, Trudi sees Richard with a mystery woman but he explains her away as a client, Elaine Thompson. Richard gives Trudi a diamond ring - mystery explained or so she thinks. At work, Siobhan is told they have a new divorce client who has asked specifically for her. She is floored to find out it is Tom, her one night stand. Siobhan and Hari decide to go to see a sex therapist. Jessica and Mark find Simon asleep on the sofa at work- his business is in trouble. Jessica asks Mark if he'll put up money to help but he won't mix business with pleasure and instead recommends investors who might help. Simon manages to save the company on his own and Jessica wants to celebrate with Mark, but he's busy. After running into Dominic, Jessica sleeps with him in her bachelorette flat.

Premieres Friday, April 10, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Episode 9

Katie is still frazzled by the kiss with Jack. While on call one night, she is forced to call Jack to tend to a patient. He drives her home, and tells her he wants to kiss her but Katie pulls away. The next day, she hands in her resignation. Jack comes to her house, refusing to accept her resignation and they sleep together. Trudi remains perturbed about Richard's financial secrets. He assures her he's never had an affair with Elaine and she's just a client who lent him money for a soured business venture for which he pays her back each month. Trudi sees an old photo that Richard's daughter, Amy, has of Elaine. Trudi follows Richard and Elaine to a care home where she sees them visiting a beautiful withdrawn woman � it's Natalie, Richard's wife. Tom lets Siobhan know he wants to see her again. She is unable to resist and sleeps with him another time. Jessica learns that Mark and his assistant, Carrie were lovers in the past. It stings. Mark loses the venue for a big fund launch but Jessica steps in to save the day. She seeks Mark out late at night at his office and finds Carrie there, scantily clad. Jessica slips away unseen. At a fund launch, Jessica drinks too much and sabotages Mark's deal.

Premieres Friday, April 17, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Episode 10

Katie endures the mistresses' life. She is invited to lunch at Dan's and on arrival it is lunch for four � Jack and Megan join them. She discovers from Megan that her and Jack are trying for a baby. She ends things with Jack. Trudi wakes to Richard's lies and confronts him. She visits Elaine who tells her that Richard put Natalie in care and left her there 18 months ago. Richard explains what he did, fearing Trudi will hate him. She can't deal with the idea that she has taken Natalie's life so Trudi kicks Richard out. Siobhan breaks things off with Tom and tries to have him removed as a client. Her boss refuses so she resigns. Dominic shows her photos of her with Tom, taken by the wife's team's private investigator. Someone sends the photos to Hari. Hari confronts Siobhan and leaves. Jessica is suffering from the worst hangover of her life. Mark tries to be kind but cannot understand why she behaved so badly. Mark decides to takes Jessica to the country for a getaway but their romantic bliss is quickly ruined by the arrival of Carrie. It's the last straw for Jessica. She wants out. Mark asks if they can't start afresh � no games, no infidelities, just the two of them and Jessica finally relents.

Premieres Friday, April 24, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Episode 11

Katie discovers Dan's been offered a promotion in Australia and he asks her to go with him. Jack wants to see Katie alone, to help her make her decision, as �just friends'. She agrees but Jack asks her who she would choose, in other circumstances � him or Dan? She is furious and they finally end things amicably. She tells Dan she will accompany him to Australia. Megan, Jack, Dan and Katie have celebration drinks and while Katie and Jack have a cigarette outside, Dan witnesses a tender moment between them. He quickly realizes what has been going on and he leaves, devastated. Richard begs Trudi for a second chance, but she is adamant that the relationship is over. Trudi determines to rid herself of thoughts of Richard by succumbing to young, handsome Lucas, who owns the shop where she is selling her cakes. They sleep together, but in the morning Trudi faces up to the fact that for her, sex and love are the same thing, and she doesn't love Lucas. Richard comes to Trudi, begging forgiveness. Just then, Lucas arrives in, with flowers - Richard is devastated. Hari asks Siobhan for a divorce. Siobhan, dealing with life without Hari asks for her old job back. Her and Dominic have to face the fact that Tom's case could be ruined by the photos � as will Siobhan's career. That night Siobhan visits Tom with his wife's settlement term. His lack of concern regarding the incriminating photos sparks suspicion in Siobhan's mind. She frantically searches through Tom's papers while he is on the phone and discovers the photos � he was the one who sent them to Hari. Jessica and Simon arrange a twisted tea party for Henrietta, a self-help guru, who illuminates Jessica's need for a declaration of love from Mark. But Jessica returns home to find Mark and Henrietta in a compromising position. It's the final straw. She isn't the modern girl she thought she was. And to top it off she's discovered she's pregnant.

Premieres Friday, May 1, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Episode 12

Katie wakes to the horror of what's she done and an angry Dan shows up on her doorstep. At work Jack is desperate to know if Dan will tell Megan. Megan confronts Katie about her fall out with Dan. He has lied and said he cheated. Dan and Jack fight outside the hospital. Katie sees them and tries to intercept but Megan witnesses enough to understand. Jack tells Katie that Dan is going to Australia � the next day. Katie goes to his bon voyage party with a gift and a letter. She still loves him and hopes desperately that they can work things out. She finally realizes her self-destructive nature. Trudi is thrown into a new and exciting life with too many men. Richard is clearly hurt by her possible relationship with Lucas. Trudi, Richard, Lucas and the girls get thrown together at the school sports day. Richard and Lucas are entered into the three-legged race. It's humiliating for Richard who ends in a heap on the ground. Trudi tends to Richard's wounds. They end up kissing passionately and Lucas walks in. Tom threatens to make the photos public if Siobhan gives up his case. At work she tells Dominic she knows Tom sent the photos, she wants revenge. Tom's case now has all the power, his wife will get nothing. Siobhan watches his destroyed wife, she is overwhelmed by sympathy and guilt. The case is about to close when Siobhan produces the photos. She collapses Tom's case and in the process her career. Jessica is single and pregnant. But, she doesn't intend that to last long. Carrie discovers the pregnancy and tells Mark. Mark arrives at one of Jessica's work events - he wants her back, he knows about the baby. Jessica tells him it is too late. They are not made to be parents, and they were never made for marriage. Jessica discusses her situation with Katie. She realizes she does want the baby. Jessica and Mark connect back at the office. He reveals his innocent, weaker side. Mark begs Jessica to have him back. Could they live broke, barefoot and pregnant after all?

Premieres Friday, May 8, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT





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