After being MIA for a few episodes, everyone's favorite quirky assistant, Millicent Huxtable, made a much-anticipated return to One Tree Hill two weeks ago to help out friend in need — but where was beau Mouth (Lee Norris)? Real-life alter ego Lisa Goldstein gave TVGuide.com the lowdown on the a-dork-able twosome's possibly "rocky" future, a surprising visit from a blast from the past and if there's anything cooking in "the oven."
TVGuide.com: But Millicent's back in Tree Hill helping Brooke (Sophia Bush) now that Victoria (Daphne Zuniga) has Clothes Over Bros. What's this new project they're working on?
Lisa Goldstein: Yeah, I come back to Tree Hill and I assume Brooke doesn't have the company anymore, so I ask her if she wants to start a brand new company. That hasn't really happened yet in the scripts that I've read, but there's definitely been some alluding to that. I'm excited about that too. It should be a fun storyline.
TVGuide.com: You're not the only one back — word on the street is, so is Gigi, Mouth's ex.
Goldstein: That is correct. She comes back in episode six. She's working with Mouth and she's kind of trying to get in on that, but I don't know if she will or not. We'll see. I don't even know it right now! That's exactly what we're shooting right now, so I don't know exactly what happens with it. We're on — oh I lost count — the tenth episode.
TVGuide.com: How will Millicient handle Gigi?
Goldstein: Millie, as good as she is at her job, and as smart as she is, she gets really frazzled when she's under stressful situations, so I don't know how she'll handle it. But I think in the end, she'll get a little more grown-up about it and deal with her job in confronting her and telling her to get lost! Go away! [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: You came back at the end of the last episode by yourself, which begs the question: Where is Mouth? Is he still in Omaha?
Goldstein: Millicent came back, and I don't know about Mouth yet. You'll have to watch and see if he comes back or not, what's going on with that. I don't know!
TVGuide.com: Well if they split, that'll break a lot of fans' hearts. It seems like everyone is cheering for you guys.
Goldstein: Yeah, of course they have their problems and issues that they have to deal with, but they're so in love with each other that it doesn't matter. I mean Millicent moved to Omaha for Mouth. It's just so fresh and new and innocent and sweet. I think that's what the fans like. I guess we're the role models for the relationship they actually want because it's so perfect.
TVGuide.com: They've been immune to a lot of the drama so far. Are things going to get tough or will that innocence be preserved?
Goldstein: I don't know. Even now, it looks like there might be some rocky terrain ahead, but I haven't even read past the tenth episode, and that's what we're shooting right now. I don't know if it'll get as dramatic as a murder in a cornfield or anything like that. [Laughs] But I think they're kind of like the calm storyline in the show. They're kind of like an anchor, with all this other stuff going on, it's much more refreshing to have a few scenes in between that are down-to-earth and normal and whatever. It's the love relief.
TVGuide.com: There's a lot of speculation going on that Millie's pregnant.
Goldstein: Oh, that is false! I heard all about that! It was just the dress that made me look like I had a bun in the oven, but I don't. It's so funny because I was like, "Oh my God, I look terrible in that dress!"... It's so funny how people jump on that so fast. I would prefer not be waist-thin and to starve myself after hearing a comment like that. I saw the comments and was like, "Oh, whatever, I'm moving on."
TVGuide.com: You're a regular this season. Congrats! Are you feeling part of the crew now?
Goldstein: Thank you! I definitely feel so much more comfortable and I'm having so much more fun on set. Because I feel so part of the family, I feel I can go in and have a good time instead of going in and being like, "Oh my God, I hope they ask me back for the next episode! What am I going to do?" It's so nice that I'm here for the year so I can play around for a bit.