Friday, August 21, 2015

What I’m Watching: Masters of Sex

Masters of Sex: Season 3, Episode 6 “Two Scents” (C+)

Who would ever have imagined Bill as a high school football coach? With his latest extracurricular activity, Bill has demonstrated that he is capable of being just as cruelly oblivious as he is cruel and unfeeling, welcoming in the boy who beat up his son and bonding with him in a way that he’s never been able to do with his own son, all with his son watching from the next room. It’s as if Bill has legitimized his actions by equating them with being acceptable the more they get a rise out of Libby. She too was unkind in the way that she revealed how Joy had planned to leave Paul before she suffered her accident, though she was spurred on by his demeaning tone and general ignorance of any rights or opinions of women. Celebrity clients were the perfect impetus for a bit of introspection on the part of Bill and Virginia, though he took something much stronger away from it than she did. It’s clear that he’s in love with her and considers her the partner he should have, while she continues to be independent while feeling all too tethered to any one person in her life. Despite Bill’s transparent attempts to intervene, Dan and Virginia finally had a sexual encounter, one that didn’t seem to exactly invoke the pheromonal power of Lester’s sweat scent but emphasized that sex always seems to be the endgame in any relationship, no matter what its original nature or either party’s perceived desires.

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