Wednesday, September 21, 2016

What I’m Watching: Masters of Sex


Masters of Sex: Season 4, Episode 2 “Inventory” (B+)

Bill and Virginia deciding to find new partners was going to mean new characters, but I didn’t expect them to be quite so opinionated and intriguing. Virginia micromanaged Dr. Leveau during her interview and then she blew her away with actual medical knowledge that far outweighed her interpersonal skills. After she aggressively went after John Billingsley’s Dr. Madden and then made sure he felt terrible about himself, Virginia too went with an eclectic choice – Dr. Dreesen – who had no advanced degrees but was more than qualified for the job. As if Bill lying outright about his relationship with Virginia to Dr. Leveau wasn’t enough, it turns out that the two new hires are actually married to each other! That’s a cool twist, and one that I imagine will come to light soon and not in a good way. Dr. Leveau grabbing Bill’s hand while watching Dale and Darleen try to overcome Dale’s obsession with shoes was intense, and I think it is good that he’s having some human contact aside from his disapproving sponsor. Betty stood her ground to an oblivious Virginia, and I guess she does deserve the extra pay and respect given how she manages to keep things afloat with her very blunt style. The best confession was the one that came from Libby, who finally got the chance to speak her mind to Bill and tell him that for all the years that he was having an affair with Virginia she was having sex in every room of the house. That scene felt pretty Emmy-worthy to me, but I don’t think that’s actually likely.