Friday, September 30, 2016

What I’m Watching: Masters of Sex

Masters of Sex: Season 4, Episode 3 “The Pleasure Protocol” (B+)

This episode took an interesting direction as all four of the partners learned some very fascinating information about each other that makes it hard to believe that anyone is telling the truth. I did wonder it was Lester was so interested in photographing when he wasn’t paying close attention to what was happening in the room, and it really didn’t take long at all for Nancy and Art to have their cover blown. Bill was ready to cut them both loose, which is typically hypocritical given how much he kept from Nancy during their intake. Their trip to the movies was intense, and all the progress they made on incorporating roughness into the relationship immediately went horribly wrong when the husband displayed disturbing violent tendencies. Art and Virginia make a much more functional pair, with his excitement feeding her energy, and his burst of honesty following getting caught was impressive. Judy Greer’s return as Alice was fantastic, and she was equally excellent in her scenes with Virginia and Bill, respectively. David Walton usually appears in more comedic-leaning projects like “Bent” and “About a Boy,” and he actually fit in pretty well as a member of Bill’s legal team who nearly started a romance with Libby only to be taken down by her in the most brutal way when she realized who he was. She was the MVP of the episode in an hour of strong acting, and I’m glad to see her given such superb material again. Betty also had a good spotlight, which is nice to see.

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