Sunday, October 30, 2016

What I’m Watching: Masters of Sex

Masters of Sex: Season 4, Episode 7 “In to Me You See” (B+)

Virginia’s ploy to get closer to Bill seemed like it was going to work out perfectly well when she suggested it to Art, but Bill turned it on its head when he instead posited the idea of him partnering with Art and her being with Nancy. It turns out that Art and Bill did pretty well together, and Bill let him run with Bob’s particular situation and help to resolve it in a productive way that got Barton interested after Guy alerted him to what seemed like gay conversion therapy. Nancy and Virginia, on the other hand, are very poorly suited for each other, and it’s entirely Virginia’s fault since she refuses to do the one thing Nancy has explicitly requested of her – treat her with respect. It doesn’t help that Virginia is so paranoid, and rightfully so, that there are people out to get them, and revealing what she thought to be gotcha journalists as wannabe sex therapists trying to do research was just the tip of the iceberg. It turns out that her new plan to go undercover and figure out what their competition is up to works out very well for Bill, who, prompted by the story he told Betty, decided to contact the one who got away and ended up learning that her husband has a very different perspective on what happened than he does. I can’t imagine that will lead to a happy ending for either of them, but I am interested to see where it goes. Betty getting Austin to file a petition for custody of her baby predictably went over very poorly with Helen’s parents, and it’s very sad to see Betty in such bad shape with no hope of hanging on to any piece of what she had with Helen. Bill’s AA supervisor coming to him for help with her paralyzed husband was an intriguing and unexpected development, though it appears that’s gone as far as it can.

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