Masters of Sex Articles

“They Had To Shoot Her”

August 11, 2014 14:02:46 Posted at August 11, 2014 14:02:46
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Masters Of Sex Season 2 Episode 5 recap This show is so great that it almost seems criminal to point out any of its shortcomings, especially since they seem a little out-in-front when compared to the layered subtlety of the rest of the series.  So it’s a bit churlish of me to point it out, but gosh, women struggle with power, don’t they? This seems as much like a Mad Men revelation as a Masters Of Sex one, but the shows are actually very reflective of one another – Masters is to women’s struggles as Mad Men is to men’s struggles to see themselves. Full Story

The Egg Roll Incident

August 4, 2014 14:04:50 Posted at August 4, 2014 14:04:50
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Masters Of Sex Season 2 Episode 4 recap On a show like this, the question of what constitutes loyalty, or “the right thing to do” is in constant question. Do you fight for your lover who’s also your legitimate assistant? Do you deserve the title of “partner” if you’re keeping the biggest secret of your personal life separate from your partner? Do you owe your employer the benefit of all the doubts that she’s trying to “help” you and needs to trust you – even if everything she’s doing says otherwise? How far do you let your study go before kicking out the ever-growing peanut gallery in the one-way mirror? Cinematic and honest as last week was, to me, this is what makes Masters of Sex actually work. Full Story

Virginia Smiles

July 28, 2014 15:05:16 Posted at July 28, 2014 15:05:16
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Masters of Sex Season 2 Episode 3 recap An unusual episode. None of our usual players (though possibly a starmaking turn for Elliot, you know?) and just one main location. Part of the glory of making a show that is not a procedural is that you can experiment with formats and types of shows and stretch the limits of what your show is. Full Story

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The Fastest Speculum In Missouri

July 21, 2014 14:19:30 Posted at July 21, 2014 14:19:30
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Masters of Sex Season 2 Episode 2 (I told myself I was going to start using more straightforward titles but how could I resist that pull quote? I also considered “Every good fight begins with pizza”.) Good Lord, Masters Of Sex. The Previouslies were as long for this week as for last week, when they recapped the entirety of season 1. Full Story

Things Have Changed

July 14, 2014 13:52:39 Posted at July 14, 2014 13:52:39
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Masters Of Sex Season 2 Episode 1 recap Well, they didn’t change the intro. Every time you think “I wonder if I know of a crude euphemism for some act of sex” you can think of that intro, and know. But as the show gets even more interesting than last season, it’s almost on purpose. Full Story

Sarah Silverman Sex

April 29, 2014 16:33:23 Posted at April 29, 2014 16:33:23
Duana Posted by Duana

When we were talking about articles for today’s column, this news item came up, but I was so focused on Valerie Cherish (coming soon) that I forgot to confirm I was doing this one. When Lainey prodded me “And the Sheen one too, right?” I was confused for a second. Because of course, for her, it’s a Michael Sheen story. Full Story

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It’s Like Firing God

December 17, 2013 16:11:23 Posted at December 17, 2013 16:11:23
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Masters Of Sex Season 1 Episode 12 recap Ha! Okay, this show doesn’t go for the cheap laugh or any laugh, per se, but I didn’t mind that line from Lester. It was a much needed moment of levity in an episode that seemed like it was going to break under the weight of its own revelations. Full Story

Let Johnson Be Johnson

December 10, 2013 15:20:08 Posted at December 10, 2013 15:20:08
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Masters Of Sex Season 1 Episode 11 recap. Wow. This show has never been anything other than an investigation of gender – it’s not even about sex, really, given that Masters and Johnson haven’t pinned down ways to investigate the x-factor that is attraction.   No, the show is about men and women, and what it means to be each, and what can be done to change the looks of the role you were assigned to. Full Story


December 3, 2013 15:21:15 Posted at December 3, 2013 15:21:15
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Masters Of Sex Season 1 Episode 10 recap The first and only episode of Rags to Riches I ever saw was about the threat of the nuclear bomb. Kids in grade school were doing practice sessions for when the air raid sirens went off, and then at the end, they all sang “Drift Away”.   It confused me, as did this episode of Masters Of Sex. Full Story

How Many Ways Can I Call You A Whore?

November 26, 2013 15:14:26 Posted at November 26, 2013 15:14:26
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Masters of Sex Season 1 Episode 9 recap Do you remember the most exciting conversations of the first couple of months away at school? It doesn’t matter if you didn’t go, you still know the ones I’m talking about. After too many Mike’s Hard Lemonades (Ugh, I don’t miss you, 1997), someone starts getting daring while talking about, you know, sex, and someone else one-ups them, and the whole thing feels very naughty and titillating even though nothing is actually happening and half the people are lying? Yeah. Full Story


November 19, 2013 14:54:28 Posted at November 19, 2013 14:54:28
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Masters Of Sex Season 1 Episode 8 recap Okay, I know. We’re above the break on the site, but come on. Vaginas, on this show, are not spoilers.      I’ll tell you what though, I am pretty surprised at how liberal everyone is about sex.   Maybe I thought 1957 was more taboo than it obviously was, but Jane sasses about greeting each new person in the study with a wink and a smile, and Margaret Scully was the only one who didn’t have sex until her wedding day, and it turns out the Provost’s hang-ups about sex are, um, his alone. Full Story

Isn’t it A-n-a-e-s-t-h-e-s-i-a?

November 12, 2013 15:04:12 Posted at November 12, 2013 15:04:12
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Masters Of Sex Season 1 Episode 7 recap. So. Suppose I told you I was watching this show, um, not on broadcast channels. As such, sometimes there are, er, anomalies. To cut to the chase, this is the first time I’ve seen the credit sequence, and I don’t know if that’s because it’s new as of this episode, or because of other…reasons. Full Story

When the cat’s away…

November 5, 2013 16:14:38 Posted at November 5, 2013 16:14:38
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Masters Of Sex Season 1 Episode 6 recap Oh, Libby. I knew there was a reason you were on this show and not an annoying, insipid actress but someone who had actual dramatic heft (Caitlin FitzGerald has been in everything), but this still made me sad.   It’s sad from the beginning, of course. Full Story

Mothers and Fathers

October 29, 2013 14:06:43 Posted at October 29, 2013 14:06:43
Duana Posted by Duana

Masters of Sex Season 1 Episode 5 recap. Well. Is anyone watching this show except me? Because it is just really satisfying. That sounds awful to say in the wake of this week’s deeply sad episode, but you get the idea. I just don’t know if people are exploring these ideas – about families and genetics and how your sexual self is like the rest of you – anywhere else, and it’s valuable. Full Story