[This is a review of Masters of Sex season 2, episode 5. There will be SPOILERS.]
Everyone is looking for a fresh start in this week’s episode of Masters of Sex, entitled ‘Giants’. For example, Bill’s new boss, Dr. Charles Hendricks (Courtney B. Vance) wants his newly acquired and distinguished Caucasian doctor to “move history forward,” by helping to integrate the primarily all African-American hospital. Change is most assuredly in the air, but for some of our characters, that change is a long way off.
Libby Masters is one of those characters stuck in a rut she has no idea how to get out of. Just when you think she’s turning over a new leaf when apologizing to Coral’s “friend” (their relationship is still unclear), she goes and screws it all up by blaming Coral for everything. To make matters even worse, Libby uses the whole “my husband works with black people” motif. Like that makes everything alright. Her statements about being a “woman who knows about the world” only makes her appear more helpless. As cruel as Mrs. Masters can be, it’s difficult to not feel sorry for her, as her husband is nowhere to be found. Is this really all her fault?
Betty DiMello (a.k.a. Moretti) is another supporting cast member who’s had ample screen time this season. Annaleigh Ashford has done a marvelous job portraying the former prostitute, who now resides in a mansion somewhere in suburban Saint Louis. Seeing her ‘old friend’ (read: lover) Helen this week, played by the talented Sarah Silverman was a welcomed surprise.
Again, the 1960s show their true colors as the two women argue about the possibilities of a future together. The scene in the powder-room was heartbreaking, as one can tell there is true love there, but in an age where women were not afforded the same opportunities they are today (not that everything is perfect now), what are these two supposed to do? Betty chose a comfortable life and who can blame her for that?
Virginia is the one character whose motivations still remain unclear. What exactly does she want? It was nice to see Dr. DePaul call her out on the affair she is having with Bill, but even after the confrontation, Virginia still meets Dr. Masters at the hotel. The only difference with this particular encounter is that Virginia took control on the experiment. Their “work” (at least for that evening) was done on her terms alone. Caplan and Sheen’s chemistry on screen is still one of the best on television and it’s an aspect of the show that will hopefully continue to strengthen.
We’re only five episodes in, but this season is already looking to surpass the first in terms of excellence. What are your thoughts on season two so far? Keep watching to see what happens next.
Masters of Sex continues with ‘Blackbird’ next Sunday @10pm on Showtime.
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