So men need love and encouragement to perform. Gorillas need the same kind of positive reinforcement. Therefore by the transitive property men are really no different than gorillas? Women have known this for years—now Bill Masters knows too. This episode of Masters of Sex, aptly titled “Monkey Business” features probably the weirdest scene between a human and a gorilla on cable television yet. But it wouldn’t be Masters of Sex if things didn’t get weird sometimes.
We all create personal mythologies—stories about our lives, our choices that help rationalize our actions and get us through our days. Same goes for the characters in Masters of Sex—humans grappling with their circumstances in their quest to find contentment and peace. The one speech Virginia’s dad gives to Virginia about her behavior turns out to be the crux of the episode: “We all need stories to tell ourselves.”
This episode centers on bullies and being bullied, with Bill and Libby’s son’s exploits at school serving as the framing device for everything else that takes place in the show. But the epidemic that has plagued childhoods since the start of time is clearly not limited to youths.
When it comes to winning friends and influencing people — emphasis on the “winning friends” part — we all know Bill Masters isn’t the most skilled. He’s constantly scowling; he doesn’t even try to be friendly most (okay, all) of the time. But in this episode, Bill is turning over a new leaf — or at least making an effort to.
This episode is all about the characters trying to find their place. All four (Virginia, Bill, Libby, and Tessa) are operating in unchartered territory. Out of the lab and into the limelight, Bill and Virginia are both dealing with the repercussions of the book’s publication while Virginia’s daughter, Tessa, is also coming to terms with her mother’s newfound fame. Libby herself seems on the brink of transformation. She’s still trying to hold onto her belief in marriage, but she is no longer willing to kowtow to a man who has essentially shut her out of every aspect of his life.
Virginia Johnson has always had her hands full with her children, but Masters of Sex has elevated the good researcher’s stress level by growing her children from pint-sized to prepubescent, with hormones and resentment raging.
Viewers met the 15- and 17-year-old versions of Tessa and Henry right in the third season premiere, with Isabelle Fuhrman and Noah Robbins joining the cast as the grown versions of Virginia’s previously teeny tots.
Did any working mother watch this episode and not cry? I certainly did. First when I thought Virginia got an abortion, then again when she had her meltdown right before delivery, where all the doubt she pushed away came roaring back up. I’m both astounded and confounded that they crammed an entire pregnancy into an hour of television. The issues Virginia, Bill, Libby, and George confront in this episode, regarding this pregnancy, their relationships, and new definitions of family could be examined throughout an entire season.
The erstwhile Will Gardner is switching roles — and decades — in his sultry new gig over at the old coitus clinic on Masters of Sex.
Josh Charles enters the picture in this exclusive first look at the July 26 episode, which debuts his character Daniel Logan, a charismatic, self-made perfume magnate whose only desire is to bottle the very smell of sex.
After two seasons of the absorbing drama being centered squarely in the workplace tracking the professional and personal dramas of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, Masters of Sex has taken a decidedly different tactic for season 3: focus on the family. The year is 1965 and the primarily fictitious children are supplying all kinds of challenges for both Virginia and Bill as they grapple with the impact their professional choices have had on their personal lives.
Walking Dead alum Emily Kinney has landed a recurring role on the upcoming season of Masters of Sex, EW has learned.
Kinney, whose credits also include The Flash and Forever, will appear in a multi-episode arc as Nora. As a child, Nora was Bill and Libby Masters’ neighbor. Now in her 20s, poised and brimming with intelligence, Nora volunteers to become a sex surrogate in the next phase of Masters and Johnson’s research.
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