Masters of Sex: Love and Marriage
July 14, 2014 5:57 PM - Season 1, Episode 8 - Subscribe

Masters and Johnson decide that the best way to record their study findings is to film them, but to do so they have to enlist outside help. Johnson redoubles her efforts to get a college degree, only to find that Dr. DePaul's Basic Anatomy class is a requirement. Haas and Langham visit a jewelry store. Barton Scully takes drastic steps to control his sexual impulses.
posted by oh yeah! (5 comments total)
This was a great episode. Tragic Scully confrontation! Anatomy lab in high heels! Lester! But I never understood the plotline with Libby and the handyman. Just a continuation of her emotional estrangement from Bill?
posted by twoporedomain at 3:14 PM on July 15, 2014

Something went wrong with my laptop the other day and I had to drop it off for repair this morning & won't have it back until Friday, so I no longer have all my open tabs of the recap sites to link & episode summaries to copy, from, so frustrating!

For the handyman plotline, I saw a commenter somewhere saying they thought it was an homage to Far From Heaven, and one of the recappers thought it was a clumsy attempt to acknowledge the racial issues of the time.

Lester is adorable.

Langham is less hapless now that he has his boner back.
posted by oh yeah! at 4:47 PM on July 15, 2014

Oh, and this is the episode I was thinking of in terms of how the writing on the show takes into account that we the audience know more than the characters do. Because now we all know about Dr. DePaul's terminal diagnosis, before anyone but her on the show does.
posted by oh yeah! at 5:56 PM on July 15, 2014

My parents met in architecture school at Wash. U. in St. Louis, so I perked up at the handyman’s reference to “these Ein houses.” But as far as I can tell, there is not actually any well-known architect named Ein who designed St. Louis homes. The show was filmed in California and New York; according to this interview with the production designer the Masters’ house is designed to look like California’s mid-century Eichler tract homes.

“Ein” might also be a reference to another mid-century architect/designer, Charles Eames, who also studied at Wash. U. and built a well-known modern house in California. Or Eero Saarinen, who designed the St. Louis Gateway Arch as well as a number of modernist buildings.

In my searches, I also stumbled over a delightful blog on mid-century architecture in St. Louis’s Ridgewood neighborhood.
posted by mbrubeck at 10:16 PM on October 11, 2014 [2 favorites]

Adding the handyman also gives her a "safe" way to get to and from the hospital without Bill to find out about the pregnancy, though I assume she can freaking count for all her basal temp taking and charting earlier.

Surely Dr Haas could get her an off the book pregnancy test.
posted by tilde at 4:08 PM on August 7, 2017

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