Masters of Sex: Phallic Victories
July 17, 2014 10:38 PM - Season 1, Episode 11 - Subscribe

Masters accepts Libby's offer to help compile the study work, but when he sees another doctor's presentation put his colleagues to sleep, he becomes determined to grab their attention - even if it means pushing through provocative, but incomplete, research. Dr. DePaul and Johnson travel to a medical convention and DePaul opens up on why her work on the Pap smear is so important. Virginia's ex-husband George returns to find Ethan Haas playing father to his children.
posted by oh yeah! (3 comments total)
This is one of my favorite episodes of the series. The DePaul & Johnson road trip, that they have reached a place of mutual respect and friendship after such a prickly start was just beautiful. Bill's panic spiral into bad eye-catching science over boring truth foreshadows his future willingness to fake the science on gay conversion therapy.

And Ethan. I never would have expected to like a character who in his first episode hit a woman for rejecting him. But they did a really good job of redeeming him. Or maybe it's knowing that he is romantically doomed, that the names "Hass & Johnson" are not the ones that history remembers. Watching him watching Virginia singing, looking so blissfully adoring, and all I can do is shake my head thinking 'oh, you poor bastard.'
posted by oh yeah! at 5:43 AM on July 18, 2014

I am so impressed by the DePaul character. I find her completely believable, and portrayed with such economy it's a beauty to watch.

The only thing I don't enjoy in the show is the overdone orgasms.
posted by Dragonness at 8:15 AM on July 31, 2014

I liked the shadow Virginia that stalked Bill throughout the episode...

We broke our rule of one episode a day because fallout was just so gut wrenching. End of the world, indeed.
posted by tilde at 4:14 PM on August 7, 2017

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