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Alyssa is a freelance writer who has worked in almost every field of writing. But no genre is more enjoyable than snarking on the latest episode of her favorite TV shows.

'Masters Of Sex Recap:' The Best Moments From 'Mirror Mirror'

September 1st, 2014 8:25am EDT
'Masters Of Sex Recap:' The Best Moments From 'Mirror Mirror'
Here are a few of the top moments from a slow, but pivotal episode of Masters of Sex:

Christian Borle as Frank Mason

Tony winning Christian Borle, best known for his role on “Smash,” joins the cast of “Masters of Sex” as Frank Mason, a former medical school peer who has come from Kansas City with his wife to help get pregnant. The vibe between the two men is awkward from the start, with mentions of writing each other letters and an unspoken rift. Bill has never been the type of person to have friends, so the man’s presence is ominous throughout the episode, as Virginia and Betty try to gu...
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'Masters Of Sex' The Top 5 Moments From 'Asterion'

August 25th, 2014 7:49am EDT
'Masters Of Sex' The Top 5 Moments From 'Asterion'
Here are the best moments from “Asterion:”

Bill’s Intense Speech About His “Wife”

“Your wife sees you and she’s not repulse. She doesn’t recoil. She doesn’t leave. And the betrayal of that kind of wife who comes in and opens you up and just leaves…that is a wife that cannot be forgiven.”

Bill says these words to the bellboy from the equally intense episode “Fight.” He tells this bellboy that his wife has left him for greener pastures. But he’s not referring to Libby, the woman with whom he actually took vows. He’s talking about Virginia, his emotional wife, the woman who has never consid...
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'Masters of Sex' Season 2 Episode 6: Top 5 Moments From 'Blackbird'

August 18th, 2014 9:02am EDT
'Masters of Sex' Season 2 Episode 6: Top 5 Moments From 'Blackbi
Here are the top 5 best moments from last night’s episode of Masters of Sex:

1. Hendricks’ Objection to the Study

The last episode ended with the assumption that Dr. Hendricks, the head of Buell Green, has been sabotaging the study for nefarious purposes. However, at the beginning of “Blackbird” he explains his position succinctly. Medical history has been marred by white doctors deciding to perform horrific experiments on black people to further stereotypes. Hendricks sees the addition of black patients on the study as a contribution to that long line of disgusting behavior in the medica...
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'Masters Of Sex' Season 2 Episode 5 Recap: Top Moments From 'Giants'

August 11th, 2014 9:28am EDT
'Masters Of Sex' Season 2 Episode 5 Recap: Top Moments From 'Gia
Here are the top moments from “Giants:”

The Lillian/Virginia Confrontation

The Lillian and Virginia pairing continues to be the heart and soul of Masters of Sex. It’s so refreshing to see a female relationship that’s so strife with conflict that has nothing to do with fighting over some boy. When these two fight, it’s clear they’re fighting for each other. Their relationship is built on respect and a similar interest in making an impact in medicine. The first season illustrated that Lillian needed a person like Virginia in her life, but this season proves that Virginia needs her even more...
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'Masters Of Sex' Recap: The Best Moments From 'Dirty Jobs'

August 4th, 2014 11:04am EDT
'Masters Of Sex' Recap: The Best Moments From 'Dirty Jobs'
Here are the top moments from Masters of Sex, “Dirty Jobs:”

Langham Catches Bill and Virginia

It was bound to happen. Bill and Virginia’s non-affair was always going to be caught, especially since their efforts to hide it were shallow at best. But who could have predicted that Dr. Langham, the resident horn-dog, would be the one to uncover what was happening, even if it was only part of the truth. He handles it as well as you’d expect. First, he goes to Virginia to subtly point out what he saw, but he doesn’t get the dirty details that he’s looking for. She masterfully lies on the spot wi...
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'Halt And Catch Fire' Season 1 Finale: Highlights From '1984' And What We Want To See In Season 2

August 4th, 2014 8:21am EDT
'Halt And Catch Fire' Season 1 Finale: Highlights From '1984' An
Well that was certainly a strange finale to a slow season. It was fitting that a show about a man ripping off a widely popular computer company would never amount to more than a Mad Men-light. However, the last few episodes of the season showed real promise to build up to something more. Halt and Catch Fire never should have been a slow building show. It should have started with the strong beats and relatable instead of praying that the audience would stick around for it to get there. Still, a second season would be welcomed, especially if the writers take what the learned from the second h...
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'Masters Of Sex' Recap: Top Moments From 'Fight'

July 28th, 2014 9:41am EDT
'Masters Of Sex' Recap: Top Moments From 'Fight'
Here are the top moments from an amazing bottle episode of Masters of Sex:

Setting

Most of “Fight” takes place on a single night, in a single hotel room, during one of Virginia and Bill’s session. The first two episodes of the season demonstrated that work-only affair between the two colleagues had been taking place in a hotel, under the assumed name of Dr. Francis Holden, but left much to the imagination. In “Fight” we not only get to see the contents of a night between these two, but also feel the atmosphere.

Besides a few short scenes, the episode is solely shot within the hotel room,...
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'Halt And Catch Fire' Recap: 'Up Helly Aa'

July 28th, 2014 9:04am EDT
'Halt And Catch Fire' Recap: 'Up Helly Aa'
It’s all about the show. Comdex, the biggest technology industry convention of the year, isn’t about the newest computer models or the future of computer science. It’s all about the parties and the flashy presentations. The Cardiff Electric team understands that as they head to Comdex, all packed into a compact car, full of hopes that all the grief The Giant project has given them will finally pay off. With Donna, the unsung hero of The Giant, at the wheel, Joe, Gordon, and Cameron try to figure out the best possible presentation for their stolen prototype. The burning remnants of Cardiff E...
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'Halt And Catch Fire' Recap 'The 214s'

July 21st, 2014 9:19am EDT
'Halt And Catch Fire' Recap 'The 214s'
John Bosworth is the MVP of the Cardiff Electric team. It just took his downfall for people to realize it. The core team of three, Joe, Gordon, and Cameron, have spent so much time engaging in power plays over who is the most important to the PC project. Joe is all about being the vision. Gordon has been desperate to make up for his failings with the Symphonic that he has worked himself to the bone creating The Giant. Cameron is the raw talent in coding. It’s easy to overlook just how important a sane-minded business person is to this project.

John started off as one of Joe’s biggest naysa...
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'Masters Of Sex' Recap: The Top 5 Moments From 'Kyrie Eleison'

July 21st, 2014 8:24am EDT
'Masters Of Sex' Recap: The Top 5 Moments From 'Kyrie Eleison'
Here are the top moments from “Kyrie Eleison:”

New Additions to the Cast

Masters of Sex can already boast of having one of the best ensembles on television, with Lizzy Caplan, Michael Sheen, Alison Janney, Beau Bridges, and Julianne Nicholson making up the cast. It’s always a risk to add members to an ensemble so filled with chemistry because there’s the chance that it can change the dynamic. However, so far the two new additions seem great.

First there’s Keke Palmer as Coral, the Masters’ new nanny. She’s young, sweet, and has plenty in common with Libby. Coral and Libby bond early on o...
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