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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: Top 5 Moments from 'One For The Money, Two For The Show'

September 22nd, 2014 10:16am EDT
'Masters of Sex' Recap: Top 5 Moments from 'One For The Money, T
Here are the top 5 moments from “One for the Money, Two for the Show:”

Historical Context

One of the highlights of any period television series is when real world events affect the lives of the characters. Mad Men famously made the death of Marilyn Monroe personally affect many of the office characters. We’ve seen this a couple of times during Masters of Sex, especially in “Fight,” but this episode was overflowing with historical events, each of which effected the characters drastically.

For fantasy obsessed Flo, the news of Clark Gable’s heart attack is devastating, leading her to conti...
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Master Of Sex: Best Moments From 'Below The Belt'

September 15th, 2014 9:55am EDT
Master Of Sex: Best Moments From 'Below The Belt'
“Below the Belt” was not one of Masters of Sex’s best episodes. It highlighted many of the problems with this very uneven season. Every individual episode is brilliantly written, with witty dialogue and subversive plotting. However, the season as a whole is brimming with issues. Many of the plots and characters have gone so off track, including Libby going from bored housewife to demonic racist to her old self again with no explanation and Betty’s domestic problems with the pretzel king.

Yet, as with every episode, there are plenty of amazing moments in “Below the Belt.” Here are a few of ...
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'Masters Of Sex:' Best Moments From 'Story Of My Life'

September 8th, 2014 9:08am EDT
'Masters Of Sex:' Best Moments From 'Story Of My Life'
Here are the top 5 moments from Masters of Sex: “Story of My Life:”

Virginia the Amateur Therapist

Last week, Virginia once again made her intentions to expand her career prospects clear to Bill. He, in very Bill-like fashion, claimed to be supportive, while listing all of the reasons why it was a terrible idea. However, Virginia is determined to add a psychology aspect to the sex study, in order to help patients move past the sexual dysfunctions that are born through trauma. It’s the Barbara’s case of Vaginismus, caused by a childhood incestuous relationship with her brother, that real m...
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'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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