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Monday, September 22, 2014
Masters of Sex #211 "One for the Money..."
Bill on Virginia
do a TV interview
by Catherine Giordano
My review and recap for episode 210 of Showtime’s “Masters
of Sex” was titled “Fix Me.” The title for episode 211—“One for the Money, Two
for the Show” has to be “See Me.” A lot
of the characters are feeling like they are invisible, like they are
misunderstood, like they are not appreciated.
The TV Interview
The main event in the episode is a TV film crew at Dr. Masters’
offices.In an effort to get publicity
for their work, a P.R. consultant has arranged for them to be interviewed for “Sixty
Minutes.”Virginia is totally
comfortable with this. Bill is not. He feels that he is being asked to be
inauthentic because it will make for “better TV.” He wants to be seen as his
real self; he wants his work to be portrayed honestly.
Bill is particularly annoyed that during the warm up, he is
told many times “You can’t say that on TV.” The clinical terms for sex, like “”orgasm”,
are taboo. Bill protests that this is exactly what his work is about-abolishing
the shame and secrecy concerning sex.Masters and Johnson will largely succeed at that, but not this
time.The taboos remain in place for the
Flo wants Austin to role play
Flo and Austin
Flo is also someone who wants to be seen for who she truly
is. She and Austin are having sex twice a week, but they don’t see each other. Flo
tells Austin about how Clark Gable in “Gone with the Wind” is every girls (and
woman’s) fantasy. She wants him to role play with her—break into her home and
drag her by her hair to the bedroom and ravish her. Austin makes a lame attempt—his
job at Cal-O-Metric depends on his ability to keep his boss, Flo, happy in the
bedroom, but he just can’t work up enough enthusiasm. Flo desperately wants to
be the kind of woman who is so desirable that men lose all control around her.
It how she sees her self—on the inside anyway—but no one else can see her that
Libby and Robert
Robert and Libby and
one very pissed policeman.
Libby has spent her whole life being “the good girl.” She
feels invisible. She works diligently at CORE, but she feels Robert, who heads
up the office just sees her as a “do-gooder” with nothing much to
contribute.One night, Robert gives her
a ride home and they are sitting outside her home in his car for a moment
discussing Martin Luther King. A policeman comes by, none to happy to see a black
man with a white woman. He is itching to cause trouble for Robert. All he can
see is a black man with a white woman. Libby defies the policeman and says,
Robert will not be on his way because she has invited him in. Robert goes in
with her because it would be dangerous for him to be left alone with that
Robert is very wary about being alone with a white woman. He
wants to leave, but Libby starts pouring her heart out to him about how she is
invisible. She asks him to kiss her. If he kisses her then maybe she can feel
as if she is seen. Robert is reluctant, so Libby kisses him.And then nature takes its course—right on the
living room floor.. It is the passionate love-making that Flo wanted from Austin
and didn’t get.
We can’t blame Libby too much. She is a beautiful young
woman and her husband has not made love to her in a year, maybe two years by
now. I only hope this does not turn out badly for Robert. Remember back in season
one when Libby invited a young black man into her home for dance lessons. All they
did was dance, and any nosy neighbors thought he was just the handyman doing
repairs. It may not work out so well this time.
Compare this earlier scene
to the scene in this episode.
Virginia and Bill
The most intense scene involved Bill and Virginia alone in
the medical office.Bill, after an exhausting
day of pretending for the cameras, can’t contain his self-loathing anymore. He feels
like a failure as a doctor because e hasn’t been able to cure anyone of sexual
dysfunction. His sexual impotence has made him feel like less than a man. He can’t
imagine what a beautiful woman like Virginia sees in him. He has a total
emotional breakdown in front of the bewildered Virginia.
All Virginia can do is cradle him in her arms as they sit on
the floor, perhaps at the same moment that Libby and Robert are making love on
the floor). She holds his head in her lap as he lays in fetal position, a scene
that reminds me of an earlier episode when she embraced him post-coitus. “I’m here.”
“I’m here.” She says it over and over. She is telling him and she knows him
completely and sees him completely and accepts him completely.
See Me It’s what we all want and it is all we want: To be seen and
to be loved.
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