If you want something bad enough, have faith and it might just happen. My wish came true this week on Masters of Sex with more Betty screen time (and not just sly comments thrown into random office scenes) reminding us how much we need more of her.
Helen (Sarah Silverman) wants a baby, putting Betty once again in a relationship with someone where just two is just not enough. Somehow the lovers meeting up with potential daddy/lothario orthopedist Austin in a burlesque feels pitch perfect on several levels. I am all in for this plot just for more of Betty, her wit and her fabulous style.
Normally, I am on Virginia’s side in her conflicts with Bill, but I was solidly aligned with Bill on rejecting Gil, the impotent gorilla, as a client. Mostly because it becomes clear in about five seconds what the issue is and where that plot is headed. Kudos to Lizzy Caplan for making the “Dirty Time With a Real Ape” scene work, no matter how ridiculous it might have been (particularly with the super cheesy gorilla arm). I mean, come on, writers. Really? I get what you were going for thematically, but I don’t think this is the way to do it. At least Jane’s return to the study (to help an acting class friend) is much better crafted, particularly as it allows for some insight into her relationship with Lester.
Libby’s line about the preciousness of illusions really resonates with this entire season. So much of what we have seen is how people live in illusions, construct them as a way to survive, all the while running from or destroying those illusions they recognize in others. On some level, Tessa may be the most grounded character on the show right now, even as she works to destroy other people’s illusions about her mother. The poor girl, let down by Grandma, is now allocated to provoking Dan Logan as an ally to bed-block Virginia. Whether or not his suspicions are raised about the nature of Bill’s relationship with Virginia, he certainly wants to woo her away from the toils of the workplace.
While it is understandable that Tessa would want to punish her mother for her own suffering, I wish it wouldn’t interfere with the languid affair Virginia has begun with Dan. The tone of their intimate scenes is so different than what we’ve seen before. This plotline will certainly take a bad turn at some point, but for now, I am really digging the seductive dance these two are taking. Next week’s preview shows a vacation montage that is like my high school Josh Charles daydream. Once more around the floor, Dan.
Masters of Sex airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on TMN (Canada) and Showtime (U.S.), as well as 10 p.m. MT/9 p.m PT on Movie Central (Western Canada).