I keep waiting for everything to click into place so I can say finally, my life is exactly as it should be.
These are my thoughts exactly about this season, Virginia. The finale felt, in many ways, that things have clicked into place, or at least as much as they are going to in the world of Masters and Johnson. The boxing match dream opening set the tone for an episode lush with fantastic moments.
First up, Virginia’s blocked escape where Libby brilliantly points out that it always comes down to the two of them trying to hold the ground together as it prepares to break apart. One of the things that is so enrapturing about Masters of Sex is that Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen have done so many scenes together and yet each one brings new shades that capture the essence of their relationship without ever feeling stale. Virginia’s anger at the situation Bill has found himself in with the boy’s family boiled under her skin, her voice hushed with seething rage. Only Bill would use a discussion about extortion to bring up dropping the MD from his name for their next book.
While Bill is offering equal names, a newly divorced Dan is offering to make Virginia his new Mrs. We have seen Virginia give up her children for the work. Is Dan something more? At first it seems like he might be – he even gets Daddy’s blessing. So it is his ring on Virginia’s finger when Bill confesses his deep love for her only to be told that she is going to Mexico for a divorce and then on to Vegas to become Dan’s wife. Good for her for using his promise to put her first to tell Bill he must let her go.
So I didn’t call it wrong when I said Nora was trouble. On the heels of the child allegations, Bill and Virginia are set up to be arrested for engaging in prostitution after Nora tricks Billy into giving her money. It was almost worth it for Virginia’s lashing out at the girl later on in the episode. Virginia is a formidable woman.
Libby’s choice to stand by her husband cost her the promise of happiness with her loving neighbour and gained her an admission of Bill’s long term affair with Virginia. Like Libby, I was almost amused that Bill thought she didn’t know. Like the ex-Mrs. Logan, Libby knows just how to sting someone out, as she told Bill about Virginia’s pact with her regarding their marriage, all before walking out on him without paying his bail.
Betty the Bat, I love you so much. This episode was sprinkled with delightful moments from my favorite fashion-forward girl, from her helping Barton set up a romantic dinner for his boyfriend to her attempting to distract the rep from Little Brown.
And so, in a clever twist on romantic comedies, Bill must stop Virginia from getting on the plane or risk losing the thing she holds most dear: her work. Except he, unlike every other romantic lead in a Hollywood movie, decides to let her go.
The big question to keep us through until next year: Did Virginia get on the plane? My instinct says no, but my love of Josh Charles hopes yes.
Although I was skeptical at the beginning of the season, things came together by the end. Well played, Masters of Sex.
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).