Masters of Sex
About the Show
Stylish, smart and provocative drama series set in the 1950s, chronicling the relationship of Dr William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the couple who gave birth to the sexual revolution
Series 2 Summary
Season two of the provocative US drama finds Dr William Masters looking for a new job after being fired from the maternity hospital and Virginia Johnson working for Dr DePaul.
Episode 1 - Parallax
The ramifications of Masters' disastrous presentation ripple beyond his firing from the maternity hospital as Libby, worried about supporting their new baby, pushes him to get another job.
Johnson, still working for Dr DePaul, must fight off the unwanted advances and verbal innuendos stemming from the general belief that she was the woman in the film shown at the presentation.
Episode 2 - Kyrie Eleison
Masters begins his new job at Memorial Hospital - under Betty's extortive terms - only to find his new boss insisting he leave Johnson behind in favour of a hand-picked secretary.
Johnson, who is still feeling alienated at the maternity hospital, is torn between pressing Masters to rehire her and staying by DePaul's side as her condition worsens.
Episode 3 - Fight
Masters delivers a baby with ambiguous genitalia and urges the parents not to surgically assign the infant a gender out of either fear or the desire for convenience.
When Johnson and Masters meet up at a hotel for a secret rendezvous, they divide their attention between sexual role-play and a televised boxing match, prompting Johnson to unearth the details of Masters' troubled childhood.
Episode 4 - Dirty Jobs
Langham sees Masters and Johnson leaving a hotel room after an evening tryst and brings his suspicions to DePaul, causing problems between the two women and putting Johnson's job in jeopardy.
Masters is thwarted by the head of the hospital, a man with a prurient interest in the study, when he tries to bring Johnson on board as his assistant, while Betty attempts to conceal her infertility from Gene.
Episode 5 - Giants
Masters carries on breaking new ground by continuing his study while working as the only white physician at a hospital for black patients, but it comes at the cost of his gynaecology practice.
Libby is confronted over her poor treatment of Coral, while Betty encounters a former lover.
Johnson struggles to improve her faltering relationship with DePaul, who is now aware of her ongoing affair with Masters.
Episode 6 - Blackbird
After Hendricks bans Masters from using black participants in his study, Masters contacts a journalist to promote his efforts, using the debunking of black sexual stereotypes as the lure.
Johnson is forced to accept DePaul's decision to end her chemotherapy treatment. Gene uncovers the truth about Betty and Helen's relationship. Libby fires Coral after discovering that she lied about Robert.
Episode 7 - Asterion
In the wake of Masters discovering that Johnson has continued to have romantic relationships with other men, he becomes impotent and ends their joint participation as subjects in the sexual study.
He tries to keep his new clinic solvent over the course of three years by borrowing against his house, offering medical services to the hotel and, finally, accepting money from his mother.
Episode 8 - Mirror, Mirror
Masters privately treats a couple for infertility without revealing his relationship to them. Libby is unnerved after witnessing a hate crime that is then whitewashed by the police.
Johnson realises that her work with Masters can be used to help people suffering from sexual dysfunction, but she quickly gets in over her head when she attempts to treat Bill's former secretary Barbara on her own.
Episode 9 - Story of My Life
While mining their shared history over a family dinner, Masters bristles at Frank's insinuations about Estabrooks' demons.
Johnson continues to adopt a patient's case history to glean advice from a psychiatrist. Betty and Masters attempt to help Lester remedy his impotence by hiring a prostitute, which rattles him even further.
Libby gets the third degree at the Congress of Racial Equality when she offers her eyewitness testimony about the man who was beaten up.
Barbara wrestles with an unsettling diagnosis that exposes secrets and causes Masters and Johnson to clash over their treatment strategy.
Episode 10 - Below the Belt
Johnson, having finally learned of Masters' sexual difficulties, is invigorated by the prospect of finding a cure. When Masters learns of a rival study, he calls in a public relations expert to help brand his work with Johnson.
When his brother Frank insists that their father's alcoholism - and not the man himself - was responsible for the abuse they both suffered as children, Masters provokes him into a violent confrontation.
Libby, determined to prove her worth to Robert, asks Johnson to give her an alibi while she canvasses a tenement in support of a rent strike.
Langham is stunned when Flo informs him that he has to have sex with her to keep his job at Cal-O-Metric. Barbara and Lester connect over their shared sexual dysfunctions.
Episode 11 - One for the Money, Two for the Show
A television crew arrives at the clinic to document Masters and Johnson's work in treating sexual dysfunction.
Masters considers the publicity premature, and regards himself as unsuitable for TV appearances, especially in the wake of the lessons learned about the power of television from the Nixon-Kennedy debates.
Johnson deals with the fallout of having prioritised her professional life over her parenting when her ex-husband George argues that he should take their children away on an extended trip with him and his new wife.
Libby feels displaced by Johnson as her husband's partner and finds in Robert an appreciation for what she has to offer. Langham realises there's no way out of his sexual contract with Flo.
Episode 12 - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
After watching an early cut of the television documentary, Masters is disturbed by the whitewashing of his work.
Johnson moves to solidify her custody arrangement for the children with George, only to see her plans backfire.
Libby continues her relationship with Robert, finding justification in Masters' distraction, and Langham discovers Flo's family wealth and connections, causing him to re-evaluate his relationship with her.
After repeated testing of their protocol to cure impotence, Masters and Johnson are finally ready to pass their findings on to the world.
Masters of Sex synopsis
Stylish, smart and provocative drama series set in the 1950s, chronicling the relationship of Dr William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the couple who gave birth to the sexual revolutionEpisode Guide >