BWW Recap: MASTERS OF SEX Skips Ahead and Leaves Nothing Behind
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One of my favorite television devices of all time is a time jump. I love, love, love a good time jump and when they're utilized well -- as it was in this week's Master of Sex -- it really works to advance the story without sacrificing important plotlines.
We've advanced five months and learn Bill has officially branched out on his own and opened his own clinic. He's operating on his own steam and it proves difficult for him financially and personally. Last we left Bill and Virginia, Bill had knocked on her door and her boyfriend answers! It is clear they are no longer sleeping together because of that incident, and my Bill-and-Virginia-loving heart is absolutely crushed. I think I've said it before, but it's two steps forward and two steps back for these two.
Bill is not taking it well. He's at the bar of the hotel where they used to "participate in their study" and talking to the bartender about his relationship with his "wife," Mrs. Holden, the alias they used at the hotel. He talks about her really seeing him for who he is and how she has "betrayed" him and her "betrayal" is unforgivable. Harsh, Bill. Harsh. He sees her as betraying him, betraying their relationship, but he seems to be very black and white on the subject, as if he was actually living in the life they created together in that hotel. For him, it was as if they really were Mr. and Mrs. Francis Holden.
Bill seems to do everything to get Virginia out of his mind, even going so far as to hire a prostitute for sex. But nothing's happening below the waist. He just can't perform. Bill manages to hurl insult after insult at Virginia, calling her an unfit mother because of her revolving door of boyfriends, and I'm side-eyeing Bill so hard. Bill might be under pressure because of his new business, because his mother's come back into his life, because he's still fighting with Libby about everything, but it's no excuse to take it out on Virginia. He is not living the life he wants to live, and it is wholly unfair to blame Virginia for satisfying her own needs.
She says as much when they're in the office together. I think Virginia let him off the hook way too easy by giving him that hotel room key. He had been aggressive in his anger, extremely insulting, and she forgives him. She lays everything out on the table and they have their first honest conversion. Virginia still manages to make the conversation about the work they're doing together and how they will always come first. But she said something that had me pumping my fist in the air. She said it is unfair that he goes home to Libby, and she goes home to no one. I mean...yes! It is unfair, and it shocks me that Bill is so egomaniacal that he can't see that. Bill talks about Virginia's ability to see him and he completely misses seeing her. A moment of realization finally hit in the office during that conversation, and it couldn't have come soon enough. It makes it a little bit easier to forgive him, and his lack of understanding and compassion - a complaint often made about doctors in general - but Bill still needs to take a few strides when it comes to forgiveness. In other words, Virginia may have forgiven him as proven by the subsequent hotel room scene, but I haven't yet!