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They're Going At It Like Rabbits This Week On Masters Of Sex

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Updated 10/14/2013 9:24am
They're Going At It Like Rabbits This Week On Masters Of Sex
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Jamie Harsip

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This week’s Masters Of Sex started with rabbits having sex. Like, right out the gate there are two white rabbits banging. And apparently male rabbits pass out at the moment of climax. Who knew? Well, William Masters did. Apparently he’s been obsessing over the physiology of sex since college. “You know, human beings have taken the basic impulse for sex and turned it into some unrecognizable ordeal,” he says. Apparently he’s a bit cynical about the whole process of modern courtship. Masters is in the lab showing Scully the rabbits, and explaining that people need to learn about sex. No one knows anything about it. Apparently that has not changed, as evidenced by the following scene. We get a cute little guest appearance from Mae Whitman in this episode, actually. She’s a young college student who is about to get married. She’s incredibly anxious. During her meeting with Dr. Masters for her appointment, she's constantly touching the gold cross on her necklace. Masters asks her why she’s there, and she sort of fumbles around until he gets that she’s looking for answers on the topic of birth control. Masters shows her how to apply a condom (using what appears to be a shortened paper towel holder) and it looks like her head is going to explode! Oh, and it only gets worse when he shows her what a diaphragm looks like, and explains how it will be fitted to her cervix. She responds confusedly with, “And my cervix is…where?” Yes people do need to learn about sex. Betty spots Dr. Masters and chases him down the hall, complaining about how he’s been dodging her all week. She still wants her tubes untied, and she wants it done soon. In typical Betty fashion she starts yelling in the hallway about Masters’ interest in watching hookers hump electric dildos. That, of course, gets his attention, and he says he’ll look at his schedule to see if he can do it for her. Betty is kind of my queen, obviously. Up next we’re back at the brothel, where Johnson and Masters are questioning their subjects. They give a standard medical questionnaire, which obviously yields some priceless responses. Next comes the actual study, which again is kind of hilarious. One girl can’t orgasm without being spanked (which Masters awkwardly assist her with), one girl can’t orgasm at all, and a third girl fakes the whole thing – as evidenced through the electrode sensors recording a complete flatline. Back in the hospital the next morning it’s business as usual. Dr. Masters introduces Gini to the hospital’s new obstetrician, Dr. Lilian DePaul. In an exam room, Libby waits for Dr. Haas, who is apparently once again her doctor. He does her blood work in preparation for the insertion of the “cervical cap” the next day. Libby brings up a woman that the whole hospital is talking about – she’s pregnant with quadruplets. Libby talks about how there was recently another case of quadruplets in Texas – and that time there was a media frenzy. And Dr. Haas is listening very carefully, I might add. Apparently young Ethan Haas is ecstatic about the idea of perhaps gaining some of that notoriety for himself. After all, he was the one who found the aforementioned extremely pregnant woman when she walked into the hospital. He goes to Provost Scully and explains an idea he has for calling up a journalist buddy and getting the story into the paper. Scully points out that it's a huge risk, since there’s a fairly high chance for infant mortality with quadruplets, and says the case is going to Dr. Masters (which is smart, if you ask me). Eventually Scully does agree to give the case to Haas, but only if he takes on Masters as his second on it. At the brothel that evening, we get a rather sobering moment from one of the girls. She’s twenty, and when asked what her first association with sex is, she says, “anchors.” It turns out she grew up in a bedroom in her uncle’s house that was decorated with baby blue anchor-patterned wallpaper. Apparently her uncle wasn't all that interested in her…until she started to fill out. She said her uncle would pin her arms and she’d look at the anchors and dream about joining the navy. She says, “You wanna know about sex, he’s the one you ought to talk to. Taught me everything I know.” It’s just heartbreaking. At the hospital, Ethan is with the woman who is having quadruplets. Yeah, he seems nice, he has great bedside manner, but only until there’s something else he’d rather be doing. Dr. Haas is talking with the woman when she lets it spill that the journalist had been speaking to her, and already has something planned for the story. He is having a baby-naming contest – the winner of which will get a free toaster oven. Obviously, this cannot fly. What if there are stillbirths? The journalist has to sit on the story until after they are all safely born, and evidently that cannot wait until after the woman’s appointment is over. Ethan steps away to make a call to his journalist friend right there in the room. Meanwhile, Betty is having her surgery. It’s not going that well on any level. Two of the assisting surgeons are asked to leave when they make fun of Betty having been a hooker. So, at least Dr. Masters is respectful of her – if not anyone else in his life. Libby is resting after having her cervical cap put in when Gini visits. Gini says that the surgery Dr. Masters is in at the moment (Betty’s) is taking a long time – it was supposed to be an hour but now they’re pushing four. Eventually, Dr. Masters has to pack it in. As he leaves the room he’s bombarded by questions about Betty. Evidently this is Gene (played by Heroes alum Greg Grunberg), her fiancé. He thinks Betty was in having her appendix removed, so Masters has no issue with telling Gene Betty’s appendix is fine. Before Gene can see her, though Dr. Masters says he has to speak with Betty. He tells her that he could have probably reversed the tying of her tubes, but she has an extensive enough infection that she couldn't have gotten pregnant anyway. This night at the study Johnson and Masters finally have some male subjects! Yay! Except, oops, they’re not “average” men, as requested. They are male prostitutes. And they’re totally gay, at that. And Masters just does not understand gay sex. Like, at all. So what does his first subject offer to do? Bang another one of the male prostitutes while Masters watches. Again, it’s for science. Masters is pretty upset about it. Not because he’s homophobic, but because he just can’t seem to get “normal” people for his study. How is he supposed to study average human sexuality with nothing but outliers? He’s a man of science and all he wants are average, straight, non-diseased people to participate in his study. Unfortunately he can’t seem to get anywhere near that while working out of a brothel. We are now treated to a flashback to a young Masters and Scully talking about studying human sexuality. Masters asks Scully how one would go about studying the subject, if it could happen. Scully says he’d need to be at least forty, with an established practice in a world-class hospital, with a nice respectable family.  Scully says, “The world is unkind to mavericks, Bill. If you want to lead an unconventional life, you’ve got to learn to hide in plain sight.” Hmm, does someone have some experience with this? Ethan and his journalist friend make a bit of a spectacle, running down the hallway, arguing. The journalist decides he isn’t going to get anywhere with Dr. Haas, just as he is conveniently passing Dr. Masters’ office. He asks Masters for a quote about the case, but evidently this is Masters’ first time hearing about it. It seems young Dr. Haas neglected to inform Dr. Masters that he was to come on as his second. As a result, Scully gives the case wholly over to Masters. And Ethan is pissed. That night Gini comes over to Libby and Dr. Masters’ house to bring Libby dinner. Libby is crying, and she asks Gini to get a box from the closet for her. It contains a bunch of clothing for newborns, and she tells Gini to give them to a patient. It seems she found a chart that lists the fertility rates of women with certain fertility disorders – and “hers” is set at 8%. She starts sobbing, saying Bill will never have a family because of her. Gini has clearly had enough of her boss’ bullshit, because she tells Libby, right then and there, that it's Bill’s problem keeping them from having kids; it isn’t Libby’s fault. Gini tells Libby not to tell her husband that Gini told her, but that she didn't feel right having Libby blaming herself and feeling guilty about it. Masters leaves the hospital that night and one of the male prostitutes from the other night stops him. He says he really wants to do the study because he never thought he would ever be something a scientist would like to study. But Masters says no; he deviates from the norm, which renders him outside the field of study (which makes me wonder why Masters had two dudes bang in front of him the other night, but whatever). He says the medical community would never accept a study that included homosexuals. The response he gets is very interesting, indeed: “It’s funny. You’re the second person in the medical field to fuck me.” Oh, I wonder what that means…. The next day Masters and Scully have a PR romp to promote the successful births of the quadruplets. And oh, it just burns at Ethan to see Dr. Masters getting all the credit (and looking super unhappy and uncomfortable with it, at that). Libby is pacing the exam room when Ethan walks in. She makes a quip about how Ethan and Masters make a great team, obviously trying to lead in to her revealing to Ethan that she knows he’s been lying to her, because he knew she wasn't the one with the problem. But she is stopped in her tracks when Ethan says this: “Bill thinks he can do everything by himself, but technically I’m the one who got his wife pregnant.” Wait, what? Okay, I really hope I’m wrong, but I have a gut feeling Ethan means that literally. I have a hunch he decided to exact revenge on Masters for his perceived slights by using his own semen to impregnate Masters’ wife. Man, do I hope I’m wrong about this, though. That evening Masters gives Johnson some more menial tasks to fulfill before going up to speak with Scully. They get into it; Masters is still pushing to have the study reopened at the hospital, and Scully still says no, even when Masters threatens to go to the media about how Scully had originally given the case to a fellow, not to him. Unfortunately, push truly comes to shove. Masters tells Scully about how that prostitute came up to him the night before, and opened his eyes to some shocking realities. Masters says the men who go to these prostitutes are not convicts or degenerates – they’re family men, living a lie, “suffering in the shadows.” He says he has a scientific responsibility to do the study for these men, “whether they’re salesmen or lawyers…or provost of a major university.” And in saying this, Masters looks torn and upset. Wait, provost of a major university?! Uh, woah. I think shit just got real. Masters finishes by urging Scully to reconsider. Scully asks what this is, and Masters replies with, “It’s a necessary evil.” We are treated to a final flashback to Masters and Scully when they’re younger. Scully has just been given the provost position at Washington University, and apparently Masters had applied for a fellowship in the obstetrics department. Scully says the Dean hadn’t wanted to take Masters, but that he had told him he would not take the provost position of they didn't take Masters as a fellow. So essentially Masters owes his entire career to Provost Scully. And he just blackmailed Scully into resuming the study. Yes, shit just got real. Next week we’ll get to meet one of Gini’s two ex husbands, and based on the preview it looks as if he’ll be volunteering to take part in the study. Ooh, juicy! The episode is titled “Thank You For Coming,” and will air at the usual time – 10 p.m. on Showtime! 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