Masters of Sex Season 1 Review “All Together Now”

So, it finally happened, and in typical “Masters of Sex” fashion- which is to say, atypical of pretty much any other show that comes to mind- things didn’t necessarily go as expected. On “All Together Now,” it was all about everyone coming together in one way or another- literally and figuratively. Hey, it is “Masters of Sex” we’re talking about here.

So, my expectation was that once Masters and Johnson got around to doing the deed, that would be all she wrote for Masters, and at first, at least, it seemed like that would be the case. Or not. Yes, Masters did indeed get a bit more attached than he thought he would, as expected, but when the ever-pragmatic Johnson took him aside to tell him it would only work if he continued to deliver the goods to his wife, Masters, after a certain level of initial resistance and resentment, did just that.

Of course, Masters is nothing if not good at compartmentalizing things- he’s definitely one of those people that likes all his ducks neatly in a row. Witness his agitation and hesitance to a new secretary, at least until Jane came in and delivered the goods. That was pretty priceless when she pointedly spelled “anesthesia” for Masters’ benefit, with Johnson clearly having coached her to anticipate every possible need Masters could come up with to a fault- she clearly gets him through & through, to his very core, so it’s no wonder they eventually end up together.

What was surprising was that Johnson ended up being the one to get attached in the end. Naturally, it happened right after Masters checked himself and brought the goods home to Libby, and left to deliver them yet again, leaving poor Johnson alone with her thoughts. Be careful what you ask for, as the saying goes, you just might get it. Maybe Masters wasn’t the only one in need of a lesson.

Note also that Ethan finally seems to be moving on. Once he got wind of what was going on with Masters & Johnson, he doubled-down on Vivian, and it’s probably just as well. Dr. Haas is obviously a guy that longs for a conventional relationship, so long as it’s with a woman with an adventurous nature, and Vivian certainly fits that bill. She might be a little bit on the adoring side when it comes to Ethan, but sometime naivety is a plus, especially when you’re dealing with someone who’s pretty much up for anything when it comes to the person they love, and Vivian is that if nothing else.

Alas, the same cannot be said for her parents, who are a mess. I’m happy for Margaret, but I don’t think this relationship- if you can even call it that- with Austin is going to end well. Especially since, by his own admission (sort of), he sees women more as “types” than individual people. That does not bode well for a relationship with a woman who’s anything but a type. I mean, we’re talking about someone who picked a fight with her husband for not getting upset about her infidelity.

The worst part being, I really do think Scully loves her, but, you know, in a strictly platonic way, which is not what you want in a marriage, obviously. I don’t see him admitting he’s gay in the worst of circumstances, as evidenced by what happened to him on this episode. Scully would rather bleed to death than admit the truth about who he is to anyone. Well, besides Dale, of course. Masters only even knows by default, but Scully should count his lucky stars Masters is willing to keep his secret. Not to mention do a little makeshift surgery on the fly!

Some fun bits involving the Kama Sutra- hello, “Declining Lotus” couple!- and we learn that Johnson prefers to be on top most of the time (no shocker there)…but secretly goes for a more equal-opportunity position, aka “The Rocking Horse.” In fact, that was what ultimately turned the table on separating sex for sex’s sake and sex as meaning something more- it’s one thing to get off, but quite another to do it at the same time as someone you’re with, and consciously so. Two became one at that moment- but unfortunately for Johnson, it was more one-sided than she realized she wanted it to be. Naturally, that realization came all too late, pun definitely intended.

It will be interesting to see how things play out from here. After all, Johnson was the one that told Masters to keep his emotions in check in the office and put them where they belonged: at his home, with his wife. Like I said, be careful what you ask for. Now it’s too late…or is it? Obviously, there’s more to the story, and we’re just getting started. Can’t wait to see how this all plays out. For a show that’s basically based on things that are relatively easy to read up on and confirm, at least in a broad sense, this show really knows how to keep you guessing. It’s precisely that quality that keeps me looking forward to it every week.

What did you think of “Masters of Sex” this week? Like the way they’re handling things so far? Enjoying the way the Masters & Johnson dynamic is playing out? How about the other characters? Do you have a favorite, and why? How do you think the season will end? Let me know in the comments section, and I’ll see you next week!