MASTERS OF SEX Recap: “Standard Deviation”
collider Masters of Sex livened itself up this week by taking note of some of the comic absurdities of sex, which should never be ignored. It also had answers to a number of my complaints from its first two weeks: we’re getting a more complicated portrayal of Bill, and a more sympathetic one of Ginny. Also, amidst the humor were some quieter moments of tragedy and sadness, and a complicated redemption for two of the most easily likable characters, Libby and Betty.
Still, the show, like Bill’s study, is not without its problems. Hit the jump for how, if you want to know how old Maureen is, you can count the rings on her ho-ha.
“Standard Deviation” was about double lives, with women’s rights at the forefront. Ginny struggles to be taken seriously as an assistant, a position she only seems to hold at night in the cathouse.
There she wears a lab coat and runs the interpersonal side of things, putting her nearly on par with Bill. Yet in the office she remains a secretary, running his errands and being treated as a clear subordinate by a new female doctor, Doctor DePaul. DePaul faces her own problems being taken seriously — she’s put in with the secretaries, who whisper that she looks like a man and that they would never let her exam them. Her shutting Ginny out is automatic, and it’s sad, since it should be the women who are doing the most to help each other.
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