We're well on our way to the end of a great freshman season: where did Masters of Sex take us this week? Let's see.
We find Ethan on his last day at the hospital, but he still seems disarmingly upbeat about the whole thing. (Hey, character development!) Anyway, Ginny's kids absolutely adore him, and when she has to jet off with Dr. DePaul, he gallantly volunteers to babysit. Things are going well, until Ginny's douche-y ex-husband shows up. What proceeds is quite the junk-measuring fiesta: they bicker so much about manly activities like riding bareback and growing a real beard that her adorable bespectacled son is forced to reprimand them. Eventually, they come to an understanding: all Ethan really wants is to be there for the kids and make Virginia his family. (Is this really the same man who brattily punched her in the face?) He seems pretty sure of himself, but Virginia doesn't exactly seem excited when he tells her he wants to take care of her. Hmm...
While Ethan's at home with the kids, we get more of the very-excellent Johnson/DePaul duo. They're kind of great together: Virginia has wangled DePaul a spot at a gynecological conference, but their bus (a train ride is too expensive for their pittance of a budget) breaks down, and they end up missing the conference. DePaul's more than a little upset at the futility of their trek (especially as she's just found out Masters is paid buckets of money more than her, making his funding much easier), but Virginia's as resourceful as ever. With some deft small talk, she manages to get DePaul an entirely different audience: the wives of the doctors. Now more than ever, DePaul realizes just how determined Virginia is, and it inspires her to ask Virginia to continue the work that she won't be around to complete. Remember those stage IV cancer slides we saw a few weeks back? Well, DePaul confides in Virginia, and it's quite a lovely moment: though Virginia is appropriately upset by the news, DePaul just smiles and feigns sleep as she looks out into the unknown. The symbolism hits us like a sledgehammer, but it doesn't lessen the beauty of the scene.
While DePaul makes strides in her pap smear campaign under Virginia's care, Masters is going a little crazy without her. With the presentation looming, he begins to panic: he wants something that will hook everyone in, so he decides to pull out the big guns (ahem). He decides to add "size doesn't matter" research in so the everyman will be personally invested in the study. Imaginary Virginia cautions him against it, and she questions his true motives in the process. She tough talks him him, saying, "It's not whether you're big enough, it's whether you're good enough." And we know Masters has some pretty giant inadequacy problems: when Libby asks him if when he'll stop acting like he has something to prove, he replies with a curt "There's always something to prove." And that may just be Masters in a nutshell.
Speaking of Libby, she's taken it upon herself to become, in her words, Bill's "new Virginia." The only problem is, she and Jane unearth the file of a divorced woman with two kids who has completed a whopping 23 sessions, all with the same man. (Sound familiar?) Back at home, in their twin beds, she asks Masters about that mysterious couple: coming back to each other again and again, surely they must have fallen in love? Masters barely manages to stutter out an "I don't know." Oh, Bill.
The episode draws to a close, split between happy Virginia/Ethan Family Time at the carnival and icy cold Virginia/Bill ignoring each other in the elevator, all set to Virginia crooning, "You Don't Know Me." A nice love triangle tableau to set up next week's finale, eh?
* Ginny gives a long rant about why Masters is so successful. DePaul's response? "Well, having a dick doesn't hurt."
* We love you Jane: out of all the euphemisms for "vagina," "down the mineshaft" might just be the best.
* If that's really Lizzy Caplan singing – well, she's got a gorgeous voice!
This season, ABC introduced a new sitcom called Man Up, focusing on a trio of friends (Mather Zickel, Dan Fogler, Christopher Moynihan) who attempt to reaffirm their masculinity on a weekly basis. News today is that ABC has removed Man Up from its schedule, and will be replacing the series with reruns of the more popular Tim Allen comedy, Last Man Standing...which is about one man attempting to reaffirm his masculinity on a weekly basis.
ABC has not released an official statement of cancelation, but Man Up doesn't seem to have much of a future on the network. Beginning Jan. 3, Man Up's timeslot (Tuesday nights at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT) will be filled by the network's new comedy Work It, which is about two men who dress in drag to get jobs in this "woman's world," and inadvertently begin to reaffirm their own femininity. There you go, ABC!
Sarah Michelle Gellar's new CW series Ringer brings us back to great memories past when we'd look forward to Buffy the Vampire Slayer every week. For those of us who were fans of the series, Ringer is giving us a treat: visiting the show in a guest role will be Buffy alum Amber Benson. Benson played Tara, Willow Rosenberg's (Alyson Hanigan) true love. In Ringer, Benson will play a stripper who doubles as a police informant for Agent Machado (Nestor Carbonell). Benson will appear on the tenth episode of Ringer's first season. The series airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the CW. -TVGuide
Fans of Star Wars will rejoice: an ambassador from Cloud City is coming to ABC. Bill Dee Williams, famous for his Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi roles as Lando Calrissean, and for playing Harvey Dent a.k.a. Two-Face in the 1989 Batman film, has signed on for a guest role, playing himself, on the ABC sitcom Man Up!. The series follows three men (Dan Fogler, Mather Zickel and Christopher Moynihan) on a pursuit for masculinity. Man Up! premieres Tuesday, October 18 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. -EW
In a miraculous twist of fate, we might be seeing the Cheers reunion that so many of us have long hoped for. ABC is developing The Manzanis, a family sitcom about a stereotypical loud-mouthed Italian-American family moving to (and clashing with the residents of) a quiet, white collar neighborhood. Kirstie Alley will play the lead, Angela Manzani, while her fellow Cheers veteran Rhea Perlman will be playing her mother-in-law. This sort of thing gives hope for cameos from old castmembers. I know Ted Danson is pretty busy, but he can make time, right? -TVLine