From the Los Angeles Times:
“Kyrie Eleison” (Episode 202), Greek for “Lord, have mercy,” sounds like a cry of exasperation from Bill and his research partner, Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan). "
TM Recap: Pretty much the straight dope here.
New York Daily News:
"Overall, this was a better-paced episode than the season premiere. Rose’s case allowed Bill to demonstrate some much needed sympathetic behavior and show how he really has progressive views on sexuality for his time."
TM Recap: Thoughtful analysis, though I thought the season opener was more dramatic.
"The world of Masters of Sex is one where the characters aren't always aware of the work that remains to be done, the people they're left to become. But in a tiny moment, a single gesture, a single reaction, can hide something amazing. In its best moments, Masters of Sex vibrates with the ripples in the water glass from the earthquake that is on its way."
TM Recap: Todd is one of the most talented writers covering television and his insights always are unique; check out his mention of director Michael Apted's work.
The New York Times:
"Human flaws, from suggestions of nymphomania to adultery, are discussed and picked over like scabs. Surely, as the second season continues, Bill Masters (Michael Sheen) seems inclined to explore the boundaries of acceptable and unacceptable behavior, both scientifically and sexually, in the late 1950s. And that behavior, like it or not, is more often all about women — just like this episode, which explores the consequences of the choices women make or cannot make."
TM Recap: Like others, NYT picks up on the female sexuality case studies and themes that are emerging in the show. Overall in MoS, there's a long dramatic arc, like 'Mad Men', but there's also some fascinating case studies, a la "House", that can be possibly weaved into the story-telling as the series progresses. It's a delicate balance and I think Michelle Ashford has avoided any cliche "case of the week" formats. I must admit that I killed an entire chapter in my book filled with case studies -- mainly because the patients were identified as "Patient A" or some such, and it felt phony to me in a biography where everyone was mentioned by full name and on-the record. Nevertheless, I was hoping the Showtime series would dramatize some of the M&J case studies because I thought they would be very illuminating for the audience and make for great TV.It's interesting how Bill is often so much better with his patients than he is with the people he cares about in his personal life. Here, he helps a young woman in trouble, but he's still adrift, still running off to Alton for his role-playing with Virginia, who's lost herself as her current boss gets sicker and her former boss isn't allowed to work with her. It's a vulnerable spot for both of them to be in, and one that nicely sets us up for next week's very unusual, excellent episode, which I'm very much looking forward to discussing with you on the 27th.