'Masters of Sex' Complete Season One Official Episode Guides

'Masters of Sex' Complete Season One Official Episode Guides


Showtime has released the full 12-episode official guides of 'Masters of Sex' season one. The one-hour series set on the 50's era stars Michael Sheen (Twilight) and Lizzy Caplan (Mean Girls).

Don't miss the premiere on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 10pm.

1.01 – Pilot

Written by Michelle Ashford

Directed by John Madden

  • Dr. William Masters, Washington University’s foremost OB/GYN, runs a successful medical practice by day and conducts a secret study of human sexuality by night.
  • Former nightclub singer Virginia Johnson joins the hospital secretarial staff and proves herself to be an asset to Masters’ work.

1.02 – Race To Space

Written by Michelle Ashford

Directed by Michael Dinner

  • On the heels of Masters’ proposal that they participate in the sexual response study, Johnson considers the best course of action to keep her job – only to find she no longer has one.
  • The study has been forced out of the hospital and Masters believes Johnson is to blame.
  • As Johnson fights to save her job and struggles to care for her kids, Masters moves his study to a brothel.
  • But Masters soon discovers that the chaos of the cathouse is unmanageable without Johnson’s help.

1.03 – Standard Deviation

Written by Sam Shaw

Directed by Lawrence Trilling

  • Masters and Johnson continue their research in the brothel but skewed data confirms that Masters must get the study back into the hospital.
  • At the hospital, Johnson is surprised to learn that a distinguished new doctor on the OB/GYN floor is a woman who has no interest in female solidarity.
  • Meanwhile, Libby struggles to conceive and Dr. Ethan Haas gets the case of a lifetime – a woman pregnant with quadruplets.

1.04 – Thank You For Coming

Written by Amy Lippman

Directed by Jennifer Getzinger

  • With the study back in the hospital, Masters and Johnson recruit new participants on campus.
  • But Johnson is shocked when her ex-husband George, who’s crashing on her couch, wants to sign up.
  • Masters’ mother comes to visit, but her new take on life stirs up painful memories of his childhood.
  • And Libby’s attempt at playing matchmaker with Virginia and Ethan doesn’t go as smoothly as she’d hoped.

1.05 – Catherine

Written by Sam Shaw & Michelle Ashford

Directed by Michael Apted

  • When Masters and Johnson expand the study to include couples, they discover that the science of sex is easily complicated by the mystery of attraction.
  • Johnson tries to connect with her son who prefers his dad.
  • In anticipation of his baby’s impending arrival, Masters experiences anxiety about becoming a father.
  • And Dr. Ethan Haas learns that dating the provost’s daughter could impact his medical career.

1.06 – Brave New World

Written by Lyn Greene & Richard Levine

Directed by Adam Davidson

  • In the aftermath of the miscarriage, Libby and Masters travel to Miami for some much needed rest and relaxation, but Masters is drawn back into his work by a sexually adventurous couple next door.
  • Alone in the hospital, Virginia enlists Jane in an effort to debunk Freud’s theory that one kind of female orgasm is better than another.
  • And Langham finds an unlikely cure for his sexual dysfunction in Margaret Scully.

1.07 – All Together Now

Written by Tyler Bensinger

Directed by Tim Fywell

  • Masters and Johnson continue their sexual response study – now as participants – but Johnson fears their work may be interfering with Masters’ home life.
  • Libby pressures Dr. Haas to resume her fertility treatments in secret.
  • Meanwhile, Haas struggles to let go of feelings for Virginia as his relationship with Vivian deepens.
  • And Margaret Scully, caught in her infidelity, confronts her husband on the mounting problems in their marriage.

1.08 – Love And Marriage

Story by Tyler Bensinger

Teleplay by Michael Cunningham

Directed by Michael Apted

  • Masters and Johnson decide that the best way to record their study findings is to film them, but to do so they have to enlist outside help.
  • Johnson redoubles her efforts to get a college degree, only to find that Dr. DePaul’s Basic Anatomy class is a requirement.
  • Meanwhile, Haas and Langham – both unsure in their relationships – convince each other of the merits of being a married man.
  • And after Margaret catches him in a compromising position, Scully takes drastic steps to control his sexual impulses.

1.09 – Involuntary

Written by Noelle Valdivia

Directed by Jennifer Getzinger

  • When Masters and Johnson decide to film external reactions in the study, they must convince Lester and Jane that their footage won’t cross the line into pornography.
  • Haas and Vivian’s plans for a Presbyterian church wedding are sidetracked when Haas reveals he’s Jewish.
  • Libby keeps her pregnancy a secret from Masters and instead encourages him to mend his relationship with his mother.
  • But during late night visits to the hospital, Estabrooks observes Masters and Johnson’s intimate relationship.

1.10 – Fallout

Written by Sam Shaw

Directed by Lesli Linka Glatter

  • The hospital takes part in a nationwide civil defense drill, and the heightened atmosphere escalates conflicts among the staff.
  • A former study participant reveals she’s pregnant and wants to know the identity of the father.
  • Masters and Johnson, their relationship strained after ending their study participation, butt heads on whether to maintain study confidentiality or take responsibility.
  • Haas learns he’s been denied a future job at the hospital but wrongly assumes his breakup with Vivian is to blame.
  • Margaret Scully seeks answers about her husband’s sexuality from an unlikely source.

1.11 – Phallic Victories

Written by Amy Lippman

Directed by Phil Abraham

  • With Johnson no longer on his team, Masters accepts Libby’s offer to help compile the study work for a hospital-wide presentation.
  • But when Masters sees another doctor’s presentation put his colleagues to sleep, he becomes determined to grab their attention even if it means pushing through provoking, but incomplete, research.
  • Dr. DePaul and Johnson travel to a medical convention and DePaul opens up on why her work on the Pap smear is so important.
  • And Virginia’s ex-husband George returns to find Ethan Haas playing father to his children.

1.12 – Elvis Has Left The Building

Written by Michelle Ashford

Directed by Michael Dinner

  • Masters’ work on human sexuality culminates with a hospital-wide presentation of his and Johnson’s research findings.
  • But when Masters attempts to push the envelope with the external footage of the female orgasm, the doctors’ response to the film is not what he had hoped.
  • Meanwhile, Haas entertains a job offer at UCLA Hospital and considers what a move would mean for his relationship with Virginia.
  • Scully pursues electroshock treatment with the hope of curing his homosexuality but Margaret has second thoughts about the risks involved.

Source: Showtime