Masters of Sex‘s second season found Masters and Johnson exploring sexual dysfunction (including Bill’s), Libby Masters getting involved with St. Louis’ racial politics, and the show entering the Kennedy era.
In the final scene of the season, against the backdrop of the JFK’s inauguration, Masters (Michael Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) are resolutely moving forward with their work, but not without having endured a series of personal and professional failures of a sort. The CBS feature about them made sex an implication rather than a focus, presenting it as squeaky clean rather than scientifically rigorous. When Bill concocted a plan to kill it with the aid of his old friend Barton Scully (Beau Bridges), he ended up hurting Virginia, who was going to use the film to prove that her work’s respectability, and therefore keep her grasp on her children. Libby (Caitlin FitzGerald), meanwhile, is engaged in an affair with Robert (Jocko Sims), a member of the Congress of Racial Equality, where she has been working.
Now that the season is over, showrunner Michelle Ashford talked with EW and looked back on season 2 and forward.