Masters of Sex Season 2 Premiere Barton Scully Homosexual Electroshock | Time
What attention the period show gets is generally for its depiction of the relationship at its center -- between the two sex researchers, the highly respected William Masters and the marginalized Virginia Johnson. They're played, well, by Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan; Caplan is nominated for a best actress Emmy and would be a worthy winner. The version of "Masters of Sex" that would likely get much more press, one suspects, would be one that tightly focused on Sheen's internal drama and his power-mongering within the hospital, at the expense of the very real thoughts and feelings of the women around him. And so it is that the most fascinating gay character on television has gotten much less press than he deserves.
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Case in point: Barton Scully. Although his wife had strongly discouraged him from doing so, for fear of the side effects, he decided to undergo shock therapy. The process, as shown on screen, was fairly ghastly.