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* TheLoinsSleepTonight: A problem with several men for a variety of reasons.

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* TheLoinsSleepTonight: TheLoinsSleepTonight:
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A problem with several men for a variety of reasons.



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: As to be expected in this. What's surprising is some of the more shocking parts of the series are taken from real life.
** The plot begins to deviate more from reality in the third season. [[spoiler: Ginny has a third child and remarries George. The real Virginia Johnson only had two children and never remarried George.]]

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: As to be expected in this. What's surprising is some of the more shocking parts of the series are taken from real life.
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life. The plot begins to deviate more from reality in the third season. [[spoiler: Ginny has a third child and remarries George. The real Virginia Johnson only had two children and never remarried George.]]



* WomenAreWiser: Ginny's contribution to the study basically revolves around this. As medically brilliant as Masters is, he has a lot of trouble dealing with the mundane issues of carrying it out.

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Ginny's contribution to the study basically revolves around this. As medically brilliant as Masters is, he has a lot of trouble dealing with the mundane issues of carrying it out.


* LawOfInverseFertility: Played completely straight with Bill and Libby. She wants a child badly but he has a low sperm count and is too proud to tell her. Then his experimental fertility treatment works only for Libby to miscarry.

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* LawOfInverseFertility: Played completely straight with Bill and Libby. She wants a child badly but he has a low sperm count and is too proud to tell her. Then his experimental fertility treatment works only for Libby to miscarry. [[spoiler:Ethan restarts the treatments without Bill's consent and Libby carries the resulting child to term in the first season finale.]]

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* TinkleInTheEye: DefiedTrope. A young nanny hired by Libby Masters to take care of baby John is well aware that this happens, and puts a cup over his penis when she changes his diapers.


* AllPsychologyIsFreudian: Averted, which is unsurprising given that the Masters and Johnson study was one of the major things to undermine Freudian psychology.
** A CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Virginia is when she and Jane scientifically disprove the immature orgasm theory (i.e. masturbation is ''biologically'' less satisfying than heterosexual sex). Masters is unsurprised by the results (thinking little of Freud) but they take it further than he had envisioned or done any work regarding.

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* AllPsychologyIsFreudian: AllPsychologyIsFreudian:
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Averted, which is unsurprising given that the Masters and Johnson study was one of the major things to undermine Freudian psychology.
** A CrowningMomentOfAwesome for
psychology. Virginia is when she and Jane scientifically disprove the immature orgasm theory (i.e. masturbation is ''biologically'' less satisfying than heterosexual sex). Masters is unsurprised by the results (thinking little of Freud) but they take it further than he had envisioned or done any work regarding.regarding.
** Played straight with Ethan who goes to see a shrink that has him lying on the FreudianCouch and insinuates various things, like him dating an oldr woman means he's attracted to his mother etc.


* IceQueen: Dr. Lilian [=DePaul=]



* {{Jerkass}}: ''Ethan''.


* IronicName: Virginia... is not virginal at all.



* MeaningfulName: ''Virginia'' Johnson could be seen as an ironic version of this.
** This is, of course, just an ironic coincidence since the show is VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory.


* YourCheatingHeart: Austin to be with Jane...and a few others.
** [[spoiler: Mr. and Mrs. Scully]].
*** And now [[spoiler: Masters]]. And [[spoiler: his wife Libby]].

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%% * YourCheatingHeart: YourCheatingHeart:
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Austin to be with Jane...and a few others.
%% ** [[spoiler: Mr. and Mrs. Scully]].
*** And now [[spoiler: Masters]]. And [[spoiler: his wife Libby]].
Scully.
%% ** Master.
%% ** Libby.


* TheImmodestOrgasm: Betty fakes one in the first episode which prompts the study.

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Betty fakes one in the first episode which prompts the study.


* DistractedByTheSexy: Bill and Virginia usually keep up their cool, scientific observer demanors, but when Bill sees her topless for the first time, he's obviously rattled (both from seeing that his partner is a sexual being, and by the realization of his own attraction to her).

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* DistractedByTheSexy: Bill and Virginia usually almost always keep up their cool, scientific observer demanors, demeanors, but when Bill sees her topless for the first time, he's obviously rattled (both from seeing that his partner is a sexual being, and by the realization of his own attraction to her).

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* DistractedByTheSexy: Bill and Virginia usually keep up their cool, scientific observer demanors, but when Bill sees her topless for the first time, he's obviously rattled (both from seeing that his partner is a sexual being, and by the realization of his own attraction to her).

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-->'''Masters:''' How ''does'' it feel?
-->'''Johnson:''' It's like...trying to describe salt to someone who's never tasted salt.
-->'''Masters:''' ''I've'' tasted salt.
-->'''Johnson:''' ''Not'' the way ''I've'' [[DoubleEntendre tasted salt]].

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* NoWomansLand: [[JustifiedTrope It's the '50s.]]
** Dr. Lilian [=DePaul=], the only female doctor at the hospital, can't get grant money for her Pap smear advocacy work, and has very few patients because (to paraphrase a manager at the hospital) few women like the idea of having another woman looking up their skirts.
** When Masters presents his findings to the board, they're pleased by his statements that male size really doesn't matter, but absolutely ''scandalized'' when he reveals that female orgasms by masturbation are just as satisfactory as orgasms through intercourse.

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* EthicalSlut: Virginia. She picked her own time to lose her virginity (and not within marriage) and is comfortable with her body and with casual sex, making her probably the most well-adjusted person in the series. But even when she and Bill start having sex with each other within the study, she makes it absolutely clear there has to be an emotional firewall between that and Bill's marriage, because she doesn't want to hurt Libby.

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* EthicalSlut: Virginia. She picked her own time to lose her virginity (and not within marriage) and is comfortable with her body and with casual sex, making her probably the most well-adjusted person in the series. But even when she and Bill start having sex with each other within the study, she makes it absolutely clear there has to be an emotional firewall between that and Bill's marriage, because she doesn't want to hurt Libby. [[spoiler:She quits the study at one point late in season one when she realizes Bill has been using it as an excuse to have an affair with her.]]



* FriendsWithBenefits: {{Deconstructed}}. Early in the first season, Virginia is only interested in Ethan for casual sex but Ethan thinks he's in love with her, and loses his temper [[WouldHitAGirl and bloodies her nose]] when she realizes the problem and tries to break up with him.



** There's also the fact there's a blindingly obvious flaw in his attempt to do a study about male and female sexuality without a woman assisting with the scientific parts. Basically, a lot of Masters' problems get averted when Virginia points out things common knowledge to women but little known to men of the time.

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** There's also the fact there's a blindingly obvious flaw in his attempt to do a study about male and female sexuality without a woman assisting with the scientific parts. Basically, a lot of Masters' problems get averted solved or avoided when Virginia points out things common knowledge to women but little known to men of the time.

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* HistoricalBeautyUpdate: Neither Masters nor Johnson were as attractive in real life as they are on the show.

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