Chuck decides to bait Axe into buying an expensive oceanfront house  to turn public favor against him. Axe and his fixer, Hall, move to frame another trader, Steven Birch, for Axe's wrongdoing. Axe and Chuck finally meet face-to-face at an investment conference.
Axe buys the house, but is told by Hall that the FBI have opened a case against him. Axe installs rigorous compliance measures to gird Axe Cap against Chuck's investigation.
When Wendy questions Axe's methods, he compels her to prove her loyalty. Chuck's probe is temporarily derailed when he has to divert resources to a case against Birch. Hall finds a mole inside the U. Attorney's office, while Axe makes an aggressive move under the guise of a charitable contribution to settle an old score.
Chuck discovers that while he pursued Birch, the rival Eastern District has made inroads in the Axe case and that he needs to get it back. Axe makes an activist play for a family-owned bakery - a move reverberates back to Chuck by way of a very personal connection. Meanwhile, Wendy is thrown into a moral dilemma during a confidential session.
Axe's wife Lara tries to protect her husband's reputation from a potentially damaging "tell-all" book. After getting one of his portfolio managers out of trouble with the police, Axe spontaneously goes to a Metallica concert with his childhood friends. While there, he meets a free-spirited young woman who makes him face the limits of his own freedom.
He also must fend off a short squeeze led by Chuck's father. Back in New York, Chuck has an epic day-long proffer session with Pete Decker, learning important facts about the inner workings of Axe Cap. But Chuck must also take action against his own father for his stock manipulation. Axe reckons with a cold betrayal by one of his friends, and upon his return, makes a momentous decision about the direction of his firm.
Axe orders his traders to unload their positions and unceremoniously disappears from Axe Cap. As Axe questions his life choices and plans a trip on his new yacht, Wendy and Axe's lieutenant, Wags, struggle to maintain morale and order amid the chaos. Meanwhile, Chuck intensifies his investigation in response to Axe's disappearance and is led to a farm in Iowa , where he discovers a key witness to a questionable trade. Axe plans a scorched-earth defense against the public attack on his company - threatening his relationship with Wendy in the process.
Chuck's interrogation of Dollar Bill does not go as planned, and political pressure mounts for him to recuse himself in the face of a protracted legal battle. Wendy, caught in the middle, engages in deft shuttle diplomacy to facilitate a deal in the best interests of both men.
But everything hinges on a face-to-face meeting between Chuck and Axe to finalize the agreement.
The pressure from the U. Attorney starts to affect Axe, who gets into a physical altercation with an acquaintance over an incident involving his kids. Chuck continues to conceal his involvement with the case while using the past to get the upper hand.
Wendy meets with an attractive headhunter to consider a career change - and more than just job opportunities arise. And the case against Axe Cap gains a powerful weapon when Connerty turns a member of Axe's inner circle into an informant. Axe receives a tip about a mole inside his company, throwing Chuck's case into jeopardy. Connerty faces a moral dilemma in how to respond, leading to conflict with Chuck, who finds himself reconsidering his position as both he and Wendy look toward a future without Axe Cap looming between them.
As the investigation begins to encroach on Lara's private life, a secret from Axe's past surfaces, threatening everything he has built. The repercussions of the revelations come home to roost with public demonstrations, inside insurrection, and fleeing investors. A sudden and mysterious disappearance sends both Axe and Chuck spinning. Connerty, Chuck and the FBI go into manhunt mode. Meanwhile, Lara has to contend with the brotherhood of firefighters who are furious about Axe's behavior - and in an effort to circle the wagons, makes a painful sacrifice.
The death of a member of the Axe Cap family forces both Axe and Wendy to do some soul searching, while creating a devastating setback for Chuck. Much to the dismay of the Southern District, they take another loss when an insider trading case is dismissed by a corrupt judge. In a brilliant counter move, Chuck enlists Lonnie Watley to expose the judge, while greasing the rails for a future move. Axe takes his revenge on some of his defecting employees.
Axe loses hundreds of millions of dollars on a bad trade and turns to Wendy for help. Chuck sets out on an odyssey to secure powerful allies in the fight against Axe. Lu balks at Lara's suggestion she become the new chef at Axe Cap -- and takes her sister back to the old neighborhood to remind her of their roots.
Meanwhile, Sacker and Connerty close down the Axe Cap investigation just as Chuck finds evidence - right in his own home - that could salvage the case. Axe learns that Chuck has new evidence against him that could land him in prison. As Lara makes plans for the Axelrod family to flee the country, Axe accuses Wendy of leaking the info to Chuck.
A defiant Wendy realizes how far Chuck has gone in his pursuit of Axe and threatens to expose him. Having sacrificed so much to this case - including possibly his marriage - Chuck finds Axe for an explosive confrontation. Season 2 begins with Chuck facing scrutiny within his office and from the Attorney General. Meanwhile, Axe refortifies Axe Capital and weighs his options for retaliation; the fund wrestles with a precarious economic landscape that threatens the very existence of Axe Cap; Wendy entertains an offer from a rival hedge fund manager; and Lara intervenes in an emergency at her children's school.
Axe publicly spars with a rival hedge fund manager and with the help of a talented intern initiates a new financial play to hurt the competition. Meanwhile, Chuck deploys his team to quickly find a high-profile case that might save his sinking status; and Wendy navigates a minefield of questioning that could result in disaster for Chuck, who is living at the Yale Club of New York City during their separation.
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Axe considers buying an NFL franchise, and finds a new ally. Chuck begins a last ditch case against a banking titan by developing a low-level informant. Meanwhile, Wendy makes a controversial appearance at the Alpha Cup Charity Poker Tournament by accompanying Axe's competitor as his performance coach. Lara launches her new business. Under pressure to make progress, Chuck develops a new strategy. Wendy helps a tech billionaire assess a candidate for a special project. Axe considers pledging half his net worth to charity. Lara's new business faces a rival. I felt like it was really important to explain that things weren't halcyon, perfect, rose-tinted, that there were very real problems that were left behind that have very real consequences in the modern era, and that nationalism and tribalism isn't unique to this particular moment, but it is something that has plagued countries and families around the world.
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Annaleigh Ashford , who has a recurring role in the first season as Betty Dimello, was promoted to series regular in season two. The opening credits sequence was created by design studio Elastic. The sequence, which includes suggestive, tongue-in-cheek sex metaphors and symbols, received a mix response from critics; it placed on both best and worst lists for opening credit sequences. It was also nominated for Emmy award for Outstanding Title Design.
The first season of Masters of Sex received critical acclaim. The site's consensus states: Matt Roush of TV Guide wrote that "There is no more fascinating, or entertaining, new series this fall season. It's also a refreshing anomaly: But even in an age when Masters of Sex is a TV show, the subject remains stubbornly powerful, private and confounding.
We have come far, and we are still cavemen. The second season also received critical acclaim equal to if not greater than the first season. It received a score of 89 out of on Metacritic based on 17 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim". The third season received generally positive reviews from critics, although received more mixed reviews than the previous seasons. It has a Metacritic score of 72 out of based on 15 reviews.
The consensus reads, "With a six-year leap forward in the timeline, Masters of Sex takes an intriguing dramatic turn, but may leave a few viewers feeling frustrated. The fourth season received generally positive reviews from critics. It has a Metacritic score of 70 out of based on 5 reviews. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Masters of Sex Genre Period drama. New York City Los Angeles.
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