This guest post review of a yet-to-be-aired episode of Nip/Tuck is written by friend of the blog, Bri. The episode in question is called “Dan Daly” and will air January 6th, 2010 on FX. This is the first of the final nine episodes of the entire series.
Like every season-opening episode aired to date, Nip/Tuck doesn’t fail to deliver a dramatic, suspenseful, witty, cliff-hanger of a premiere this season. Beginning with Sean’s seemingly spontaneous anger against a mysterious wall and glass trophy, one is glued to the seat as the directors take you through the continuing storyline, adding more twists and turns to an already wacky, extraordinary, decadent tale.
This episode highlights a creative editorial decision to mix scenes and modern-day Sean and Christian with flashbacks from the past, showing them in their college years. Not only was this a nice way to allow the viewers to witness them in their foolish youth (as if it was ever a question in anyone’s mind who has been following the series), but kudos must be given to the casting director for picking believable young adults to portray our favorite doctors. The regression into the past helped clarify and put emphasis on one of the main plot movers at this point; the deterioration of Sean and Christian’s relationship, which we have only gotten glimpses of in the last few episodes.
Another relationship that’s been brought back into frame is the marriage of Christian and Kimber. Whether you’ve been on the Kimber/Christian bandwagon from the beginning, or if you despised the ex-porn star off the bat, we all knew that despite her facial liposculpture their toxic relationship would never be pretty even when it’s steamy. Right off the bat of their new betrothal, a few fine words can sum it up without saying too much; interior designers, abortions, and luxury, oh my!
Despite all of the wonderful character-relationship delving this episode brings, it was lacking in bringing all of the main players back into the fray. Typically, the episodes seem to be written with consideration to all of the key story lines within the series as a whole. Some people may like the focus on Christian and Sean, but others may be wondering what’s going on with the kids. I believe they could have at least given some mention to the supporting characters, who have continually brought home the bacon in various episodes.
On a final note, their patient for this episode was heartbreaking. Having a new main case to focus on has really helped keep a wide array of viewers watching every week. If you don’t care about the romance and drama, then you might want to watch it solely for the plastic surgery scenario this week. Not only did they introduce a disease I’d never heard of (and subsequently, spent an entire hour on Wikipedia researching for it’s bizarreness), the patient is a potential reflection in the flaws found in Dr. Troy and Dr. McNamera. It’s a very unique scenario, and is definitely worth watching whether you’ve seen a die hard fan or the occasional viewer.