Nip/Tuck: Blu Mondae
(S04E02) I'm liking this season so far, but it feels different than seasons past. Plot points are layering themselves very deliberately and it seems like things are really setting up for some explosive episodes later in the season rather than one blow-out after another as we've seen in the past. It feels much more intricate. In last week's premiere, I was quick to chide Ryan Murphy and Co. for neglecting to mention the events of season three, but now that I've thought about it some more, it only seems right that Nip/Tuck attempts to reinvent itself at this stage in the game.
It seems that one of the major questions this season is going to be Christian's sexuality. While the vibe has always been there in the past, the writers (and Julian McMahon in his wonderful portrayal) are really playing up the homosexual tension that surrounds Dr. Troy. It's just never been addressed until now.
So Christian gets the chance to prove his women loving ways when he's given the opportunity to try and "convert" a young gay guy back to the other side. Mitchell is the boy-toy to Arthur, a gay millionaire played by Richard Chamberlain. Arthur wants some work done on Mitchell and Christian picks up on the fact that Mitchell seems conflicted about how he feels. So the two head to a strip club and Christian gets Mitchell a lap-dance with a stripper named Blu Mondae. To pay for it, Christian promises to give her a breast reduction pro-bono. That's beside the point though.
The whole Mitchell thing seems to be mirroring Christian though, as if Christian is questioning how he feels. Later, Arthur finds out what Mitchell did and he shows up on Christian's doorstep. Christian lets Mitchell in only to have him strip down naked and offer Christian oral-sex. Resorting to the manliest response possible, Christian punches Mitchell in the face and kicks him out. At this rate though, it's only a matter of time before Christian has an encounter with another man. Why else build the story up this way? The only pay-off now is if it actually happens.
Elsewhere, Sean was performing some pro-bono work on a man with severe facial deformities. It seemed that he was only doing it in an effort to pick the guy's brain and learn how he'd lived his life with these problems. His unborn son is all that's on his mind, which you can't blame him for, but it's rare that we see Sean with ulterior motives.
The storyline that has me least interested this season is Matt. With the help of Kimber, he's opted to embrace Scientology. Sean and Christian think it's a waste but Julia funds Matt's choice. Regardless, I'm not invested in the storyline. At this point, I need a better reason to care about Matt. Last season, Matt's story held my attention and this one isn't doing it so far.
What does have me intrigued? Michelle's storyline. Liz saw Michelle pass off some money to a shady woman (Jacqueline Bisset) in the parking garage. That wasn't it though. Bisset's "aging debutante" then began to grope Michelle's breast and the two kissed. Michelle might love her husband but she definitely has something weird going on here. Anyone have a thought?
Sean has decided that he will operate on Connor (that's the name they decided on) very soon after his son is born. That way he won't have time to realize that something was wrong with his hands.
We found out that Ariel's dad did survive after Cherry shot him last season. He's in jail now.