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Nip/Tuck: Blu Mondae

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Sep 13th 2006 7:09AM

Kelly Carlson and John Hensley

(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?

Other happenings:

  • 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.

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I agree totally with gordon(#9). I honestly don't believe that Doctor Troy will go gay, but I do believe that in one of the upcoming episode that Dr. Mike EmWay (Mario Lopez), and him will get carnal knowledge(intimate sex) of each other that will carry on for awhile then die. I HOPE AND PRAY THAT IT WILL HAPPEN!!!

September 23 2006 at 11:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Death Mongers

Matt looks older than his parents with his heavy 5 o'clock shadow. He was definitely mis-cast. They should have casted someone that actually could have been passed off as the child of a blonde woman and a light haired/light bearded man. Matt looks like an idiot.

September 17 2006 at 3:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ashley Boyd

I'm hoping Christian's storylines will link back to his father's abuse of him that was discussed in season one. The reason he is so adverse to these weird situations he keeps finding himself in could be because his father molested him as a child.

September 17 2006 at 12:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought the addition of Scientology to the mix was great. The show's already got everything else--sex, family, science, sex--so why not religion? I think everbody's going to be struggling with their core values this season, hence Christian and the gay thing.

September 15 2006 at 2:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Christian will probably experiment in some kind of way.But,trust me,he wont turn out gay!Chirstian fans would probably stop watching the show if they knew he was gay because who wants to watch a gay surgeon?The sean thing is really turing wierd,except for the fact he whines all the time!Matt,god who cares about him they need to write AVA back into the storylines because scientology is for duds!

September 14 2006 at 7:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordon Boddington

christian won't turn into a "fag" but he will get it on with a guy. he has always seen gay anyway and now he is going to be a little freer with his threesomes. he is going to have sex with mario lopez and i think that is wonderful

September 14 2006 at 5:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Matt thing bothers me because it's going to be another "matt gets wrapped up in something, he fights with Sean, blah blah blah".

If they are so rich, then why doesn't Sean just have a consult with a really great surgeon instead of doing it himself? Once it's done, it's done, why does he have to do it?

Because something WILL probbaly go wrong, thats probably why.

September 13 2006 at 3:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Not too sure about the writers this season. I felt like all the writers plots were thrown into a bag, mixed up and then randomnly mixed in the story line - but - I kinda liked it.........

The two things that really stood out (besides Sean's whining which really, and I mean really, needs to cease)was the yet to be born child's surgery and the Scientology twist.

I was wondering what they were going to do regarding the child to be born - think about it- would they put artificial attachments to make him look deformed or did they go this route as they already had a child selected???? Now the sudden miracle surgery comes into play so that mystery is solved.

The Scientology twist - writers - do your research please. There was so much that wasn't correct it was like portraying Kimbra as deciding to follow the Jewish faith and seeing her eat a big ham sandwhich and wash it down with a glass of milk. I am not sure on the plan with the Scientology twist but it definitely needs some work.

This looks like it will be a very interesting season.


September 13 2006 at 2:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Diego M

Matt did say, that kimber could send the report to the miami prison system right, does that mean he is confessing he killed the guy or the guy is in jail? i think michelle was like a hooker or a stripper and that lady was her queen and she is blackmailing her. that's the only reason why she would just grab the girl like that and kiss her. that's why she was outraged about the blu mondae on the table, what do y'all think?

September 13 2006 at 2:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I hate this storyline that Christian has right now. I hope he doesn't turn into a fag. We all love him as the skirt chaser he always has been.

What's with this Matt storyline now? Scientology? That's weak. Either give him a good storyline or just write him out of the script all together. From the previews from last week I thought he'd start banging Kimber or be in a porno with her.

I also think that when Sean operates on his son, something will go wrong. Just a feeling I have.

September 13 2006 at 2:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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