Nip/Tuck: Gala Gallardo (season finale)
This was a season that made it a point to wrap up lingering stories. The official end of Sean and Julia, the death of Mrs. Grubman, the return and reconciliation of Bobolit, and the redemption of Matt were all issues that were addressed and resolved this season. Now as I said, this episode easily could have served as the series finale especially because it wrapped up the biggest storyline yet: Escobar Gallardo.
He's been a thorn in the side of the McNamara/Troy practice since the pilot episode. His death comes as no surprise. The fact that his wife shot him was a bit of a shock though. I had a feeling it was coming since Escobar treated Gala like complete crap and once Liz pulled out a gun (anyone else see Escobar's eyes tear up?) in the recovery room, it wasn't a question of when he would be shot but rather who would pull the trigger.
What I loved about this episode was how it continually referred to the first season. The fact that Antonia Ramos was semi-responsible for Gala's beating to the smart (and hilarious) choice to dispose of Escobar's body the same way Sean and Christian had done with Silvio a number of years ago. Some spiral hams. Some twine. And some gators.
As we wait now for season five (next fall... please?), new questions have emerged. Will Matt and Kimber weather the storm of their loveless marriage? What about the future of McNamara/Troy in LA? They may have been number one in Miami but now they're just a dime-a-dozen. I will say that I was surprised Christian left Michelle. But at the same time, I like how his character has grown. He knew he couldn't trust her and she bought him out because telling the truth just wasn't in her power. I think he knew she was involved with the organ thievery, that it was more than just knowing what James did. He would have been fine with it but Christian needed to hear it from Michelle's mouth.
How cool was that final montage set to The Submarines, "Brighter Discontent?" The choice to have every character lip-synching along was very cool, but not having Julia around for even one line seemed a little out of place. The final shot in front of the Hollywood sign was a little cheesy, but obligatory considering the circumstances. I'm looking forward to what comes next. It'll be great to see what new stories can develop along with the change of scenery. Whatever it is, you know it'll be good. I say that knowing full well that it will be. This show has earned that confidence.