Nip/Tuck: Budi Sabri
(S05E20) "I had sex with a doll once." - Sean
That was a funny line, huh? Especially since Kimber, the model for "the doll," was right in the next room. That was it in for funnies though in this week's episode of Nip/Tuck. Instead, it was one of the saddest, most depressing, and thought provoking hours the show has had in a long time. It was excellent.
Between Sean's new found free spirit and Christian's two life changing events, there's been a lot set up not just for the final two episodes of this season, but for the final sixth season (or sixth and seventh if those 19 eps get split up) as well.
On top of that, the episode featured one of the more interesting cases Drs. McNamara and Troy have had in some time. The show returned to its roots (no pun intended), and took on the case of Budi Sabri, a man afflicted with the same warts as the Tree Man from Indonesia. Very much a "ripped from the headlines" surgery. Or "ripped from the ground." Pun intended that time.
First, let's talk about Sean. I love the development his character is making. With Julia seemingly back in New York for good, the whiny, apprehensive, anxiety ridden Sean we've known for five and a half seasons is finally on the way out. Granted, this is solely because of Teddy (Sean would have never eaten at the "dark" restaurant or taken ayahuasca without some nudging), but it's still great progress.
The key here is how long will that progress continue? As far as I know, Katee Sackhoff is only around for the remainder of this season. If we can assume she'll be around for at least a few episodes when the show returns, then great. But with the final episodes looming, that almost guarantees more Julia and that means "old Sean" will be back too. I just want the guy to be happy and not be consumed with worry about which sweater he UPS'd his daughter. Teddy is the answer though and I hope it keeps up.
As for Christian, I always had a hunch that the cancer would return. A major death would certainly help bring closure to the series when the time comes and this certainly sets that up. However, this could create a lot of conflict between Christian and Sean leading up to that.
Christian is determined to live life to the fullest now and even though Teddy is helping Sean embrace the same mantra, he's not there yet. There's still a business to run and Christian has many more important things to deal with now. Like his marriage to Liz. Never saw that one coming, but it makes sense. I'm really not sure what else there is to say about it. I think on some level, his proposal was a selfish thing to do, but at the same time, can you blame him? He's going to be dead in six months. Wouldn't you want to do as much as you could given the same circumstances?
A couple more thoughts --
I felt horrible for Budi at the end. The warts grew back just as fast as Sean and Christian could remove them. The look of fear and sadness on his face was heartbreaking.
I imagine Battlestar Galactica fanboys around the country wet themselves when Sean asked Teddy if they should "order in" and she responded with "or eat out."
Think Kimber will go to another doctor and get Jenna collagen injections? If she does, will Sean actually do anything about it?
Next week, things begin to wind down for the season. Richard Burgi guests as a new doctor Christian brings on board and things don't seem to go so smoothly. The episode also features the return of a very old McNamara/Troy patient: Allegra Calderello. If you need a refresher, I'd suggest re-watching the season two episode "Bobbi Broderick."