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Review: Nip/Tuck - Jenny Juggs

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Nov 5th 2009 9:01AM
John Hensley and Dylan Walsh
(S06E04) "Yes! She punched me in the face with her breasts!" - Christian

This is really starting to shape up into one of Nip/Tuck's best seasons in quite some time. Not only did "Jenny Juggs" put an excellent twist on the season's main plot (Teddy's plan), but it also added life to a plot that has, up until now, been pretty stupid (Matt, the bandit mime). Add in the laughs from Christian and Jenny and you've got some vintage McNamara/Troy action. Remember that? Nip/Tuck always used to be this good.

First, let's talk Teddy -- we've finally seen her dark side. I said last week that Rose McGowan was really nailing this role and after her twisted little speech where she threatened Annie last night, I'm starting to think that the switch from Katee Sackhoff was well worth it. That line about how maybe Annie would eat her eggs if there was a wad of hair in them? Stepmother from hell!

As far her plan on the camping trip goes, it seemed pretty simple -- drug them all with sleeping pills, lock the windows and door on the RV, remove the battery from the carbon monoxide detector, and pump in some exhaust fumes. Take a walk and come back to tragedy. A few gripes though...

  • First off, why would she try to kill Sean as well? There had to have been a way to just kill the kids, right? Still drug him so he's sleepy, but convince him to come make nookie in a tent maybe? I ask, because don't forget that only Connor and Annie are the beneficiaries of the life insurance. Teddy still needs Sean alive, after the kids are dead, to then make her the sole inheritor. Or am I wrong there? Would she simply get it since she's his wife? Or would Julia get it since she's next of kin for the kids?
  • Then there was Teddy's alibi. Take a walk and chit-chat with a fellow camper so someone can vouch for her whereabouts. Turns out she picks some sort of crazy rapist. It certainly makes her alibi easy to sell, since it's real (to some extent) -- It wasn't me! I was raped! -- but I will be disappointed if this turns out to be just a simple way of getting rid of Teddy, should Rapist Camper Man be some sort of serial offender. I know I've said that I don't want to Teddy to turn into another Colleen Rose, but this was picking up some steam and hopefully there's more to it.

Moving on to Matt -- you knew his mime bandit gig would come to this. He finally picked the wrong cashier, someone with the courage to stand up to Matt and his fake gun... with a real gun. Now it looks like Matt took a pretty bad shot in the gut and even though he was cleared in that police line-up, he can't really get out of it this time. So it's either up to Christian to operate on Matt or he has to hit up a hospital, which I doubt will be an option. This is still a ridiculous story but at least this added some life to it. Did he really think anyone would believe he made over $1,000 in a weekend as a mime? Maybe that meth addiction killed too many brain cells.

A few more thoughts...

  • I thought Sean only operated on one of Connor's hands? It looked to me like he had working fingers on both. Maybe Julia took him to a doctor in NYC to have the other hand done?
  • Jenny Juggs! Where to begin? The cop uniform? Punching Christian with her breast? Punching Christian with a bedpan full of urine? Destroying a jack-o-lantern with her giant boobs? Easily one of the funniest patients ever featured on the show.
  • How was Matt not ID'd in the line-up? That security footage looked halfway decent.

Looks like things are about to get more interesting. Julia finally returns to LA next week and assuming she's her usual self, she won't be happy about anything. Any predictions on her reaction to finding out that her kids almost died from carbon monoxide inhalation?

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cggirl

Wow that jenny character was actually kind of a disgusting portrayal, I thought, plus - she was NOT a size G like he said. a G-cup is not really THAT huge... It's a size that would seem normal on a woman if she's rather overweight, and would seem pretty big on a woman if she's normal weight, but not freakishly huge like what she had on the show, just busty. And who could go around crushing things with their breasts like that? It would hurt her! There's no muscle in the breast, you can't use it like you use your fist.

November 11 2009 at 2:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

This season is making me long for the days of the Carver.

November 05 2009 at 11:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lauren

Of course Sean has to be dead - how else would Teddy inherit his money?

November 05 2009 at 6:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ryan

i really liked how you summarized the episode. well thought out. in that case, i do agree that rose mcgowan was an excellent choice for teddy, and she is doing an excellent job as teddy. something that questions me is, do you think that teddy is actually going to die? be written out of the season?

November 05 2009 at 3:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris

"All he did was that Mime shit" quote of the year.

November 05 2009 at 1:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
divineparasite

I agree. I've been saying that this has been the best season since way back in season 2. I still think that season 1 of "Nip/Tuck" was flawless and will remain as the best season of the series when all is said and done but so far this season is really good. I don't want Rose Mcgowan or Teddy the character to leave this early though. And while what happened to her is really creepy I'm just starting to get Carver flashbacks. Isn't this too similar? From the previews is sounds like she gets raped and mutilated.

November 05 2009 at 12:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
punksrus

Good point, Martin! As far as Connor's hands, one of them seemed to still be deformed - is it sick that I was looking? When he first comes in and is sitting on Sean's lap you can see it - must have been a glove or something. One of the best episodes in a long time!

November 05 2009 at 11:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Martin

She probably figured the kids would die first since they are smaller and then go back, find the kids dead and save Sean. She is a professional anesthesiologists (sp) so works alot with chemicals in regards to height and weight...

November 05 2009 at 10:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
charles melrose III

Nice catch on the shaky logic of killing Sean to get the insurance bucks. Typically, any assets owned by a minor--or anyone without a will--at death pass through intestacy and, in the case of children, usually end up with the parents. But--life insurance policies typically require the beneficiary to survive the insured in order to collect. If the kids were deemed legally to have died simultaneously with Sean the policy likely would not pay to the kids' respective estates. Where would the insurance money go? Might go to the widow, but can't be sure.

November 05 2009 at 9:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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