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Review: Nip/Tuck - Alexis Stone II

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Nov 26th 2009 5:44PM
(L-R): Dylan Walsh, Vanessa Redgrave, and Joely Richardson
(S06E07) "That's why we need to play dirty." - Sean

Gotta give credit where credit is due -- despite the fact that Teddy's story was so poorly wrapped up, Ryan Murphy and Co. crafted a helluva one-two punch to make us forget about it. At first, I was a little disappointed with the return of Erica last week, but it turned into what's arguably been the best arc of the season. If this ends up being the last time we see Vanessa Redgrave on Nip/Tuck, at least she went out with a bang.

In some ways, you had to have seen it coming. Erica is a renowned psychologist who suddenly becomes obsessed with her own age and regaining her youth. It only makes sense that she wouldn't be 100% thorough when it comes to choosing her new Eurotrash hubby and that oversight ended up becoming the unraveling of her custody case. Can't exactly have grandchildren running around when your husband is a pedophile.

As shocking as that revelation about Reynaldo was, it was almost to be expected once you saw him snapping photographs of Annie's private photo session. I'm not quite sure what that says about Gilles Marini though -- from Dancing with the Stars to pedophile on Nip/Tuck? Doesn't really seem like he's moving up in the world.

The truly satisfying moment was Julia's revenge on her mother. After all those years of torture, she planted half a kilo of cocaine in her mother's suitcase and sent her off to the airport! It was brilliantly played out and even though I sort of saw it coming (we never actually saw Julia flush the drugs) it was still a scene worthy of applause. Erica certainly got what was coming to her after years of treating her daughter like crap.

As for Matt in jail, this should certainly silence some of you naysayers out there who have been complaining that Nip/Tuck has lost its shock factor. This was about as jaw-dropping as the show has ever been. Matt becomes some guy's bitch who then tells Christian he'll kill him unless he gives Matt breast implants. Matt instead slips his oppressor some Provera tabs (a.k.a. chemical castration) and when he's busted, Matt ends up killing him. How he was able to strangle that big guy to the ground, I don't know, but you've gotta wonder -- this will definitely give Matt some street cred on the prison block. So how long before he has a bitch of his own?

A few more thoughts --

  • I'm not really sure if I got the point of bringing Alex(is) back again. Straight/gay, boobs/no boobs, man/woman -- the whole identity crisis thing just went a bit overboard. I mean... we got it.
  • As I mentioned last week with Kimber and Christian, Julia and Sean may be getting closer as well. With the series winding down, it makes sense at this point.
  • Wasn't his boat the only thing Christian owned in his name? By selling it, does he have access to any cash? With Mike no longer contributing income to McNamara/Troy, I can't imagine Christian's lack of liquidity is going to be a good thing should the business start floundering again.
  • Christian's fantasy (well... I guess it was more of a "what if" dream) about giving Matt breast implants was creepy.
  • Hats of to Joely Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave in that final scene. For a real-life mother and daughter, those two play people who hate each other very well.

[Watch clips and full episodes of Nip/Tuck over at SlashControl.]

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Doug

The only thing I don't get is, why is Matt in prison? I assume he never had a trial yet and hes just in holding until that day comes. That being said, he should be in a jail, not prison with convicted felons that have murdered. Sure Matt committed armed robbery with a fake gun (where he got a real gun later on we never are told), I think this is a bit of a stretch with Matt, but I digress, it was a fantastic episode as always!

December 07 2009 at 1:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kate

I assumed that Christian sold his boat to get money to bribe the prison warden to have Matt moved. I forget how much the boat was appraised for and how much he paid the warden, so I don't know how much money is left.

November 30 2009 at 8:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
R. Kelley

Did anyone realize that Matt's prison "Buddy" was UFC fighter Randy Couture?

November 29 2009 at 11:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tool

This episode was way too Soap Opera-ish. Seems like any time Sean's family is in the episode, it is like this.

However, I did like the tidy ending with the drug bust. Let's hope that gets rid of Erica for good.

November 28 2009 at 3:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
krueppsntx

Gilles Marini filmed these episodes of Nip/Tuck before he ever did DWTS. This just shows his versatility as an actor. It is a role he was playing not what he really is. He's a great family man, and a genuine human being.

November 27 2009 at 8:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kris

"I'm not really sure if I got the point of bringing Alex(is) back again. Straight/gay, boobs/no boobs, man/woman -- the whole identity crisis thing just went a bit overboard. I mean... we got it."

I'm pretty sure it was just all to create parallels between Alexis and Matt for Christina. Alexis saying that just because she gets implants doesn't change who she is on the inside, was to say that because Matt was going to get them doesn't mean he'd change. Really, it was all just to set up the viewer's minds in thinking Christian would actually go through with it.

November 26 2009 at 11:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Kris

lol that was supposed to be "Christian" not "Christina"

November 26 2009 at 11:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JWB

Vanessa Redgrave deserves an Emmy nomination. Her performance was amazing. The Matt in prison storyline was a tad over the top but it worked. I really enjoyed this episode.

November 26 2009 at 7:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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