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Review: Nip/Tuck - Lola Wlodkowski

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Dec 3rd 2009 12:16PM
Kelly Carlson and Julian McMahon
(S06E08) "Do I need to start smoking again?!" - Kimber

With only two new episodes left in season six of Nip/Tuck (although, season seven does start right up again in January), I feel pretty confident in saying that "Lola Wlodkowski" will probably go down as the best of this penultimate season's 10 episodes.

For the most part, it stood alone in terms of plot and only loosely tied into the season's overarching arcs. Instead, it provided what was arguably one of the series' best takes on what beauty is while at the same time, reaffirming the differences between Sean and Christian. Hats off to Jennifer Salt for writing a helluva ep.

One the one hand, you had Christian dealing with Lola, a morbidly obese woman, and on the other, you had Sean, dealing with Tracy, a blonde bombshell. Playing completely against the stereotypes that society has deemed normal for these two individuals, Lola was the one loving life and having great sex five nights a week, while Tracy was the one unhappy with her appearance and embracing celibacy.

However, by the end of the hour, by virtue of who they are and what they do, Christian and Sean turned the tables so that the women embraced the stereotypes they're "supposed" to be. Dr. Troy broke down Lola to the point where she asked for lipo and a tummy tuck and Dr. McNamara seduced Tracy back into the sex-hungry woman that she used to be. The key, here, was why they two of them did it though. They disagreed with what these two woman stood for and believed in and they arrived at these revelations with the help of a couple of very cool dream sequences:

  • Christian's dream -- After receiving what he called the greatest orgasm of his life from Lola, Christian imagined what it would be like for Kimber to be a big girl. All it did was reaffirm his disgust for big woman which translated into his own self-loathing and fueled one of his verbal beat-downs of Kimber.
  • Sean's dream -- He pictured himself in a 1950's setting with Tracy, living a completely celibate life. No sex, separate beds, the works. Then one night, he convinced Tracy to give him a blow-job, only to find that he had no genitalia. Just like a Ken doll. What's a relationship without the power of sexual passion?

By the end of the hour, it left a big question in the air -- can a relationship survive without sex? The answer? It's just as hard for one to survive with sex and both Sean and Christian retired to their rooms to ponder that -- Christian with Kimber and Tracy, Sean with a hooker.

A few more thoughts --

  • Kimber's monologue to Christian was easily one of Kelly Carlson's best moments on this show. She articulated precisely what keeps bringing Christian and Kimber back together again and again. They both have nothing but disgust for the other person, but because they also hate themselves, they don't think they deserve anything better than each other. How's that for depressing?
  • I loved how the episode highlighted just how manipulative Sean and Christian can be, yet for having such a powerful gift, neither of them are happy.

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

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