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Review: Nip/Tuck - Dan Daly (season premiere)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jan 7th 2010 12:02PM
Dylan Walsh and Julian McMahon
(S07E01) "What are you gonna do when it all catches up with you?" - Sean

With only eight episodes left in Nip/Tuck's run, I know I'm not alone in hoping that Ryan Murphy and Co. have a solid plan for ending what's arguably been one the most groundbreaking shows of the past decade. Don't forget -- season one nabbed the Golden Globe for best drama. It's not that the show has become less buzzworthy since its stellar freshman year, but in some regards the plots in subsequent seasons have always felt like something far more important was being put off. While entertaining, stories like The Carver or the organ smuggling ring have really just been diversions. What happened in last night's season seven premiere was a long time coming and it sets in motion a conflict that's been simmering since Sean and Christian bought all those spiral hams in the pilot episode.

Last night's episode expertly plotted, both through present day actions and some excellent flashbacks, precisely why Sean has for so long had equal parts love and hate for Christian. Past indiscretions (mainly the affair with Julia and Matt's paternity) have been known for some time, but the revelation that their conflict goes back even before their days at med school was jaw-dropping.

Christian literally has, from day one, pressured and manipulated Sean to get exactly what he wants. He even went as far to plagiarize, word-for-word, Sean's term paper, thus ensuring that Sean would be stuck with Christian in Florida rather than his chosen school - Harvard. The peace offering? An introduction to Julia, which in retrospect, was anything but pure since she was more than likely sleeping with Christian plenty before she and Sean began.

The divorce of this partnership has been addressed before, but time and again, Christian always gets what he wants. Don't forget - Sean moved to California and Christian is the one who followed. Now that he's usurped that practice just like the one in Miami, Christian is spending money against Sean's name ever since he forged that loan last season. New recovery room, buying the Albert Poland award, etc.

A few more thought:

  • I'm usually against the story about the patient du jour so closely mirroring what goes on with the main characters (it's one of the main reasons I gave up on Grey's Anatomy) but the story about Dan Daly reaching a milestone and wanting a fresh start was juxtaposed well against Sean reaching his own milestone -- 25 years with Christian.
  • This episode was shot months ago well before the scandal, but how great was Christian's line about Tiger Woods? Knowing what we know now about Woods made Christian's comment far more appropriate and that obviously was not the initial intention.

So what happens next? The fallout obviously. While things never seem to work out for Sean (prime example being the attempt to join the mile high club here) it's probably a safe bet that he's going to try his damnedest to break away from Christian for good this time. Considering what they're gone through together, it seems like the most appropriate way to end the series. Anyone think otherwise?

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

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jana

Im such a big Dylan Walsh fan- The Stepfather was awesome- http://bit.ly/Sfland

January 20 2010 at 7:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tool

The young Sean and Christian actors were so good maybe they will have Nip/Tuck: The Early Years as a sequel/spin-off. Ha!

Seriously. Good episode. The past few seasons have been hack soap operas. Would be great to see this once great show end with a proper send off.

January 08 2010 at 12:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

Decent episode. I liked the flashbacks and thought the "young" Christian and Sean were quite good.

Don't forget that Christian forged Sean's signature last "season" to take out a second mortgage. Sean will want to smash a lot more than a wall and a crystal award when he finds out.

January 07 2010 at 7:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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BC McKinney

Interestingly, IMDb doesn't appear to be going along with this being season 7--they call this episode 11 of season 6 (so far, its getting a 1.6 rating from 29 voters), and typically they use production info. Also, Smirnoff sprang for some special ads, but not a premiere party as they have the past several season premieres.

January 07 2010 at 7:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pjcrazysmart

Sean is addicted to Christian! Sean will work so hard to get his life straight, and then Christian shows up with a major problem or proposition and Sean is tangled back up with Christian, over and over. Maybe in the final episode Sean will break away. But then again...

I thought it was amazing last night that the guys are so financially ahead now. That is another theme in Nip/Tuck. They are rich, they are poor, they are rich... But even when they are broke they still live rich. When I am down on money, I might dig out of the penny jar to see if there might be enough for one cheeseburger!

But, no whatever happens on this show, I never miss an episode. It is so entertaining, and usually shocking. It is intense and sexual, and the best part - it's hilarious!

January 07 2010 at 5:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
anonymous

I cannot remember the Tiger Woods line. What did Christian say?

January 07 2010 at 2:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Michelle

"You can't expect to play like Tiger Woods without practice."

January 11 2010 at 9:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
iamored8907

Am I the only one who forgot Christian and Kimber got hitched? I was so confused about when Rebecca called her Mrs. Troy. And so was a friend of mine....

January 07 2010 at 1:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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sadiesrotten

It happened from last season to this. We never saw any ceremony...he simply asked her to get married, she agreed. And in the start of this season, they were married. Seems the head peeps in charge deemed it unnecessary to put us through the agony of actually watching this farce of a wedding take place.

January 07 2010 at 3:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sadiesrotten

See now, while I thought last night's episode was great, and I can see that its time to go down that road of what Christian has done to Sean...I'm not thrilled. I guess I'd like to see a happy ending, not one where they're off living separate lives.
Even though we know Christian is who he is and will most likely never change, its sad to see him screw up his marriage. Kimber deserves better.
Given that this show is so outlandish...one can only hope if the boys fall apart..it will be like war of the roses, only 20 fold.

January 07 2010 at 12:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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