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Review: Nip/Tuck - Joel Seabrook

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jan 21st 2010 12:32PM
Kelly Carlson and Dylan Walsh
(S07E03) "This is something I want to do. Something I probably should've done a long time ago." - Sean

Nip/Tuck's final season continued last night and the deep examination of Sean and Christian's relationship got fleshed out even further as the rift between the two of them continued to grow. These two are set on a collision course by the end of the season, though Sean seems to be doing everything in his power to just walk away.

It's becoming increasingly clear that Sean is the key to all McNamara/Troy's success and the closer he gets to reclaiming the life he always wanted, the more on edge Christian is becoming. The problem with that? Their conflict is starting to spill over into the lives of their loved ones.

Despite Christian's long-held beliefs that he's been instrumental in getting himself and Sean to where they are, if you really sit back and think about it... he isn't. What exactly has he contributed? Poor surgical skills? An ever-increasing mountain of debt? And an endless line of patients looking to get D-cups, thus creating the most stale and repetitive work environment imaginable? Without Sean, Christian is nothing and the bottom line is that he will not succeed on his own.

Fed up with his behavior, Sean is taking out all his anger in the wrong place -- Kimber. When she finally broke it off with him, Sean made it clear that the two of them "knew what this was about." He's not in it for love or even the apparently great sex. This was nothing more than a conduit for Sean to hurt the one person who's taken so much from him. Kimber's distance and brief obsession with Sean gave Christian time to reflect (granted, with a belt around his neck and penis in hand) and he finally came to the realization that Kimber always knew, yet could never follow through on -- he's no good for her.

Now, with the only man who Kimber has arguably ever loved rejecting her, she's left with nothing and has a life she doesn't know how live -- alone. So it wasn't shocking when she threw herself at Mike Hamoui on his yacht, only to be rejected again, and then throw herself right off the boat.

At this point, I'd be satisfied if this really was the end of Kimber's story on Nip/Tuck (from the sounds of it, she's a goner, lost at sea). From the pilot episode on (remember the lipstick?), Christian has done nothing but break her down and this moment was inevitable. Now, the only question is who the next victim will be? Julia and Matt have yet to make an appearance in these final episodes, but I'm guessing the two of them may be a bit more resilient to Sean and Christian's orbit of hatred.

A few more thoughts --

  • Tate Donovan (Tom Shayes on Damages) directed this episode and I loved some of the shots he set up, especially the similarity of Joel Seabrook jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge and Kimber tossing herself off the yacht.
  • I do hope we get to see Sean travel to Africa or at least do something worthy of his talents by the series finale.

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

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I think that Nip/Tuck is a crazy show I can watch numerous times and not be disappointment. I love Sean he's really settle. I hope that they do bring this show back because working with DISH I have signed up for the TV everywhere deal and I got it so I wouldn't miss any of my favorite shows. I wouldn't be too happy if there is not another season.

March 03 2011 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

does anyone knowo the name of the piano songs? it kinda sounds like coldplay... its play when the guy that jumped off the bridge is thanking Matt and the end of the EP...

January 25 2010 at 7:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Good write-up/summary, Jonathan.

This series needs to come to a definitive ending, and it looks like it is going to be a very deep look at these characters we have all come to love and to hate.

It was sad to see Kimber jump, but in her world as a victim that was her only choice. Now we'll see if it serves as the catalyst for Christian's transformation. I don't expect that he's going to have a huge epiphany and everything is going to rainbows and unicorns, however.

January 23 2010 at 1:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

E! confirmed that Kimber is definitely dead, but she'll still appear as part of Christian's subconscious. Sad stuff. =(

January 21 2010 at 7:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was shocked when Kimber jumped. There are still unresolved issues with Matt's release from jail. I think he might reach the same fate as Kimber. Sean & Christian ending will be something to watch.

January 21 2010 at 2:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Please try to re-send comments to my e-mail address so it can be posted thanks

January 21 2010 at 2:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to robtamm's comment

I learned this 20 years ago, and it is more true each time I see it on TV or real life. Damaged people damage other people.

Christian was so screwed up as a child that as an adult the people in his life are collateral damage on his way to his own destruction.

January 21 2010 at 2:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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