Review: 'Nip/Tuck' - 'Virginia Hayes'
by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 4th 2010 12:10AM
(S07E05) "I dropped out in the second grade and I even know that this thing is a metaphor." - Escobar
As some shows reach the end of their run, they often aren't able to properly address many of their most important lingering plots. Either the show is canceled abruptly and hardly anything gets answered or if it was a hit, network economics kick in and the show runs so long that what does or doesn't get answered is never enough for the fans that stuck it out.
'Nip/Tuck,' however, seems to have entered its final season with a bit of a happy medium -- seven seasons is still a long run for a drama, but Ryan Murphy and Co. have never let fans forget about the original sin that started it all. In the same way that the bullet Vic Mackey put in Terry Crowley's face in the pilot episode of 'The Shield' became crucial during that show's final season, it's looking more and more like all those hams that Sean and Christian bought in the 'Nip/Tuck' series premiere might be the very thing that ends up driving them apart.
Of course, I'm referring to the cover up of Silvio Perez's murder. If you recall, he molested Escobar Gallardo's six year old daughter and got facial reconstruction from McNamara/Troy to help him get away. Escobar found out, but so did Silvio's brother Alejandro and he eventually killed him. Left with a body to clean up (and a connection with Escobar that lasted until the end of season four) Sean and Christian wrapped Silvio's body in about a dozen honey-glazed spiral hams and threw him in the Everglades. For ten years they had gotten away with it.
Now a teenager, Escobar's daughter Aurelia is back looking for answers about her childhood. Therapy has brought out many memories about her father, her mother Gala, and her uncle Silvio -- just not what he did to her. Sean, in his continuing effort to do the right thing, eventually told Aurelia what happened to her, though he did leave out the part about how he got rid of her father's body the exact same way that he got rid of Silvio's. Despite Sean's show of goodwill, Aurelia seemed to want justice just as bad as Sean, and now her testimony has the Feds digging into the past. With four episodes left, who wants to bet they're able to find something?
Of course it doesn't help that 'Virginia Hayes' ended with the mother of all "same sh*t, different day" scenarios as the two surgeons were forced to get rid of another body, a woman who had stolen the identity of the episode's title character. It's an apt metaphor if you think about it -- for all these years, in a way, Christian has stolen Sean's identity. Just as we saw last week when Curtis accused Sean of sleeping with his wife, Sean might as well be Christian because the rest of the world treats him like he is. But, as they buried Marci's body together, there was Sean, once again, doing something he didn't want to do that Christian got him into. Surprising as it may be, Sean still hasn't reached his breaking point. But you know it's coming.
A few more thoughts:
- Great to see Robert LaSardo as Escobar one last time. The second Sean started drinking and Gary Numan's "Cars" mysteriously came on the radio, you knew he was going to show up. Escobar always loved the 80s music.
- It seems so ridiculous for Christian to be chastising Sean for coming clean with Aurelia when he went ahead and gave Marci the real Virginia Hayes' phone number. Talk about a thoughtless move.
- Even though the mourning phase for Kimber seems to have been wrapped up slightly faster than usual (presumably to keep the narrative going) it was a nice nod to her first appearance in the series premiere when fake Virginia said that bouncers at clubs just say to her "Right this way Ten."
[Watch clips and full episodes of 'Nip/Tuck' over at SlashControl.]