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'Nip/Tuck' - 'Dr. Griffin' Recap

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 11th 2010 12:42PM
Dylan Walsh and Julian McMahon
(S07E06) "It's not like we're a couple or anything." - Sean

Saving the best for last, the final season of 'Nip/Tuck' is firing on all cylinders right now and 'Dr. Griffin' easily stands out as one of the final run's, and possibly the series', finest episodes. Highlighting the symbiotic, and often parasitic, relationship that Drs. McNamara and Troy have shared over the years, 'Dr. Griffin' could have been a boring romp as our two favorite plastic surgeons sat on a therapist's couch and laid their feelings bare. Instead, what resulted, was a charged exploration of how these two people really feel about each other.

On many levels, Sean and Christian's dialogue trudged thorough familiar territory but the key was that it was familiar to fans -- not them. While we knew about Christian forging Sean's signature for the loan or Sean's affair with Kimber right before her suicide, they didn't. Seeing them react to these revelations that have been simmering in the background for weeks was nothing short of riveting. Hats off to Dylan Walsh and Julian McMahon for injecting a burst of energy into two characters that have grown stale because we know them so well. Seeing Sean and Christian like this is a reminder of what made 'Nip/Tuck' so good in the first place.

On top of their individual discussions, it was great to see Liz and Matt brought into the fold as well. Liz held a mirror up to both of them, though what they saw only seemed to shock Sean. For as smart as he is, to still think that he's somehow above Christian is comical.

Matt's appearance was less shocking as his decision to cut ties with both his fathers for good was a long time coming. Not sure what value there was in introducing his new fiancee though -- walking away from his family was proof enough that he's starting over. That being said, nothing regarding Matt's future is set in stone with Ava (Famke Janssen) set to return in a few weeks. The only missing piece here was Julia, but there's sure to be a final confrontation with her involved before the season is out. With the history she shares with both Sean and Christian, she deserves more than a therapy session.

A few more thoughts --

  • 'Dr. Griffin' was shaping up to be the only episode where the title character wasn't a patient in some form of McNamara/Troy. Then he got shot in the face. So much for that.
  • I mentioned how charged the episode felt and most of Christian's dialogue was the source of that. Everything he said had so many double meanings, like "I know where all the bodies are buried."
  • "Nobody is totally without blame." So... when is Sean going to realize that?

It was interesting that the episode ended with Sean and Christian seeing another therapist. In a way it makes sense. Like Liz said, without each other, neither Sean nor Christian exist. More therapy just continues to keep that circular truth alive.

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

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I need to find the brand name or store that sells the suits worn by Sean in the Dr. Griffin episode. Please Help!

February 17 2010 at 5:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It was great to see Liz tear into both of them especially Sean. He needs to get off his high horse. But it was ridiculous of Matt putting all the blame for his problems on his dads. Since season 1 he has been a spineless coward who takes the easy way out or lets others take the blame for his actions. In the first season he left people think he his buddy was responsible for a hit and run. And going by his track record I doubt if he told his finace all his sins. Plus he generally has horrible judgment and an over-romantic blind spot when it comes to women. Note the 1 woman who was not messed up or abhorrent broke up with him for his own good since she she understood him all too well. So who's to say if this new girl is any prize. Christian was justified in his response. They may not be the best dads in the world and yes they are self-absorbed but they have always been there for Matt when he got into serious trouble. It is typical of him to claim cutting off his family will make his life better. I hope Ava seriously messes him up. He deserves comeuppance

February 15 2010 at 5:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It was a truly great ep, I have to admit though that really who gives a @@ about Matt and why is the show trying to redeem this character? Is he not to blame for killing an innocent man just to not get back in jail in the last season finale or for aiming a gun at all those people or 4 being a lowlife and a loser during the whole show? Why is he victimised? He is as much to blame for his actions as his fathers. But I guess it's all going to a happy end 4 him...
p.s. Dr. Griffin wasn't going to be the first episode not named after a patient. A few seasons back there was an ep named Conor McNamara!

February 14 2010 at 5:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I really want to see Kimber walk out of the ocean

February 12 2010 at 11:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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El in AZ

I want to see Julia walk INTO the ocean.

February 14 2010 at 1:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

does anyone know what sunglasses christian was wearing at the end of the episode of Dr. Griffin? I think he wears them throughout the episode.

February 12 2010 at 11:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Versace's 4134, they are tortoise brown. [:

February 17 2010 at 3:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I enjoyed The Stepfather- this was just as a great as the first. Dylan Walsh did a great job filling the shoes of Terry O'Quinn http://bit.ly/dicg8I

February 11 2010 at 5:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i agree the greatest episode by far this season... the writers are doing justice to each character and story line knowing this is their last season.. I especially liked the turnaround Sean does after he realizes he is to blame as much as Christian.. I loved the last scene.when the therapist says "So temme what you dont like about yourself?"

February 11 2010 at 2:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Definitely a series highlight!

Not crediting Daniel Benzali in the review is a travesty. He was perfectly cast and gave a riveting performance.

This was my favorite episode in a LONG time.

February 11 2010 at 12:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Jim's comment

I totally agree with Jimmy, Daniel Benzali was nearly the "piece de resistance" of this episode.
Bravo for finally reminding us why we started watching Nip/Tuck to begin with! I was on the edge of my seat the whole show and am sorry to see it go!

February 11 2010 at 1:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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