Friday, March 5, 2010

Nip/Tuck Farewell

I am skipping my usual "Chick-Flick-Friday" in order to say a fond farewell to a groundbreaking show - Nip/Tuck.

My sister got me hooked on this FX show several years ago and at times, I can say that I was thoroughly addicted. The show was about two plastic surgeons (originally based in Miami and later moved to Hollywood) who are also best friends. Sounds nice, right? This show was anything but. You had bizarre storylines about the kinds of surgeries people ask for in order to be beautiful while also dealing with the lives of the main characters of Dr. Christian Troy and Dr. Sean McNamara.

Oh, Dr. Christian I loved thee. He was just beautiful to watch but his character was just an awful human being. He lied, he cheated, he manipulated - he was a total man-whore - but he had one of the sexiest butts on TV!! He was a mover and a shaker and nothing was beneath him. On the flip side you had Dr. Sean McNamara who really, deep down, wanted to be a good guy, but tended to get caught up in Christian's lifestyle. He was married, had kids...but like any good cable show, that wasn't enough. He had affairs, got in to drugs but at the end of the day, he was the voice of reason in the partnership.

The show definitely had a shock factor and there were times where it verged on soft-core porn. There were tales of murder, mayhem, betrayal (Christian is actually the father to one of Sean's kids), I mean it went on and on and for the most part, it was very entertaining. But then, it just turned bizarre - and not in a good way. The storylines turned to the ridiculous and I have to admit, I haven't watched much in the last year. It was quite by accident that I even found out that the show's finale was on Wednesday night! But I did find out and tuned in and was glad that I did.

Most series when they are ending, tend to give you a "super-happy" ending. All of the stories are wrapped up nicely and everyone lives happily ever after. I was kind of hoping for some sort of shocking ending for Nip/Tuck. You know, something that left you so stunned that you WISHED there were more episodes. But this finale was done so wonderfully, so tastefully that I think some might have been disappointed. If you haven't seen it yet, don't read any further. SPOILER ALERT!!

In the end, you saw that Sean really did want to do what is right and finally break's free of his ties to Christian - at the hands of Christian himself. In the one selfless act of the series, Christian dissolves their partnership and pushes Sean to pursue the life that he wanted. Julia leaves to get married and takes the kids with her - but they part as friends. Matt...well, let's just say that he turned out exactly as you'd expect. It was kind of cool that they brought one of his old storylines around for the ending so it tied up nicely. And finally, Christian. Sigh. In the end we see Dr. Troy sitting in a bar having a drink. The woman sitting several seats away has an almost eerie resemblance to Kimber when we first met her way back when. He offers to buy her a drink, she refuses. When the bartender offers Christian another, he lets it purposefully slip that he can't because he has to operate tomorrow. The woman turns to him and says "You're a doctor?" To which he smirks and says "Plastic surgeon". She smiles coyly and you are reminded of how it all began...

Farewell, Nip/Tuck! Thank you for making me laugh, cry and cringe. It has been an entertaining ride.


Frugal Vicki said...

This is one show I haven't seen! I guess it is too late now!

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Mariuca said...

Yay I love NT and am up to S5... have not watched the rest. My soft spot is for Sean McNamara though hehehehe... ;)