Nip/Tuck – Bad Doc, No Biscuit! week

After a solid month of horror movies, I feel like I should get back to something a bit more grounded. Sadly that will not be the case as the family and I are currently working our way through the sheer depravity of Nip/Tuck.

Nip/Tuck (2003-9)

A little shady deal here, a little ethical entanglement there — it’s a way of life for Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) and Christian Troy (Julian McMahon), Miami doctors who own an exclusive plastic surgery clinic that generates as much trouble as it does cash. While shameless playboy Christian sometimes enjoys his female patients a little too much, family man Sean struggles to keep his home life off the rocks in this Golden Globe-winning series.

I really don’t know how to feel about Nip/Tuck. It is compulsively watchable but utterly ridiculous. The operations seem very realistic and are quite gory for television – not to mention squirm-inducing (so much for not mentioning it). Yet when policework enters as a serious subplot, you will tear your hair out screaming at your TV that that could never happen. It is like trying to buy Glee as a serious simulation of high school. Not coincidentally Ryan Murphy is the creator of both shows.

WARNING: The Carver subplot starts out promising in Season 2 but is maddeningly moronic in Season 3. Honestly it results in more than one of the most disappointing TV episodes I have ever seen.

If you are at all offended by sexual oh let’s say variety, then this is not the show for you. Male and female homosexuality, transsexuals, bisexuality, prostitution, pornography, marital aids, menage a trois, cradle-robbing, sexual blackmail, sexual dimorphism, rape and even bestiality are covered in this show. The sex definitely sells Nip/Tuck and is a large part of what makes the show so watchable.

Obviously a program about plastic surgery in Miami features beautiful people. Julian McMahon does a great job of playing Dr. Christian Troy as well as having the most perfectly groomed chest hair I have ever seen. It appears to be in his contract that he will be shirtless every second episode and have his butt shown every third. Dylan Walsh is fine as his upright/uptight partner Dr. Sean McNamara but strangely Christian the womanizer seems a more sympathetic character.

Even though the two men are the focus of the Nip/Tuck, the women often steal the show. Joely Richardson is wonderful as Sean’s wife and has piercing blue-eyes. Her real-life mother Vanessa Redgrave appears as her mother in several episodes. Dr. Liz Cruz, as played by Roma Maffia, is easily the funniest and most sympathetic character on the show.

Having grown up in Miami, I love shows that are set there. Sadly Nip/Tuck doesn’t take as much advantage of the setting as say Dexter or even CSI:Miami. Still the settings are pretty, the people are pretty, the cars are pretty, the houses are pretty. This is definitely a waste of time show but a very fun waste of time.

People Watch: Wow! There is an absolute parade of guest-stars in this show (mostly in the later seasons). Season 4 alone has Brooke Shields, Larry Hagman, Jacqueline Bisset, Sanaa Lathan, Alanis Morissette, and Rosie O’Donnell – each of them in significant multi-episode story arcs.