Nip/Tuck Episodes

2003, TV Show

Nip/Tuck Episode: "Reefer"

Season 4, Episode 13
Episode Synopsis: Sean drinks heavily as he spends a gloomy Christmas without his family; Christian receives an unexpected gift when a 3-year-old Wilber comes back into his life; and James forces Michelle to help as she takes drastic measures to fill her holiday kidney quota. Poppy: Alanis Morissette. Reefer: Charles Haid.
Original Air Date: Nov 28, 2006
Guest Cast Charles Haid: Reefer
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Season 4, Episode 13
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Length: 07:19:47
Aired: 11/28/2006
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November 28, 2006: Reefer Season 4, Episode 13

So, right away I was thinking: "It's not even December - why are we getting a Christmas episode already?" Then I remembered that we only have two more episodes left for this season, the season finale airs as early as December 12, and December begins this Friday. Happy holidays! Actually, this episode was more like Halloween meets Christmas. I'd like to officially place Jacqueline Bisset's James character in the category of TV's all-time creepiest characters. As soon as Sean asked Reefer the homeless man ( Charles Haid) to stay the night at McNamara/Troy after Sean stitched up his face, I knew that James would make Reefer her next victim. But I didn't expect her to kill him by removing just about all of his organs: how refreshing. Then I thought about it - of course she had to kill him and strategically remove his body from the premises without the knowledge of the FBI surveillance guards. If she kept him alive with just an organ or two removed, it would've been too obvious that she was the culprit since she was the only one there besides the guards. Very clever of Santa James and Santa's helper Michelle to chop up the remains of Reefer's body into two plastic bags and take them off as bags of toys for the less fortunate. I'm sure the French-speaking Asian dude ( Jack Yang) was happy with all of the organic assistance James provided towards her "Christmas quota." For you Grey's Anatomy fans, Jack also plays Walter, Joe the bartender's English-speaking boyfriend. It was nice to see Charles Haid on screen for a change, since he's been spending lots of time directing lately. (He directed last week's "Diana Lubey" episode as well as the "Burt Landau" and "Merrill Bobolit" episodes.) Having Sean meet Reefer gave Sean something to do besides mourn the loss of Julia and drink. Can we talk about the drinking? Suddenly, Sean is an alcoholic - sort of like Bree becoming an alcoholic on Desperate Housewives, out of nowhere. Yes, I know he's had bouts of drunkenness before, but it still seemed a bit sudden to me. Here's hoping this alcoholic depression is short-lived. Same goes for any further gifts sent to Sean from Escobar. That Escobar is such a ham. I thoroughly enjoyed Lisa Ann Walter tonight as Mrs. Hickock, the woman who asked for a G-spot amplification since all she wanted for Christmas was "a killer orgasm and a new wardrobe." Great scene when Sean was giving her the very pleasurable procedure and I must give kudos yet again to music supervisor P.J. Bloom for using "Joy to the World" during that scene, especially since it contained the lyrics "Joy to the world, the Lord has come.... " But poor Mrs. Hickock - she was feeling a bit too good, even enjoying when her cell phone vibrated in her pocket, so it was appropriate for Christian to give her a reverse procedure and free Botox shots. In the midst of all this pleasure, I must point out a pain - I don't believe that Sean would've realistically allowed himself to perform any procedure while being drunk like that. Uh-uh. But we must discuss the funniest part of the hour: Sean got oral sex from a dwarf! And everyone watched - including little Wilber (I'll get to him later). First, it was hilarious when the drunk Sean asked the "little person" woman dressed as a Christmas elf ( Debbie Lee Carrington): "Do you know Marlowe?" Oh no he di-int. Then, her answer: "Which elf is he?" Sean: "He was my wife's elf. I thought maybe you all knew each other." Shut up! How very Sean of Sean to flirt with her and then essentially experience what Julia experienced. That visual will remain in my mind for quite some time. But here's something I'd like to add to the "visual": I want you to know that Debbie Lee played a very well-known character in movie history - she played (get ready for this) one of the Ewoks in Return of the Jedi! I swear. So please always remember that Sean basically got oral pleasure from an Ewok. Now, onto a different little person: Wilber. How cute is that child? Wilber is played by triplets Jason, Joshua and Josiah Henry (but Jason had to sit out during this episode since he had a cold). This talented trio has teamed up to play Wilber since season 2 and let me explain in case you're a Nip/Tuck newbie that Wilber was the baby that Christian's ex Gina had. Christian thought the baby was his... until it was born. Out came a black baby - obviously not Christian's. As previously discussed here, Gina returns next week, so I can only imagine she won't be happy that Christian and Michelle want to adopt Wilber. While we are on the subject of Gina, remember last week when I complained that Christian's daydream should've included more of his past loves and lusts? Well, my FX source read my commentary and e-mailed me with the following info: "We all wanted Gina Russo to return via Christian's dream and say, "Hey a--hole," but Jessalyn Gilsig gave birth just two days before those former f--ks haunting Dr. Troy scenes were shot. She was totally missed and everyone said so.... We even talked about filming her with a green screen and adding her in post, but it would just look cheesy. The good news: one month after Jessalyn had her baby (Penelope), she came back for an episode - which you will see soon. Famke was in Europe; Rhona was in New York shooting a movie. Thank gawd we got the two Rebeccas, who were thrilled to be there. Two of the gals in the background in the last shot were also previous one-night stands of Dr. Troy from seasons 1 and 2." OK, back to me. Awesome stuff, eh? Thanks, source of all sources! Note to source: will Alanis Morissette be given more to do in future episodes? I've got one hand in my pocket and the other one's typing to ask you if Poppy will be a more prominent character during the next few weeks. She and Liz need to go beyond being the "Dynamic Dyke Duo," as Christian so eloquently put it. I'll conclude with a congrats to Lyn Greene - she triple-fisted it tonight. Not only is she a coexecutive producer on the show each week, but she wrote tonight's episode (along with writing and producing partner Richard Levine) and, for the first time ever, directed it as well. Lyn has come a long way since starring on the '70s sitcom On Our Own with Bess Armstrong and playing young Dorothy on The Golden Girls. show less
So right away I was thinking Its not even December why are we getting a Christmas episode already Then I remembered that we only have two more episodes left for this season the season finale airs as early as December 12 and December begins this Friday Happy holidays Actually this episode was more like Halloween meets Christmas Id like to officially place Jacqueline Bissets James character in the category of TVs all-time creepiest characters As soon as Sean asked Reefer the homeless man Charles Haid to stay the night at McNamaraTroy after Sean stitched up his face I knew that James would make Reefer her next victim But I didnt expect her to kill him by removing just about all of his organs how refreshing Then I thought about it of course she had to kill him and strategically remove his body from the premises without the knowledge of the FBI surveillance guards If she kept him alive with just an organ or two removed it wouldve been too obvious read more

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Premiered: July 22, 2003, on FX
Rating: TV-MA
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Premise: A pungent plastic-surgery drama that keeps its humanity amid some graphic operation scenes that aren't for the squeamish. The FX hit smoothly mixes searing drama and mordant humor as it dissects conflicts between two physicians who are partners and best friends: the skirt-chasing, morality-challenged Christian Troy and idealistic Sean McNamara, who's (slightly) more straitlaced. Christian and Sean were based in Miami for the show's first four seasons but moved to L.A. for the last three.

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