Nip/Tuck Episodes

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Nip/Tuck Episode: "Willy Ward"

Season 4, Episode 14
Episode Synopsis: Sean comes to a decision regarding his future, but first he performs a face-lift on a ventriloquist who tells him he needs the surgery to “compete” with his puppet. Meanwhile, Gina (Jessalyn Gilsig) returns with a request regarding Wilber that Christian is not inclined to grant; James ends her association with Escobar; Matt attempts to rekindle the spark with Kimber; and Liz breaks up with Poppy (Alanis Morissette).
Original Air Date: Dec 5, 2006

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Season 4, Episode 14
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Length: 09:02:42
Aired: 12/5/2006
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December 5, 2006: Willy Ward Season 4, Episode 14

Weeks ago, when Escobar said goodbye to Sean and told him, "We're even now," and that he wouldn't be back, you knew that was too good to be true. Tonight, after James shot herself to death, you knew that would not be the end of Michelle's troubles. But who knew James would be working for Escobar? Nice twist. Now Escobar wants Michelle to take over for James. That's not going to fit into Christian and Michelle's perfect new family life with little Wilber. We all knew as soon as Michelle got into her car that someone was going to be inside - but did any of you expect it to be Escobar? Yes, Robert LaSardo's name was in the opening credits, but I thought he'd be seen in one of Sean's dream sequences. We'll have to wait until next week's season finale to find out more about Escobar's diabolical plans, but let's cross our fingers that those plans don't involve one of Wilber's kidneys. How about James gifting Wilber tonight with an Operation game board and pointing out the tiny little kidney game piece? Yikes! Poor Sean. Last week he was a drunk; tonight he was once again experiencing the "Jan Brady Syndrome" - always feeling like he's in Marcia's, I mean, Christian's shadow. First that sexy patient Ms. Hudson ( Robyn Lively) wanted Christian to perform her boob job. I mean, come on, Christian is No. 7 in "Ocean Drive" magazine's 10 Most Eligible Bachelors. Then Matt came to Christian for sexual advice on how to pleasure Kimber more effectively. Asking Sean would be like getting tips from Dr. Ruth, thought Matt. I kept waiting for Sean to scream: "All I hear is Christian this and Christian that... Christian, Christian, Christian!" Then Liz explained to Sean why she and Alanis, I mean, Poppy, broke up: "No matter how much she told me she loved me, I never felt like I could shine when she was around." Sean: "I know exactly how you feel." Side note: I got my wish from last week when they gave Poppy and Liz more to do, but I wish I could've seen more scenes of them together leading up to the breakup. Like maybe Liz starting her breakup process by singing to Poppy: "You're uninvited.... " Sorry, couldn't resist. So, getting back to Sean, it did not surprise me when he told Christian he wanted to sell his share of McNamara/Troy to Christian and Michelle in order to discover who he is without Christian. We all know that breakup won't last long. At first, when Gina ( Jessalyn Gilsig) returned, it seemed like she was a new and improved Gina. After all, she greeted Christian with "Hello, Christian" rather than "Hello, a--hole." But, alas, she had turned into an even bigger psychotic mess than before. How unfortunate for cute little Wilber to have to experience both the restaurant confrontation (when Gina morphed into Alex Forrest) and the temporary kidnapping. Luckily, Gina discovered she just didn't want Wilber (better to find that out now than later). By the way, I knew that class act Gina would make an inappropriate comment about Michelle being black. While I am mentioning inappropriateness and a lack of class, can we please talk about Kimber agreeing to do a porno with Matt? Yeah, right. Not the Scientologist version of Kimber. It cracked me up when Kimber confided in her Scientologist counselor Parker ( Adria Dawn) that Matt was boring in bed. Like that was a shocker? But then Matt hired Kimber's mentor and favorite porno director Lena ( Lorna Raver), which convinced Kimber to make the porno? Not buyin' it. Watching Matt attempt to be a porn star just made me laugh, and not in a good way. Enter Jim Walsh from Beverly Hills, 90210, aka James Eckhouse, as Dr. Schwartz, Kimber's Scientologist doctor, to break the news to Kimber that her performance was all over the Internet. I did enjoy Kimber's daydream that included visions of a sci-fi creature named Xenu, obviously a dig at science-fiction writer and Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, as well as seeing the former slutty version of herself referring to her newfound religion as "this crap." People on this show sure do see things. At least our regular characters don't talk to dummies. Oops, I take that back: Christian did talk to Gina tonight. But you know what I mean. Great intro to the ventriloquist patient Willy Ward, having Nurse Linda tell Sean: "Bring some milk and a bowl with you - he's cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs." Yes, it was a silly plot, but it sure did perfectly set up Sean's feelings of unworthiness around Christian. Christian turning into a ventriloquist dummy sitting on Sean's leg was pure genius: "Now get your hand out of my ass!" I thought Ronn Lucas as Willy was quite good, but even better was music supervisor P.J. Bloom's use of "I'm Your Puppet" by James & Bobby Purify during Willy's surgery. Another mid-'60s classic was featured effectively tonight: "Up, Up & Away" by the Fifth Dimension, heard during the opening boob job with the oh-so-appropriate lyrics, "... in my beautiful, my beautiful balloon.... " See you next week for the season finale. I bet you're like me - I'm no dummy - I can't wait! show less
Weeks ago when Escobar said goodbye to Sean and told him Were even now and that he wouldnt be back you knew that was too good to be true Tonight after James shot herself to death you knew that would not be the end of Michelles troubles But who knew James would be working for Escobar Nice twist Now Escobar wants Michelle to take over for James Thats not going to fit into Christian and Michelles perfect new family life with little Wilber We all knew as soon as Michelle got into her car that someone was going to be inside but did any of you expect it to be Escobar Yes Robert LaSardos name was in the opening credits but I thought hed be seen in one of Seans dream sequences Well have to wait until next weeks season finale to find out more about Escobars diabolical plans but lets cross our fingers that those plans dont involve one of Wilbers kidneys How about James gifting Wilber tonight with an Operation game board and pointing out the tiny little 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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