Nip/Tuck Episodes

2003, TV Show

Nip/Tuck Episode: "Monica Wilder"

Season 4, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: As Julia's due date approaches, she and Sean interview candidates for the baby's night nurse. The first one (Jennifer Hall) strikes a chord with Sean. Meanwhile, Christian sees a sex video (starring himself!) on the Internet and decides he's too fat, and Liz says something to Michelle (Sanaa Lathan) that strikes a raw nerve. Dr. Mike Hamoui: Mario Lopez. Marlowe Sawyer: Peter Dinklage.
Original Air Date: Sep 19, 2006
Guest Cast Jennifer Hall: Monica Wilder
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Season 4, Episode 3
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Length: 43:53
Aired: 9/19/2006
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September 19, 2006: Monica Wilder Season 4, Episode 3

First things first: A.C. Slater's got a nice ass! Did I ever think I'd type that anywhere? I suppose that's what you get when you spend most of your time Dancing with the Stars and being Bold & Beautiful. I think you'll all agree that Mario Lopez has aged quite well. Whether I buy him as a plastic surgeon is a different story. I did like that Mario's character, Dr. Mike, told Christian how he's able to look so good (besides working out every day): "I don't eat." And more dialogue I found extremely true: "I'm 33. Basic metabolic rates slow down every decade after 30." Tell me about it. I am always a Debbie Downer when my friends turn that age and I say to them "Happy 30th... get ready for back fat!" Cue Debbie Downer noise. "Thanks, Debbie." The first shot of Mario exercising at the gym was reminiscent of his Greg Louganis TV-movie. You knew that as soon as Sean told Christian he didn't want to perform the liposuction Christian wanted, he'd seek help elsewhere. Then, lo and behold, Christian was Saved by the Bell -- Dr. Mike to the rescue with some "lunchtime lipo." Sean ( Dylan Walsh), on the other hand, was a dirty bird, bangin' the prospective babysitter/night nurse Monica (played by Lisa Whelchel look-alike Jennifer Hall). This kind of surprised me, but what didn't shock me was that Christian figured it out when he saw the look on Sean's face: "You porked her!" The best look was on Nurse Linda's face -- she gave Sean a total "You sicko!" expression. While we're on the subject of Nurse Linda, how about this for current TV trivia? Linda Klein plays Nurse Linda on both Nip/Tuck and Grey's Anatomy, and she is a real-life nurse. Fellow Watercooler (oops, I mean "TV Show Commentary") writer Maya Schechter told me this after she interviewed the Nip/Tuck cast last week. Linda only has a few lines each week, but it's cool that she's being featured more. Now, Maya, I encourage you to share your experience here, especially your one-on-one with Julian! Nice plug for YouTube -- I liked that it was Liz and Linda who were ogling the footage of Christian having sex with his slut du jour. An ironically effective way to get Christian to realize he needs to hit the gym/get some lipo -- he got to see what we get to see each week: Julian McMahon's naked butt. "Plastic surgeons can't be fat." However, Liz calling Christian "chubby" is about as realistic as when Jack used to call Will fat on Will & Grace. Not havin' it. And poor Liz. She innocently offered to talk to the mysterious Michelle ( Sanaa Lathan) after she saw Jackie Bisset feel her up and make out with her in the parking lot last week: "I'm here for you." But Michelle didn't appreciate the offer: "You're fired." Good thing Sean was able to convince Michelle to keep Liz on, albeit on a probationary basis. I dig any excuse for Roma Maffia to be dramatic. Love her. The guest-star-a-rama continued with Peter Dinklage from The Station Agent as Mr. Sawyer, one of the other prospective night nurses for Julia ( Joely Richardson) and Sean. Glad he told them he preferred not to be called "height challenged" and that he encouraged them to hold their baby's hand before they change it. Unfortunately, I thought Peter's one scene was -- yes, I'll say it -- too short. Luckily, Julia wants Mr. Sawyer to be their night nurse, so he'll be back. Side note: have you seen the ads and billboards for the new CBS show Smith? An eerie close-up of Ray Liotta's face turned to the side and a white harlequin-like mask next to him on top. Then the words "Tuesdays at 10 pm." Carver-vibes, anyone? The show even has the same time slot -- just a different network. Being reminded of the Carver as I'm driving home from work, I don't need to see that! show less
First things first AC Slaters got a nice ass Did I ever think Id type that anywhere I suppose thats what you get when you spend most of your time Dancing with the Stars and being Bold Beautiful I think youll all agree that Mario Lopez has aged quite well Whether I buy him as a plastic surgeon is a different story I did like that Marios character Dr Mike told Christian how hes able to look so good besides working out every day I dont eat And more dialogue I found extremely true Im 33 Basic metabolic rates slow down every decade after 30 Tell me about it I am always a Debbie Downer when my friends turn that age and I say to them Happy 30th get ready for back fat Cue Debbie Downer noise Thanks Debbie The first shot of Mario exercising at the gym was reminiscent of his Greg Louganis TV-movie You knew that as soon as Sean told Christian he didnt want to perform the liposuction Christian wanted hed seek help elsewhere Then lo and beho 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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