After weeks of dark-themed episodes, it was a pleasant diversion to watch this "
Nip/Tuck special event," as the promos announced. If any show can make fun of itself via a copycat reality-show version, it's
this one. I loved that it started and ended like a regular episode, but that the entire, approximately 40-minute middle portion was the reality-show replica called "Plastic Fantastic." And yes, I thought it was fantastic. Fantastically hilarious, that is. Did you notice that there was no sight of Matt and Kimber? Their "
Debbie Downer" storyline was obviously unwelcome this week. But back to "Plastic Fantastic." It was no surprise at all that Christian was the one to be enthusiastic about doing the reality version of their lives and not Sean. Christian hates being in Sean's shadow and apparently has never heard of
Before I point out the highlights of this episode, let me first say that I am glad the fictitious network that was considering picking up "Plastic Fantastic" decided against it due to poor focus-group test results. I enjoyed watching this parody because it was a welcome change, but like the test-takers, I wouldn't want to watch on a weekly basis. When the reality show first began, I was kind of bored since it felt like watching an introductory infomercial about
Nip/Tuck on DVD that was focused on getting new viewers to the show. But as soon as Christian added the needed conflict that a good reality show must have, I started getting into it.
Now, on to the countdown... I mean, the highlights:
" It was expertly written and directed by
Hank Chilton and
Charles Haid, respectively. They obviously did their homework, since "Plastic Fantastic" looked and sounded like a real reality show, and they showed just how real - or rather unreal - reality shows really are. Really.
" Speaking of the writing, how timely/ironic for the script to include a line in reference to reality shows being cheap to produce (Christian to Sean): "No overpriced writers."
" It was pretty funny watching Christian and Sean argue about who started their signature opener: "Tell me what you don't like about yourself." While I'm mentioning openers, how awesome was the "Plastic Fantastic" show open?
" The acting VIPs, at least when it came to the regulars, were definitely
Roma Maffia's Liz and
Joely Richardson's Julia. I felt that they did the very best when it came to pouring on the schmaltz. Several of their scenes were like watching an average episode of
" Didn't you all assume Christian lied about Liz and Olivia kissing just to create conflict? I did, especially after Liz said to Julia about Olivia: "We're friends, Julia. You might not have gotten the handbook yet, but two lesbians can be just friends."
" I was happy they included Nurse Linda in the reality show and that she admitted the only reason she came to L.A. with them was the big bucks they paid her.
" For sure, the best guest star was the fabulous
Leslie Grossman as Fiona's junior publicist, Bliss Berger. I know Leslie was on
What I Like About You for years, but what I
really liked about
her was her portrayal of Mary Cherry on
Popular. Brilliant. I knew she'd kick ass as the appropriately named Bliss, the reality-show junkie whose most recent favorite show was
Hey Paula, the show "where they spend every episode convincing us that
" The cameo by
Tiffany "New York" Pollard as herself - the perfect person to give Christian tips on how to do a reality show, as suggested by Bliss. Bliss was also the genius who came up with the hidden cameras, which is what made "Plastic Fantastic" more fun to watch. Best Bliss line: "Three lesbians fighting over their turf is ratings gold!" Another doozie, after she told Christian and Sean that Fiona was unavailable: "Sean Penn just got back from Iraq - she's got damage control." One more (after she gave them the focus-group results and quoted one of the test-takers): "This show jumped the shark five minutes into the pilot."
" Back to Ms. New York, did you notice that FX aired a promo for
I Love New York 2 right after her scene? But that show is on VH1. I can't imagine that cross promotion happening on
" As for their patients, it was nice to see daytime staple
Ian Buchanan back in primetime as Damien Sands, male prostitute (say that like
Dan Aykroyd used to on
SNL). How interesting for closet hooker Christian to refer to male escorts as "far down on the list" of society's professions. Great escort-to-escort exchange from veteran Damien to newby Christian: "Will I be seeing you on the playing field?"
" Best dialogue between Sean and Christian (after Christian accused Sean of being obsessed with the cameras): "I wouldn't be surprised if I turned on the TV next year and found you on
Celebrity Fit Club." Sean: "I am not fat! I'm in terrific shape!"
" Best line from Christian to Liz: "Despite your flaws - and you have many, trust me - you're still a very cute little cupcake."
" Good thing Olivia and Julia made that agreement: No more Olivia kissing Liz and no more Julia sleeping with Christian.
" It was about time we got to see a softer side of Eden, not that I can believe that she even has a softer side. But at least they gave
AnnaLynne McCord a different emotion to play with rather than raving beeyotch. We all knew she wouldn't last six weeks in rehab when she wasn't supposed to be there in the first place. I bet a lot of you were pleased when she declared: "They attacked me in rehab!" Eden's new punishment: She has to go to public school. Oh, the injustice.
" That tender moment/quick makeout session between Sean and Eden towards the end. Yes, it's inevitable that Sean is going to sleep with her soon, but I hope he gets it out of his system, so to speak, and then moves on... to someone who's not half his age. Best line of Eden's: "Pretty much everybody wants me to go to hell." Not hell, Eden. Just off this show.
Let me know if you enjoyed "Plastic Fantastic" like I did and if you agree that having it be a "one-time only" occurrence was a smart decision. "Hearts 'N Scalpels"? Now
that (in small doses) I can visit more often. "Plastic Fantastic"? Not so much.
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After weeks of dark-themed episodes it was a pleasant diversion to watch this NipTuck special event as the promos announced If any show can make fun of itself via a copycat reality-show version its this one I loved that it started and ended like a regular episode but that the entire approximately 40-minute middle portion was the reality-show replica called Plastic Fantastic And yes I thought it was fantastic Fantastically hilarious that is Did you notice that there was no sight of Matt and Kimber Their Debbie Downer storyline was obviously unwelcome this week But back to Plastic Fantastic It was no surprise at all that Christian was the one to be enthusiastic about doing the reality version of their lives and not Sean Christian hates being in Seans shadow and apparently has never heard of Dr 90210Before I point out the highlights of this episode let me first say that I am glad the fictitious network that was considering picking up Plastic Fantastic de