I'm going to cut to the chase and say that this was one of my very least favorite episodes since the series began, but that ending was one of the best ever. How's that for running the gamut? Let's start with that ending: Ding-dong the witch is dead! Just when I thought I was happy to see Gina back because I thought she changed her wicked ways, here she was being more sadly pathetic than ever. So pathetic that I grimaced every time she was on screen after that scene when she paid the Gina-look-alike (Ali Raymer) to have sex with Christian while she watched...and then begged Christian to "Kiss me!" Then when she morphed further into
Alex Forrest and lied by manipulating Julia into thinking Christian could be HIV positive because she was having sex with him, I cringed even more. I wanted the bee-yotch to get punished for her craziness. I was so glad to see Christian hand her the restraining order towards the very end. How many of you were thinking (or perhaps screaming): "No way! He is not going to have sex with her on that roof, even with that condom"? When she fell off the roof after he, umm, stuck it to her, I literally screamed: "Yes!!" Awesome ending to an otherwise mostly sucky episode. Did I just type "sucky"? Never thought I'd describe a
Nip/Tuck episode that way, but let me count the ways, I mean, reasons why this one was "no bueno" to me (besides Gina returning to her psycho persona):
- The Magda & Jeff storyline was one of the most disgusting and hateful plots I've ever witnessed on this show and as you know, there have been many over-the-top and out-of-control weird-ass patients on this show. But come on. I was actually intrigued when I read the description in advance: a May-December relationship deals with an aging issue after twenty-one years of marriage when the older (female) partner wants her younger husband to get surgery to undo his earlier electrolysis procedures so that they'll appear closer in age. Did they have to cast a little old lady in the role? I was hoping to see a seasoned actress, someone in her sixties or even early '70s that still had sex appeal (
Rue McClanahan would've been perfect), especially since this show usually casts some of the very best guest stars. But
Selma Stern was simply too old for the role. I kept waiting for her to yell: "Where's the beef?" How about that visual of her straddling Jeff so vigorously that it gave him a grand mal seizure? Lovely. At least I can say
Robert Gant from
Queer as Folk did a fine job as the unfortunate Jeff (I'll get to the few other things I liked about the episode later). Why have such meaningful lines come out of such a hateful character in her final scene when Madga came to McNamara/Troy with her Jeff replacement? "It's time to move on. You get nothing from the past and who knows what the future is? It's the present, boys...you gotta take a bite out of that apple and have fun while you can. Nobody's keeping score." Liked the speech. Wished it was given by someone other than her. Imagine Rue giving that speech!
- Speaking of former
QAF cast members,
Sharon Gless began the hour as a welcome addition to the show as Colleen, Sean's new talent agent. But why do so many of the female characters on this show end up psychos or stalkers? I was loving the Colleen character until she began overly drinking at dinner with Sean. When Sean drove her home and she asked him to touch her (real) breasts, I thought "Oh, gee, another pathetically weak female character." No female power agent in Hollywood would be caught dead pleading to one her new male clients to touch her boobies. Luckily Sean laid the ground rules with her to not visit the "Hearts 'N Scalpels" set unless he asked her to. We need more powerful female characters like (this week's MIA) Liz.
- While I mention "Hearts 'N Scalpels" and pathetic female characters, can the next one to be killed off please be Eden? I guess it was inevitable that he'd be attracted to her after Aidan eyed Eden at that party a few episodes back. But do we need to have her stalk Aidan by showing up at the set, sleep with him in his trailer and then miraculously have a video of their sexcapade and put it on YouTube? Cut to the scene with
Marlee Matlin as network president Barbara Shapiro watching the video (what, no closeup shots?) with Freddie, Aidan, Sean and Colleen. Suddenly, Aidan is suspended for three months and must go to rehab while Sean takes over as temporary star. Yeah, right. Sean didn't waste time taking over for Aidan when he flirted with the blond extra (Erin Cort) and then...showed her around.
- How much longer does Julia have to suffer post-tainted-fruitcake? Even the doctor (
Kevin Cooney) can't figure out what's wrong with her, so she just must have AIDS. Good thing Christian showed Julia the negative results to both of their HIV tests, plus she was able to spend a tender moment with Sean. I bet a lot of you were in agreement with Christian when he said to Julia: "There's always something wrong with you!"
The few things I enjoyed about this episode (besides that ending):
- As usual, the song choices by P.J. Bloom were perfect. The two best ones were "Pretty Boys & Pretty Girls" by Book of Love (which already samples "Tubular Bells" by Mike Oldfield) played during the
Exorcist-like storyline of "Hearts 'N Scalpels" and even better, hearing Minnie Riperton's classic "Lovin' You" during two back-to-back unpleasant scenes (Colleen's drunken touch-my-breasts plea and Magda on top of Jeff in the hospital bed). Hearing that song got my mind off the unpleasantness. At least for a moment.
- Anytime they feature portions of a "Hearts 'N Scalpels" episode, I smile. Especially Aidan's character operating while blind. How funny was
Bradley Cooper when Aidan was talking to Marcus (Rick Boggs) the blindness consultant and telling him he wanted to cry to "prove to everyone that blind people cry like normal people"?
- Nice to see
Paula Marshall back as ("I'm dating a black guy now") Kate, albeit briefly.
- Although they weren't shown, at least Wilber (twice) and Conor (once) were both mentioned.
- Great insult lines from Christian to Gina: "I'm not going anywhere near that saber-toothed snatch" and Christian to Julia (about Gina): "She's got the gate to hell between her legs."
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, right? Let me know if you agree or disagree with me about this episode.
Be sure to check out Michael Ausiello's interview with departing cast member
here. And you can check out
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Im going to cut to the chase and say that this was one of my very least favorite episodes since the series began but that ending was one of the best ever Hows that for running the gamut Lets start with that ending Ding-dong the witch is dead Just when I thought I was happy to see Gina back because I thought she changed her wicked ways here she was being more sadly pathetic than ever So pathetic that I grimaced every time she was on screen after that scene when she paid the Gina-look-alike Ali Raymer to have sex with Christian while she watchedand then begged Christian to Kiss me Then when she morphed further into Alex Forrest and lied by manipulating Julia into thinking Christian could be HIV positive because she was having sex with him I cringed even more I wanted the bee-yotch to get punished for her craziness I was so glad to see Christian hand her the restraining order towards the very end How many of you were thinking or perhaps screaming No way He is