Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Nip/Tuck: Christian Troy (2.2)

This episode was all about Christian and Sean's relationship, and how both realize that they can only be excellent surgeons when they're together. They're a double act, and without the other person there, they're nowhere near as good as they can be.

The episode's subplot featured the resolution to the Cara Fitzgerald arc from last season. You really felt for Henry, despite him being an attempted rapist. Putting yourself in Matt's position, you have this internal conflict about what you would do if you were in the same circumstances. I wouldn't call Matt lying at the end an evil thing, but maybe it wasn't the best thing he could have done. Andrew Leeds put in a great performance, and his silent dread saying the "they'll rape me" line was terrifying.

While Erica only appeared in one scene, it was my favorite of the episode. She explained to Julia that she and Sean's generation dreamed of becoming successes in every aspect of life, but failed, and now subconsciously put the blame on their children, pressuring them into becoming something that they haven't yet realized is unattainable. It's a great moment of cultural analysis, and featured great performances from Joely Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave.

Not a hugely great episode, but one that successfully wrapped up the Cara story and proved how powerful Sean and Christian's friendship is. You rarely see two heterosexual men on TV who are so connected. B-

Credits Guest stars Vanessa Redgrave (Dr. Erica Noughton); Orla Brady (Dr. Monica Jordan); Hank Harris (Calvin Murray); Andrew Leeds (Henry Shapiro); David Carpenter (Mr. Unger); Gregg Daniel (Detective Collins); Ron Marasco (Lawyer); Amy Ryder (Detective Volpe); Jessalyn Gilsig (Gina Russo)
Writer Sean Jablonski Director Jamie Babbit

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