Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Nip/Tuck: KiKi (3.2)

Erica continues to be one of the best characters in the series, completely stealing the show in just two scenes. Her talk with Matt was both honest and believable, and I loved how she later bonded with Julia over the bong. It's a great scene featuring real-life mother and daughter, and you can tell Joely Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave had a ball filming it.

Matt's breakdown is excellently written. You can completely understand his initial frustration, but his behavior with Cherry is plain uncomfortable to watch. And I doubt anybody can see the closing moments and not root for the group of transsexuals acting out their revenge on him. I really loved Matt's interaction with everybody in this episode. His visions of Ava were great, especially when dream-Ava challenges him over his sexuality, and learning to be man enough to figure out what he wants. Famke Janssen brought so much to this show, it's a shame her movie career stopped her from sticking around longer.

The medical subplots were pretty average. The KiKi story never really interested me, but I did love the Ramirez plot. It was pretty clear that something bad was going to happen to him, and I liked how they left it open-ended, with Sean left having to operate on him again, despite probably knowing he'll never be able to escape his past. B

Guest stars Vanessa Redgrave (Erica Noughton); Famke Janssen (Ava Moore); Robin Bartlett (Meredith Forsythe); Jose Pablo Cantillo (Marlon Ramirez); Willam Belli (Cherry Peck); Monnae Michaell (Detective Bowser)
Writers Lyn Greene, Richard Levine Director Elodie Keene

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