Thursday, June 3, 2010

Nip/Tuck: Natasha Charles (2.11)

The audience has always been made aware of the good soul lurking beneath Christian's man-whore façade. Just look at his relationship with Wilber. But before Natasha Charles came along, nobody had really made Christian aware that he is a good person, no matter what kind of personality he tries to put across.

Natasha was an amazing character, and I loved that it took a blind woman who has only just met him to realize how beautiful Christian is on the inside. While she can't see people's outer selves, she can see people for who they really are, and Christian was shown that that's what matters the most. Their love scene at the end of the episode was like a piece of art, with Christian shedding a tear as Natasha felt his body, trying to get a sense of what he looks like and who he is. It was a beautiful scene, and one that showed Nip/Tuck doesn't always resort to graphic nudity and a bunch of thrusting to put across great sex.

Julia's quiet meltdown was sad to watch. Sean continues to treat her like dirt, and I was so happy that Erica called him on his needless cruelty toward her. The final scene between Sean and Julia was probably the most heartbreaking of the episode. Dr Copley told Julia that she wasn't getting a boob job in order to win back her husband, but it was obvious that Julia did it for that reason. When Sean completely rejected her after showing him her new boobs, it was plain devastating.

Featuring two great performances from guest stars Vanessa Redgrave and Rebecca Gayheart, Natasha Charles featured two moving, emotional storylines that helped further evolve most of the main cast. A

Guest stars Vanessa Redgrave (Erica Noughton); Rebecca Gayheart (Natasha Charles); Kelly Carlson (Kimber Henry); Armin Shimerman (Ocularist); Kelsey Lynn Batelaan (Annie McNamara); Ann Marie Lee (Dr. Lauren Copley); DeLane Matthews (Nurse); Maury Sterling (Ron)
Writers Lyn Greene, Richard Levine Director Greer Shepherd

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