Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Nip/Tuck: Rhea Reynolds (3.4)

As much as she sucked, Rhea Reynolds certainly got pulled through the ringer toward the end of this episode. Her surgery scene was terrifying (I had to push mute after a while), and the closing moments were even worse, with The Carver back on the scene and more knife-happy than ever. I was a little confused over the anesthetic though. Did Christian sabotage it on purpose? Or was it just good ol' fashioned karma that got Rhea?

K Callan's subplot was extremely moving. While its principal purpose was to parallel Sean's family breakdown, Callan's heartfelt performance and the excellent characterization make it one of Nip/Tuck's all-time best surgery stories. You really want Ellie to re-ignite her husband's memory, and the last moments of their story is so painful to watch, as you truly wish for the best. The closing shot of Ellie sitting next to her husband and his "new girlfriend" is just devastating.

A powerful episode featuring two patients with drastically different stories. This episode effortlessly shows how far Nip/Tuck has come, balancing such a saddening and emotional story with something so violent and screwy. A

Guest stars K Callan (Ellie Harkness); Tara Buck (Rhea Reynolds); Robin Gammell (Carl Harkness); Sherry Hursey (Lynn James); Larry Joshua (Mr. Riskin); Michael B. Silver (Mandy Baerwitz); Kelsey Lynn Batelaan (Annie McNamara)
Writer Jennifer Salt Director Greer Shephard

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