Thursday, September 23, 2010

Nip/Tuck: Monica Wilder (4.3)

The rapid deconstruction of Christian Troy has been one of the clearest character arcs so far this season. We've already had him questioning his own mind and spirit with his fear over his potential homosexuality, and now he's left questioning his body. A lot of media coverage was dedicated to the shower scene here, and it was pretty darn hilarious. Mike Hamoui is an obnoxious "physical terrorist", a man so vacuous that his whole life revolves around his body. He's Christian but even worse. Mario Lopez, nothing but a pair of washboard abs, was fine, and did exactly what the role called for. Namely, said washboard abs and some tight butt-cheeks.

Sean banging the nanny was entirely unnecessary. Once again, the show is derailing the Sean/Julia marriage and by this point it's become completely predictable and disappointing. One of the biggest problems the series has is in its representation of them as a couple. There have always been intimacy issues between them, but the constant breaking-up/getting-back-together thing is painfully annoying, rendered even more unlikable when they repeatedly cheat on each other.

Liz's subplot was fine, but didn't reflect too well on Michelle. She's an intriguing character, but becoming less and less likable as time goes on. The audience is hardly going to warm to her when she's throwing accusations left, right and center. However, alienating Liz does at least mean somebody in the McNamara/Troy team doesn't fully trust her from here on out. Which should be fun.

Not the greatest episode, Monica Wilder unfortunately felt like wheels turning in an inorganic motion, forcing the show's characters to do things purely to fit the storyline and not necessarily reflective of whom they are as people. Intriguing guest spot by Peter Dinklage, though. Love that guy. B-

Guest stars Peter Dinklage (Marlowe Sawyer); Sanaa Lathan (Michelle Landau); Jennifer Hall (Monica Wilder); Mario Lopez (Dr. Mike Hamoui); Colleen Flynn (Dr. Allamby); Kelsey Lynn Batelaan (Annie McNamara)
Writer Brad Falchuk Director Elodie Keene

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