Ava Moore has, to me, always been the epitome of both the inherent craziness and the heavy drama of Nip/Tuck as a whole. She was a layered, intriguing villainess with hints of humanity, as well as the owner of Nip/Tuck's first (of many) outrageous plot twists that came out of nowhere. In a series about plastic surgery, she reflects that while plastic can "fix" your physical self, it can't fix your deep-seated problems.
Returning four years after her last appearance, Famke Janssen acted like she had never taken a hiatus from Ava. Without a doubt the best character she has ever played, Janssen once again played Ava with grace, sensuality and poise, but still with that lurking sense of Machiavellian evilness lurking beneath the surface. Her scene with Sean bristled with sexual tension, but it was her interactions with Matt that made for the highlights of the episode. While stalking into the carpet store, she almost spoke right through Ramona, threatening-as-all-hell despite not uttering a single word to her. And the look of pure evil on her face with the "she's just perfect..." line was chilling.
Ava's like a black widow spider, and that final scene of the episode has to rank up there with the greatest Nip/Tuck moments. Matt was almost like a robot, programmed to run to Ava as soon as he received the message on his phone. Ava's look as her limo slowly pulled away with Matt inside was hilarious: the spider has got her prey. I seriously couldn't imagine this show ending without her.
Elsewhere, a less showy return came from the long-departed Julia, who calmly dropped a bombshell on McNamara/Troy: she's engaged to some flighty British millionaire named Edmond. I don't know why, but I had a feeling that Edmond doesn't actually exist. It was most likely the way she responded to Sean's questions about his proposal, it felt like she was making them up on the spot. Maybe she needed to create an imaginary wall between herself and the two men that have always pined over her, in an attempt to finally get away from them. Whatever she's up to, it's definitely working.
The penultimate surgery patients were mildly intriguing, even if it did unsurprisingly stick to this show's formula of having some predictable twist toward the end of the episode. While I'm sure I'd be interested in the patients if they appeared in a different season, I'm only really absorbed in our main cast right now with the show so close to folding, so I didn't pay a huge amount of attention to this particular subplot.
One little complaint about this season that I have is the major inconsistencies in writing. It has felt a lot like the writers weren't writing as a team and rather just writing episodes one at a time from different locations. This episode's biggest turnaround was Matt's decision to let his dads back into his life, ignoring what he said in the Dr Griffin episode. While I'm still able to forgive the writers for a lot, this inconsistency is yet another in a long line of sudden plot changes that have occurred in the last couple of seasons, and it does bug.
Despite that, this was more or less a great episode. Ava's return didn't disappoint, and if anything that particular storyline (along with Julia's return) only make me more excited for next week's finale. It's really finally over now, huh...
Director: Dirk Wallace Craft
Writer: Brad Falchuk