Nip/Tuck

Season 5 Episode 3

Everett Poe

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 13, 2007 on FX
9.0
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Sean and Julia learn more about their new family dynamic as Sean resists Eden's advances. Kate reveals a secret compulsion. Matt comes to Los Angeles with some troubling news for his fathers.

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  • Now that's what I'm talking about! This is the episode I have been waiting for since the season began. It had the totally messed up twisted complicated character drama of season 2.moreless

    7.8
    So Julia's in a new healthy relationship that makes her feel whole and validated in ways her relationship with Sean never did. Wrong. Christian in some sort of lame machismo desperado move makes a clumsy play for Julia, though it obviously had more to do with his recent lack luster opinion of himself. The boy is denied. For about half the episode anyway. I guess I should have expected them to go down the Christian/Julia road one more time now that Julia and Sean are one hundred percent split for good. But I was very surprised, especially by that ending! I mean talk about a burn. Essentially Julia just seduced him and then cast him aside to run back to her beloved Olivia, who by the way suggested that Julia sleep with Christian to get him out of her system. Christian must be dying, I mean talk about kicking his ego when it's already down to begin with. That explains why when a older lady mistook him for a hooker rather then correct her slept with her and took the cash to boot. That should end well. Though I guess I understand where it comes from. He is desperately seeking the approval he has yet to receive for Hollywood, then to be rejected by his dream girl and to top it off Sean is getting all the glitter Hollywood has to offer.After being the big cheese in Miami that's bound to take you down a rung or two.



    Then there's the very sexual very twisted young lady Eden, Olivia's daughter. I'll give the girl her dues she is gorgeous but she's got a screw missing or something. She's not a good influence on Annie, in fact she's very mean to her in a passive aggressive manipulative way. For an eighteen year old she is oddly slutty and she seems to have her eyes fixed on Sean and I highly doubt it's because she truly wants to date him...I mean come on this is so about her personal issues. But I mean leave it to Nip/Tuck to have Sean hookup (potentially) with his ex's wife's lover's barely legal daughter, while he is by the way in a relationship with a woman who is seriously fragile.



    But I gotta say the kicker of the episode, for me anyway, was Matt's return. He shows up saying he's left Kimber and took their baby, Jenna with him. Apparently Kimber is aware of all this and doesn't even care. And things look very sad for Matty. His sham of a marriage to blonde bimbo barbie is breaking up, he's a teenage dad who is totally broke thanks to his horrid ex and he looks totally ragged and defeated. Poor baby. Or so I thought! Now anyone who has watched the show from the beginning knows that Matt has always had a bad side to him. He has made some very bad choices, gone down some very bad roads, and made some huge mistakes. But he had sort of rebounded from all that, at least in part last season. But now I am baffled as to what happened. He's scamming all three of his parents out of money to support his drug habit who by the way wife-y is on. They are living in some hole of an apparent and Kimber looks like hell, not mention they apparently don't mind getting thrashed and going at it while their infant daughter is right next to them. Good gad Matt what the frick happened!?!moreless
  • Why must we continue to be subjected to Matt? Why oh why?

    7.5
    Has Matt never heard of eyebrow waxing? Freakish looking is the description that comes to mind. That said, I'm glad to see the writers have turned him into a junkie but I still think that's too good for him. Julia as a lesbian? Yawn. The woman (the character) has absolutely no sense of self whatsoever. She'll lean in whatever direction she's told by whomever happens to be standing closest to her at the time and this thing with Portia just reinforces that.



    Sean turned on by Eden - duh. Christian seduced and used by Julia - classic. My only question: whatever happened with Everett Poe? I mean, we saw the consult and we saw the surgery but there was no wrap-up to that one as there usually is - at least in some form or fashion. For its faults, flaws and foibles, it was still a fairly typical episode of Nip/Tuck.moreless
  • Nip/Tuck has a jump rope made out of sharks. It's gone from being risqué and fun to disturbing and sad. We've looped back around to see the same characters doing the same things over and over. They've moved to LA, and so has everyone else.moreless

    1.4
    Nip/Tuck has a jump rope made out of sharks. It's gone from being risqué and fun to disturbing and sad. We've looped back around to see the same characters doing the same things over and over. They've moved to LA, and so has everyone else. Not a single thing has changed. We're going to have the same stupid relationships going back and forth and no one cares anymore. Christian use to be the guy you loved to hate, and his masochistic ways were admonished in the show. Now it seems the show is glorifying his screwed up ways. I use to love this show. The last season was horrible, and it looks like this season is just looking to get worse. I think I'm done with this one. When's the shield coming back on?moreless
  • Not.. that.. good

    7.7
    Ok. The scene in the jacuzzi... grosse. Anyway. For me... nip tuck isn't nip tuck anymore. A lot of cheesy things in it.. I begin to think that the whole julia - olivia relationship was just for the male part of the viewers.. Not that I have anything against it.. but they could have done better things to atract audience. And it becomes pretty boring. Where are those tremendous and socking stories of the pacients?! That's why I've watched nip tuck... not for the sex scenes or stuff like that. If I wanted that I would just rent a stupid porn movie and watch it. BUUUUUUt... I love Kimberley and Matt. They save the show. Hahaha. Can't wait to see what's happening next to them!moreless
  • Eden Written by Lyn Greene And Richard Levine Directed by Richard Levine

    8.0
    Whoever said that temptation came from the garden of Eden obviously never met the skanky brat that is set to become the latest of eyesores for Sean. In some ways Sean could possibly have a reason for not being keen on Julia and Olivia as a couple.



    Of course it's not really Olivia who is the problem but more so her daughter, aptly named Eden. From the first moment you see her, you can tell that Eden is trouble but whether she can live up to the femme fatale status of Ava and James remains to be seen. Either way, the girl is determined to try.



    Eden clearly disapproves of Olivia shacking up with Julia and while a part of it might seem to be spoiled brat syndrome, she certainly finds clever ways of sabotaging her mother's new relationship.



    First off all she decides to visit Sean and not mention being Olivia's daughter when she requests for a hymen reconstruction. Sean isn't particularly comfortable with having to perform an operation on an 18 year old without parental consent and Eden makes sure he's even less comfortable during their consult.



    Basically the little bint starts trying it on with him and luckily a disgusted Sean manages to kick her out of the office before refusing to do her surgery. Of course that isn't the last of Eden's campaign of terror as she has some fun commenting on Annie's weight when Sean goes to see his daughter.



    Finally figuring out that Eden is the spawn of Olivia; Sean confronts the girl and tells her to stay away from Annie. Eden really proves she's a nasty piece of work in this scene when she gloats about impressionable Annie can be and given how insecure the girl is right, I can see Eden doing a fair amount of psychological damage to Annie just purely for the hell of it. However when Sean rightly lays into Eden and accurately labels her a "little **** both Olivia and Julia are quick to defend the girl. I get that Olivia didn't actually hear the exchange between Sean and Eden but given how vicious her daughter was during those scenes (she belittled Julia, made crude comments about her mother's sexual prowess and called Sean a racist), you'd think Olivia would be a bit more firm with her kid.



    As for Julia, why is it so impossible for the woman to take Sean's side for once? I know she might not want to escalate any tension between herself and Olivia but Eden isn't exactly subtle in her dislike of Julia. Half the time I wonder if Julia is eternally dense. If she saw Eden flushing Annie's head down the toilet and Eden denied it, Julia would probably believe Eden.



    Worse still is that Sean is being put into a bad position with Eden. Not only does Julia refuse to hear him out (as per usual) but Olivia asks him to do Eden's surgery. If I were a parent I wouldn't want my kid being operated on by a man who doesn't like her. Likewise if I was Sean and I knew what a nasty piece of Eden was, I wouldn't be so keen to operate on her either. The fact that Sean didn't refuse is baffling considering he also has a disturbing attraction to Eden.



    That's the other problem of this scenario. Operating on Eden gave her another chance to test the boundaries with Sean and now that she's managed to get Annie to enrol in the same school as her, Eden has more opportunities to make with the head trips. Much as I love Sean, the guy really needs to start using his brains and fast.



    Sean's had trouble with psycho women before. Last season had that god awful Monica stalking him and trying to accuse him of rape. Seeing as there are no stray buses around, we're stuck with Eden. Sean fantasising about her during a sex session with Kate is also problematic but then again, that relationship is heading for the crapper anyway.



    Kate's a nice if troubled enough girl but as soon as she defecated in the pool by accident, it seemed to be the deal breaker between her and Sean. I know Sean sincerely reassured her but Christian's scathing comments clearly got to him and he didn't enjoy their sex scene until he started thinking about Eden. It's too bad because I like Kate and Sean works better with someone like her or Megan. Eden is gonna be a misery for Sean and he knows it too. It still won't stop him though. The man seems to almost thrive on being with troublesome women as does Christian and Matt from time to time.



    Speaking of relationships doomed for failure, don't Julia and Olivia look together? From a cynical perspective, it's like a narcissist's wet dream but logically it takes on lunch for Liz to deduce that Julia is tourist rather than a full time lesbian. I suppose Liz has never heard of bisexuality then? It's a likely orientation for Julia because even I don't buy into her as being simply gay Then again some people do discover their true sexuality later in life.



    Seriously I like Olivia. She does in her own way seem to be a good person. Her conversation with Sean about Eden's behaviour indicates that she tries to be a responsible and caring parent and the story about how she and Julia met is rather sweet. Also I am beyond happy for Eden to be the sociopath rather than Olivia. This show has made far too many dysfunctional characters, so having the odd normal one (besides Liz) is a relief.



    Unfortunately much as I would like to root for her and Julia as a couple, I just can't see them lasting. Julia's discomfort about being publicly affectionate with Olivia in front of Liz is kind of telling. Is it me or does Julia always come across as someone who doesn't particularly enjoy sex?



    Watching some of her back catalogue trysts with Sean, Christian, Jude and Quentin she never really looked like she was enjoying herself and even with Olivia she seems to have a hard time loosening up too. Fortunately Olivia is a great person and is rather comforting lover but mentioning the marriage word to Julia during lovemaking probably isn't the best way of generating results sex wise.



    Then there's Christian. I knew he was going to have a problem with Julia and Olivia's relationship and not just because Julia is dating a woman. It seems that Christian has hang ups about both Sean and Julia moving on with their lives while he's stuck in limbo. It almost makes you wish that Michelle would haul her ass to LA and beg for Christian to take him back. That also might him to stop being a prick which he has been so far this season.



    Thanks to Liz casting her doubts about Julia and Olivia, Christian seizes the opportunity to try and seduce the mother of his biological kid and luckily Julia does knock him. She might not be gay but I'd hate to see her and Christian together. They just don't work. Christian and Michelle did but he and Julia really don't.



    So it's rather annoying that later on Christian and Julia do actually sleep together. Thank God I'm not a shipper because their sex scene is pretty unconvincing and it's an absolute relief to find out that Olivia told Julia to do Christian in order to get him out of her system. The fact that Christian is in Julia's system annoys me. I don't want her with Christian or Sean even if I can't see Olivia lasting much longer either.



    Also another I hated about their tryst here was the sanctimonious way Christian thought Julia wanted him and how little he cared that their encounter would hurt Sean. Okay so it's none of Sean's business about them sleeping together but still, it's a rather crappy attitude to have in regards to someone's who is practically your brother.



    The funny thing is that Christian then takes advantage of a woman who mistakes him for an escort. That should've bugged me but at this point, I actually found it to be the least irritating thing he did in the episode. Besides the real male escort didn't exactly protest when Christian stole his customer, now did he?



    As for Matt and Kimber, I'd like to say that I've been missing them but I really haven't but suffice to say both of them resurface in this episode. What are the odds that from the last time we've seen them they have become a stable, loving and committed family? Pretty much none whatsoever!



    Matt returns with Jenna in tow under the pretences that Kimber has gotten super crazy in her Scientology and that he wants to make a decent life for him and his daughter. Sean's furious that Matt squandered the cash he gave him at the end of Season Four but Christian is more sympathetic. Probably because he likes the idea of at least someone else in his family having a failed relationship.



    Sean does eventually calm and offers Matt more cash but in all fairness Sean really should've stuck to being livid about Matt's money squandering. Not only did Matt lie about being separated from Kimber but the two of them are living in a filthy motel and instead of spending Sean and Christian's cash on food for Jenna, they're more keen to waste it on crack.



    Matt and Kimber on crack may not be the most empowering of stories but given how amazingly stupid these two people are on a good day, it's certainly consistent. We've got Matt who has broken the law in pretty every toxic relationship he has been in and let's not forget that Kimber also has a previous history with drug addiction. The big question why are both of them addicted to crack at the same time?



    I get Kimber. She's irresponsible and being a mom is probably a reminder that she really is losing her chance to further trade on her looks. Not that there aren't parents out there who happen to be models and/or porn starlets but her complete disregard for Jenna's well being is a new low even for Kimber.



    Matt despite being similarly idiotic expressed a tiny bit of concern for Jenna. Between him and Kimber, he seems less hooked and for Jenna's sake, I hope Matt will be able to kick the habit because it doesn't look like Kimber will be able to. I can't wait for Sean and Christian to find out about this. It might be the first time in the season that Christian will have a justified reason to moralise.



    Also in "Everett Poe"



    Main patient of the week was Everett Poe, a plastic surgery addict who wanted a cleft. The guy looks even more hideous than Pete Burns.



    Liz (to Julia): "You outed me to Annie?"

    Olivia: "Why, are you ashamed?"



    Not to side with Olivia but I was kind of surprised that Liz was shocked that Annie knew she was gay Liz has never really hidden her sexuality.



    Sean: "You need to leave"

    Eden: "You know I could make that erection go away for you".



    Julia: "Do you have a problem with my sexuality?"

    Christian: "I've always had a problem with your sexuality and you've always had a problem with mine".



    Before Paula Marshall did the defecating scene, she played a lover of Hank's in Californication who puked after sex. Both Nip/Tuck and Californication certainly love pushing the sexual boundaries.



    Sean: "Your lovely daughter came into my office the other day and asked for a hymen reconstruction"

    Olivia: "I don't care if she asked for a third tit you are never to use that word in reference to her ever again".



    Olivia: "So who popped your cherry?"

    Eden: "Charles. He's black".

    Olivia: "That makes a difference?"



    If Eden is eighteen then shouldn't she be looking into colleges rather than trying to get Annie into Princeton to terrorise her?



    Olivia (to Sean): "I'm aware you don't agree with my decision. I'm doing the best job I can and I know you will too".



    Julia: "I don't know if I am up for this"

    Olivia: "I am. Orgasm or no orgasm. I love you and sooner or later I want the whole world to know".



    Christian (to Julia, re Sean): "He's gonna have to learn to live without you. I've been doing it for years. Now it's his turn".



    Standout music: "California" by Rogue Wave and "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse. Playing the latter song during Matt/Kimber's drug and sex binge was interesting.



    Valerie: "I'm afraid I've never done this before"

    Christian: "Tell me does your husband know how you spend his hard earned cash?"



    Chronology: A few weeks since "Joyce And Sharon Monroe".



    Easily a more satisfying episode than last week, "Everett Poe" benefits with the arrival of Eden. Yeah I hate the skank but hey, we have the first of our season's main villains and although we've had better baddies, the girl has got some potential and I'm just thrilled that Olivia isn't another Ava in the mist.moreless
Michael Des Barres

Michael Des Barres

Everett Poe

Guest Star

Susan Blakely

Susan Blakely

Valerie Farrell

Guest Star

Portia de Rossi

Portia de Rossi

Olivia Lord

Recurring Role

AnnaLynne McCord

AnnaLynne McCord

Eden Lord

Recurring Role

Paula Marshall

Paula Marshall

Kate Tinsley

Recurring Role

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    • Olivia: Eden is rebelling... remember how you always want to shock your parents... well most kids go through that stage, but... when your mother is a lesbian, it's a tough act to follow.
      Sean: I think she's doing a hell of a job.

    • Eden: Your virginity... is something sacred. It's a gift you give for someone you love.

    • Olivia: (to Liz) Honey! Look in the mirror! You've got sexy spilling out of every pore!

    • Everett Poe: My clients don't come to me for a haircut, they come for the ideal of Olympic beauty.

    • (after Sean told Christian about the hot tub incident)
      Christian: Thar, she blows, laddy.
      Sean: Damn it, Christian. She got sick.
      Christian: Oh, come on. It's no big deal. There are plenty of women out there. Some are even potty trained.
      Sean: Well, I'm not like you, okay? You see the slightest imperfection in a woman and, poof, you're gone. Well, news flash, the only kind of woman who doesn't fart and cry and look like crap in the morning is either inflatable or dead.

    • Julia: My migraines had just gotten so bad that actually it was my mother of all people that suggested I got acupuncture.
      Olivia: I put two needles in her and, bingo, she starts to sob.
      Julia: And she let me stay until I'd stopped and then I invited her out to dinner to thank her.
      Liz: And you're still thanking each other, huh?

    • Christian: Mr. Poe, how long have you been a plastic surgery addict?
      Everett Poe: Well, I'm hardly what you would call an addict.
      Christian: Really? Let's see. You've had two rhinoplasties to reshape the nostrils and straighten out the bone, a chin augmentation, two blepharoplasties, a canthopexy to tighten up the bottom lid and give you that catlike appearance there, a brow lift, two otoplasties. Am I missing anything?
      Everett Poe: Chin reduction, not augmentation.
      Christian: My bad.

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