Nip/Tuck

Season 3 Episode 9

Hannah Tedesco

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 15, 2005 on FX
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  • Become a porn star!!/Choices

    9.0
    Cómo explicar lo que me pasa? Mi marido ya no quiere estar más conmigo. Prefiere gar****se una muñeca. Entonces, digame qué es lo que puedo hacer? Sí! Convertirme (para él) en una estrella de porno! Así podré satisfascerlo!! Así piensa que no está conmigo sino con otra!!! Pero está conmigo! Jaja. Mi nuevo yo! Renacer en la cama! Nuestro matrimonio como el primer día!!!
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    A veces hay que elegir y a veces no está bueno. Porque cuando nos vemos obligados a elegir es porque algo no está bien. Y si debemos pensar en si quedarnos con los fantasmas del pasado o matar a cualquiera que se cruza para crear nuevos fantasmas porque ya los viejos no nos soportan más...
  • Witless Protection

    8.8
    Christian and Kimber's ultimatum was awesome, and really showed how much they value each other as a couple. I also loved the clause in their contract about threesomes, as they wouldn't want their sex life to go stale (hee!). The entire Kimber Doll-wannabe was a little disturbing, and I was never really convinced by it. But at least it gave Kelly Carlson a lot to do, and the chemistry between her and Julian McMahon was still great to see.

    Sean was acting completely selfishly where the witness protection program was concerned. He didn't appear to think twice over Matt and Annie's well-being when he decided to jump ship and move away with Nicole. While I eventually ended up enjoying this story, Sean's actions were ridiculous. I liked the slight open-ending to the story. We never find out if the men pursuing Nicole and Austin actually caught up to them, and as an audience we're allowed to come up with our own theories about their whereabouts.

    The surgery of the week was great. A truly groundbreaking procedure, a face transplant operation made for some stunning (if extremely gross) make-up effects, and some great acting from the guest stars. But you just knew that something would eventually go wrong. I initially pegged that the mother donating her daughter's face would lose all control at the end, and possibly start claiming that her friend's daughter is now hers, since she shares her old face. That didn't happen, but it was still a pretty depressing closer.

    An impressive episode which managed to make the Anne Heche story a lot more suspenseful, and proved how close Christian and Kimber now are.

    Director: Michael M Robin
    Writer: Sean Jablonski
    Rating: B+
  • I felt Sean jumped into the idea of moving out with Nicole way too quickly, and I was happy that in the end he wasn’t able to go through with it.

    8.0
    I felt Sean jumped into the idea of moving out with Nicole way too quickly, and I was happy that in the end he wasn’t able to go through with it. Sean definitely would have missed his family, and I doubt he was thinking it all through.

    Now what the hell happened to Nicole? Was the mob able to find her and kill her? Did the FBI rescue her and take her away? Or did she just really leave Sean out of consideration for the danger Sean would be in? It looks like we might never know. The suspense during that scene worked out perfectly, though, and it certainly was discussion worthy.

    We got a reference back to the Ms. Kimber doll (from season two), as a patient comes to McNamara/Troy complaining that all her husband wants to screw is the doll. This causes Christian to suddenly decide he doesn’t like the idea of Kimber in the porn business anymore, and while I understand why any male wouldn’t want their wife having sex with multiple partners, it certainly is a little hypocritical coming from a man who cheats on his girlfriend a fare share. I liked how in the end, even though Kimber did give into Christian’s demands, she made a few requests of her own in the form of a fidelity prenup. They both got something they wanted.

    The main patient storyline this week was a pretty heavy plot: a mother wants her daughter to receive a new face after her original one is destroyed in a carnival accident. The storyline was deeply emotional, and I was sad that the operation failed in the end. I found Quentin’s selfish feelings towards the operation unbelievable (“We could spin this in our favor by telling them she’s alive”), and I couldn’t believe Quentin showed up for the operation high of cocaine. He was incredibly inconsiderate towards what the family and the girl must be going through, and while he has been pretty likeable in past episodes, he dived into intolerable territory today.

    Final Notes and Quotes

    - It felt like Sean was using the Morrettis as an escape from his own family problems.

    - Character Tidbits: Annie is in her school musical.

    - Outstanding Performance of the Week: There wasn’t any stand out performance for me (the whole cast did a good job), but the mother of Hannah gave a good emotional performance.

    Final Rating: 2 out of 4 stars.

    - Tim Bronx
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  • Identity Crisis

    8.8
    One thing you can definitely say about Hannah Tedesco is that it is not mediocre. An extremely contemporary surgery- facial transplants- mixed with themes of identity promise a lot, but unfortunately there's too much superfluous junk that bogs the episode down and stops it becoming great. In one of those bizarre cases of life imitating art (or possibly the other way around), not long after this episode aired, a real-life facial transplant was successfully carried out in France. But, as Christian says at the start of the episode, it's been a theoretical possibility for a while.

    The patient-of-the-week is a young girl whose face was ripped off by an accident in a fairground. Literally. The description of it alone is bad enough but the make-up and prosthetic departments really go all out this time round and Hannah's pre-surgery face is quite horrific (luckily, you only see it briefly in surgery). Mrs Tedesco has come to McNamara/Troy with Ms Manning, the mother of another girl who is in a diabetic coma. Ms Manning is about to take her daughter from life support and would like to donate her daughter's face to Hannah. And yet again, it is Christian who is channelling the spirit of Sean and raises the ethical questions. Quentin- showing earlier shades of Christian- is all for it, stating that the surgery will make them famous even if it succeeds or not. His shocking callousness is a new side, which doesn't sit well with what we know so far. Neither is the seemingly large cocaine habit, which has developed from nowhere (and after this episode is dropped just as quickly). This episode is very surgery-focused with three very pivotal surgery scenes; the first of which is the harvesting of Ms Manning's daughter's face after the life-support is taken away. Christian is being sensitive to Ms Manning's emotions; Quentin's coming down and is jittery, looking at his watch. This surgery was very difficult to watch and the final image of the face being put into a plastic bag is quite hard to take. With the surgery to attach Ms Manning's daughter's face to Hannah, Christian decides another surgeon is needed and calls in Sean. Quentin understandably freaks out and they pull him up on his behaviour and his drug use. The second surgery is also difficult to watch, not least for the very extreme make-up used for Hannah Tedesco. But good news so far: the face is a perfect fit. Christian and Sean, in effect, turf Quentin out of his own surgery, and Sean admits to getting a buzz off the surgery. But then the question remains... is Sean leaving? Both Ms Manning and Mrs Tedesco are happy with the results of the surgery and there is a nice little scene (albeit a little creepy for me) where Mrs Tedesco says 'this is her daughter too'. But the jubilation is short-lived: Hannah's body rejects the tissue and the final- and most difficult- surgery is to remove the dead tissue. Appropriately, Liz cannot find any suitable music and the surgery is done in silence. The final images are extremely powerful and any music would have dulled the effect, I think. A powerful and very thoughtprovoking storyline, done a bit of a disservice by the rather inferior subplots around it.

    However, it's not all bad news. This episode marks the final appearance of Anne Heche and resolves the Nikki storyline. Hooray! Still shaken by what Dr Sagamore told him, Sean confronts Nikki about her husband's death. She admits to doing it under threat of her life. Sean seems to buy this and says they have to be honest with one another. He then admits to seeing a future for the three of them together. She says she does too and they end up going back to bed. At the park, Sean plays catch with Austin whilst Nikki puts out the picnic. A typical American family, gee-shucks. The only trouble in paradise is the slightly weird looking guy watching them. He disappears, which leaves Sean freaked out. He goes to the bathroom in the park and the guy comes in. Sean, freaked out, attacks the guy, thinking he's following Nikki. It turns out there was a crossed wire and the guy was just expecting a blowjob as the toilets are used for cruising. Sean looks relieved but still pissed and when the guy makes a sarcastic comment, he throws him against the wall and knocks him out. He panics, bundles Nikki and Austin away from the park and later admits to Nikki what happened. Her reaction is understandable- she wants to leave but Sean says he wants to go with her. He is willing to join the Witness Protection Program and be with her. As he packs up the house, Sean is reminded of his previous life- he sees a photo of Annie (remember her? the writers don't)- and Christian comes in to ask for his help in the facial transplant. He initially doesn't want to do it, telling Christian that he needs to find an identity of his own without Sean there. But he relents and helps out. Sean arranges a meeting with Dr Sagamore, who lays down the law - if Sean goes into the Program, his entire life, his family, his job and everything must become dead to him or it'll blow the deal. But what Sean doesn't see is Nikki eavesdropping on that final part... It's nice to see Bob Gunton getting a decent send-off from the series, this scene one of the better throughout the episode and his scenes in general among the best of the last three episodes. When Sean goes to see Julia (one very short scene that we could have well done without, but I guess the writers thought they'd better put Joely Richardson in once), he realises what he has to give up. The final Sean scene is a bit of a weird one. Nikki is in the house, packing up a few things when the guy who Sean knocked out in the park comes into the house. She recognises him, he beats her down and gets ready to shoot her. Meanwhile, Sean comes into the house to find things packed away and a note from Nikki saying she and Austin have left and he isn't to find them. So what's real? Have they just left or was she killed? I gotta be honest, I'm not overly bothered. The Nikki Morretti storyline was, to me, a filler pure and simple. Anne Heche was purely miscast but I doubt any actress would have been able to do much more with such an underwritten and poor role.

    The other subplot of the episode involves another consult for Christian. A woman called Colleen Eubanks comes to him for help; she bought her husband a Miss Kimber doll and now he'll only have sex with that. She wants to have surgery to look like the doll. Christian sends her away with very little thought but, when he returns home to prepare for the facial attachment surgery, he walks straight past Kimber... and into Kimber. He's momentarily confused until all is explained; Colleen went to Kimber to ask her for some help on how to walk and talk and move like her. Christian, tired and stressed, snaps at both of the women and throws Colleen out. He tells Kimber straight that she either has to give up working in the porn business or he won't marry her. Kimber, though, gives as good as she gets and really stands up for herself. In fact, Kimber's evolution from brainless bimbo to savvy businesswoman is one of the better things the Nip/Tuck writers and producers concocted this year. After the surgery, Christian is taking a shower and is interrupted by Colleen who spills the beans on Kimber's plans: a workshop to help women unleash their inner porn star. Christian is a bit narked, and asks Colleen to show what she's learned so far. And wouldn't you know it... they end up sleeping together... the old Christian Troy hasn't gone, he's just been hiding. Kimber turns up at the office and talks to Christian- he admits to sleeping with Colleen but she isn't too bothered by it. She announces that she's ready to give up the porn business and presents Christian with a prenuptial agreement that states that after the wedding, no porn for her and no affairs for him but threesomes are still OK. This appears to be acceptable. I think this subplot is supposed to be the comic relief of the episode and a lot of it is quite amusing, but the main problem is it just rings a bit hollow in comparison to everything else that's going on. But a great performance by Kelly Carlson makes it about bearable.

    So what can we glean from this episode? Is it that trying to alter your identity is not going to work? Hannah's body rejected the donor tissue, which would change her face forever. Sean's decision to change who he is turns out to be one he can't fulfil. That doesn't leave much hope for Kimber's transformation from porn director to loving wife. In general, the episode is not a bad one. There's a lot that's thought-provoking and interesting but, yet again, the sum of the parts is slightly less than whole.
  • "Hannah Tedesco" is an episode about making choices and effects of choices people had made.

    9.5
    "Hannah Tedesco" is an episode about making choices and effects of choices people had made. Truly in life, people must decide what will be good for them and the effects of those choices are the ones to make people suffer the changes.

    Kimber gave up the porn business for Christian but the consequence is Christian giving up the affairs he had after numerous women. At least he didn't have to give up three-somes.

    Sean tried to keep up with the run-away life with Nikki and Austin but he didn't manage to adjust considering the life he has been giving upon. At least, this experience helped him to recover from all the stuff happened with his family and his life.

    "Face Transplant"; the main plot for this episode is greatly covered with today's reaction to this surgery. Giving upon a short life to save another's mental and physical life is such a matter in this procedures. Those feelings and emotions felt in this process is reflected in a direct manner.
  • Facade Written by Sean Jablonski Directed by Michael M. Robin

    9.0
    With a show like Nip/Tuck and the fact its premise is based around plastic surgery, we are once again reminded of how one’s identity can do a lot of good and damage, not only to themselves but to those around them.

    Just like Dr Sagamore’s description of her husband’s murder, my perceptions of Nicole having a ruthless streak were shaken. I fully believed she had premeditated killing her husband when instead it turns out it was a violent altercation that had horribly gone wrong.

    It didn’t take much from Sean to believe her but it wasn’t until halfway through the episode that I began to think she was telling the truth. It also seems that after two episodes, Anne Heche’s pseudo Soprano’s accent is getting less grating too. She even sounds a little American in this hour too.

    Still though while watching the entire plot being played out, I always thought Sean was a little too trusting of everything about Nicole. He pushed a guy in the bathroom when he made lewd remarks about him (though at first he thought he was stalking the Morretti’s) and when a panicked Nicole decided to speed things up with the Witness Protection, Sean was willing to join her and Austin. This really felt like a bolt from the blue and while I have no ill will towards the Morretti’s, I still thought was thinking more like an infatuated school boy when it came to a decision to pack up and leave. Then again, at least he changed his mind – or did he?

    In one corner we had Sagamore, who has never approved of Sean’s attachment with Nicole and Austin. He made perfectly sure Sean knew that by going on the run he could never work in the medical profession or even anominously send money or make contact with his loved ones. It was definitely harsh for Sean but it was the wake up call he needed, although I don’t think it was Sagamore who forced him to have doubts about his decision, even though he clearly made some headway with Sean.

    What definitely would’ve made Sean think twice had to have been his family and of course they would do it without his knowing. Julia didn’t appear until the final quarter of the hour and managed to make Sean feel guilty about missing Annie’s school play. You remember Annie – she’s the only biological child between Sean and Julia and possibly the only one Sean hasn’t had conflict with in the series three year run. While him and Julia have moved on from one another (or have they?) you still see the thought of him abandoning his daughter nearly killed him.

    So what about the second to last scene where Sean’s would be pervert really was after Nicole and Austin? Did he kill her? Did Sean manage to stop him or someone else? When Sean was entering the house, was it to tell Nikki that he couldn’t leave his old/current life behind? Or judging by the letter left for him did Sagamore and company get the Morretti’s to the safe house in the nick of time. I’m guessing we may never know but the entire scene is played out with such intensity and left to the imagination, it’s impossible not to care. It was definitely a smart move and is almost guaranteed to the kind of 2am/watercooler conversation before lights out or clocking begins. Well it should be.

    Whatever happened, it now appears that Sean is being tempted to renew ties with his former business. This week’s main patient wanted the face of a dying girl’s (some very good reasons but it was the mothers of both girls who did the talking) after a carnival ride destroyed Hannah’s face. Quentin who had been such a joy at the start of the season has quickly devolved into a calculating glory fiend.

    It was bad enough he refused Tommy Bolton, encouraged the Ben White debacle but then he performed the first half of Hannah’s surgery high on cocaine but to make it worse he behaved like a total asshole when Sean and Christian rightly told him to assist or leave during the second part. Quentin was far too unreasonable and some of the stuff he came out with was unacceptable (“we could spin this in our favour by telling them she’s alive” etc). Seriously dude, shut the hell up!

    However speaking for every going how great was it watching Sean, Christian and Liz (it actually took me a while to realise she was there) working together as a team. There was a lot of touching moments in this episode but this was such a joy to watch, although their togetherness further cemented Quentin as an outsider from the group. It’s just a shame something did go wrong with the surgery (Hannah’s body rejected Miss Manning’s daughter’s tissue) and Quentin behaved like a total prat, although this episode does end on a surprising note.

    In light of all the heavy storylines this week, some less traumatic was essential and if you missed the Kimber doll, then brace yourself for the Kimber clone. Personally one Kimber is more than enough for any populated area but this week’s Not A Patient, Colleen Eubanks husband is sexually obsessed with the legendary Miss Henry doll and refuses to bone his wife as a result. Christian, having sense refuses her plastic surgery while Kimber teaches her to be a porn star in the sack. Seeing the two of them in cahoots made me eek just a tad but Colleen raised the issue of how comfortable Christian is with Kimber’s porno career. For a guy who serially cheats on her, I found his sudden disapproval more than hypocritical. It may not be a dignified job but why should Kimber have to give it up because Christian now suddenly doesn’t like it?

    Christian going as far as to having sex with Colleen in order to prove his ultimatum wasn’t a bluff was far from extraordinary but it did give Julian McMahon an excellent opportunity to exude some convincing menace. I’m still unconvinced about Christian and Kimber having a future together (mainly because I’m convinced that she has a certain rather twisted side job) but I did love how both parties got their own way. Kimber may have jacked in her porn career but now Christian is legally instructed to be faithful to her, something which he will find hard to maintain. Of course with Kimber now unemployed, I far from imagine her as a housewife. In fact, I don’t think I really want to either. Only a week until the wedding, assuming we get one that is.

    Also in “Hannah Tedesco”

    Facts about the patients: Hannah has had 18 skin graphs prior to her mother visiting Christian and Quentin while Miss Manning’s daughter was denied a kidney transplant.

    Nicole: “You just like my cooking”
    Sean: “Your cooking isn’t that hot but you are”.

    Christian: “Not to be cruel Miss Eubanks but do you have any sense of self?”
    Colleen: “My husband would rather screw a doll than me, so I think my sense of self is down the toilet”.

    I don’t think too much has passed between here and “Tommy Bolton”.

    Christian berating Quentin over his sexual prowess was immature, even for him. With Quentin so desperate for attention, I’m kind of surprised he didn’t mention his recent date with Julia.

    Kimber (re “sculpture”): “If you thought it was a solid business feature, I’d support you”
    Christian: “Now you’re talking shit”.

    On the character front, this week we had no Matt (again?), no Annie (quelle surprise) or even Gina. Speaking of which Jessalyn Gilseg’s name has been removed from the closing credits. What the heck is going on?

    Sean (to Quentin): “You have two choices. You can either leave and read about it in the papers like everyone else or you can come in and assist”.

    Sagamore (to Sean): “A new life isn’t just about changing a driver’s licence. It’s about death”.

    Judging by tv.com, Liz has supposedly up and left De La Mer but nothing in this episode indicated that other than helping Sean, Christian and Quentin. Maybe she’s freelancing herself.

    Christian (re surgery): “Tedious”
    Sean: “I haven’t had this much fun in a long time”.

    Standout music: “As The Rush Comes In” by Motorcycle. We also got no music for the closing operation because Liz couldn’t find something appropriate to play.

    What should I say? I’m with the high majority of people who loved this episode to bits. “Hannah Tedesco” was smart, funny, touching, heartbreaking and mysterious all in one fell swoop. It also felt very much like old school Nip/Tuck and is on a par with previous harrowing instalments such as “Adelle Coffin” and “Rose And Raven Rosenberg”, the latter being mentioned at the start of the episode. Excellent stuff.

  • This episode was about two girls caught in horrible accidents, and so save one's face they have to kill off the other.

    7.9
    I loved this episode because it was so sad, and it was mainly about the surgoery again. I liked how they swithched the face and it was perfect, but it was a sad turnout as the girl rejects the face. Shawn's life is also turning upward when he falls in love with the witness protection family, but again it turns out sad as they leave and get killed.
  • The themes and character struggles of this episode richly interweave with the surgery, in some surprisingly complex ways. This episode makes you really consider the question of psychological and moral identity and Nip/Tuck is the ultimate playground for

    10
    One of the best episodes of the season. This episode contains all the elements that I love about this series - psychological depth, a high-stakes surgery, real character developments, and complex morality on display. Though the surgery itself is not much of a moral issue, Christian's coping with Sean's absence and Kimber's ways was.

    A fascinating storyline in this episode is Christian trying to find his moral footing. We can see how Sean brought out the good in him, and how he sees that in comparison to the smarmy Quentin. But Quentin himself is not portrayed as all bad, he's just self-centered and interested simply in advancing his career. I've seen many people like that, in fact in times in my life, I've been someone like that, and I can easily see how Quentin ended up the way he is. He's a parallel to how Christian would probably view the world and his role as a doctor if Sean was never in his life. I loved the way that Christian brought a heightened sense of morality back home with him, in reaction to having to deal with Quentin. I've been in that situation before, and it brought to a head Christian's lurking moral issues with Kimber's prostitute-like efforts.

    Meanwhile Sean is grappling with his own issues of figuratively and literally losing his identity. His troubles with being burnt out and losing a sense of why he keeps going, is an understandable one, especially after being divorced and finding that his refuge of work fails to give him any fulfillment close to having a family. Sean faced the extreme end of that road with the chance to literally disappear and assume a whole new identity and gain a whole new family with Heche and Austin.

    Christian's problems with Quentin's coke habits intertwined perfectly with Sean's own dilemmas, bringing him into surgery to remind him of the exhilarating joys that can come with his practice and working side by side with Christian. I loved how after Sean rejected Christian again, Christian sort of gave up and fell into an immoral revenge scenario by having sex with the Kimber look-alike. It was a probable reaction after losing Sean again, and Christian being tired of playing against type and simply irritating Kimber. It's illuminating that it's Christian's own methods, not as high-minded as Sean but not as selfish as Quentin, which resolves the Kimber problem. Kimber also gives back as good as she gets, and introduces the fidelity contract, of course with threesomes allowed. She seems to match Christian's own complex moral system, which I think reflects the attitudes of many sexually uninhibited Miami Beachers.

    Sean after realizing the full extent of what he would lose, and reconnecting a bit with his continuing love for his wife and his daughter (and Matt, most likely), doesn't leave. In fact, Anne Heche's character doesn't give him much of a choice, as she does what's right for both of them and leaves without him. A great scene was Sean's one on one with the FBI director. I thought he would adopt a hard-ass approach to show Sean what he would be giving up, but the great sequence with the sulfuric acid had Sean bring up his own doubts. The way the FBI director talked about how joining the witness protection program was like death was chilling. It was enjoyably reflected in a nightmare scenario with Anne Heche's character facing the barrel of a gun as her enemies find her.

    All of these great moments, and we have yet to talk about the radical surgery that pushes the edge of the plastic surgery envelope. The importance of this plot line really comes out strong at the end, as the audience gradually sees how it mirrors Sean's own attempt to change his identity, and Christian's struggles to in some way emulate Sean's moral identity. The eventual rejection of the face seemed to affirm the idea that your identity can't be changed so easily, paralleling the trajection of Sean and Christian's struggles. However, in their case it seemd to be somewhat of a relief and a benefit, where the patient fails a chance at a "normal" life. Which brings us back to the beginning with Christian's ethical misgivings gaining new importance and the sense that what's "normal" in terms of conventional morality, a family life, an upcoming marriage, and a threesome like partnership in both the practice and Christian's resolution to his problem, is highly overrated.

  • Brothers reunited.

    9.6
    When Sean left McNamara/Troy at the end of Frankenlaura fans were left wondering if he would ever continue plastic surgery, what would he do, and where would he go to do it?

    In the last couple of episodes we've Sean work for the Witness Protection Programme, and slowly but surely fall in love with patient Nikki Moretti. It's been a joy seeing Sean out of the practice and given time to develop by himself a little, but at the same time it's been incredibly frustrating watching him without the counter attack charm of Christian. Thankfully in this episode they are finally reunited.

    It doesnt really seem logical to call such an event a season highlight, but having watched the last nine episodes, it really is one of the few stand out moments of this season so far. Shocking considering how un-dramatic and almost predictable the storyline of Sean returning is, but it's GREAT to see the two doctors working alongside togather again, Quentin Costa taken down a peg or two and set merely to "assist".

    Quentin's character development continues in this episode, and it's plain to see that in all reality, he's the villan of this season. Originally only just a threat and a rival to Christian, his true personality continues to emerge, and it aint pretty. Costa is a man driven by respect and money, publicity, the guy has an ego as big as Momma Boone.

    The first signs of his change in character this episode comes with the patient consultation. A girl who's had her face mangled by an amusement park ride, her mother comes to the office with wishes of a face transplant for her daughter. The donor? A girl who's been in a six month coma with no positive outlook from the doctors. Qunetin goes in straight away with the big guns, considering the money and publicity, neglecting the real issue of the patient. Later, it's revealed he's high on drugs the whole way throughout the operation, presumably one of the many reasons Christian wants Sean to help for the second part of it.

    Towards the end of the episode we see Sean going into an empty house. He finds a note from Nikki Moretti her saying her goodbyes. Now not given a chance to run away with her using the aid of the Witness Protection Programme, will Sean return to full-time surgery next episode?

    Let's hope so!
  • Wonderful episode with some great developments; another fantastic episode for the series and the season.

    9.7
    I thought this episode was fantastic, and I for one loved every minute of it. I thought the metaphor of the facial transplant relating to the whole Sean/Christian/Quentin relationship was wonderful, too. That fit in so perfectly with the rest of the show and the storylines on Costa, Troy and McNamara.

    I was happy to see Sean stick around as I would have been a bit ticked if he had picked up and left everything just to go be with Nikki. Also, in a way I thought it was nice of her to leave of her own accord rather than have Sean go through the pain of telling her he wouldn't be going, or the difficulty of making the decision at all. So in a way (to me anyway) it was as if she made the choice herself in order to spare him.

    I also loved when Sean, Christian and Liz were working together, and I did enjoy seeing Quentin sulking over feeling left out. He was really getting on my nerves when he kept looking at his watch, being jumpy and excited, just waiting for the poor girl to hurry up and die so they could take her face. His behavior then just really pissed me off and made me want to hurt him. So I was happy to see him left out of the main part of the surgery, being left to only assist, and of course thrilled to see Sean and Christian together again.

    I did find the entire storyline of the two mothers and two daughters to be very touching and heart-wrenching. It was well done, and was soft and dramatic all at the same time. Quite emotional.

    I was disappointed when Sean more or less said he wouldn't be coming back to the business, but I'm still hoping that perhaps he'll change his mind later on down the road and come back. Feel kinda' bad for Christian being left to have to work with Quentin after the whole ordeal with this latest operation, and of course Quentin's drug use.

    Likewise, I have to admit that I was disappointed when Kimber showed up saying she was going to give up the porn business for Christian (though I did think the pre-nup with a clause for 3-ways was hilarious). I had really hoped she would stay with the porn business, tell Christian off, stand up for herself and go against what he said for once.....really anything other than what she did. So, I was disappointed with that whole part, though not surprised. However, I still don't believe their marriage will come to fruition. Or if it does, then surely it won't work out. Christian not have an affair? Doesn't seem like his character.

    I thought the issue with the Kimber-wannabe was actually very interesting. The whole situation between her and her husband, Kimber taking her under her wing, her learning to come out of her shell and release her "inner porn star," how much she was able to look and act like Kimber, Christian screwing her while she got excited thinking she was better than Kimber in some areas......All of it was quite interesting. Talk about living your fantasy. Made me wonder if the woman ever did do the Kimber look-alike for her husband.

    Whatever the case, I did thoroughly enjoy the latest episode of Nip/Tuck, "Hannah Tedesco," and I am eagerly awaiting the next episode Tuesday night. From the previews, it looks to be a great episode as well. I'm eager to see how things progress, what unfolds next and how all the storylines will turn out.
  • RATING: 10/10 For absolute perfection.

    10
    What an incredible extended episode. This longer-length ep blew me away ... something I've gotten accustomed to since Nip/Tuck's new season got underway. Anyway, this ep was most definitely the best ep of the season.

    Sean becomes even closer to that Nikki person and her son, and he even goes as far as being just as paranoid, attacking a perverted (but innocent) man in the bathroom. Left with no choice but to join the program with her, he doesn't think twice about giving up his own identity until he realizes what he has to give up - his practice, contact with his family, his fingerprints, and pretty much everything from his past.

    Meanwhile Quentin is getting worse and worse and now Christian seems to have taken on Sean's role. Given the impossible task of transferring one girl's face to another (the mother of one girl in a coma agreed to transfer her daughter's face onto the victim of a horrible accident), and he calls in Sean to assist after finding out that Quentin has been overdosing on coke.

    Amazingly, the face transplant ended up working ... but the skin cells died days later, and they ended up having to remove the dead, dried up face from the girl's face. Pretty damn sick. Both mothers lose their daughters, basically.

    And after Christian finds out that Kimber's sex dolls are selling out and giving orgasms to men all over the world ... and that she's teaching other women to become porn stars like herself, he gives her a taste of her own medicine. Kimber agrees to marry Christian, giving up her porn life.

    And Sean visits Julia to see his family (whom we haven't seen for weeks ... and Matt and Annie still didn't appear), and realizes that he can't give up his life. As he enters the house it seems like Nikki has been found out and is being held at gunpoint ... but when Sean bursts into the room just before she is shot ... all there is in the room is a note from her ... telling him she and Austin are gone.




    RATING:

    10/10

    For absolute perfection.
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