Season 6 Episode 13

Joel Seabrook

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jan 20, 2010 on FX

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  • Dark Water

    There was always something old-Hollywood about Kimber. From the Marilyn 'do, to her dreams of coming to the big city and becoming a star, she was like a retro wannabe starlet. Her slow, painful decline from the very first episode has been, at least in my opinion, one of the strongest character arcs Nip/Tuck has ever done. And while it's devastating, tragic and unbelievably dark, Kimber's apparent suicide does almost fit. Without fame, without a career, she clings on to whatever man would take her. And with her pinnacle of all men (Christian) as well as the sleazy runners-up in her life (Mike) both rejecting her, her desperation and all-round sadness only had one inevitable conclusion.

    Of course, that's even assuming she's really dead. There must be a reason why the writers decided to keep her death an ambiguous mystery. I'm guessing visions of her will haunt Christian for a while, before we get some final resolution on what happened to her when the show finally wraps.

    The rest of the episode was unrelentingly dark, but ridiculously awesome. Christian's detour into auto-erotic asphyxiation was crazy, and something you just knew was gonna end badly for him. And choking Kimber was hard to watch, especially when she was essentially being forced into doing it.

    Christian's dumping of Kimber was harsh, but I actually agreed with Sean in that he did her a favor in the long run. Kimber does deserve somebody better, and Christian will never change. Even if Kimber is revealed to be alive, and Christian begs for her to come back and pledges to give up his sleazy ways, I don't think I'd necessarily buy it. So I'm hoping the writers aren't headed down that road. Unless, of course, seemingly losing Kimber forever and inadvertently driving her to suicide may be the driving factor in getting him to seek some kind of redemption.

    Sean's desire to do something more important with his life and joining Doctors Without Borders has been a nagging dream he's been experiencing right back to the very first episode, so it's not altogether surprising that the writers are going in this direction for the final episodes. I think I mentioned it before that his "perfect existence" with Megan in Julia's alterna-reality did cast him as a pro-bono surgery dude working in Africa, so it'd make sense to see him pursuing that now.

    Like the season six finale, this was another great directing job from Tate Donovan. Really loved the shot of Kimber sitting in the dark at Sean's place, as well as the moments on the boat. He has a real talent for this.

    I knew of Kimber's suicide before the episode aired, but it didn't spoil my enjoyment. I think we can all agree that something major needed to happen to Kimber before she could ever have a chance of finding happiness. This is her rock bottom, and only time will tell to find out if it was fatal or not.

    Director: Tate Donovan
    Writer: Hank Chilton
    Rating: A+