Nip/Tuck

Season 5 Episode 11

Kyle Ainge

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jan 29, 2008 on FX
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Christian attempts to cope in the aftermath of a death. Colleen feels threatened when another talent agency shows an interest in Sean's acting career. The docs operate on a young man with disturbing wounds from his honeymoon.

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  • Annoying and not very easy on the stomach, but nerve wracking for sure.

    8.0
    This was an incredibly twisted episode if you ask me. A wife and a husband feeding eachother their own flesh, Sean's odd agent Colleen killing a high profile agent in a very twisted and weird way, and Wilber's teacher randomly biting children....



    But as out there this episode was, the suspense was there which made it extremely entertaining on a whole.



    The focus of the show has been narrowed down, but that's really not a problem Though, it would be good to hear a word or two about Julia's illness... it's been a while since the Carver so a character like Colleen is actually a breathe of fresh air. I'm sure she won't last long but her creepy presence gives a very unique feeling to every episode she's featured in. The only thing that felt "off" was Christian's calmness. He killed Gina, damn it!



    Though his vision of telling Wilber what happened was priceless. I nominate that to be the scene of the episode.



    Overall, odd episode. Much like Frankenlaure in season 3, this episode did test our stomachs. But unlike that episode, this one was actually relevant to the plot.moreless
  • You Can't Miss The Bear Written by Hank Chilton And Brad Falchuk Directed by Dirk Wallace Craft

    9.0
    Wilbur: "Is Mommy a skank?"

    Christian: "Yes she was. She was a bad person and a bad mommy".



    This is probably why at funerals, Christian should be forbidden from making eulogies. I want to remember the good qualities Gina had and not the bad ones. I'm not blind to Gina's faults but do we need to hinge on them when Christian is a far worse person himself?



    Even though he had to witness Gina plummeting to her death, Christian is pretty insistent on emphasising that Gina's passing is a good thing. Gina might have made it her mission to drive Christian round the bend but right now, she is far from a problem for Christian. Surely Christian isn't that dense that he really thinks she is?



    I guess the only reason why Christian is so keen to badmouth Gina in front of Sean, Liz and Linda is because he doesn't want to admit that he cares and that her death actually does affect him. It's not like Gina was some random chick. She and Christian have too much history between each other.



    Also while Christian may be a heartless bastard, even more so with this season than in previous years, he's unconvincing when he acts like he doesn't care. Refusing to open up to Sean about her was a sign that he does and Sean more than knew, even if he didn't really push the issue.



    If Christian really despised Gina (and let's admit it, she gave plenty of reason to make him feel that way), then why on earth would he be raising Wilbur as his own son or why would he have even bothered to pay for her AIDS medication? You don't do things like that for someone you loathe with a passion.



    Nor do you go all out in regards to pay for Gina's funeral expenses. That's not something you do. Christian definitely feels guilt for Gina's death, even if he isn't directly responsible for her dying.



    It's also obvious that Christian would be footing the bill for Gina's funeral and while it's incredibly depressing to see no member of Gina's family there (not even Wilbur), it's also great that Christian and Liz aren't the only ones paying their respects.



    Gina might not strike you as the kind of person who has a tribe of friends but it doesn't mean that she was totally alone in the world. In fact the church is virtually filled out with practically everyone from Gina's Sexaholics meeting, who all came to see Gina off. Seriously no pun intended!



    As twists go, this was a good one. We met Gina in SA, now we get to see her leave in SA because this funeral soon begins to feel like a SA meeting when we start through the hysterical eulogies. Points for inventiveness – extremely high!



    If you've seen the Six Feet Under episode where all of porn queen Vivicia St John's cast mates all came to pay respects, then that is basically how the scene is played out. Gina seemed to have an eclectic set of sexual partners and judging by their kind words, it would appear that Gina did happen to be a giver after all. Now that pun was intended.



    What's really interesting is that out of all of Gina's past sexual partners, we were given the opportunity to meet the guy who gave Gina HIV and in all fairness, I felt bad for him. Like Gina, he was best with his sex addiction and didn't even realise himself that he had HIV before infecting Gina. His remorse was definitely clear to seen throughout.



    If there's one thing that this plot did lack was an appearance from Gina. I know she's dead but would a little hallucination or spectral appearance from Gina actually have hurt this episode? I'd love to have seen Gina challenge Christian about Wilbur or his inability to commit for one last time. Oh well, maybe next season I'll get that.



    With Gina dead, the only person unaware of her passing happened to Wilbur, simply because Christian can't face telling the boy that his mother is dead. I can see why it's hard for Christian to tell him given that Wilbur is so young but at the same, there's only so long that Christian can put it off too.



    Wilbur asking for Gina shows awareness that she's been recently factoring in his life. Gina did admit to liking spending time with her son to Christian before dying and Wilbur does have closeness to her as well. Cute as puppies might, it won't stop Wilbur from missing his mother.



    Christian's scenes with Wilbur are undoubtedly the highlight of the episode. Well acted by Julian McMahon, there's an interesting fantasy sequence where Christian does tell Wilbur about Gina being dead only for the later reality being Christian settling for telling Wilbur that she won't be coming back. Can we have more Christian/Wilbur scenes of this calibre?



    It's also funny in concern to Wilbur to have a teacher complain about him. You'd think Wilbur would be the kind of child that most teachers would love but Tabitha seems a little too determined to have Wilbur expelled for biting other students and the fact that he's recently lost a parent seems to have no impact on her decision.



    Personally I think Tabitha comes across as being a bit weird and her story about Wilbur feels inconsistent. She talks about him being aggressive, yet he docile and she mention the principal contacting Christian about Wilbur when he clearly didn't. I'm not saying that it would be an improbable thing but I just don't trust this Tabitha woman.



    I also had good reason not to when Christian had to sleep with her so she wouldn't kick Wilbur out. Was it a shock that the biter turned out to be her? Not really, she did seem nutty enough and her lack of remorse by getting her teeth capped to avoid arrest pissed me off. At least Christian was able to get her fired. That being said, why did Tabitha single Wilbur out? What's the poor kid ever done to her?



    Of course the biter would be disturbing if this episode didn't produce two far crazier moments that a teacher who bites her pupils. Yes, Nip/Tuck came up with a water cooler set of yucky stuff right here.



    First off you've got the patient of the week, Kyle Ainge. On the surface there seems to be nothing with him so it's intriguing to discover that when himself and his wife were fighting for survival, she ended up smacking on his arms. Cannibalism – as if I didn't have enough negative meat experiences watching Torchwood this week.



    The problem with Kyle does go beyond being snacked on. Thanks to his wife's desperation to clean the slate by allowing him to snack, he winds up being infected with a disease and Sean wastes no time in pointing out the stupidity of her actions.



    Of course, Kyle and his wife are small fry compared to the presence of Colleen. In a short space of time, Colleen has been successful in worming her way into Sean's professional life and she definitely has no problems with invading his personal life when Sean has to operate on her feet.



    Worse still is that Colleen shows her evil streak when Bob tries to woo from her agency. In fairness, the Doctors Without Borders was a nice move and you had to admit that Colleen couldn't compete with that despite her savvy of the business.



    The thing is, I knew that Colleen wouldn't take defeat gracefully but I didn't expect her to tie Bob to a chair and stuff him to death with a machine used for stuffing bears. How screw up was that little moment? Colleen definitely has graduate from stalker to full on whack job and if I were Sean, I would definitely tread carefully around the woman.



    Colleen is quite the bad woman. Sharon Gless is so great in this role. On one hand, Colleen is incredibly creepy and you wouldn't want to get on her bad side but on the other hand, there's something weirdly sympathetic about her. In her own wacky way she seems to have Sean's best interests at heart but she also no chance in romancing Sean which is definitely her primary goal.



    With Colleen around at least we have a solid. Not a vapid skank like Eden and also someone who actually can act to boot. I guess it really is the older women on this show who are more successful in playing villains. I wonder why that is.



    Also in "Kyle Ainge"



    Is it me or did Sean not only seem to know that Christian and Gina were screwing around, but he did seem angry by it? Perhaps he's hoping (like everyone else) that this will signal the end for Christian and Julia.



    Christian: "Is the other boy going to be okay?"

    Tabitha: "Oh, at this stage, they forget about these things twenty minutes later".



    Couldn't Christian have contacted Tabitha's dentist and gotten X-rays regarding her capped teeth? I just hate the idea that that woman could be biting kids in another school she'll end up teaching in.



    Sean: "Tell me what you don't like about yourself?"

    Colleen: "Oh so good. The old hammer toe which I got from grinding the pavement on yours and other clients behalf".



    Sean: "But you don't even know me"

    Bob: "That's why we're here. To begin that process".



    Colleen makes bears in her spare time and the Sean bear she made was creepy. Surely that should give Sean a hint about his agent?



    Christian (to Gina's corpse): "For all the times I have wanted to kill you, this is not one of them".



    HIV Guy (re Gina): "This addiction we have can ruin your life but in a weird way, it saved mine. It was the wake up call I needed and I wanna thank her for that".



    Interesting that one of Gina's partners was female. I suppose there was that time in "Frankenlaura".



    Tabitha (re biting): "I've never done that before. I guess you bring out the animal in me"

    Christian: "You're the one who's biting the kids".



    Sean (to Kyle's wife): "If your husband dies Mrs Ainge, you've got yourself to peck".



    That line sounded more like something that Christian would say compared to Sean. It was a little harsh too even if Mrs Ainge deserved the smackdown.



    Bob: "What the hell is this?"

    Colleen: "It's what you people do. Eat people alive. Devour their souls and spirit".



    Colleen (to Bob): "You will not take away my star. You will not take away my Sean".



    No Julia, Olivia, Eden, Kimber, Matt, Jenna, Connor or Annie in this episode. Julia's absence was a bonus for this episode.



    Sean: "What are you gonna tell Wilbur now that his teacher's left?"

    Christian: "That she got picked up by a big tornado and taken far away".



    Colleen: "Have any of the CAA tried to contact you?"

    Sean: "Not a single one"

    Colleen: "Fools".



    Standout music: "I Eat Cannibals" by Total Coleo and "Flesh For Fantasy" by Billy Idol.



    Wilbur: "Daddy is Mommy ever coming back?"

    Christian: "No honey, Mommy is never coming back".



    Chronology: A day since "Magda And Jeff".



    As a follow up to the brilliance of last week, I had to admit to enjoying "Kyle Ainge". Granted the cannibalism and bear stuffing might have been suited to different episodes but the manner of Christian dealing with Gina's death and his interactions with Wilbur made this a great episode.moreless
  • I made you a bear. :D

    9.3
    The focus of this episode was where it needed to be as "Nip/Tuck" bids farewell to one of the most dynamic characters on television in Gina's funeral. Because indeed you can't spell "funeral" without F-U-N (or F-U, for that matter).



    By now it seems pretty clear that Gina diligently attended S.A. meetings so as to have sex with them. And she certainly made an impression -- so much so that the guy who gave her HIV flew out to pay his respects.



    The overarching theme for this episode was the consuming of others. The more direct allegory for Christian was that psycho day care provider Tabitha biting the children in her care and blaming it on Wilber. The more significant allegory in my opinion is the guilt that was eating away at him from the inside.



    The scene at the morgue was deeply insightful. Alone with her battered shell, he says: "Of all the times I wanted to kill you, Gina, this wasn't one of them." Suggesting that he was honestly just going for some hate-sex on the balcony on her way out the door and she simply lost her balance.



    Which is comforting, because I've never seen Christian as a murderer. He can be cruel and self-involved (see "Abby Mays") and he can be a deeply destructive personality, but as full of himself as he is, he's a doctor and a damaged human being. I've never seen him as homicidal. Heck, Sean's even more comfortable disposing of bodies than he is.



    Have I gone this long without mentioning Sean? His storyline seemed like it got swallowed whole. The couple exploring cannibalism was just less interesting to me, and his whole thing with the CAA swanning in seemed more of an illustration as to why we need to be very, very frightened of Sharon Gless.



    Seriously, is this the same actress who wandered around in "Burn Notice" last summer with all the screen presence of a dressmaker's dummy, stumbling into furniture and generally irritating me? Holy G-d, with that apartment scene, she's easily as frightening as Glenn Close ever got in "Damages."



    The consumption theme carried on with her desperation that Sean might discover the truth about her to the extent that she murdered any threat on the horizon. It was more than a little forced and on reflection, Bob would never have met with her in her "home office" (his staff would've discovered the truth about her within five minutes and he wouldn't have even taken her call). But the fact that he did led to one of the scariest confrontations this season.



    Stepping out of the review for a moment, I love that somewhere in the universe there is such an object as a "Sean Bear." This show is occasionally as charming as it is twisted. :)



    Anyone arguing that Sean is out of character as a womanizer has already forgotten Monica Wilder from last season and his basic addiction to youth. We saw it earlier this season when he dressed Katie as a school-girl and when it comes to Eden, she's so naughty and forbidden he's all but dragged around by his dick.



    So it wasn't that surprising to see him letching after the extra. After all, it's not like he's got anyone at home.



    Finally, Christian's scenes with Wilber were among the best I've seen. "Is mommy a skank?" is just a pee-makingly funny line, and his "Oh, mommy? I killed her" monologue was some of his best stuff this season. The kid who plays Wilber is a tolerable child actor -- certainly better than the Scavo kids in the first season of "Deperate Housewives" -- but his delivery was definitely better than his reactions.



    In the end, however, Christian replacing one bitca in his life with another was a nice move.moreless
  • Kinda... ok.

    7.6
    Well.. Nip/tuck clearly lost that nip/tuck aura that attracted me in the first place. Anyway, the story with that freaky blonde "cookie" granny with huge glasses is kinda interesting, I always thought she was a nutcase, and as I saw, I was right. I'm curious what she's up to next, now that she tasted the "sweet" way of murdering agents and making them looking like teddybears. And the biting teacher was nice too... but I wonder what's going to happen next... where is Kimber... or, of course, my favorite, Matt or that little b*tchy not so adolescent daughter of Julia's girlfriend (don't remember her name).. I mean, I know that they can't put all together (from my point of view - these are among the interesting characters), but it would be nicer if they combine some of them, making a much more lively and nip/tuck alike episode. But that thing is lost quite time ago... I wonder what's going to happen next.moreless
  • Did I just want an episode of 'Tales From the Crypt?'

    4.4
    Least this episode is a step up from the previous one. Firstly, I cannot believe how cool, calm and collected Christian is after killing Gina. So calm is he, he screws Wilbur's teacher - who happens to be biting the children and blaming it on Wilbur. While Christian is screwing her, she bites him. He puts two and two together and threatens to tell the police, she gets her teeth capped so they can't match up the bite marks. Go Figure. This episode's patient is a man who let his wife eat part of his arm while they were trapped in their wrecked car for ten days. Later on in the episode she ends up feeding him part of her arm to kind of even the score. He gets an infection, she ends up on the operating table.

    No sign of Julia this episode which is one of many inconsistencies I've been noticing lately. Sean is acting somewhat normal, not sleeping around and no scenes on that stupid tv show. His agent turns out to be some murderous teddy bear maker who stuffs a rival agent to death because she is fixated on Sean and doesn't want him leaving her. Guess this storyline will go on for a while... *sigh* Come back old Nip/Tuck... I miss you!moreless
Jeffrey Hephner

Jeffrey Hephner

Kyle Ainge

Guest Star

Jan Hoag

Jan Hoag

Margot

Guest Star

Scott Klace

Scott Klace

Mourner

Guest Star

Joshua Henry

Joshua Henry

Wilber

Recurring Role

Josiah Henry

Josiah Henry

Wilber

Recurring Role

Sharon Gless

Sharon Gless

Colleen Rose

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Colleen: Do you know what it's like to be a nobody and suddenly become a somebody because you hit your dumb little unimportant star, the one that shines so much brighter than yours? And do you know how much it hurts when that wondrous, magical star suddenly flickers out and dies in your life, and you end up being just shut in the shadows? It hurts so much! You will not take away my star, you will not take away my Sean.

    • Colleen: C'mon, do it for me! You can do it!
      Sean: Colleen! This is.. awkward.
      Colleen: I heard about it, and I wanna hear it. I think I deserve the full McNamara charm.
      Sean: OK. Tell me what you don't like about yourself.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music Used In This Episode:

      Prelude No. 22 in B Flat - Johann Sebastian Bach
      I Eat Cannibals - Total Coleo
      These Boots Are Made For Walking - Nancy Sinatra
      Sonata For Oboe - George Frideric Handel
      Me And My Teddy Bear - CRS Players
      Flesh For Fantasy - Billy Idol

    • Although listed in the opening credits, John Hensley, Kelly Carlson, and Joely Richardson do not appear in this episode.

    • Sharon Gless is credited as a Special Guest Star.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Just before Sean operates on Colleen, he says " It's hammer-time".
      This is an allusion to a popular song by MC Hammer during the 80's. It also became his signature phrase before he would perform.

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