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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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Brilliant episode

    9.9
    This is one of the greatest episodes of the series so far. A wonderful episode which i loved. It was emotional,revealing,shocking and powerful.
    Christian is dealing with Gina's death and he finds it difficult to tell Wilbert about his mother's death. At Gina's funeral, her sexoholic friends come to speak for her and at some point a man confronts that he was the one who gave Gina aids. Meanwhile, a talent agency shows interest in Sean's acting career, making Colleen raged. Colleen invites the agency manager to her house and eventually she murders him by filling him with bear stuffing!
    Wilbert's kindergarten teacher accuses him for biting the other kids, but in the end Christian finds out that she is the one who bites the kids.
    In the very last scene we finally see Christian telling Wilbert about the loss of her mother, and that she will never come back again.
    Truly, this episode was wonderful..so emotional.
    I might have given it 10/10 but i am giving it 9.9/10 just because Eden did not appear!
  • Build-A-Bears and Biting?: The After Christmas Let Down

    6.5
    What's been going on with Nip/Tuck? Normally, the season goes from the beginning of September until December, but this season started late and after a winter hiatus, has come back to finish off the season with 6 new episodes. But these past three post-Christmas episodes have not been up to par.

    Rachel Ben Natan was complete filler.
    Magda & jeff was the best of the three, but still not greeeat.
    And this was episode, Kyle Ainge, was just ridiculous. Practically not even necessary.

    Where's Olivia been? Wouldn't she want to take care of her sick girlfriend? Wouldn't she wonder why her sick girlfriend is always in bed at Christian's? And speaking of her sick girlfriend, in reference to this episode, where was Julia?? Eden poisoning her is a great plot line, and I'm not necessarily mad that they've been dragging it out, but to not have her in this episode is just not good. I mean, she's the third most important character, she's dying, and we're supposed to just forget about her this episode?

    Kimber hasn't been in an episode since the Christmas one, and although it seems she'll be in the next one, I don't think one of the main characters should be absent from THREE episodes.

    Matt & Rachel: wasn't it implied she was in love with him? Why did they just drop that plotline?

    As far as Colleen goes, I happen to like the idea behind this plotline, and I think Sharon Gless is absolutely fantastic, but stuffing a man to death is far too ridiculous, even for Nip/Tuck. And I know this show is known for pushing the boundaries, but it's what non-viewers of this show expect Nip/Tuck to be. Colleen is taking up WAY too much screentime, if you ask me. I'd rather see more of the main characters and less of her.

    Gina's death was an inspired plotline (although she should have been around a little longer, not just brought back to be killed), but her funeral in this episode wasn't a great scene. I mean, the eulogies from all the men she's been with was great, but why were only Christian and Liz there? Why didn't Julia go? They were friends once. Where was Sean? He knew Gina. The plotline with the teacher who bites her students wasn't bad, but I'd rather have that axed to get Julia, Matt, or Kimber on screen.

    Another person we haven't seen much: Eden. She's supposed to be the villain this season, yet they still haven't shown us any side of her besides the evil one. Nip/Tuck has great villains because they're human, they're just humans who in order to get what they want, have to harm Sean and Christian. But Eden at this point just seems like an angsty, teenage **** and I don't get her. And there are only three episodes left to make us empathize with her, or understand why she's around at all. I absolutely love Nip/Tuck, and I'm pretty lenient with it when it makes a misstep because it usually picks itself right back up, but it's been three episodes. Season 5 started out fantastically. I would argue that up until Episode 8, it was pretty much a great season. I thought they needed to utilize L.A. more instead of just going back and forth between the office, or the apartment, or whatever, but that was my only complaint really. Now, I have many more.

    This show needs to stop dropping it's plotlines in order to make room for ridiculous, over-the-top, out of nowhere, unnecessary scenes like a woman stuffing a human being with cotton and then poking out his eyes.
  • In this episode Christian feels guilt about Gina's death and screws Wilbur's teacher who is biting kids flesh and is blaming it on Wilbur and gets fired but not for that. Gina's funeral is funny all her friends for sexaholics anon.speaks of her gud sex

    10
    If anyone saw this episode they should know that this was a classic and original Nip/Tuck. There best there is. The bottom line is weird sh** happens evryday day in this world. And just because Nip/Tuck brings that out in their AMAZING series for our entertainment, doesn't mean they should be critized. I love the Nip/Tuck series and am proud to say i am a Fanatic. This episode focused on how people who you think are prefect can really be the evil ones harming people close and dear to you. Also that people who seem less that perfect like Gina are actually saints. I mean she forgave the guy who gave her AIDS and helped him out. It kind of helped her out to because she was able to put her life in order.
  • Bears and Girls

    7.5
    I have no words. Nip/Tuck is officially a freak show. As I was watching the scene where Colleen pumped a rival agent full of plush and poked out his eyeballs, I couldn't help but ask "what the hell happened to my favorite show??" Add to that insanity a teeth-happy kindergarten teacher and cannibalistic newlyweds, and you have possibly the most memorable episode in a while, but for all the wrong reasons.

    Do we really need another batsh*t crazy woman in Sean's life? And yet another one he is completely oblivious too? Colleen's almost a caricature of all things insane. She's emotionally unpredictable, murderous, and has one of those silly arts and crafts hobbies that are all the rage with crazy folk. I must give credit to Sharon Gless though, who's completely terrifying in the role.

    While I was at least entertained by the bear-stuffing story (to an extent), the show lost me with the abusive teacher. Firstly, no little kid would not tell their parents that their crazy teacher has been biting them. Secondly, Christian was way too nonchalant over the fact that his son and his classmates are in danger from a disturbing, violent woman with more than enough pedophilic undertones. And the ladies' capped teeth at the end reminded me so much of a cartoon character, I just got distracted.

    The patients of the week didn't interest me. Like everything else, they were just so extreme. I could have taken the whole cannibalism thing seriously if the writers didn't then go out of their way to make Lanie Ainge so disturbing. I half expected there to be some additional twist to their story, like they loved human flesh so much they tried to eat Sean or something. And after the teddy-a-ning, a zombie holocaust wouldn't exactly surprise me...

    Gina's funeral was, as with the whole show lately, 90% extreme and 10% moving. The eulogies started well (I liked the lady who was all "she'll always be my little G-spot"), but went a little extreme when guys started commenting on thinking of her while whacking off. Too much information, buddy. It was unfortunate more time wasn't spent with the guy who actually gave Gina AIDs. For somebody so important to both her and the show in general (since her AIDs was such a big storyline in season two), it was sad that he was only used for one small scene.

    Everybody's going to be talking about Colleen's big moment, and I guess that was the point. But this show never used to be that insane, and it's sad to see it ending up like that. And where are the main cast? Liz does nothing, Julia's been bed-ridden for what seems like a decade, Matt's MIA, and Kimber's vanished. I miss my show.

    Director: Dirk Wallace Craft
    Writers: Brad Falchuk, Hank Chilton
    Rating: C
  • Christian is dealing with Gina's death, people think it was a suicide. Colleen shows us her true colours, and they are psycho red. This weeks case, a husband needs some repair on his arm, he fed bits of it to his wife (nice). The things love makes us do!

    9.0
    amazing!!! I am gob smacked with the story lines they come up with, a husband that feeds his wife pieces of himself so she wouldn't die of hypoglycemia... amazing... who thinks of this stuff???

    Feet... yuck!! not my favourite part of the body at all (personal opinion of mine, i hate feet) and having to see colleens hammer feet was just too much for me but i have to say the music they played during the operation... nice touch! Ding Dong Gina's gone... but even though Christian on many occasions wanted to kill her, i don't think he realized how much she is missed, by her son, by those she met an sexaholics anonymous and even by himself. She wasn't the evil spawn he thought her to be, she did good in her lifetime, and made a difference to many peoples lives. The sexaholics were hilarious!! and the guy that gave Gina HIV, was amazing... i loved it! Oh my psycho Colleen!!! i knew she wasn't all their, but did you see what she did to Bob???? I am sure all of us guessed before hand that Christian was going to do the school teacher! though he didn't seem to enjoy it as much as i had anticipated. I mean she is a school teacher, not bad looking... but a biter! What about Julia?? she was nowhere to be seen in this episode, we have no idea if she's still sick, and how she is with Christian, and kimer and matt?? and Eden??... hopefully next episode ; )

    My 9 rating is just because of the feet, otherwise i think i would have given a 10... sorry.
  • I wish there was a classification that said "holy ****" because this one was just that! Excellent freakin episode

    10
    For anyone who's ever wanted a build a bear...you didn't know what you were getting, did you?

    This episode focused on the aftermath of Gina's death; Christian dealing with the fact that he accidentally killed her and having to explain to Wilbur that she wouldn't be coming back, having to deal with the fact that even though she was crazy, he too would miss her as would everyone else in her sex-a-holics group who evidentally "knew" her would as well. We also met the man who gave Gina AIDS. This was a hilarious scene that turned into a very emotional goodbye from him.

    The rest of the focus was on Sean and his lovely agent Colleen. It becomes totally aparent that she is obsessed with him as she comes in to get her crossed toes (I think she called it clubbed feet, but correct me if I'm wrong) worked on so she could wear sexy shoes while escorting him to all the award shows in town. In the mean time, some major agency came looking to represent Sean, but Colleen put a stop to that. We learn not only does she stuff and create bears in her spare time, she stuffs the guy who tries to steal her clients away! By far the most gruesome moment in Nip/Tuck history when she finishes him off with buttons on his eyes and putting his bluetooth back on him. Gruesome, but brilliant! I think they are making Colleen into the craziest villian of all! My only sadness is that we didn't see anything about Julia being sick or any story with Kimber and Matt yet again, but it looks like they'll be big next week as Kimber trains young Eden in the art of porn! Ahh, Nip/Tuck...you never fail me!
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