Nip/Tuck

Season 5 Episode 15

Ronnie Chase

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jan 06, 2009 on FX
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Sean's physical and emotional well-being are greatly impacted after he makes it through Colleen's attack. Christian gets some disconcerting news.

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  • A fantastic episode

    10
    the first scene was much better than what i ever imagined. i loved the dark tone of the episode, because in deed is what this episode was, what comes after tragedy. i laughed, i panicked, it was a great drama episode. the dialoges are fantastic, and it was revealed that the episode connor mcnamara 2026 was a flashfoward that Sean had, not nesesary a real time line. the only thing i didnt like was that the scene of Coleen memorial was a dream, dough i think that it may not have been a dream but Sean woke up for remembering that episode in his life.

    exelent episode peoplemoreless
  • Backstabbers Written by Ryan Murphy Directed by Brad Falchuk

    7.0
    Christian (re Wilbur): "I know what it's like to bounce from parent to parent. He's pretty much lost one every year of his life. He loves you, trusts you. I think he deserves a good mother".

    Liz: "Okay".



    It's amazing that for eleven months, my withdrawals for this show weren't as big as I'd thought they would be. I think a part of that stemmed from my frustration with the way this season went from one bad plot to another and while this episode isn't the best, they've ever done, it's possible that the fifth season could at least get back on track.



    Things more or less pick up with Colleen brutally stabbing. In fact the episode actually begins with the build up to this. Given that Colleen has been forbidden from entering the building, you've got to hand to her in a weird way for how she overcomes that little problem.



    Disguising herself in bandages only proved how determined she was to get to Sean but if she loved him so much, why the hell stab him? In fact, despite the fact that this show pulls crazy stuff off as naturally as breathing I'm still impressed that Sean actually managed to survive being stabbed multiple times by the deranged bear lady.



    Of course, even the psychos on Nip/Tuck have to get their comeuppance and to be fair; Colleen's story really was coming to a natural end so having Sean stab her to death was fine with me. As far as I can see, it was self-defence – Colleen stabbed him, endangered Annie and was going to kill Christian as well. You can't blame Sean for trying to protect the people he loved.



    However there was another consequence to Colleen's knife attack and that entailed Sean being in a wheelchair. This was something that spoiled in the trailers during the Christmas period anyway but because of Sean's paralysis, it also meant problems for McNamara/Troy.



    Given what Colleen did to him, I can see why Sean would be hesitant in wanting to perform any surgeries but I can also understand Christian's frustration with this too. Liz wanting both her friends to operate on her was a weirdly touching gesture but needless to say, Sean did his best to get out of it.



    Even more worrying is that Sean then became very lax when doing the physiotherapy. I can't imagine what it's like having to go through that but even if you don't want to do the full hour; you should just to improve yourself. Matt was better at handling Sean's resistance in completing it than Christian was.



    Of course when it came to Christian, he has his own problems to deal with but at least this episode did us good with scenes between him and Sean. At a bar Sean told him about his flash forward from "Connor McNamara 2026" but Christian's scepticism got the better of him during that scene.



    However if there was one thing that both men did share, it was the fact that they pulled. For Sean, this was a confidence booster as he enjoyed his steamy session with a hot barmaid. The barmaid in question even found herself addicted to having sex with a wheelchair guy to boot.



    As for Christian, his sex session ended up becoming an exam when he started checking his date's breasts for lumps. Naturally, she was less enthused and told Christian off before leaving. Then again, there are some people who don't appreciate being examined during sex, this girl notably.



    So, of all the things that could've happened to Christian, is Stage 2 breast cancer ironic, given his general treatment of women? I'm not sure but regardless of his behaviour, I do sympathise with him. Plot-wise, this will also give Julian McMahon something to really sink his teeth into.



    The episode did at first go about making it look like it was Liz who might've been the one diagnosed with breast cancer. It was Christian who spotted a lump on her when examining her and it was him that encouraged to her get a mammogram. When she turned out to be fine and he mentioned that he had a lump himself, I just knew he wouldn't be so lucky.



    Christian being himself however naturally assumed that he would be fine and if it were me, I probably would've acted the same way. When he did find out that he had Stage 2, he vented at different people – Rajesh for being annoying, Liz for trying to be sympathetic, Matt because of Emme and Sean because he wasn't recovering.



    I liked that Christian did tell Sean and I did enjoy Sean trying to encourage him to think positive. The last thing you'd want is to think negative, even if it's the only way your mind reacts so to speak. If this episode had a big strength, it was certainly the emphasis on Sean and Christian's friendship.



    The other strength of course was the emphasis on Christian and Liz's friendship. For all their childish sniping at each other, they do respect each other and I found it sweet that Christian would want Liz to look after Wilbur. I also respected Liz for being both a friend and a doctor to Christian and judging from his response, he did too.



    Of course, the reality of this is still hitting Christian. He has gotten operated on during the end of the episode but we could still see how traumatised he was when staring at his wounds towards the end. It's a really harrowing ending for the episode but the shocker actually lies with Sean.



    For all the pain and trauma that Sean's been through in this episode, I have to admit to being deeply disappointed when it was revealed that he could walk. I hope the writers can find a good way of explaining why Sean would foolishly fake being paralysed because when he gets exposed, he is going to alienate a lot more people than Julia. Lying to Julia about being still married to him inevitably backfired and he can't blame her for not wanting to talk to him again. It was an incredibly stupid move on Sean's part but I think his fixation on Julia's isn't going to wane entirely this season either. Plus extra points for this episode for keeping Julia, Olivia, Eden and Kimber away from proceeding, though all four are likely to dominate the next few episodes, judging by the preview we've gotten.



    Also in "Ronnie Chase"



    Aside from Ronnie's ear problems and Liz's consult, we didn't get any other patients in this episode.



    Colleen (to Sean): "Sorry about the mess I made in the room but what else is new?"



    Even when she's nearly on the verge of death, Annie still gets painfully sidelined. I feel sorry for that kid.



    Christian: "Need a lift?"

    Sean: "Oh, you can't stand that my biceps are getting bigger than yours, can you?"

    Christian: "You're right and if we could teach your dick to drive this thing".



    Liz: "My boobs will be the first thing you get to put your hands on".

    Sean: "That's very sweet of you, Liz".

    Christian: "Don't you worry, buddy. You won't be scaling those mountains alone. That's a two man job if ever I've seen one".



    Liz has an uncle called Pepe. Judging from the trailers this season, I'm not sure I like the idea of her and Christian getting closer.



    Sean (to Rajesh): "You were wrong today but your attitude was right. We have to be arrogant SOB's to do what we do".



    Liz (to Christian): "Okay, this is weird. Okay, I'm a 36D but I know you can tell by looking. I was thinking of a small C so I'd have the size but not the weight".



    Rajesh Paresh – a 17 year old prodigy, who's supposed to be recurring for the rest of the season. Christian called him Hadji and Doogie Houser.



    Christian: "Shaft aside, I'm no **** and it's not gonna be what takes me out".

    Liz: "No, I agree. Odds are, it's gonna be a jealous husband with a gun".



    Rajesh: "Who taught you your skills, Dr Troy?"

    Christian: "University of Miami".

    Rajesh: "Well, we all can't learn from the best".



    Given that snappish comments from Rajesh, shouldn't Christian have not slagged off Matt attending Santa Monica to study medicine?



    Matt (to Sean): "I know I've given you many reasons not to be proud of me. Seeing you in that chair made me wanna change that".



    Sean: "What has breast cancer have to do with anything?"

    Christian: "I have it".



    That woman Sean had sex with looked a lot like Julia. He also did that back in "Rose And Raven Rosenberg" with Christian.



    Sean (re flash forward): "You had silvery hair and a wife on each arm".

    Christian: "Two wives? I like the sound of that. What about Julia?"

    Sean: "Oh, happily married. Just not to either one of us".



    Girl: "You're giving me an exam while we're having sex?"

    Christian: "I felt something".



    I had actually forgotten that Christian and Wilbur's dog was called Lipo, which means I got a laugh when I heard it.



    Liz (to Christian): "As your friend, I think you're gonna be around for the next fifty years pissing me off. As a doctor, I think it's a good idea that you get your affairs in order. I just want to be as honest with you as you would with me. You deserve that".



    Jo: "You didn't have to come after what she did to you".

    Sean (re Colleen): "I wanted to make sure she's dead".



    Standout music: "Back Stabbers" by The O'Jays, "Stop Me" by Mark Ronson and "Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime" by Beck.



    Colleen (to Sean): "They're all gonna remember you exactly as you are right now. Young and at the height of your vitality and power. You have the comfort of never ending blackness now and the joy of infinite freedom. Enjoy your rest".



    Chronology: Four months after the events of "Candy Richards".



    As the start of the second part of the show's fifth season, "Ronnie Chase" mostly did well. Better interactions between certain characters, some truly shocking and touching moments and I'm actually looking forward to seeing more of Rajesh, even if his pedantry will grate during certain moments.moreless
  • The drama never stops. This is how you come back from a break.

    10
    There are hardly words to describe how great this episode was. It was so fully of drama that I could hardly get a grip on it. I couldn't believe that Christian got breast cancer, i didn't even know that boys could get it. Shawn in a wheel chair and he totally doesn't even need it, I wonder what is making him stay in it. the sex scene in it was crazy, and hot. I loved when shawn went to the she that she was dead and then the one dead was him super trippy. I cant say enough about this episode.moreless
  • Loads of Guts, Loads of Gory

    8.0
    Despite the bloody carnage of the first act, this was a surprisingly subdued season premiere (or half-season premiere, with all that damn "season five part 2" business). As it probably should be, the attention was given to the two leads, with almost all the other cast members given the week off.



    Christian's breast cancer opens up an avenue of storylines for him, and you can tell that his soul has been completely destroyed by the news. Whether it was intentional or not, Julian McMahon looked completely beat-down in this episode, and you can really tell something bad has happened when cancer even distracts Christian from sex with a badly-collagened bar hook-up.



    I really loved Christian's interaction with Liz, but I guess I always have. Their friendship has always been one of the more fascinating subplots over the years, with their friendly backbiting to their complete love and trust for each other. Hopefully the writers will take advantage of their great chemistry this season.



    Sean was a mystery, as always. Is he faking his inability to walk? Or was the closing scene simply implying that it was all psychological and that with Colleen gone he can finally move on? The first option is obviously the more intriguing. I don't really know what to think about the new medical students. Dr Raj has the potential to get annoying, but I'm liking Jaime Ray Newman's character. She's too notable an actress to be wasted on such a small part, so I'm guessing she'll either be a love interest or a complete nutjob. Women on Nip/Tuck only fall into one of those two categories, heh.



    The scene that really surprised me was the reference to the episode Conor McNamara, 2026 back in season four, which has divided fan opinion on whether the scenes set in the future were real or not. I appreciated that the show finally addressed it, and loved that it was confirmed as a dream that could easily change. One of the biggest complaints about that episode was that all suspense is reduced from then on because we know how most of the cast would end up, so it's nice to see that actually followed up on.



    I'm happy to see Colleen go. I was worried that due to the season being split in two, we'd be forced to endure even more Colleen/Eden hijinks, but luckily it looks like Ryan Murphy and Co. are setting up a fresh start this year. Despite some of my problems with the Colleen character, the opening act was a masterwork in terror with great music, brutal violence and complete suspense (Colleen raising the knife behind Liz was freaky-as-hell).



    A great episode, but slightly underwhelming. But I guess after waiting almost a year for new episodes, I'd be let down by anything the show would have produced. Still, I love the direction the show seems to be going in and I couldn't help but get a lump in my throat during the talks between Sean and Christian about "coming to the end", as we all know it's true of Nip/Tuck itself.



    Director: Brad Falchuk

    Writer: Ryan Murphy

    Rating: B+moreless
  • What the ... ?

    5.0
    In the pilot episode, we had the assassination of a child-molesting drug dealer and the disposal of his body in a swamp intercut with scenes of an enthusiastically nekkid Julian McMahon snorting cocaine off Kelly Carlson's ass while taking her from behind set to the Rolling Stones singing "Fade to Black."



    Now we have pointless poppy electronica, a significantly more subdued Christian with stage-two breast cancer and Sean having wheelchair sex.



    And it would've only been moderately more interesting if they'd been having it with each other.



    See, I feel I can say this because I have been a strong advocate for this show from the very beginning. During its slow periods -- and there have been slow periods -- I've always been a loud and forceful voice within the ever-smaller "wait and see -- I'm sure this is going somewhere" contingent.



    But the sad fact is that the most interesting side stories Murph has ever come up with -- Ava, Kit, Quentin and Erica -- are in a evermore distant past. They killed off Escobar and ... hell, even Mrs. Grubman had her moments.



    I don't care about Olivia. I was done with Eden the moment she appeared on screen. Colleen never made any kind of sense. I'm entirely over Julia. I don't know how Matt can still be alive. And I know the cameras are not on Sean every step of the way, but how did we go this entire episode with no mention of Conor ...



    ... except ...



    ... wait for it ...



    Yes ... yes ... there it is ...



    ... we have ...



    Bobby Ewing in the shower!



    Turns out that Conor McNamara 2026 was just a crazy acid trip Sean was having. :roll:



    And in a show that has been consistently over the top since its pilot episode, we have the original, the authentic, accept-no-substitutes Arthur Fonzarelli leather-jacket clad shark jumpage. The sizzling sound you hear is the fork Murph just jammed in a toaster and then slammed into a microwave and turned a camera on it.



    This show is going to run through 2011? No! No! It was good once! Seriously, stop drinking, get off the drugs and think really, really hard. Come up with one good final story arc, plot it out and land this thing before it just gets canceled for being ugly, dumb and pointless. Hell, the most interesting surgical procedure in this episode was conducted by Colleen. And the view shift to her for that sequence wasn't any more useful, because we were forced to notice that following her procedure, Sean should've had a collapsed lung and, based on the scars -- especially that vertical one within an inch of his spine -- catastrophic nerve damage disabling his left arm. He had no injuries to his lower extremities so his physical therapy, supporting himself by his arms while working his legs, that was nonsense -- never mind his operation of a wheelchair to begin with.



    But fine, no surgeries for him (all the better since he should entirely lack fine motor skills). He's taking a break to teach, and here we find ourselves with the plastic surgery equivalent of "Grey's Anatomy" -- a show that has also been played out for more than a year.



    See, I'm hoping the young surgeon they introduced is given a chance to improve his screen presence. But the sad reality of this show is he's just going to find himself in bed with Julia or Eden or Olivia or Annie or Matt and then discarded as so many dozens of other plot points our resident ADD impresario Murph has tired of and abandoned as storyline roadkill.



    Bright point: I do like the deepening relationship between Christian and Liz. There's been something familial there since before he donated his sperm for their stillborn child, and the bond has only gotten deeper. But even that looks like it's about to head in a really wrong direction. In fact, from the previews, it seems like all pretense of coherent thought will shortly be sailing right out the window.



    And when it crashes to the ground, it can be found next to the show's medical authority, its credibility, its character development, its intellectual excitement, its musical sensibility, a half-dozen intriguing but abandoned storylines and Gina's corpse.



    Stick a fork in it, Murph. This is done.moreless
Lisa Darr

Lisa Darr

Darlene Lowell

Guest Star

Adhir Kalyan

Adhir Kalyan

Dr. Raj Paresh

Guest Star

Damien Leake

Damien Leake

Dr. Moss

Guest Star

Kelsey Lynn Batelaan

Kelsey Lynn Batelaan

Annie McNamara

Recurring Role

Sharon Gless

Sharon Gless

Colleen Rose

Recurring Role

Linda Klein

Linda Klein

Nurse Linda

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