TV Review: Nip/Tuck – Budi Sabri

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Nip/Tuck, F/X, Airs Tuesday 10pm E/P

Episode: “Budi Sabri” (Season 5, Episode 20)

Synopsis: Sean’s journey of chemically induced discovery leads him to realise that while he can’t completely let go of his cautious nature, there is a midway point between his approach and Teddy’s. Christian receives bad news, prompting an emotional plea and an unexpected request. On the medical side of the street, this week’s patient brings a whole new dimension to the word “horny”.

Review: Despite the main patient’s plight causing repeated shuddering and an inability to view certain points in the surgical process, I found that this episode sure had a lot of heart, most of which was seen in the last 20 minutes. The first half was merely the boring set of ads you sit through at the movies before you reach the trailers, i.e. the fun part.

Sean’s relationship with “Teddy” (a.k.a. Starbuck) took up too much of this episode, and from a person practically writing a love letter to the chick in last week’s review, that’s quite the reversal. There’s nothing wrong with Teddy’s character solo, she’s a bad ass chick with no time for drips. The problem is that Sean is not exactly her kind of guy and his trying to be only leaves her disappointed. As she said herself, “If I wanted to date a pussy, I’d be a lesbian”. Maybe there’s hope for the pair in the form of compromise, but it doesn’t sound like her character’s M.O.

The main culprits behind the tugs on my heartstrings were, in a bizarre twist, the patient and Christian. Usually the patient doesn’t seem as sympathetic, but in this instance it was a complete turnaround. While looking at the branches/horns coming off his limbs turned my stomach into a washing machine, the character in there was actually somewhat developed. Although the supposed surprised plot twist was completely predictable, the reveal was still touching and upsetting. Also, kudos to the make up department. Gnargh.

Oh, poor Christian. This was one plot twist I didn’t expect until he started to get cocky at his check up. Cockiness never leads to prosperity in that sort of situation! However, the twists just kept coming, his consideration of suicide, jumping on a flight to Miami, getting down on one knee? Though it seems like none of these are Christian moves, he is a pretty broken and lonely man. How the show will deal with his impending departure, assuming they carry the storyline all the way, should be very interesting. It certainly finally gives a sense of a story arc to the show, something which I gave up on just last week! It’s nice to have Liz back too, only a week’s absence but it was felt. The show needs her wise cracks and Christian definitely needs her to keep him somewhat in line. Unfortunately the practice does not seem to have enough business to require two anesthesiologists on staff, where will that leave “Teddy”?

The countdown stands at 2 episodes to go, with an actual storyline to lead into the end of the season. Still no progress on getting Eden back in the picture to deal with shooting Julia, but perhaps sleeping dogs should be let lie. Doesn’t make great television but it could be cheaper than persuading AnnaLynne McCord to leave 90210’s set for a while.

Up Next Week: “Allegra Calderello” – Christian decides it’s time to look for a replacement, while a former client from Miami arrives to surgically prepare herself for her husband’s death.

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