Takako and I started watching FX’s infamous Nip/Tuck this fall and, on a Christmas day unlike any other, we finished season 3. At its best Nip/Tuck was the story of three friends; plastic surgeons Dr. Sean McNamara, Dr. Christian Troy and their med school crush (now Sean’s wife,) Julia all locked in a three way tug of war in which their family and business practice were all hanging in the balance. At its worst, it was sensationalist, misery porn which pushed boundaries at the expense of being true to its characters. To the show’s credit, the first three seasons somehow managed to temper the shock and awe nonsense with the tug of war and ended about where it should.
So that’s why Takako and I quit. With the show’s multiple season spanning Carver arc ended, Julia and Sean having found themselves through mutual self destruction and then reinvention, and Christian having finally rediscovered the family he has in them and their son (his son) Matt and the end of his self flagellation, what more needed to be said?
Apparently a lot. The damn thing went on for 6 or 7 seasons of which the internet writes: “all that needs to be said about the last season of Nip/Tuck is that Matt becomes a mime thief.”