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Nip/Tuck: The Complete First Season

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Nip/Tuck: The Complete First Season

Starring Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon, Roma Maffia  Guest Stars Include: Valarie Cruz, Kelly Carlson, Jessalyn Gilsig    Product Description  Beauty, the saying goes, is only skin deep. The beauty of Nip/Tuck is … see full wiki

1 review about Nip/Tuck: The Complete First Season

A perfect soul, a perfect mind, a perfect face, a perfect lie...

  • Nov 6, 2008
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Nip/Tuck is a shallow show that digs deep, it certainly got me hooked; and I don't watch TV. I received Nip/Tuck Season One as an unwanted gift, and have been hooked on the show ever since. Following the lines of a very adult soap opera revolving around a plastic surgery practice, Nip/Tuck saves itself from being ordinary with some truly phenomenal surgery FX and the best soundtrack since Michael Mann's 'Miami Vice'. With the expert blending of visual and audio into a sensory treat, you immediately become attracted to the show. Then, you will stick around for the gruesome surgery scenes and the $ex. My friend said I would like the show because I am a horror fan (the realistic and bloody surgeries), and he was right.

The characters are irritatingly predictable and irritatingly unpredictable, if that makes sense. Just when you think you have them figured out, they do something stupider than usual. But with the excellent casting, the actors manage to pull off some pretty lame dialogue and keep the show not just interesting but compelling.

At McNamara/Troy, Dr. Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) and Dr. Christian Troy (Julian McMahon) are at odds with each other. Together since med school, the two are completely separate personality types. Sean is quiet, timid, and stuck in a rut in his marriage to Julia (Joely Richardson). Christian is a narcissistic, womanizing, shallow, and carefree bachelor. The super-talented Roma Maffia plays anesthesiologist Liz Cruz, always at odds with arrogant Christian.

In Season One, the character plots introduce us to Kimber Henry (played by model-beautiful Kelly Carlson) as one of Christian's conquests. Kimber becomes part of the regular cast. The clinic hires psychiatric consultant Grace Santiago (Valerie Cruz). The doctors find themselves involved chest deep with a vicious drug lord who begins to use their practice for smuggling heroin inside breast implants, Sean has to come to grips with a transsexual patient, and Julia fights off her desire to reunite with Christian after all these years. Matt McNamara (John Hensley), Sean and Julia's teenage son, gets high with a friend and runs down a young girl with their car. The clinic's most notorious patient, Mrs. Grubman, receives free surgery for life because Sean leaves a cauterizing tip in her abdomen. Matt wants Sean and Christian to operate on her though her religious mother refuses. Dr. Bobolit's practice is running McNamara/Troy into the ground, and Christian trades Kimber for Bobolit's Lamborghini. Christian's one night stand with witchy Gina Russo (Jessalyn Gilsig) evolves into fatherhood, but there's a surprise in the delivery room. Sean has an affair with a patient, and this is just skimming the surface of the plotlines.

My favorite character in Season One would have to be Escobar Gallardo, the brutal, tattooed drug lord who inadvertently teaches Sean how to get in touch with his violent, masculine side. The ending of Season One is a great blow out episode with Escobar.
Some of the surgeries performed to tricked out music are face-lifts, boobjobs, liposuction, botox shots, and a hilarious scene where Sean's cadaver head during his board exam starts talking to him.

All said, Nip/Tuck is a slick, glitzy soap opera with bloody surgeries and very adult $exual themes. Just what the doctor ordered. Don't miss out on the extras either, which include a segment on how they achieved their realistic FX, and a funny outtakes clip called "Severed Parts". Enjoy!
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