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Nip/Tuck - The Complete Third Season

Nip/Tuck - The Complete Third Season

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Not enough surgery scenes, but still a decent season

  • Oct 31, 2008
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Last season end, Christian was attacked by The Carver. This season, The Carver continues his escapades. On the surgery side, Sean and Christian must separate an obese woman from the couch she has grown into after spending three solid years on it. (yes, it was her bathroom too) Surgery is performed to fix a bad facial scar on Kiki the gorilla, to make her more presentable to mate in a wild kingdom way. A full facial skin transplant is performed, and Sean and Christian must dismantle "Frankenlaura", a pieced together cadaver that a mad mortuary assistant had sewn together. The surgeons must reason coherently with a man who believes he'll never be whole unless his perfectly healthy leg is amputated. (Body Integrity Identity Disorder) Mrs. Kringle (Santa's wife) is discovered carrying a 15-year-old petrified fetus in her womb, and through it all The Carver continues to carve and rape.

Guests this season include Joan Rivers as herself, Anne Heche as Nicole Morretti in the witness protection program, and a full season performance by Rhona Mitra (Hollow Man) as Detective Kit McGraw. Also returning is the fabulous Vanessa Redgrave as Julia's mother Dr. Erica Noughton. By the way, I still miss Escobar.

On the plot end, a lot happens this season. Dr. Quentin Costa (Bruno Campos) joins Sean and Christian when Christian has a hard time returning to work after his Carver attack. Detective Kit McGraw not only investigates The Carver but strikes up a threesome with Christian and Kimber. Christian gets arrested as The Carver, Kit tracks down Christian's birth mother, Julia and Gina's new recovery spa creates a j!zz face cream, Sean goes to work for the witness protection program leaving Christian and Quentin to run the clinic, Christian plans a wedding with Kimber, a plane crashes that was supposed to have Julia's mother on board, Matt gets in a fight with Cherry Peck ... a trans$exual, Matt takes up a new girlfriend who happens to be a white supremacist, and Julia becomes pregnant. While Sean and Christian are separated and Christian is working with Quentin, Christian takes over some of the hesitancy that Sean used to bring to the clinic, which was an interesting role reversal for the main characters.

I highly recommend that if you haven't watched the series from the beginning, you should. Many pieces of the Troy/McNamara puzzle presented in this season won't make sense without the background of the first two seasons. Plus, I believe seasons one and two were better than season three. This season, there were less surgeries and more drama, and I tend to love the FX of the surgeries more than the dilemmas of the characters.

Nip/Tuck is a guilty pleasure. It's a show that has no sense and no morals, some reprehensible characters, is overly dramatic, contains ridiculously over-the-top scenarios, and yet is compelling in a "train wreck" sort of way. It's so bad I simply can't look away. It's so ridiculous that I'm completely addicted to it. It's the ultimate nighttime soap opera with a decent enough amount of gore thrown in with the surgeries that it has a special appeal to horror fans with open minds. My major complaint with season three is that it went light on the surgeries and focused too much on the drama. The Carver turned out to be a surprise, with a little surprise of his own to reveal in the end, giving a satisfactory ending to The Carver's storyline. Let's hope season four has more surgeries.

Another note of interest is the soundtrack to the series. Playing Queen's "Fat Bottom Girls" during a hinder lipo is genius. The only season that sold a soundtrack was season one, and I highly recommend purchasing the soundtrack CD, which is excellent. I just wish they would release soundtracks to seasons two and three now. The music selected really compliments the surgeries and other scenes in the series.

Though I hate to admit it, I highly recommend this series. It's the ultimate of guilty pleasures. Enjoy!
Nip/Tuck - The Complete Third Season

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Starring Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon, Roma Maffia
Various Guest Stars include Anne Heche, Rhona Mitra, Vanessa Redgrave, Joan Rivers

Product Description
He -- or is it she? -- slices, they stitch. He maims, they heal. Plastic surgeons Sean McNamara and Christian Troy have vowed to make whole the victims of the elusive, mysterious serial slasher called the Carver. But mending the rifts in their own families and careers will require much more than their famed technical skills. Dylan Walsh and Julian McMahon return for a sensational Season 3 filled with eroticism, suspense and medical challenges ranging from a daring facial transplant to a 650-pound woman whose skin has fused with her sofa. There's a new doctor on staff, too: Dr. Quentin Costa, a tango expert and perhaps an expert at dissecting the practice for his own ends. Plus: Julia launches a new career, troubled Matt falls in with skinheads and the Carver turns out to be.... Sorry, our lips are sealed. Watch and find out.

DVD Features:
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Product Details
  • Actors: Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Studio: FX Network
  • DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006
  • Run Time: 723 minutes
  • ASIN: B000FUTVLO
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