Nip/Tuck will return this evening to air the final eight episodes of its fifth season and after screening the first two hours, I can tell you that McNamara/Troy is just as you remember it: chaotic, cockamamie and cold. Or maybe, after such a long hiatus, you don’t really recall the hysterical antics of the show last year. If that’s the case, let me refresh your memory…
Last we saw Sean — a celebrated TV star on the laughable soap "Hearts & Scalpels" — he was reeling from the headaches of fame. Not only had his bat crap crazy former agent, Colleen Rose (Sharon Gless), perversely murdered Sean’s new representative in a fit of jealousy and rage, but his daughter Annie had just suffered substantial injuries in a paparazzi-caused car accident.
As Sean settled into the operating room, preparing to administer her facial reconstruction, bat crap crazy Colleen snuck in, stabbing him from behind several times.
Now, tonight’s episode opens up just minutes before said stabbing, showing us how Colleen Rose creepily made her way into McNamara/Troy undetected, carried out the crime and what went down in its aftermath. It’s an intense few minutes with Annie anesthetized unmonitored, Liz and Christian walking around clueless and Sean bleeding to death on the floor…
Flash forward to four months later, Sean’s in a wheelchair — which we’ll of course later learn is just great for sex! — sullen, depressed and refusing to work as a surgeon. Instead he’s turned to teaching young interns, amongst them Daphne (Jaime Ray Newman who you may recognize as Mindy O’Dell on Veronica Mars) and Dr. Raj (Adhir Kalyan who you’ll remember as Raja from Aliens In America).
Back at the office, Liz and Christian are dealing with their own drama, as someone we know and love will discover they have stage two breast cancer and must come to terms with their possible death.
As for the rest of the dysfunctional family, Julia still has amnesia, brought on by the violent acts of her lunatic "step daughter" Eden Lord (whom we now know as 90210‘s Naomi Clarke). And even minus her memory, Julia’s apparently pissed at Sean… Matt, however, seems to be a whole new man, applying to college and talking about medical school… while little Wilbur is still waddling around oblivious to the maniacs in charge of his care.
And that’s what you have to look forward to tonight. If you’re a Nip/Tuck fan, you won’t be disappointed, I assure you. So, will you watch?