While purists and budget-conscious consumers alike may grit their teeth a bit over the fact that Warner Home Video spliced the Fifth Season of FX’s notorious drama, Nip/Tuck, I consider it a blessing. I don’t know if my poor mind could have sat through an entire season in one go without being driven mad. For the uninitiated, Nip/Tuck is a series about two longtime pals (Dylan Walsh as Dr. Sean McNamara and Julian “Doctor Doom” McMahon as Dr. Christian Troy) who run a successful plastic surgery business. Originally set in Miami, Nip/Tuck relocated to the Los Angeles for the beginning of Season Five, where there is so much self-admiration and superficiality that the surgery of McNamara/Troy is guaranteed to stay in business forever.
Well, maybe not forever. Especially with all of the nutjobs and creeps that patronize McNamara/Troy, some of which are downright deadly. If that’s not enough however, the doctors’ daily wanton routine of surgery, sadism and sex might do the trick instead. In Part One of Season Five, we were introduced to Colleen Rose (played to the hilt by former Cagney & Lacey and Queer As Folk star Sharon Gless), an obsessive fan-cum-agent of Sean’s, who left him gasping for his last breath with a knife in his back.
Season Five, Part Two picks up where we left off (duh), revealing Sean’s incredible bounce back to full health (it’s a soap opera, kids — face it) and paving the way to a new host of characters, including a wild anesthesiologist (Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackoff) whom Sean falls madly in love with. Of course, in the world of plastic surgery, nothing is good for your health — especially love — as Dr. Troy discovers when he asks his lesbian assistant (Roma Maffia) to marry him? Why? Well, let’s just say it’s one of his better decisions and leave it at that.