With only eight episodes left in Nip/Tuck's run, I know I'm not alone in hoping that Ryan Murphy and Co. have a solid plan for ending what's arguably been one the most groundbreaking shows of the past decade. Don't forget -- season one nabbed the Golden Globe for best drama. It's not that the show has become less buzzworthy since its stellar freshman year, but in some regards the plots in subsequent seasons have always felt like something far more important was being put off. While entertaining, stories like The Carver or the organ smuggling ring have really just been diversions. What happened in last night's season seven premiere was a long time coming and it sets in motion a conflict that's been simmering since Sean and Christian bought all those spiral hams in the pilot episode.
Last night's episode expertly plotted, both through present day actions and some excellent flashbacks, precisely why Sean has for so long had equal parts love and hate for Christian. Past indiscretions (mainly the affair with Julia and Matt's paternity) have been known for some time, but the revelation that their conflict goes back even before their days at med school was jaw-dropping.
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