'Nip/Tuck' final-season premiere: A lip-chewing drama by Ken Tucker Season 7, Episode 1

Praising restraint on Nip/Tuck is like complimenting the Incredible Hulk for not turning green - it's denying the nature of the beast. Yet last night's final-season premiere was, by Nip/Tuck standards, relatively tame. Oh, sure, you got one of the series' standard 'shocking' patients, a man who compulsively chews his own lips off.

The hour was more concerned, however, with exploring the roots of Christian and Sean's relationship, complete with flashbacks using younger actors. The two men's traits were fully in place when they joined up in college, with Christian always urging Sean to loosen up and have decadent fun.

One line last night stood out for me: It was when Christian said to Sean, 'You are never gonna guilt or change me - don't you know that by now?' This was a small nod to the fact that we're coming to the end of the series, and that Sean should have learned this lesson by now.

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