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Future Schlock

''Nip/Tuck'' flash-forwards to teenage Conor's second reconstructive surgery; meanwhile, in the present, Sean and Julia's marriage collapses

THE FALL OF TROY Christian didn't age too well
THE FALL OF TROY Christian didn't age too well

''Nip/Tuck'': A new wrinkle

What the hell was going on with Nip/Tuck last night? The show began in the future, with a teenage Conor talking to a therapist, whose office resembled a garden maze. Conor revealed that his parents split up when he was only six months old and that one of his hands had still never been reconstructed. Then we flashed back in time to the world of Nip/Tuck that we know and love. I don't know how you readers feel, but I hate when shows go into the future. It just always comes off as cheesy and awkward. This episode reminded me of Six Feet Under's finale, when the entire cast wore horrendous wigs and prosthetics to give us a glimpse of the rest of their lives. Big mistake. I love Nip/Tuck, but I am going on record as calling this the worst episode they've ever done.

The scene with the entire cast at the restaurant was insane. Why was everyone wearing white? That's such a futuristic cliché. But then again the entire episode felt like a Saturday Night Live skit. Christian was wearing a Liberace-esque getup and was chillin' with two ladies. The rest of the cast looked as if they were just trying not to embarrass themselves anymore than the makeup did. The adult Annie was played by The Brady Bunch Movie's Jennifer Elise Cox, who was ridiculously over-the-top. In fact, the tone of this entire episode was all over the map. Was it supposed to be comedic or realistic? Because the future scenes were ludicrous, while the flashbacks were played completely straight. And why did we never get to see the face of Conor's therapist?

We did get to see the dissolution of Sean and Julia's marriage, which occurred during a hurricane (very subtle). Julia originally was going to run off with Marlowe to Italy but then changed her mind. The entire episode had Julia flip-flopping between approving and canceling baby Conor's surgery. I found it incredibly tiresome, which is another way of describing Julia's behavior this entire season. The episode ended with Sean driving Julia and Annie to the airport, with the two ladies leaving to visit Julia's mother. I can only hope that means we'll get a little Vanessa Redgrave action. It makes sense that Julia is disappearing, though, since we've heard for a while that Joely Richardson would be absent for a few episodes. I guess there's no chance for a long-term reconciliation, because future Sean and Julia made it quite clear that they were not too fond of each other.

This show better have returned from Crazytown by next week. I don't think I can handle another parade of bad wigs and fake wrinkles. Not on my (TV) watch.

What do you think? What's going to happen to Julia? Do you believe that Matt could ever get his act together? And how do you feel about TV episodes set in the future?

Originally posted Nov 15, 2006