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''Nip/Tuck'': Pride and Prejudice

Dawn Budge (Rosie O'Donnell) accepts Freddie's sexuality when it becomes too obvious to ignore; plus, Rachel forgives the suicide bomber who disfigured her

EVERYTHING'S COMING OUT, ROSIE Dawn realized Freddie seemed a little too comfortable at the gay-pride parade
EVERYTHING'S COMING OUT, ROSIE Dawn realized Freddie seemed a little too comfortable at the gay-pride parade

''Nip/Tuck'' recap: Facing facts

It's a New Year, Nip/Tuckers, and thankfully the strike hasn't affected our favorite plastic-surgery series. Even more wonderful is that Rosie O'Donnell has returned as Dawn and now she's a producer on Hearts 'n Scalpels! Not only that but she and her gayer-than-gay boyfriend, Freddie (Oliver Platt), now even have matching track suits. Showing his true colors, Freddie got a little too excited that the show had been offered its own float in the West Hollywood gay-pride parade. Watching O'Donnell feign outrage at Freddie's participation in the parade was great.

As usual, Dawn found herself in a bit of trouble. (First, I have to say that the re-creation of the parade was a tad sad. It looked like they filmed on a backlot with like five extras. Come on, FX — you gotta increase the papier-mâché budget for episodes like this.) The outspoken Dawn placed herself behind some protesters (again, love the idea of O'Donnell siding with antigay protesters) to watch over Freddie in case he got ''dosed'' and taken advantage of. Freddie, not surprisingly, seemed to be enjoying himself a bit too much, and as Dawn attempted to intervene in his merriment, her face caught the front wheel of a lesbian's motorcycle. And I really can't make it sound any less insane.

The whole story line, though, was really about Freddie's acceptance of his sexuality. Thankfully, Liz, the voice of reason in sooooo many episodes, made Freddie realize that he was kidding himself. I thought the scene with the two of them in the hallway was quite sweet, actually. It's a hard thing to come out, especially when everyone else seems to know and even you do too, deep down inside.

Poor Freddie finally had to admit the truth to Dawn, after he was so inspired by the, um, gaiety of the parade. ''I never imagined it would be such a glorious and profound event,'' he told her. ''All the dancing and the music and the feathers.'' But the big revelation was that Dawn wasn't the homophobe she had seemed to be but simply a lost gal who always was drawn to gay guys, who in turn appreciated her humor and Streisand records. It certainly gave Dawn a little more shading and made her seem less of a broad caricature. But I hope she won't go missing just because she and Freddie have broken up. Nip/Tuck needs this lady to stop by every now and then.

Did anyone else have flashbacks to another Rosie O'Donnell guest spot, on Will & Grace? She played a similarly homophobic loudmouth who then revealed she was a lesbian. I kept waiting for Dawn to come out of the closet in this episode, but no such luck. I think producers enjoy casting O'Donnell as a bigot because we all know she's so proudly liberal.

NEXT: Attempted murders

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