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Nip/Tuck on FX

Episode Summary




Nip/Tuck consistently serves up some of the most depraved, reprehensible material on television.  On January 27th at 10:00 p.m. ET, the FX network’s twisted show featured a horrifically gruesome mutilation scene that earned it the shameful distinction of Worst Cable TV Show of the Week for the second time this month.


As the episode begins, Dr. Christian Troy attends a breast cancer survivor meeting.  His pompous, loutish sentiments do not endear him to the overwhelmingly female group, particularly when he offers his opinion of women who do not opt for reconstructive surgery after having a mastectomy:  “Sweetheart,” he spits, “I’ve been stuffing healthy tits with implants for twenty years.  Any woman who chooses disfigurement chooses to be a victim.”  These words take on grave significance later in the episode, when Christian meets a sexy yet disturbed woman named Roxy.  Her mother and sister died of breast cancer and she is certain that she is next -- despite the fact that she is in perfect health. Nevertheless, Christian agrees to perform a pre-emptive double mastectomy.  However, once he gets her into the operating room, Christian reconsiders. 


That’s when Roxy takes matters into her own hands.


Roxy enters the busy waiting room of McNamara/Troy and asks the receptionist if there is an available electrical outlet.  She advices the patients sitting next to the outlet to move to the other side of the room.  As “Take Another Little Piece of My Heart” blares on the soundtrack, Roxy unsheathes an electric carving knife.  She takes off her blouse, cups her naked breast in her hand and begins to slice.  Blood splatters across the waiting room magazines as the by-standers scream and recoil in horror.  Roxy is covered in blood and collapses to the ground.  Christian hears the commotion and rushes in to find Roxy flat on the floor.  Her severed breast lies next to her and a deep gash oozes blood from her chest. 


This grotesque mastectomy-as-performance-art aired as early as 9:00 p.m. in the Central/Mountain time zone.  Whether or not viewers watched it, every cable subscriber paid for it.  Nip/Tuck has shown a general disdain for common decency, and one can only expect more offending content from this despicable show.  Sadly, though, this is just one series in FX’s stable of shows – each one just as offensive as the next.   It is not enough to complain about this one episode, or this one series.  Indeed, the network itself needs to be served notice, which is why the PTC encourages viewers to demand that Cable Choice be made available to all subscribers. 


For airing a graphic self-mutilation Nip/Tuck has been named Worst Cable TV Show of the Week.


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