I don’t normally watch Nip/Tuck, primarily because I forget it’s on. Last Tuesday, I had it on and there were a couple of scenes that have stuck with me for nearly a week like a tickle at the back of the throat that won’t go away.
Christian is a purposely unsympathetic character. Every once in a while, a chink appears in his armor and he can tug at the heartstrings…but that doesn’t last. On last Tuesday’s episode, Cindy Plumb, Christian goes to therapy, where the psychiatrist (a beautiful female psychiatrist) calls him on his brutal tendency to treat women like meat. In true Christian fashion, he offers his services to her.
She tells him, very pointedly, that she doesn’t want to sleep with him, she wants to understand him. Tada! A woman who is strong and intelligent and can resist his charms (such as they are). She asks him if he doesn’t ever want to seek a relationship, if he doesn’t want a woman to be more than just a fuck, to look a lover in the face and gain something from her pleasure. He states flatly that he gets an emotional connection from his best friend Sean (actually, he mentions Sean quite a few times in regards to emotional connection and support) and he doesn’t actually have a visual on the faces of the women he sleeps with, if you know what he means. The psychiatrist suggests to him that he might be in love with his partner.
That scene was mostly fine with me, believe it or not. It’s about Christian and how fucked up he is. He’s bothered by the psychiatrist’s insinuation – so much that he starts behaving differently around Sean and redecorates his apartment and whatnot. Yadda, yadda, the show progresses.
Eventually, we come to a scene where Christian is back in the psychiatrist’s office. Not for continued therapy, mind you. You guessed it – all we get to see is that he’s banging her from behind, over her desk. From his perspective, the scene doesn’t bother me. We know his bag.
But from hers? I’m left quite appalled by the message. The only conclusion I can seem to draw from this is that a woman might say she doesn’t want to be a man’s plaything…but she doesn’t really mean it. No matter how strong, how assertive, how confident a woman, she’ll happily bend over.