Nip/Tuck: "trashy gloss?" Or "glossy trash?" Either way, it's really the same thing. Maybe you can find similar plotlines in daytime soap operas, but what sensible person wants to talk about "Days of Our Lives" at the water cooler? In my mind, it's much more fun to say, "so how about that doctor addicted to sleeping gas and how he tried to do liposuction on a woman that wanted to look like J-Lo and ended up killing her so they had to chop her up and put her in a suitcase?" Or, "so that doctor's wife got upset that her husband was sleeping with a well-endowed woman and decided to get breast implants to win him back then ended up walking through a glass door after mixing drinks with her medication." Or, "and their 18 year old son is sleeping with his mom's life coach who also used to sleep with her own son when he was 12?" All this, plus the drugstore psychobabble about self esteem and the over-the-top sex and the gruesome face lifting / implanting / fat trimming / bodily reconstruction done to well-selected music, Nip/Tuck is an extreme drama set in Miami that looks so slick, you almost forget how greasy it really is. Almost.
At first, I thought I was losing my mind, with a summer devoid of Lost, 24, and The Sopranos, or worse yet, several years without anything to match up to the writing of Homicide: Life on the Street (Law & Order is just methodical and soulless). Not that Nip/Tuck replaces any of that. It just satisfies that urge you get when you don't want anything redeeming and meaningful. After all, it's not news that the things we enjoy most aren't always good for you. So... "trashy gloss" or "glossy trash?"