By Jean Bentley
Updated January 07, 2009 at 04:09 PM EST
Credit: Michael Becker/FX

I’m pretty psyched to have Nip/Tuck back after such a long (writers’ strike-induced) hiatus. The one-hour-and-four-minute episode packed in all the slick, soapy goodness I’ve come to expect from my favorite FX show (sorry Slezak, I haven’t seen Damages yet). First, we finally find out what happens to Sean after being stabbed by his crazy former manager. Not only does he live (phew), though confined to a wheelchair for the time being, he’s back to doing what he does best — judging others (through the guise of teaching). Christian, meanwhile, has a life-threatening scare of his own: He’s diagnosed with breast (yes, breast) cancer. Liz really pulls through for him with much-needed support, and I love watching Liz and Christian’s dysfunctional but touching relationship. Despite all the drama, the episode ends in pure Nip/Tuck form — sex with hot chicks.

I had to keep in mind that this wasn’t a season premiere, though I was still a little bit disappointed when they created and pretty much solved a major problem in the course of a single episode (what will the rest of the episodes be about if they don’t leave any loose ends to tie up?). Then I watched the upcoming scenes — do my eyes deceive me (likely), or was that LIZ AND CHRISTIAN having sex? Is the father of the promising young Indian doctor really asking his own son to perform penis enlargement surgery on him? — and all was right again.

Were you satisfied with the mid-season premiere? Was it a good episode, or are you just really glad Nip/Tuck‘s back and can’t wait to see what happens next? Do you think the long break affected the quality of the show? What are you excited to see this season? And could they have picked a better song than Kanye’s ”Flashing Lights” to set the upcoming scenes to? (That’s a trick question, because the answer is obviously no.)

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