A preview of the Jan. 6 installment of “Nip/Tuck” — which kicks off the program’s final arc — contains a reference to Tiger Woods that’s laden with what’s presumably an unintended double meaning.
In the show, ladies man Dr. Christian Troy is asked why he can successfully get away with screwing around when his business partner, the straight-laced Dr. Sean McNamara, can’t. Christian’s response: “You can’t expect to play like Tiger Woods if you don’t practice.”
Considering that “practice,” in this case, refers to cheating on your spouse and not getting caught, that’s pretty dang funny — especially since the line was almost certainly written before Woods’ Thanksgiving mishap provided a late-in-the-year gift to People, US Weekly and various other tabloids, along with cable news and latenight comedians.
Woods might rival the fictional plastic surgeon in terms of infidelity,
but he’s hardly a role model on the subject of avoiding detection. So the ill-timed throwaway line qualifies as a happy (or unhappy) coincidence, depending on your point of view.
For my money, it was the best thing in the episode, mostly because the current season of “Nip/Tuck” continues to be — pardon the expression — subpar.