As someone who has often rooted for Nip/Tuck's Sean and Christian to get it on, I felt very ambivalent about this dream sequence. Though Youtube fans proclaim the scene as "hot", I felt cheated. It's a dream sequence for Christ's sake! Why can't they just KISS?!? While clearly pushing boundaries and playing to fan desires in ways that SNG or other homo-erotically inflected texts never overtly would, this fantasy is both loaded with gay stereotypes (even if these are presented as desirable eye candy) and frames homosexuality as a nightmarish perversion of male friendship. This led me to rethink my stance on the closeted McNamara/Troy romance: does Nip/Tuck's continuous foregrounding of its "queerness" actually challenge viewers to re-evaluate codes of hetero-normativity and masculinity, or does it simply promote a kind of fetishization of the "other" while continuing to criminalize homosexuality and "alternative" lifestyles?