A Walking Pile of Ashes
“The anonymous sex-crazed sycophants who meet once a week to groupthink their way out of desperation.”
This is how Nip/Tuck’s Dr. Christian Troy describes 12-step programs (specifially Sexaholics Anonymous), in this brilliant scene from season 1, episode 5, which aired on FX August 19, 2003. Then he goes on to take on sentimentality, self-esteem, and the meaning of life. Great writing by Lynnie Greene and Richard Levine! Great delivery by Julian McMahon also. (Everyone realize his American accent is fake? He’s the son of Sir William McMahon, former Prime Minister of Australia!)
Following is a transcipt of the best part of his speech. I saw this like three years ago and it stuck with me. Finally went and dug out the clip:
Time to 12-step your way out of here! You want the wisdom to know the difference between what you can and can’t change? Here’s step 13: everything disappears. Love, trees, rocks, steel, plastic, human beings. None of us get out alive. Now, you can huddle in a group and face it one day at a time, or you can be grateful that when your body rubs against somebody else’s it explodes with enough pleasure to make you forget, even for a minute, that you’re only a walking pile of ashes. Now THAT is the truth. If you’re strong it’ll make you free, if you’re weak, it’ll make you…you.