Nip/Tuck

Julia McNamara

Season 2, Ep 12, Aired 9/7/04
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  • Episode Description
  • After Julia's accident in the previous episode, Julia turns to Sean and Christian to fix her face. Sean resists at first, but eventually decides to do it after Christian lies to him and says the woman that was going to fix her face botched several jobs. Sean tells Julia that he keeps trying to forgive her and wants to try to love her again, but that it wouldn't happen right away. Julia has an adverse reaction to the anesthesia and dreams during her surgery. Ava shows up in her dream as a different form of life coach, and guides her through this surreal life. Julia is married to Christian, which seems happy on the outside, but is really falling apart on the inside. They run the Troy/Troy partnership firm. When Christian decides to leave the practice, Julia interviews another doctor - Sean, someone she knew from high school. Trying to catch up on old times, Sean invites Julia and Christian to dinner. They meet his wife, Megan O'Hara, and their son Matt, who is on the nerdy side and has a bug collection. Megan is three months pregnant with a girl they plan on calling Annie, named after his grandmother. Julia is upset after a visit to Liz, an OB/GYN in this world, who has two kids. Julia cannot have kids with Christian, who wanted to have a biological child since he was adopted. Kimber, Julia and Christian's three-way partner becomes pregnant, and Christian refuses to get rid of it. We are revisited by several characters, including Mrs. Grubman, Jude, and Julia's friend Suzanne. When Julia wakes up in recovery, Sean is there waiting for her. She has realized that things would never work out with Christian, and that Sean was always the one she loved.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Julian McMahon

    Dr. Christian Troy

  • Kelly Carlson

    Kimber Henry

  • John Hensley

    Matt McNamara

  • Kelsey Lynn Batelaan

    Annie McNamara

  • Roma Maffia

    Dr. Liz Cruz

  • Fan Reviews (10)
  • Destinismo

    By napen, Sep 20, 2008

  • specatular

    By matt_oc, Mar 05, 2008

  • It's a Wonderfully Disturbed Life

    By maxpower03, Dec 14, 2007

  • Oh, Julia!

    By DFisher2005, Sep 10, 2006

  • Ava: \"Sometimes we have to be brought to our knees in order to get in touch with who we really are and what we want. We can\'t heal until we hit rock bottom. By the looks of things, Julia, you\'re there.\"

    By Tim_Bronx, Aug 20, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Ava: You’ve fallen on hard times, so I’d like to offer my services, as a life coach. Free of charges. Julia: Maybe you should try coaching someone whose child you haven’t molested.

    • Sean: ...Actually I worked for Médecins Sans Frontières. Christian: What? Sean: Doctors without borders? Christian: Oh yeah, yeah...I read about that in Time magazine. You fix some guy's cleft after walking into landmines. That kind of shit.

    • Julia: (to Ava) Apparently, you're a bitch in every universe you inhabit.

    Notes (3)

    • Vanessa Redgrave (Erica) and Famke Janssen (Ava) were credited as "Special Guest Stars".

    • This episode received the 2005 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Makeup For A Series (Non-Prosthetic).

    • There's a strong Carly Simon theme in this episode. We hear two of her songs ("You're so Vain" and "Haven't Got Time for the Pain"), and a passing reference is made to another ("Killing Me Softly") by Ava.

    Trivia (6)

    • When Christian and Julia are doing coke by the pool in her fantasy life, he has three lines on the tray then snorts one, but after Julia "does a line" there are still 2 lines left.

    • The chess set used during Julias dream sequence is identical with the used in the film X-men, also staring Famke Janssen.

    • Sean reveals that Annie was named after his grandmother.

    • Featured Music: "Our Lips Are Sealed" by The Go Go's (during patient's lip necrosis re-constructive surgery) "Searchin" by Alex Cortiz (Ava greets Julia as she wakes into her 'alternative' life) "Bright Nights" by Koop (Christian & Julia having dinner) "Promises, Promises" by Naked Eyes (Christian/Julia/Kimber at Troy's indoor pool) "Haven't Got Time For The Pain" by Carly Simon (Mrs. Grubman's face-lift surgery) "You're So Vain" by Carly Simon (Julia & Christian at home/Julia reveals she can't have children/Christian reveals Kimber is pregnant with his child) "You Can't Always Get What You Want" (choral-intro mix) by Rolling Stones (Ava reveals she's 'Angel of Death'/Julia 'flat lines'/dies in dream sequence)

    • Matt has two completely different biological parents in the dream sequence, yet his basic physical appearance is the same.

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