Season 3 Episode 11

Abby Mays

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 29, 2005 on FX
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Episode Summary

Sean wants Quentin out of the practice after finding out that he's dating Julia. Christian seems to be ok after Kimber leaving him, but his actions indicate otherwise.

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  • only mildly entertaining part was the surprise ending

    I thought this was actually a terrible episode, which is surprising to me, because I am such a huge Nip/Tuck fan. I just finished watching this episode (I'm buying them off iTunes and can't wait to figure out who The Carver is! Only a couple episodes away. I think it might be Kit, but I'm not sure. Don't think it's Quentin. If it is, that'd be weird and just upsetting) and was extremely disappointed. Most of my disappointment came from Christian's whole "put on the bag" and how he was so unlikeable. The ending was a huge surprise when we saw that Kimber had actually been kidnapped by The Carver, and hadn't actually just left Christian at the altar. Can't wait to find out what happens next! XDmoreless
  • Ice

    Christian hace lo que es fácil: encerrar el corazón bajo custodios icebergs y hacer de la crueldad un acto de desesperación. Se acuesta con la fea para hacerla sentir miserable y así (para así) dejar de serlo él, dolido todavía por la partida de Kimber. Matt está en el horno (debo confesar que el personaje se está perdiendo en esto de soy un teen problemático).

    Me enteré que Quentin es the carver junto a la policía juguetona! Bueno, era bastante obvio. Julia obvio se acuesta con él para hacer más dramático el descubrimiento del malo y Kimber fue secuestrada por el binomio maldito, vieron...moreless
  • Going Out with a Bag

    The "paper bag scene" has gone down in Nip/Tuck history as one of its most shocking moments, and it's undoubtedly disturbing. Throughout the story, your immediate impression is that it's exploitative and cruel, only included to make the audience uncomfortable. But it's only in the final scene where you realize how tragic the entire situation is. Abby is a masochist, somebody so full of self-hate that she lets herself be degraded in every way possible. She actually thinks what Christian put her through was a good thing. You feel terrible for her, and she seriously needs psychiatric help. Meanwhile, Christian breaks down in tears in the final scene and you can't help but feel terrible for him too. Thanks to Julian McMahon's flawless performance, you completely forget his cruelty throughout the rest of the episode, and realize how screwed up his life has become. He was raped, accused of being a murderer, got abandoned by his birth mother and then ditched at the altar. And to feel something again, he resorts to becoming as cruel as possible and taking out all his anger on the weakest person he can find. It's just sad all round.

    I'm becoming increasingly tired with the Sean/Julia/Quentin triangle. The corporal storyline left me uneasy. Are we supposed to side with Sean, despite he and Christian sleeping with patients too? Or are we supposed to side with Quentin, despite taking advantage of a man in a clearly confusing personal situation, and then probably ruining his life after. Julia isn't much better, completely ignoring Sean's warnings over Ariel and her influence. Hello, she has swastikas in her ears! Yeesh! Gah, all three people in this triangle suck.

    And we haven't even started on my beloved Kimber, who's revealed to have been kidnapped from her wedding by The Carver, and being held captive in a warehouse. It's yet another twist in a ridiculous story, but it's depressing to see her all bloodied and carved. Kelly Carlson was amazing in her small scene... that scream! Shivers!

    A very dark episode that completely changes your mind over the sanity of Nip/Tuck's writers in just one scene, which makes everything seen before suddenly understandable.

    Director: Michael M Robin

    Writer: Hank Chilton

    Rating: Amoreless
  • Full of the shock value that makes me love Nip Tuck!

    I'm amazed that I never tire of Nip Tuck. This episode is a classic example of the scenes that burn into your mind. It has clever foreshadowing of events, its starts you guessing. Though I think even the most seasones TV watchers will get a surprise and chuckle at least once in this episode. (I did! and I don't just think its my gutter mind) The final scene with Abby and Christian in thise is THE most delightful thing I've seen on TV!! Christian is naturally my favourite character, but poor thing, I see dark times ahead for him. So hard to portray the fun without spoiling it...moreless
Rebecca Metz

Rebecca Metz

Abby Mays

Guest Star

Conor O'Farrell

Conor O'Farrell

Detective Fischman

Guest Star

Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith

Chloe Brandt

Guest Star

Linda Klein

Linda Klein

Nurse Linda

Recurring Role

Brittany Snow

Brittany Snow

Ariel Alderman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Music:
      'Fat Bottomed Girls' by Queen, 'War' by Frankie Goes To Hollywood and 'Love To Hate You' by Maria Lee Carta are played during the various surgeries in the episode.

      Other songs heard during the episode:
      "We come in peace" by Sam Black Church (Sean and Julia discuss outside Matt's room; Matt argues with Sean; Matt tells Ariel that she loves her)
      "Paz" by Troubleman (Quentin and Julia are together at De La Mer)

    • The Soldier being consulted by Sean should be wearing a "Combat Action Ribbon".

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Christian: Did you finally find an ounce of respect and come to tell me what an asshole I am?
      Abby Mays: You and I are very similar, you know? I know you hate me. But I'm OK with it. Cos I hate me too.
      Christian: You couldn't be more pathetic.
      Abby Mays: Yeah, I know. You made that pretty clear. But, Christian, that's cool with me. I like that I don't have to worry if you'll ever love me. I don't have to try to please you. It would only waste my time. Don't you get it? Last night, those won't tears of humiliation you saw. They were tears of joy. I had the first orgasm of my life with you. I went online to try and get information about my feelings. According to the websites, I must be a masochist. And you... you're definitely a sadist. We're made for each other (takes a paper bag with her phone number on it out and puts it on the desk) Anytime you want me, just let me know. And I'll wear the bag again. I don't mind.

    • Kimber: (voice-over; her letter to Christian) Dear Christian, I've thought about you reading this letter ever since the day I left. For your sake, I hope you've moved on and barely remember my name. Please know that leaving you on your wedding day was the last thing I wanted to do. I tried to say this to you so many times before but couldn't do it, so I just left. But the words still need to be said. We were never meant to spend our lives together. There is one thing I thank you for: forcing me to choose between you and my career. You helped me realize that my career gives me everything I need. Individuality, empowerment, autonomy. While being your wife would only strip me of my dignity and sense of self. So I chose me over you. You probably hate me for it and, for that, I'm sorry. Don't try to find me. I never want to see you again. It would be too painful and nothing would be gained. Goodbye. Kimber.

    • Sean: We don't need you for this surgery, Quentin. Why don't you just go home?
      Christian: Or why don't you head down to the docks? I hear there's a whole bunch of sailors just arrived with three-day passes.

    • Quentin: You're not a hero. To you, it's more respectable to kill a man than it is to be a homosexual.
      Corporal Oliver Brandt: And you'd rather ruin everything I stand for than to fight your own battles. Isn't the doctor's creed to 'first do no harm'?

    • Julia: Why haven't you tried to have sex with me? We've been dating for almost a month.
      Quentin: I do things differently. There's... an honor involved.
      Julia: Well, if this is to continue, I could do with a little less honor and a little more heat.

    • Sean: (to Julia) Here's something that slipped through the crack. Some guy's cock in your boyfriend's ass!

    • Abby Mays: I heard you were ditched at the altar. I don't want to sound mean, Dr. Troy, but that ex-bride of yours sounds like a real birdbrain. What was she thinking? You're a rich, handsome plastic surgeon. Everything a woman could want. You're better off anyway. Sure, you can get any woman you want to marry you, but if you never get married you can get every woman any night of the week. And none of them will nag you if you leave the toilet seat up.

    • Sean: If you're looking for a declaration of war, Quentin, you've got it. The gauntlet has officially been thrown down.
      Quentin: I accept your declaration. As uncomfortable as you try- and make- my life around here, I have several delightful ways to make it more difficult for you. And then at the end of the day, I can go home and get out any leftover aggression... by screwing Julia.

    • Quentin: It's funny, isn't it? Painting a few jagged lines on a locker is considered a hate crime. But so many things are excluded from that label. Rape. Murder. Incest. Why aren't they called hate crimes? War. That's not considered a crime at all. Yet hating your enemy makes it so much easier to kill them.

    • Liz: (during Abby's lipo surgery, when Christian gets aggressive) It's my job to minimize pain. Having her wake up looking like she just played linebacker for the Dolphins kind of defeats the purpose. Look. Look... after being attacked, accused of murder, rejected by your mother and dumped by your bride, who wouldn't be angry? it all makes sense. You've had a really rough year, Christian, but you shouldn't be taking it out on her!

    • Christian: You know, the ugly ones are usually the best lovers. Real givers... to make up for their shortcomings.
      Abby Mays: Just because I am ugly, doesn't mean I'm attracted to ugly, Dr. Troy. I get all the magazines. I watch MTV. I'm as affected by the media as anyone else.

    • Corporal Oliver Brandt: (to Quentin) Why would I do anything to save your sorry ass? (pause) As much as I enjoyed it.

    • Christian: Look at me, I'm a widely successful plastic surgeon with great hair, pro-white teeth and a 33-inch waist. I'm a Godamn superhero and I'm going to put that cape back on, fly back into every singles bar in town and...bang myself silly

    • Christian: (to Abby after marking her with lipstick) Now put your clothes back on - you look like a road map to hell.

    • Christian: (while marking Abby with lipstick) Beauty is symmetry, and you don't have any. First, I'll need to get rid of all this nasty cottage cheese, and here, with some laser hair removal to keep this forest under control.....these mud flaps will need to be lopped off....have you ever picked up anything heavier than a carton of Haagan-Daaz?
      Abby Mays:, I don't go to a gym or anything.
      Christian: Obviously. Your beer belly needs extensive abdominal lipo ....and you could insulate your house with the amount of fat that we're going to SUCK out of your hips.......

    • Christian: (to Abby Mays) Well, sweetheart, you're never going to look like Angelina, and you're never going to sleep with Brad.

    • Christian: (To Abby Mays) If you want to have sex with me, you have to put the bag over your head so I can't see your face.

    • Matt: (to Sean as he exits) Why do you always choose hate over love man?

  • NOTES (3)