Season 1 Episode 10

Adelle Coffin

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 30, 2003 on FX
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Episode Summary

Sean and Christian learn that they have to take a test in order to continue practicing. Sean and Megan visit a doctor to learn that there is nothing they can do for her. Mrs. Grubman returns to get an operation on her and her fiancé. Christian passes his test, but Sean walks out. Megan commits suicide. Julia finds out about Sean's affair with Megan.moreless

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  • Ouch. This episode packed a great punch.

    Another brilliantly constructed mosaic of drama and comedy, this episode went even further than the emotionally heavy "Cara Fitzgerald" earlier on in the season. Once again Ryan Murphy proved his skill and just why this series should be considered of "HBO-quality".

    But the severe gut- and heartwrenching moments that filled up this hour were sometimes a bit much for me. I've watched the whole series of Six Feet Under and Dexter without feeling so much as an inch freaked out - but Nip/Tuck managed it this time. I suppose the decapitated heads were put in there just to create a lighter atmosphere because everything else going on was already very serious. But they nearly made me puke, I couldn't watch them for even a few seconds, let alone watch them conversing casually with Sean and rolling off of Christian's plate... But it wouldn't be fair to fill my review only with complaints about the heads. The suicide of Megan O' Hara was both painful and extremely well-written. The whole episode reeked of loss and the persistance of memory, even during the last scene where Sean admits his affair to Julia. Things became so painful to watch that I was almost screaming at the tv that the episode should just stop there. And finally it did. Whew, I need me some Dirty Sexy Money right now!moreless
  • Basta

    Lloré hasta la última gota de alma. Lloré ciudades enteras. Lloré bajo el agua y detrás de las cascadas. Lloré y lloré. Me quité la almohada de los ojos (peces dentro de ella). Bajé de la cama, prendí la luz.

    Y tuve un momento de felicidad. El último. Innuendo, Freddie, "you can be anything you want to be". Bailé, bailé la nada. Me reí de la lluvia tras la ventana. Y del cielo todo gris me apiadé. De las ramas sin hojas me sentí cerca, mis manos sin caricias.

    Tomé, tomé el cuchillo y lo dejé jugar con mi piel, y con mi corazón. Todos los colores se tornaron rojo.

    Basta, basta de vida para mí.moreless
  • such a good episode.

    this was an amazing episode. brilliant to the last detail and truthfully it is the best i have seen so far. its very heartbreaking when megan o'hara dies. poor sean is so distraught when it happens and just can not deal with whats happened. the funeral scene is also sad, it brought tears to my eyes just watching it because it was so beautiful. brings back memories of funerals that i have been to and it just so heartbreaking to watch. i honestly could not stop myself from crying at this scene it really broke my heart when i watched it.

    but all in all, its an amazing brilliant and spectacular episode.moreless
  • Suicide Girl

    I've never lost anybody close to me due to cancer, and hopefully never will. So I went into this episode not exactly knowing what to expect. What I was expecting was sadness, and unsurprisingly we got a lot of that.

    Megan's suicide was truly tear-inducing. The entire scene of her taking those clusters of pills was moving, especially with the use of "Rocket Man" on the soundtrack. The lyrics took on a whole new level of poignancy, especially as the song is all about flying away and staying away for a long time, which parallels Megan's death. I need to say that Julie Warner put in a brave, honest performance throughout her episodes, and her final appearance (at least in a living state) was extremely memorable.

    The idea of the talking head was an original way to get inside Sean's psyche. It was also made extremely ironic that Adelle took her own life, and eventually got through to Sean that suicide for Megan isn't the worst thing for her. That detail makes you wonder if Sean maybe imagined reading "suicide" on her details sheet, since it would be more than a little coincidental if it was real.

    I was glad Sean came clean to Julia about the affair. I felt a lot of empathy toward her, especially when she said that she can't hate a woman who died of cancer so young. It would be simple for Julia to immediately hate Megan, and hate what she did to their marriage, but taking everything into consideration, it's impossible to do that.

    A moving, eventful and all-together saddening episode which again shows how unique this show is, balancing eccentric stories such as the talking head with depressing arcs like Megan's cancer. A season one classic.

    Director: Michael M Robin

    Teleplay: Dell Chandler, Ryan Murphy

    Story: Dell Chandler

    Rating: A+moreless
  • Painful to watch,but perfect indeed

    This episode it's one of the many reasons why I started to love Nip/Tuck. It was the very first time when I actually cry because of something I watched on the t.v (American History X doesn't count-it was movie). The whole sad scene with Megan on the bed and Sean trying to accept a suicied of a beloved woman,is heartbreaking. I saw many times people dying,but this scene had something that ripped my heart. And the sooooong played... Elton John's Rocket Man ...O MY GOD! I couldn't think of a more perfect song for the whole scene then that one! The writers did a great job with this episode,to bad they didn't made more like this one.moreless
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Guest Star

Jerry Hardin

Jerry Hardin

Sumner Charles

Guest Star

Rick Kelly

Rick Kelly

Jim O'Hara

Guest Star

Roma Maffia

Roma Maffia

Dr. Liz Winters

Recurring Role

Joey Slotnick

Joey Slotnick

Dr. Merril Bobolit

Recurring Role

Ruth Williamson

Ruth Williamson

Mrs. Grubman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Featured Music:

      "Sunshine Superman" by Donovan (Christian/surgery - sews fingers on patient incorrectly)
      "The Four Seasons (Concerto No.3 in F Major, RV.293 'Autumn': l: Allegro)" by Antonio Vivaldi (Christian/Sean in re-certification with "heads")
      "Claire De Lune" by Claude Debussy (Megan & Sean have dinner)
      "Rocket Man" by Elton John (Megan commits suicide)

    • At the end of the episode, Julia says to Sean: "I can't hate a woman who died of cancer at 36." Yet, in Episode 6 (Megan O'Hara), Megan's patient form states that she is only 31.

    • Goof: The talking head of Adelle Coffin was a blue head with a hair piece (and an inch of prosthetic skin all around) on top. Digitally, the actress' face was filled into the blue part. Anyhow, the goof is that you can clearly tell the difference between the skin tones of the actress compared to the inch of prosthetic skin.

    • Goof: When Julia first sobs after knowing Sean's affair, she puts both her hands on her forehead. But when the camera switches angle to Sean, we only see Julia's left hand on her face.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Sean: I won´t let you do this.
      Megan: It´s not your decision.
      Sean: I just found you.
      Megan: And now you have to let me go. I don´t fear death, Sean. I fear the prolongement of it.

    • Sean: And I will be there with you every step of the way.
      Megan: That´s going to make it pretty hard to keep this thing under wraps. If you´re rushing to my sickbed, Julia´s likely to notice after a while. I don´t want a long-drawn-out death, Sean. I really don´t. I want a quick and peaceful one that´s under my control.
      Sean: That´s what we all hope for.
      Megan: I´m gonna do more than hope.

    • Julia: What did she give you that I couldn't?
      Sean: She saw the good in me, Julia. She saw the potential, the hope. Every time you look at me I see it in your eyes. All I see staring back at me is regret.

    • Megan O'Hara: (to Sean) Goodbye scarecrow. I'm going to miss you the most.

    • Megan O Hara: It's like when you're a kid at an amusement park and you're having the greatest time, ice cream, Ferris wheel and stuffed animals. And it get's late and you beg your parents to let you stay, you'll be so good, you'll do anything they ask. So they say okay... Only now, the steps are harder to climb. You have a tummy ache, and you're too tired to wait in line for rides anymore. And suddenly you begin to cry. (crying) It's no fun anymore. (crying) And you hear your mom's voice saying "Megan, when are you gonna learn enough's enough!?".

  • NOTES (3)


    • Adelle: Don't flunk out, Boy Wonder.

      This comes from the DC Comics character Robin, who is often called 'the Boy Wonder'. He is Batman's sidekick.

    • Megan: Goodbye Scarecrow, I'm going to miss you the most.

      This was spoken by Dorothy Gale, the main character from the book "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum. The phrase was then also used in the 1939 muscical movie starring Judy Garland.

    • Christian: ...then we'll wheel in Colonel Sanders.

      Colonel Sanders is the mascot for the Kentucky Fried Chicken fast food chain.