Season 2 Episode 6

Bobbi Broderick

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 27, 2004 on FX
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Episode Summary

Bobbi Broderick comes to McNamara/Troy to have lipo so she could get a job at Saks. During the consult, she doesn't bother to read the contract she signs. After the lipo doesn't turn out to standards, she tries to get revenge against the firm by showing everyone how it "ruined her life" by showing up in restaurants and the lobby of the firm itself. Julia asks Ava to help Matt with his grades, and Ava eventually offers Matt sex in order to focus more on his schooling. Julia tries to speak with Ava about a trouble from her past - a huge mistake she made in college - and Ava realizes it involves Matt's paternity. A woman whose lips were burnt off goes in for a consult, and learns that the doctors would have to take skin from her vagina to fix her lips. She decides to do it, because her husband has never been intimate with her down there. Sean feels uncomfortable about the woman lying to her husband where the skin has come from. She tells her husband it has come from the back of her legs. Meanwhile, as Matt becomes more attracted to Ava, he is arrested after being caught masturbating outside her window. He seeks Christian to bail him out because he thought he could trust him, but Christian becomes upset for his ignorance. Matt lashes back by saying that he already has a father, and he doesn't need another one. After Ava and Matt finally have sex, the next morning Matt learns Ava has a son named Adrian - and they're the same age.moreless

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  • Missbehaviour

    Ava... que lindo tener un personaje tan profundo, silencioso, sexy, complicado y voraz... Pregúntenle a Matt sino... Y a Julia (esa forma feroz de mirar de parte de la morocha hacia la rubia...)... Y a Christian... Qué manera de jugar con una pequeña criatura indefensa (a quién no le gustaría que jugasen así con uno), qué manera de jugársela...

    Aparte: la mujer a la que operaron, la dueña del título de este episodio, es esa una especie de locura? Cual sería? La de verse viejo y saber que el mundo dejó de girar para uno? Es esa una locura? O es el mundo el que está loco loco...?moreless
  • Moore Bad News

    Ava Moore didn't make a huge impression in her first appearance, but she completely storms through the show in this episode. The best scenes were undoubtedly the ones between her and Christian. They have chemistry that practically leaks off the screen, and it's amazing to see these two powerful, sexually-confident titans go up against each other. Their banter is hilarious, each line being another back-handed compliment or a brutal insult. Ava casually blackmails him into giving her what she wants, and Famke Janssen clearly loves this role. The scene where Christian harshly sticks the botox into her head and she barely flinches was awesome, and there was something so raw and sexy about it all. These two plain rock together.

    As a professional, I'm sure Ava is breaking a gazillion rules in the Life Coach Code of Conduct. Her methods are completely unethical, ranging from stripping off in front of her patients (supposedly a "trust exercise") to promising sex acts in return for good grades. Her relationship with Matt feels icky, especially in the scene where Ava told him to "eat his vegetables". There's a weird incestuous vibe to their union, and it makes all their scenes uncomfortable to watch. The introduction of Ava's son, who appears to walk around the house naked all the time, makes the whole thing even more squicky.

    The two patients of the week were really memorable. Bobbi Broderick is one of those nutjobs you can't help feel bad for. She's washed-up, passed her middle-age, and desperate for some kind of meaning in her life. It's almost like she's making such a big deal over her momentary bruising just to get some attention. Jill Clayburgh was excellent in the part, and completely deserved her Emmy nomination. The other medical case was also great, and it featured another stand-out guest performance. Elaine Hausman was hilarious as the sexually unaware housewife who has her labia folds surgically placed on her lips after her real lips were burnt away in a kitchen accident. Her joyful "put my p***y on my lips!" remark was great...

    A completely awesome episode featuring a stunning performance from Famke Janssen, Nip/Tuck has always been a trashy soap opera with better writing and better acting, but it was severely lacking in the "evil, manipulative hell-b*tch" department. Ava fills that hole perfectly.

    Director: Michael M Robin

    Writers: Lyn Greene, Richard Levine

    Rating: A+moreless
  • Ava: \"It\'s amazing what a little incentive can do.\"

    What a dark and twisted addition Famke Janssen is to the cast. Ava is such a fascinating character to watch, and Famke has that \"character you love to hate\" act down very well. Ava is very manipulative and astute. She knows just what will push people buttons, and what will get them to open up. She\'s very good at her profession as she was able to get Matt to finally talk about the hit-and-run, and yet she\'s obviously very unprofessional as she slept with Matt. While she may be helping Matt now, I’m almost positive she won’t be good for him in the long run as her behavior today was highly predatorily and it almost seems like her relationship with Matt is just power play; a relationship in which she can hold all the cards. You have to applaud Ava though for being able to figure out whom Matt\'s father was just from two little conversations.

    The pissing contest between Ava and Christian was very interesting. Their banter was highly amusing, and it looked like there was some sexual tension between the two. Famke Janssen just does such a wonderful job with the role. Well I could watch her read a book and be entertained, so I\'m a little biased.

    I thought it was very noble of Christian to offer to fertilize Liz\'s eggs after she was denied by some of her closest friends. He wanted her to be able to experience parenting, and it showed that while he may say some rude things to Liz deep down he really does care about her. Strange how sometimes the people you least expect turn out to be the ones who are there when you need them.

    A motif in this episode was “the secrets we hide to protect the ones we love”, which Mrs. Calderolla’s surgery represented as she kept secret from her husband where the skin for her surgery came from. Christian keeps many secrets from Sean (all those times he took Matt to strip clubs, or bailed him out of jail) including the big one about Matt’s paternity. I found it ironic Sean’s anti-secretive stance in this episode, considering last season he kept an affair hidden from Julia.

    Final Notes and Quotes

    - Liz: (to Christian) \"We maybe have one civil interaction every other leap year, and now you\'re offering me your sperm?\"

    - The hit-and-run obviously has been picking at Matt more then he let on, as today he finally broke down and let out all the feelings of guilt he had.

    - I love the names Christian thinks up for people. Christian: \"I\'m putting **** lips back on the schedule.\"

    - Matt didn\'t like the new way Christian has been treating him ever since Christian found out Matt\'s his son.

    - I understand why Bobbie Broderick got mad about her stomach, but it really was all her fault as she didn\'t even take the time to read the paperwork, regarding the risks, before the surgery.

    - Now thinking back on it, Matt and Christian do look very alike.

    - Ava almost treats Matt like a son (\"don\'t forget to eat your vegetables\", \"don\'t be late for school\"), which is very creepy adding to the fact that Ava is sleeping with Matt, who is around the same age as her son who we were introduced to at the end of the episode.

    - I found it amusing that Sean set up Christian with Ava.

    Christian: “What the hell are you doing here?”

    Ava: “I just wanted to see the expression on your face when you saw me; definitely worth the trip.”

    Final Rating: What a great episode. 3 out of 4 stars. 3 1/2?

    - Tim Bronx

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  • Ava blackmails Christian so she can have Matt,while Christian offers his services so he's coworker can be inseminated. Sean performs lipo on a wacko named Broderick who turns out to be their worst nightmare.moreless

    Quite an entertaining episode and really memorable. It's hilarious to see Matt so fallen for Ava whe later we know she's a man. This all add's to Matt's dysfunction later on , although Matt is starting to look worse every episode.

    Ava blackmail Christian to stay quiet about her sexual favors was a hoot. Christian did try to do well in this episode but everything ends up going against including his bratty son. Matt is just a loser, a lost cause.

    Speaking of which this woman Bobbi Broderick looked like bad news when she came in the door asking for their services. She was arrogant, obxnoxious and really was dumber than she looked. She expected the perfect operation and post surgery look yet went of the deep end when she still showed scars. What a wacko.

    Entertaining episode.moreless
  • The Collector And The Collected Written by Lyn Greene And Richard Levine Directed by Michael M. Robin

    Given that the only episode Matt has had any centre stage in this season (the disappointing “Christian Troy”), it’s been a while since he was in the foreground and finally we got a lot of him here. Now I’m not a fan of the guy but it’s pointless having Jon Hensley in the opening credits if the guy is going to have bugger all to do. Given Matt’s recent behaviour, Julia decided (one could argue “about time”) he could benefit from sessions with Ava, seeing as her new best friend was gracious enough to give her the courage to get rid of Erica (which I personally thank her for). The problem is though, while on a positive level Matt may have finally opened up about what really happened with Cara, Ava’s little “trust game” all too quickly became a sex game where she’s in control and Matt gets arrested for lewd behaviour.

    Plot-wise this is a delicious and dark twist but it would’ve been better much better had Ava at least interacted with Matt more than once. Her actions towards him are highly predatory and Christian was right to get on his moralistic high-ground when he condemned her unprofessional relationship with Matt. Ava may not be committing statutory rape by Florida law but this is very much a power play relationship. Although Matt may have scored one victory by getting her to put out, it’s Ava who holds all the cards, make no mistake.

    It was a masterstroke twist for Christian to be set up with Ava by Sean (boy, does he so not have a clue?) and there’s some rip-roaring tension between Julian McMahon and Famke Janssen. Christian may be appalled by Ava’s lack of moral and she may prefer school boys but there was a glimmer of attraction between them even still. I have to also commend how Ava quickly deduced that Christian is Matt’s real father, given that Julia’s half-assed confession revealed very little but it was Christian and his talk of being close to the McNamara’s that got her to join the dots. Then there’s the arrival of Ava’s naked, creepy son Adrian, which undoubtedly spells more complications in an already messy thread.

    Besides the Matt and Ava arc, not as much personally happened with this episode. Well, okay Christian offered his sperm to Liz so she could conceive after slagging her off in the opening sequence about having kids her age, but quelle surprise, he was willing to be her knight in shining armour and there was a really lovely scene with them in the break room. I can’t see the baby thing taking off, but Liz, storyline, guess we should be grateful nonetheless. Julia on the other hand just tried to confide in Ava (this woman certainly knows how to pick friends) and Sean faced scrutiny from a disgruntled Bobbi Broderick who stupidly signed a contract without bothering to read the warning of her procedure, a tummy tuck and because the healing wasn’t instant, she vented her rage at Sean by publicly humiliating him and Julia at a restaurant. So I’m guessing our first lawsuit for McNamara/Troy in Season Two has come then. The only problem is that Sean actually did try to explain but Bobbi dismissed him, so it’s all the silly woman’s fault.

    Also in “Bobbi Broderick”

    Other patients of the week: Mrs Calderolla had lip reconstruction with skin taken from her labia though she told her husband it was from her knees, Christian shot Ava up with botox and an obese Mr Gross had his ears fixed.

    Christian: “Hey I’m all for it. With today’s medical advances, there’s no reason why our healthy seniors shouldn’t be having babies. Think of all the savings. You can share diapers, day-care, yummy jars of stringbeans”

    Liz: “Asshole”.

    Sean: “I think you look great for your age”

    Bobbi: “They’re no hiring ‘great for my age’. I don’t want to look like some housewife trying to fill up her days”.

    It was nice we got some knowledge about Liz’s family’s reaction to her sexuality. I also thought it was great she didn’t get pregnant to spite her father.

    Christian: “You’re the little sister I never got to torture”

    Liz: “We’re not family, Christian. We’re not even the same sub-species”.

    Ava: “It’s a trust game, Matt, not a sex game. I trusted you, now you trust me”.

    Nice but subtle bit of continuity when Matt told Christian he had a father and didn’t need another (oh the irony). That’s what the girl said to Christian at the bar in the season premiere too.

    Matt: “You’re offering me sex for grades?”

    Ava: “I’m just trying to get your life back on track”.

    Bobbi (to Sean): “Look at me. How many more chances do you think I’m going to get?”

    No chronological references in this episode.

    Christian (re Mrs Calderallo): “I’m putting pussy lips back on the schedule”.

    I know it’s mundane but how did Matt know that Christian slept with Erica? I can’t think why anyone would tell him, even Sean.

    Christian: “What the hell are you doing here?”

    Ava: “I just wanted to see the expression on your face when you saw me. Definitely worth the trip”.

    Standout music: Scissors Sisters’ “Filthy/Gorgeous” and Kelis’ “Milkshake” of course”.

    Thank goodness that when this shoe produces a boring episode, they bounce back with something special and while this may clearly be a set up, it’s a freaking great one. I can’t wait to see what chaos will come out of Matt’s paternity revelation and it looks like we won’t have to wait very long either.

Jill Clayburgh

Jill Clayburgh

Bobbi Broderick

Guest Star

Steve Hasley

Steve Hasley


Guest Star

Elaine Hausman

Elaine Hausman

Allegra Calderello

Guest Star

Seth Gabel

Seth Gabel

Adrian Moore

Recurring Role

Famke Janssen

Famke Janssen

Ava Moore

Recurring Role

Linda Klein

Linda Klein

Nurse Linda

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Featured Music:

      "Girl From Ventimiglia" by Saint Privat (Matt goes to see Ava at her house/conducts "trust" exercise)
      "Lies" by Thompson Twins (Bobbi Broderick's stomach-lipo surgery)
      "Una Musica Brutal" by Gotan Project (Christian visits Ava at her house)
      "Milkshake" by Kelis (Christian & Sean working out at gym)
      "Filthy/Gorgeous" by Scissor Sisters (Mrs. Calderolla's lip reconstructive surgery/segue to Sean 'introducing' Christian to Ava)
      "Volare" by Dean Martin (Mrs. Calderolla's post-op with Sean and her husband)
      "Ocean Beat" by Tosca (Matt having dinner with Ava and 'collecting' on agreement)

    • Goof: When Ava helps Julia breathe during the jogging, Ava's right hand is on Julia's shoulder and her left is on Julia's waist. But when the camera changes angle, Ava's left hand is on Julia's shoulder and her right hands is out of the frame.

    • Goof: During the interview with Bobbi and Sean at his desk, the strap of Bobbi's white purse goes from one side to the other without anyone touching it throughout the scene.

    • Goof: After Ava hands over her water bottle to Julia, her hands go from her waist to crossed-arms throughout the shots.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Liz: (to Bobbi) It's not unusual for patients to come in for a touch-up. It's not like those TV shows where everything's perfect after surgery.

    • Christian: (to Sean) If Anne Frank had been hiding in your attic, she wouldn't have got past the words "Dear diary".

    • Christian: Not everyone is lucky enough to find a woman who can get them hard physically and mentally, Sean. I just want to find someone whose company I can stand once her mouth is free of obstruction.

    • Christian: I'm putting pussy lips back on the schedule!

    • Christian: Hey, I'm all for it. With today's medical advances, there's no reason our healthy seniors shouldn't be having babies. Think of all the savings. You can share diapers, daycare, yummy jars of string beans.
      Liz: Asshole.

      Liz: (Re: fat patient) He's a heart attack waiting to happen.

      Christian: You're in jail for some hot piece of teenage ass?
      Matt: She's not a teenage piece of ass. She's your age, okay? She's the life coach my mom hired to get my grades up.
      Christian: Your grades, asshole, not your dick!

  • NOTES (3)


    • Christian: Medusa's going to breed?

      In greek myth, Medusa was a hideous female monster with snake for hair and the ability to transform men into stone just by looking at them.

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