Season 3 Episode 14

Cherry Peck

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 20, 2005 on FX



  • Trivia

    • Goof: When the anesthesiologist is giving Kimber gas to put her under, [she's at McNamara/Troy to have the "surgeries" given her by The Carver repaired] he is not wearing surgical gloves, a second later he is.

  • Quotes

    • (Kit's interrogating Quentin)
      Quentin: Last time I saw you my tongue was in your mouth, surely much more pleasant than this.

    • Sean: See, Christian, no matter how shattered a relationship is, as long as there's love... there's always the hope of putting it back together.

    • Sean: To our profession. The only field of medicine dedicated to both the fixing of what isn't broken and rebuilding of the unrepairable.

    • Matt: You really are pitiful, Ariel. I almost feel sorry for you.
      Ariel: I'm not the one dating a dude in a skirt, Matt. Wait til everyone at school hears about this. You won't make it out alive.

    • Ariel: (to Cherry) So, tranny, isn't Matt fantastic in bed? Do you squeal with pleasure when he goes down on you? Because, you know, I always knew he really liked dick.

    • (Matt and Cherry go shopping for make-up)
      Make-Up Assistant: This isn't a drugstore. This product is very expensive. Were you actually planning on purchasing a bottle or just tainting all our samples?
      Matt: What's your problem, lady? You treat all your customers like shit?
      Make-Up Assistant: He is not a customer until he buys something. I get your kind in here all the time and they never buy a damn thing.
      Matt: And we're gonna buy something from you now? Look. My friend was nothing but polite to you and you treat her like she's a hooker. Let me tell you something, she's more of a lady than you'll ever be.
      (the Make-Up Assistant walks off)
      Cherry Peck: You didn't have to do that.
      Matt: Hey, you don't deserve that bullshit.

    • Kimber: I can't do this anymore, Christian. I can't be this beautiful couple who spends six hundred dollars a month on tanning salons, who takes an hour to get ready just to go to the gym, who measure people's worth by their body fat percentage.
      Christian: This is perfectly normal. It's called Stockholm Syndrome. Kidnapping victims sympathise with their captors. It's a survival strategy.
      Kimber: He wasn't my captor. You were. Porn was. He was just the man holding up the mirror to our beautiful, superficial lives showing me how grotesque they were. It's just ugliness hidden behind a perfect mask. How am I supposed to be with you when your job is to give everyone those masks?
      Christian: I'll give it all up. We can go off and take care of lepers for all I care. I need to be with you, Kimber.
      Kimber: I know, baby. But I need to not be with you.

    • Kimber: I don't want any mirrors ever. I had you fix me so the rest of the world could see me and not run screaming. I'll never be able to look at myself and not see the pain.

    • Kit: Drop your pants, Quentin.
      Quentin: You first.

    • Cherry Peck: You really think I look good?
      Matt: Yeah, you know. Sure.
      Cherry Peck: I'm planning on having my reassignment surgery sometime next year. I'm taking all the hormones...
      Matt: That's great, Cherry. But I don't think that...
      Cherry Peck: It's OK. It's just hard not to hit on a guy as cute as you.

    • Kimber: You left me to die. You let him do this to me.
      Christian: Please... don't blame me for this.
      Kimber: He wouldn't have hurt me if you hadn't given me all those surgeries. You made me think that I needed them for you to love me. It's true. Beauty is a curse on the world.

    • Kit: Kimber identified herself by how she looked, Christian. She's barely holding it together as it is. Seeing you could send over the edge.
      Christian: Or bring her back from it.

    • Kit: (about Kimber) She doesn't want to see you, Christian. She doesn't want you to see her.
      Christian: Tell me what he did to her.
      Kit: The breast implants were the least of his butchery. He reversed every surgery you gave her. Without anaesthetic.
      Christian: Reversed? I must have given her at least ten procedures over the last few years. Tell me what he did to her.
      Kit: After giving her the Carver grin, he removed the segment of rib cartilege you used to fix her nose. Then he sucked the collagen from her lips by removing large portions of the saturated tissue. At some point, he also burnt her skin to recreate the sun damage you repaired. Then he pumped rotten chicken fat into her midsection. Anti-lipo. It caused a pretty horrible infection that he didn't treat. He removed her breasts as a final act of psychotic brutality.

    • Kit: When I bring you down, this case is going to be tighter than a vestal virgin.
      Quentin: Well, tread lightly, Kit. You've already botched this case once. Another false arrest and you'll be back in London writing tickets to people for not picking up their dogshit.

    • (during the interrogation)
      Kit: Rape isn't about sex, Quentin, it's about power. And you felt like you'd lost it after I arrested Christian and risked giving him all the glory for your butchery.
      Quentin: So... I'm the Carver now? Kit, if you want to catch this guy, may I recommend that you expand the scope of your suspects beyond those who know whether you're shaved, waxed or natural.

    • (Kit is examining the implants that have been sent to Christian)
      Christian: Every breast implant has a serial number in case of recall or defect.
      Kit: Habeas corpus, Christian. We can't start an investigation when there's no evidence of any crime.
      Christian: Since when is a bloody implant from a woman who's been missing for weeks not evidence of a crime?
      Kit: Well, how do you know Kimber didn't have them removed herself?
      Christian: Because she loved them! They were the first thing I ever gave her. Our first surgery together.
      Kit: Speaking of surgeries, what do you think of my face? The surgeon who did agree to do it did a pretty good job, don't you think?
      Christian: Don't throw that guilt trip at me, Kit. After what you put me through, you're lucky I wasn't standing over you with a scalpel.

    • Kimber: On our first date, you said that I was an eight. You were honest with me. I need you to tell me what I am now as honestly as you did then. From one to ten.
      (Christian draws the curtain and sees Kimber who has been carved - the carver has reversed all her surgeries)
      Christian: (speechless and shocked, sits down beside her bed) I'll make you a ten again, sweetheart, I promise. (bursts out crying) I'll make you a ten again.

    • (Kit is trying to break Quentin)
      Kit: Where's Kimber?
      Quentin: I have no idea! I'd check your ass, but you're so full of shit, I don't think there'd be any room for her up there.

    • Quentin: (to Kit) Now, why would I rape you? You were perfectly willing to spread your legs like a Romanian gymnast for me.

    • Nurse Linda: Excuse me, Dr. Troy.
      Dr. Troy: Hmmm?
      Nurse Linda: A package just arrived for you.
      Dr Troy: Well, sign for it.
      Nurse Linda: The package is bleeding.

  • Notes

    • International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: November 5, 2008 on TV Nova

    • Eryn Krueger Mekash, Stephanie A. Fowler, Thomas R. Burman and Bari Dreiband-Burman were nominated for the 2006 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special" for this episode.

    • Brittany Snow (Ariel) and Rhona Mitra (Kit) were credited as "Special Guest Stars". At the same time, Mitra received the "And" credit.

    • Brian Kerwin (Mr. Alderman (credited as a "Guest Star")) received the "And" credit.

    • Cherry Peck / Quentin Costa was watched by 5.7 million viewers. Thus making it the most watched program in FX history.

      It also drew 3.9 million viewers in the 18-49 age demographic. This made it the highest watched cable series for 2005.

    • This episode originally aired alongside 3.15 on FX as part of a special 2 hour Finale on the 20th of December, 2005.

    • Although listed in the opening credits, Roma Maffia does not appear in this episode.

  • Allusions

    • Julia's dream is a direct reference to the ending of Roman Polanski's classic horror movie, Rosemary's Baby, in which Rosemary finds out that her child is the antichrist. Similarities include the black veil over the baby's crib and Julia walking in with a knife in her hand, screaming when seeing her child, and asking "What did you do to my baby?"