Season 1 Episode 13

Escobar Gallardo

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 21, 2003 on FX
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Christian learns that Kimber and Merril are engaged. Escobar continues to have the surgeons do things for him. Liz is sent to Bermuda after being shot in the leg by one of Escobar's people. Sean goes to kill Escobar. Escobar makes a deal with Sean; a new face for their freedom. Christian learns, in the delivery room, that he is not the father of Gina's baby. Julia returns to get the paternity test she had done a while ago. The doctors do surgery on Escobar, and give him the face of a criminal even higher than Gallardo on the Most Wanted List - Armand Ortiz. Ortiz is arrested at the airport for bank robbing and killing a federal agent.


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  • Gracias

    Que buena manera de terminar la primera temporada. Aguda, divertida, nerve-wracking. En algún momento creí que no iba a tener las ganas suficientes como para empezar a ver la segunda, pero ahora sí. It´s not the best show ever but I need it. Aprendí un montón de él. Me divierto, me olvido por un rato de lo inocua que es mi vida. Bastante, no? Por lo que sabía antes de empezar a verla (su nombre: Nip/Tuck) es bastante. Y agradezco, lo menos que puedo hacer.

    Qué pasará con Christian y su hijo? De quién es hijo Matt? Qué será de la vida de... todos? I can´t wait to know...moreless
  • mr escobar gets played...

    fantastic wrap up to a fantastic season. apart from the far too perfect face change escobar had, this was almost flawless.

    i love how the show has this overall storyline that keeps coming back from time to time... it keeps the suspense up and the characters involved.

    my favourite part apart from the ending is where sean confronts escobar. this is for several reasons. firstly, it was well acted. secondly, the dialoueg was great. thirdly... wow, i love escobar's character! sure, hes evil as hell, but hes really good.

    this is just like any other season 1 finale which means we get more of a conclusion ending rather than a cliffhanger ending, which was good. even, great.moreless
  • Gallardo, Interrupted

    A near-perfect season finale, which brings together all the tension and craziness of the previous episodes and produces a great final hour. It also creates a lot of storyline opportunity for season two, including most importantly the issue of Matt's paternity, which Julia is still keeping quiet about before the credits roll.

    Escobar Gallardo continued to be a terrifying bad guy, and it was great to see him get caught by the authorities in the end. While the whole "new face ending up being one of a wanted criminal" twist ending was a little ridiculous, I was just glad that he was locked up. It wasn't fun seeing what he was doing to Sean's character, making him a complete loose cannon willing to shoot and kill him in order to get him out of the way. But at least that inadvertently did end up saving the day, since I'm sure Gallardo would have continued being the evil puppet master behind McNamara/Troy for as long as possible.

    Meanwhile, Gina went into labor, and ended up giving birth to a bi-racial baby. So obviously not Christian's. While in the long term it would clearly be wrong to completely humanize Christian, there's a part of me that was kinda disappointed that Christian wasn't the baby-daddy. You could really see the look of disappointment on his face after learning of Gina's "black-out sex", especially as he'd grown so much as a person since he discovered her pregnancy.

    It was great to see Kimber again, even though she's turned into a huge coke fiend since her last appearance. And while it's sad in theory, you can't help but laugh when Bobolit's empire crumbles around him. He was always a complete jerk, so it's kinda neat to see him end up a failure, all because of that damn show dog.

    While most shows usually produce a mixed bag of episodes during their first seasons, Nip/Tuck never really faltered in its opening year. It didn't take long for the show to find its footing, and produced some of quirkiest, disturbed, convoluted and ultimately endearing characters on TV. Roll on season two!

    Director: Ryan Murphy

    Writer: Ryan Murphy

    Rating: Amoreless

    Very nice ending! I didn't expected at this kind of a final. The way Sean and Troy handled with Escobar was extremely smart.His face when he gets caught is priceless!! Even I couldn't think of a better plan (and I'm the smartest person I know - yeah, I'm very modest). I was starting to like Escobar (don't ask why),but they will not get rid of him so fast (as you'll see in the next seasons). And I adoreeeeee that song when Escobar appears (from Gary Neuman,Cars) it fits him.Strange. Anyways, the episode is one of my favorites,it's well written,as many others from this season,and very unexpected.I love itmoreless
  • A great way to end the series.

    Sean and Christian are still doing drug deller, Escobar Gallardo's dirty work. Taking implants out of drug mules whenever he snaps his finger.

    Sean is at breaking point and the surgery is hitting tough times as the guys aren't getting any cash in and their competitor Merl is stealing all their business.

    Desperate for money they nearly take on a client who want's surgery done to his dog. The refuse and Merl takes on the client. It appears that Merl may be ruined because the Dog dies while in surgery and he is being sued for 10 million dollars.

    During a drug filled implant removement, Escobar orders Sean and Christian to take out one of the girls Kidney's. Sean refuses and Escobar shoots Liz. Later after Sean and Christian are finished they send Liz away on a holiday.

    Julie and Sean's marriage is in tatters and Sean being a desperate man, trades in Julie's wedding ring for a gun, where he confronts Escobar. He can't kill him but. Escobar says one more surgery and they are free. Change his face.

    Christian pleads with Julie to stick buy Sean as he needs her more than ever if he is to get through this. This works as Julie and Sean seem to be safe again for now.

    Gina has the baby but Christian is shocked to find that when it comes out it is a drak skinned child.

    Christian and Sean do a full work over on Escobar and we flash forward to four months later when he is totally healed. He is arrested by the F.B.I at an airport but not for being Escobar. Instead Sean and Christian have altered him to look like another criminal even higher on the F.B.I 10 most wanted list than Escobar.

    This was a brilliant way to finish off a fine first season of Nip/Tuck. Not the best episode of the season but a great way to finish it ff none the less.

    Changing Escobar into another criminal was a stroke of genius and the look on Christians face when he pulled out a black baby was priceless.

    9.8/10 for this onemoreless
Ivonne Coll

Ivonne Coll

Dr. Murphy

Guest Star

Ricki Lopez

Ricki Lopez

Armand Ortiz / Jorge Barco

Guest Star

Frank Noon

Frank Noon

Pawnshop Owner

Guest Star

Kelly Carlson

Kelly Carlson

Kimber Henry

Recurring Role

Jessalyn Gilsig

Jessalyn Gilsig

Gina Russo

Recurring Role

Joey Slotnick

Joey Slotnick

Dr. Merril Bobolit

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: Escobar tells Sean that he was 23 when Blondie's "Rapture" came out. However, his FBI file later states his birth date as being in 1967. This would have made him 13 when the song was released, in 1980.

    • Featured Music: "She Blinded Me With Science" by Thomas Dolby (Heroin breast implant removal surgery) "Baby" by Koop (Christian/Kimber/Bobolit at Bobolit's house) "Freaky (To You)" by Sweet Stuff (Christian/Gina have 'labor-inducement' sex) "Cars" by Gary Numan (Sean goes to Escobar's to kill him) "Rapture" by Blondie (Sean's post-attempt to kill Escobar/Escobar asks for new face) "Wild World" by Cat Stevens (Sean in hotel/Julia comes to get back together) "Following" by Chungking (McNamara's/Christian having dinner at ending) "Machine Gun" by Commodores (Escobar gets busted at airport by FBI with 'new' face of Jorge Barco)

    • Real Life Comparison: Escobar's surgery is loosely based on the surgery of Amado Carrillo Fuentes. He was a powerful drug dealer. In July 1997, he died while having plastic surgery to drastically alter his face so he could disappear.

    • Goof: After Sean pulls the gun on Escobar you can see him going to again in the mirror.

    • Goof: On the FBI Ten Most Wanted List, Escobar's nationality and place of birth are listed as "Columbia." Of course, it should be "Colombia."

    • The Miami Herald newspaper that Christian was reading was in an older format than the current one.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Julia: We´re not fine, Sean. And we never will be. You know it. We both know it.
      Sean: Don´t you give up on me.
      Julia: There´s nothing wrong in knowing when to surrender. We tried our best. No one can fault us for finally admitting that we just can´t do it anymore.

    • Sean: Is this where you thought we'd be at fourty Christian? Further behind and more confused than we were at twenty four.

    • Escobar: The first time is always the hardest. I remember my first time. I shook like a little girl. At least I didn't puke. Most people…they puke after their first time.
      Sean: I don't know what you're talking about.
      Escobar: You're a desperate man, Sean. Desperate men don't come to talk. They come to kill.

    • Christian: Don't take this the wrong way. But you're a better man than I am.
      Liz: Damn straight.

    • Escobar: Is that the last implant?
      Liz: Unless you made the poor girl eat one for shits and giggles, yes.

    • Christian: This is good.
      Gina: It's Mahi-Mahi with a venetial slaw. I got the recipe online.
      Christian: So what do you want? You need something.
      Gina: I need you to make love to me.
      Christian: You better have made a kick-ass dessert too.
      Gina: I'm serious Christian. I've got to get this baby out of me. My back aches. My bowels are backed up like a stadium toilet.
      Christian: Your seduction skills need a little work, sweetheart.

    • Sean: You've seen how he treats women: like they're sub-human.
      Liz: Hasn't stopped me from working with Christian.

  • NOTES (5)

    • For this entire season, the show was nominated for:
      -The 2004 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music and Outstanding Main Title Design.
      -The 2004 Golden Globe Award and the 2004 Golden Satellite Award, both for Best Television Series-Drama.
      -The 2004 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series.

    • For this entire season, Julian McMahon (Christian) was nominated for the 2004 Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance By An Actor In A Series-Drama.

    • For this entire season, Joely Richardson (Julia) was nominated for the 2004 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series-Drama, and, for the 2004 Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance By An Actress In A Series-Drama.

    • Roma Maffia receives the 'and' credit.

    • Although listed in the opening credits, Valerie Cruz does not appear in this episode.