Season 3 Episode 5

Granville Trapp

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 18, 2005 on FX
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Episode Summary

Rhea Reynolds is found dead (apparently murdered by the carver). Christian is the prime suspect. A man with a very hollow face (caused by the HIV medication that he's taking) is this episode's patient.

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  • I don´t believe in you

    Now the fun is over

    Where do words begin

    I'm trying to find the path ahead

    Any way you say it

    The charade goes on

    But your eyes won't see it

    It's the same old song

    'I don't believe you'

    Promises so golden

    Years have proved them wrong

    [ Find more Lyrics at ]

    I'm trying to leave

    some self respect

    Any way you say it

    Our decline goes on

    But your pride won't heed it

    It's the same old song

    'I don't believe you'

    I don't

    I don't believe in you

    And the way you play it

    Is the way you want it

    Any way you sing it

    It's the same old song

    'I don't believe you'

    Talk Talk, I Don´t Believe In You

    Incredible Songmoreless
  • THE best episode of season 3.

    For me, anyway. This episode was just so different - so unusual for the show. It kept me on the very edge of my seat from the start to finish.

    We knew that Christian can't be the Carver, but I was seriously worried for him. Also, how dramatic was it to watch Sean and Julia distancing themselves from him?

    Besides, this episode made all of our brains work. Who is The Carver? Has to be someone close - otherwise no way that all of these evidences could've been set up against Christian.

    The most incredible part of the episode, for me, was when Christian wakes up and realizes it was all a dream - THEN, he really wakes up and realizes that it's the reality. That was really clever, since most shows doing episodes like this would end with one of the main characters just dreaming it up.

    The ending with Kit getting carved was a classic, and I think that it was the very best way for her to realize that Christian is in fact innocent. An amazing episode, one of the best Carver-arc episodes.moreless
  • Locked Up

    In retrospect, The Carver really wasn't good for the show. This episode in particular just didn't sit right, with story twists appearing to just be thrown in at random. And watching this episode after watching the season finale makes it seem even more lazily plotted.

    Kit was still ridiculous. The fact that she is still working on the Carver case despite having slept with almost everyone involved is just lame, and the ridiculous explanation for her nymphomaniac behavior ("I was... uh... undercover!") was almost like the writers covering up a story that reeked of bad porno in the first place. I loved the near-catfight we got between her and Kimber, but the rest was pretty forgettable.

    But, as they say, dig through all the crap and you can usually find gold. Christian's reunion with his birth mother was tragic, real, and beautifully performed by Julian McMahon. While the revelation that his real father was a crazy serial rapist felt shoe-horned in (to give the "evil gene" idea more weight), their reunion was such a moving scene. A welcome breather from all the stupidity of the rest of the episode.

    It was disappointing to see Sean and Liz believing that Christian was guilty. It just didn't ring true that these characters would so quickly believe that the man they've known for so many years could be a murderous rapist.

    The AIDs-face patient was intriguing, but that was unfortunately forgotten about in order to spend more time on the Carver hoodoo. Sometimes, like in the Rhea Reynolds episode, The Carver is handled very well, but when the investigation comes into play full force (especially with Kit present), everything manages to fall apart.

    Director: Jeremy Podeswa

    Writer: Sean Jablonski

    Rating: Cmoreless
  • A fantastic episode!!!

    I have only just started watching Nip/Tuck. last year i caught a few different episodes but have just started properly watching from the beginning of series 3.

    After only a few episodes, i can say that this is my new favourite show! Its always pretty cutting edge and features some fantastic characters wanting surgery.

    Granville Trapp follows the aftermath of the Carver's first murder. Kit McGraw attempts to get Christian to admit to being the Carver, after finding his DNA at the home of the victim. this results in Christian being locked away, waiting to be released. just as it looks as though Christian may be found guilty, the Carver strikes again while he is in prison, proving that it wasnt him.

    It is a fantastic episode, with many twists and turns, particularly the final minute, at the discovery of the Carver's latest victim - Kit McGraw.moreless
  • Kit: “Nature beats nurture every time.”

    I truly never thought that Christian was the Carver because 1) of the extremely detailed and convincing rape scene we got in the season premiere and 2) because even if Christian was a serial rapist, which is actually possible considering his character attributes, I don’t think he would ever attack Sean.

    Kit obviously took some pleasure in arresting Christian, and I was getting so sick of her smug attitude throughout the episode that I gave a little cheer when Kimber slapped her. It’s obvious that someone was framing Christian for the Rhea Reynolds attack, and it clearly wasn’t the Carver (he would never want someone taking credit for his work), so the only logical suspect is Kit, and I truly think she could have done it. Her character has proven to be quite sinister, and Rhona Mitra (who did an excellent job today I might add) is quite a potent addition to the cast.

    I really felt bad for Christian throughout the episode. Everybody he loves and knows looses faith in him, including Sean (which really disappointed me), and then when family reunion time comes with his biological mother he only meets more disappointed, as his mother automatically assumes Christian is guilty and reveals that she regrets having him. Julian McMahon did a fantastic job today, and never have I seen a character go through as much as Christian has.

    How ironic, Kit arrests Christian and Kit is the one who gets him set free when she is attacked by the Carver. I thought it was clever of Christian to report to Andrea Hall his arrest, and while I would be harboring reproving feelings about his decision if the Carver had truly attacked someone else, the attack on Kit had a sense of poetic justice to it.

    Final Notes and Quotes

    - Was Kit actually telling the truth when she said she’s been undercover this whole time?

    - I found it interesting that even when Sean’s faith faltered, Quentin had faith that Christian didn’t do it the whole time.

    Kit: “Tell him you want to plead insanity."

    Christian: “What, for sleeping with you in the first place?”

    - Christian’s anger at Sean was understandable, as was Sean’s doubt facing all the conspiring evidence against Christian. Sean is only human.

    - Rhea Reynolds’ murder marks the first time the Carver has killed one of his victims.

    - Kit did have an interesting point when she discussed out how similar Matt turned out to Christian, despite the completely opposite and better environment he was raised in.

    - A little side note: Christian is still paying for Gina’s cocktail.

    - Character Tidbits: We learned a lot about Christian’s childhood in this episode. At the age of twelve he was put in reform school, where he began to perform dissections on dead animals. His mother also revealed that he was conceived as a result of rape.

    - Kit: (re: framing him) “Who would do that?"

    Christian: “Throw a stone down south beach, you’ll hit a model I screwed and never called back, start there.”

    - Outstanding Performance of the Week: Julian McMahon, but Rhona Mitra deserves an honorable mention for her snappy line delivery.

    - Kimber: “As I seem to recall you’re the deviant one, Kit.”

    Kit: “Interesting judgment, coming from someone who makes their living as a whore.”

    Final Rating: Another winner, 4 out of 4 stars.

    - Tim Bronx

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Mary Page Keller

Mary Page Keller

Andrea Hall

Guest Star

Erik Passoja

Erik Passoja

Granville Trapp

Guest Star

Jeffrey De Serrano

Jeffrey De Serrano

Uniformed Officer

Guest Star

Linda Klein

Linda Klein

Nurse Linda

Recurring Role

Rhona Mitra

Rhona Mitra

Kit McGraw

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Christian: If I didn't fight back, it's because in some kind of way I feel like I deserve it.
      Sean: For what?
      Christian: For what? For screwing Julia when you were engaged, for cheating on every girlfriend I've ever had, for charging ten grand to raise a pair of sagging tits on some socialite bitch, for generally being a soulless man. Take your pick.

    • Kit: The truth is, if you want to catch a deviant killer, you have to get close enough to watch him work.
      Kimber: As I recall, you're the deviant one Kit.
      Kit: Interesting judgement coming from someone who makes her living as a whore.

    • Quentin: I think you know more about someone in the first five minutes than you do in an entire twenty-year relationship. Think about it. Those first gut instincts, they're always right. It's time and sentimentality that cloud the mind's ability to judge.

    • Christian: (to Kit, at the police station) If I'm not home by ten o'clock and deep into a beer and some Chinese food, I'll have my lawyer sue you for defamation of character, false arrest and, if possible, being a royal bitch.

    • Granville Trapp: (about his facial hollowness) Whatever you call it, it is my scarlet letter that screams 'sick gay man, stay away'. I just wanna start dating again.
      Sean: Dating?
      Granville Trapp: I'm not dead. I'm just lonely.

    • Christian: Fourteen hours in this place without a cup of coffee even Ghandi would become a narcoleptic.

    • Christian: Throw a stone down South Beach and you would hit some model I did not call back.

    • Liz: You've known him for twenty years and you would have never imagined that he was Matt's father.

  • NOTES (3)


    • After Sean said "DNA is not everything", Quentin said "Ask O.J. He will tell you something different". That's a refference to O.J. Simpson, who was accused of murder. However, there wasn't evidence enough to send him to jail.