Season 4 Episode 10

Merrill Bobolit

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 07, 2006 on FX
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Episode Summary

Dr. Merrill Bobolit, who's out of jail, needs Sean's and Christian's professional services. Escobar Gallardo wants them to perform surgery on his face. And Matt tells his family that he's married and that he and his wife are expecting a baby.

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  • This was a poor episode. There were so many dream sequences, I could not tell who is still alive, dead, was killed then or now. This episode was not very good, except for it\\\'s clever link to Season 1.moreless

    I am most shocked with the reviews sent in about this show. This was probably one of the worst episodes I\\\'ve ever seen, and the one with the \\\"grown up Conor\\\" was on of the best episodes ever for creativity and brilliance in all four years! Then I read these reviews and they are the complete opposite of what I think!! I am going to have to stop watching this show, because apparently I\\\'m the one outside of the minority and is not comprehending the same things. What is bad, folks like, and what is brilliant folks do not like. I am at a loss.moreless
  • Let's Go to Prison

    I don't really know what to say about the return of Escobar Gallardo. While he's undeniably a terrifying presence on the show, I really think that what this season doesn't need is yet enough antagonist for the lead doctors, especially with the kidney ring already taking up a considerable about of screentime.

    I did love Bobolit's involvement in the story though, and a really sick part of me did kinda laugh at the revelation that he's become a "prison b*tch". While the whole idea is really terrible, Bobolit's downfall was already so welcome in season two that it's kinda giggle-worthy that it's just gotten worse and worse as the years went on.

    Sean and Julia continue to prove that they're no good together, with both revealing their affairs to one another. They really just need to divorce and stay divorced already; since every season they're together they end up doing the dirty with somebody else.

    In other news, Matt and Kimber are married and expecting a child. Their whole relationship doesn't really convince at this stage, especially with Kimber treating Matt like her lapdog. I did like April Tuna explaining some of the Scientology birthing rituals though, and it really looks like the writers did their research with this particular storyline.

    A mostly entertaining episode, but one which takes a lot of suspension of belief. Robert LaSardo yet again put in an excellent performance, even if I wasn't exactly crying out for an Escobar return.

    Director: Charles Haid

    Writers: Sean Jablonski, Brad Falchuk

    Rating: Bmoreless
  • I watched this over 3 months ago but i'm almost certain that this is the episode where Matt tells both his dads that they were jealous of him because their lives r so screwed up and i believe he said "it's a wonder i turned out so well"moreless

    I think that line is so hilariously silly & yeah i'm commenting on the character himself not the acting. He has a lotta guts saying that considering he's not at all perfect himself. I'm glad both dads rebutted it sometime later with something like "how can you say you turned out well?" and mentioned his past relationships where he couldnt tell the woman was a man and a "tranny" and finally a screwed up kimber who used him for revenge against christian.

    I dont like Matt's character. It's too weird and he's unappreciative and.... just too difficult to describe. (sorry to all you matt fans out there)moreless
  • Escobar: "Your life could be so much worse right now if I wanted it to be."

    It is blast from the past week on Nip/Tuck, as Escobar and Bobolit return to brew up trouble.

    I never liked Bobolit. He was always way too pathetic to ever be sympathized with, and this episode didn't raise my opinion of him. Bobolit is still just as wretched as ever, to the point now of having Escobar’s name branded on his ass and becoming Escobar’s personal slave. I did enjoy Bobolit and Christian’s conversation about girls, though, specifically Kimber - their common enemy. I couldn’t help but laugh when Bobolit said Kimber’s “pimp hand is strong”.

    Bobolit said that despite how weak Kimber may appear, she is always in control. These words certainly ring true for her relationship with Matt. Kimber has Matt wrapped around her finger; ordering him around, yelling at him for not knowing what type of water she likes. Kimber treats Matt like her inferior and Julia’s right: for a marriage to work it has to be a partnership with mutual respect, something Kimber and Matt don’t have. Kimber is definitely the pants in their relationship; she’s the one in power. What bothers Kimber most about Christian is that she always ends up surrendering herself to him, and then loosing the power when he ultimately ends up hurting her. Despite how hard of an exterior Kimber puts on, it’s obvious she still loves Christian. Her relationship with Matt is just twisted payback against Christian for hurting her.

    Escobar is back, in all his evil glory. I’ve always wondered why Escobar didn’t seek revenge against McNamara/Troy for locking him up in prison. I never thought he would have the patience to plan a three year escape scheme, where he ultimately uses his information on McNamara/Troy’s actions (in the pilot episode) to blackmail them into turning his face back to its original form. Man, did he look creepy afterwards with all those stitches on his face or what?

    Final Notes and Quotes

    - Clever use of mirrors during Escobar’s consult.

    - Sean finally confessed to his affair with Monica, shortly after he found out about Julia’s affair with Marlo. I got to start keeping a cheating scorecard for these two: Sean-2, Julia-1.

    - Sean thought Escobar was another hallucination of his in that final scene.

    - Christian: “I’ve had enough torture for one day.”

    (Bobolit walks in)

    Nurse Linda: “Oh, I wouldn’t count on that.”

    - Escobar: “So should I tell you what I don’t like about myself, or is that too obvious right now?”

    Christian: “We’ll fix your face for you. Who do you want to look like, Charles Manson or Hitler?”

    - Matt: “It’s a wonder I turned out this well.”

    Sean: “Turned out well? Going from dating a transsexual to marrying a fated porn star is not doing well in my mind!”

    - Julia: (to Sean) “If we still love each other then why is it that all we do is hurt each other?”

    Final Rating: 4 for Escobar, 2 for Kimber and Matt. Overall, 3 out of 4 stars.

    - Tim Bronx

  • WOW

    First of all Matt and Kimber got married and Kimber is pregnant. Christian thinks it’s his child so while performing surgery to remove Kimber’s implants he takes DNA from the fetus. The results come back that Christian is not the father but Matt is after all. Mean while Merrill returns after being released from jail wanting free surgery for himself and his “jail husband” Escobar who’s face was seriously burned. Merrill insist on sitting in on Escobar’s surgery and in the middle of surgery tries to kill Escobar. While in the recovery ward Escobar escapes by kill the guard watching after him. This may be one of the best episodes so far, there was so much going on it was really exciting and I am glad to Escobar out of jail he is a great character.moreless
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Guest Star

Jim Hoffmaster

Jim Hoffmaster

Federal Correction Officer #2

Guest Star

Brittany Catherine Jones

Brittany Catherine Jones

Lab Tech Renee

Guest Star

Peter Dinklage

Peter Dinklage

Marlowe Sawyer

Recurring Role

Joey Slotnick

Joey Slotnick

Dr. Merril Bobolit

Recurring Role

Robert LaSardo

Robert LaSardo

Escobar Gallardo

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Goof: Bobolit mentions his previous abuse of/addiction to inhaled anesthetics, specifying nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide is actually a dissociative analgesic, which is not potent enough to provide general anesthesia for surgery patients. The effects wear off almost immediately upon cessation of inhalation. Bobolit was certainly under something stronger when he attempted to swap faces with Christian in Season 2.

      Additionally, addiction to nitrous isn't technically possible.

    • When Sean and Christian go to see Escobar in the prison hospital, Escobar mentions that his face was "burned off" by a MS 13 gang member, this stands for Mara Salvatrucha, "Salvadoran Gang".

    • When Escobar mentioned Silvio Perez and dumping his body in a swamp, there is a flashback to the Pilot episode, where these events occurred.

    • When Sean and Christian go to see Escobar in the prison hospital, Escobar mentions them turning him into 'the FBI's most wanted'. This happened in the Season 1 finale entitled Escobar Gallardo.

    • Christian admits to sleeping with Kimber recently. This happens in the episode entitled Burt Landau.

    • When Merrill is first talking to Christian, reference is made to Madame Rose, killing a girl and Merrill trying to cut Christian's face off. This all happens in the Season 2 episode Oona Wentworth.

    • Julia and Sean like to have make-up sex in their children's rooms: Conor was conceived in Matt's bed at the beginning of Season Three, and in this episode they had sex against the newly-painted wall in Conor's room after Julia admitted to her affair with Marlowe.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Christian: (to Merrill) Must Have Been One Hell Of A Guy, It Usually Takes At Least Six Karats For A Bitch To Give It Up Like That.

    • Escobar: You know what the hardest part was? It wasn't bribing the guards, blackmailing the warden or waiting two years in that hole to put this whole thing together. It was lighting my own face on fire. Man, that hurt like a sonofabitch.
      Sean: What are you doing in my house?
      Escobar: Oh, I just came by to get rid of some evidence. Relax, Sean, I meant the evidence of the crime you committed. Against Silvio Perez? I told you, that if you fix my face, I'd set you free as well and I meant it. (Sean fumbles for a knife but Escobar stops him) Sean, a man is nothing in this world if he doesn't keep his word, you know? It's when you don't live your life honestly that you get into trouble. Believe me, if there's anything I learned after being locked up, it's that the truth will set you free.

    • (when Escobar is having surgery, Merrill threatens to cut his throat with a scalpel)
      Christian: What the hell are you doing, Merrill?
      Merrill: What I've wanted to do ever since he branded his name on my ass in prison. Kill the monster! (to Escobar) How does it feel to be a helpless bitch at the mercy of someone else?
      Sean: If you kill him, Merrill, you'll go right back to prison for life. Is that what you want?
      Merrill: Are you kidding? When everyone inside finds out I killed Escobar Gallardo, I'll be a goddamn king! A goddamn god! I'll finally get the respect I deserve!

    • Matt: I know you don't approve of any of this, but I want you to know I'm committed to being a good husband and a good father and I'm just counting on you for your support.
      Christian: You know what a good husband and father does? He pays the bills. He sets an example. You're a loser, Matty. This is the latest and greatest in a long line of loser choices.

    • Julia: Marlowe and I had an affair. He told me you went and confronted him about it, and I feel you've known for a long time and… I didn't want to cover it up anymore.
      Sean: You're admitting you had an affair?
      Julia: I'm sorry. It's just that, you know, with everything that's happened, with Conor and Matt getting married… I just can't keep these lies down anymore.
      Sean: Why would you with him?
      Julia: Because he accepted Conor before he was even born and all you wanted to do was change him!

    • Kimber: Julia, Matt and I are in love. And I understand that becoming a grandmother brings up complicated feelings. But please don't make that our problem.
      Julia: My eighteen-year-old son is having a child with a woman who happens to have slept with both of his fathers. There is nothing complicated about my feelings!
      Matt: Mom…
      Kimber: I'm going to handle this, Matt.
      Julia: This is what I'm talking about! A silent childbirth is just the beginning. You want a silent marriage too?

    • Escobar: A real man takes responsibility for his actions. He stands up to his mistakes. Hell, I'd be proud if my son married the girl he knocked up.
      Sean: I'm not like you. My wife finds out what I did, she'll leave.
      Escobar: If she screwed around, you're both on even ground. You got a good chance to save your marriage. You keep trying to live a lie, bad shit happens. I'm living proof.

    • Merrill: Speaking of blondes who blow, how's Kimber? I wrote her a bunch of letters in prison but she must've changed her address because she never wrote me back.
      Christian: Consider yourself lucky. Her venom has become more potent with age.
      Merrill: She's still got her claws in you?
      Christian: I wish it was just me. Since you've been gone, she has screwed- and screwed over- me, Sean and now my son.
      Merrill: Well, her pimp hand is strong.
      Christian: Bullshit. The only thing strong about her are her vagina muscles. When you tire those, she ain't got nothing.
      Merrill: I don't know, Christian. She may never have had her dick up your ass but she's always had you by the balls. Kimber plays like she's a bottom, but no matter how beat-up she seems, she's always in control. She's like those three hundred pound juggernauts in prison. You wanna take her down, you gotta sneak up behind her and club her over the head before she knows what happened.

    • Merrill: You and I come from a world of achievement. We're doctors, plastic surgeons, it's all about being the best. The most beautiful. The winner. It's goddamn exhausting is what it is. You trying to tell me you don't get worn down by expectations?
      Christian: I'm trying to tell you I like being in control.

    • Escobar: You can kill a hundred cops, come in here and run the joint. General population finds out you banged a six-year-old, it doesn't go over too well. You become a target. One thing prison has taught me, you live and die not just based on who you are, but on who people perceive you to be. Not much different from your line of work. So if I'm gonna spend the next fifteen years in here, I want to go back to being the man that I was, the Escobar people feared.
      Christian: Doesn't make sense. They'll find out they got the wrong guy, you'll go back on trial and get life
      Escobar: I'll take spending an entire lifetime in here as the man I am before I live another day as the bottom-feeder that I'm seen as now.

    • Sean: Why'd you split up? Did she snore? Didn't like your taste in movies? Or was she married?
      Sawyer: As a child, I learned early on that- if I was going to compete in a world that was taller than I was- I needed to go straight at things, no pussyfooting.
      Sean: Are you having an affair with my wife?
      Sawyer: Julia and I have an intimacy that goes beyond just employer and employee, probably more than just even friends, but it was never physical. (pause) Are you going to hit me? (He gets up on a stepladder so that he is facing Sean) How about now? Do you think that'll make you more of a man? Do you think that'll impress Julia?
      Sean: I painted over your mural.

    • Merrill: I need an anal retread.
      Christian: That's a pretty expensive procedure, Merrill. I assume you don't have insurance.
      Merrill: Of course not. But you'll be doing the surgery for free. Unless you want to end up in prison, taking it like a woman too.
      Christian: Excuse me?
      Merrill: The only way for a guy like me to protect himself on the inside is to get married. (off Christian's look) It's not like I wore a white dress and danced to 'Unforgettable', Christian. I became someone's prison wife, someone more powerful than me.
      Christian: A bitch.
      Merrill: I prefer the term 'prag'. I cleaned, I did the laundry, I serviced him when he needed it. You'd have done the same thing in my situation, trust me.
      Christian: I'm no-one's bitch, Merrill.
      Merrill: Everyone is someone's bitch. Wasn't too bad actually. I found it somewhat liberating to have all of my choices taken away from me.
      Christian: Must be one hell of a guy. It usually takes six carats for a bitch to give it up like that.
      Merrill: They don't have wedding rings in prison. Marriage is symbolized by the branding of the husband's name on the wife's ass. Wanna see who my husband is?
      Christian: Not really.
      (Merrill drops his trousers and the name 'Escobar' is branded on his ass)

    • (during a procedure, the music playing is 'Don't Worry, Be Happy')
      Christian: (to Nurse Linda) Will you turn that shit off? I've had enough torture for one day.
      (Nurse Linda sees Merrill Bobolit waiting outside the room)
      Nurse Linda: Oh, I wouldn't count on that.

    • Christian: My gut is telling me it's not Matt's kid. I didn't want to say it in front of the poor guy, but… I screwed Kimber recently.
      Sean: Wait a minute, are you saying it's your baby now?
      Christian: Well, my sperm certainly knows its way around her uterus better than his. And I know she only married him to get to me.
      Sean: Have you ever had a baby that someone else didn't think was theirs?

    • (Sean is painting over the mural that Marlowe painted in Conor's nursery)
      Julia: I wish you'd asked me first.
      Sean: Well, I just assumed now that Marlowe is gone, we'd want to move on. Besides, I didn't think I needed to ask permission to paint a wall in my own house.
      Julia: No, you don't. But it doesn't mean I'm going to help you.

    • Matt: Why can't you both just admit what you're really pissed about? OK, your own lives have failed and I'm doing great! Really, it's a wonder I turned out this well.
      Sean: Turned out well? Going from dating a transsexual to marrying a faded porn star is not doing well, in my mind!

    • Matt: You can't be happy for me no matter what I do, right?
      Christian: That's ridiculous, Matt. That's like saying we should be happy if you're a drug addict and just scored a bag of heroin. (to Kimber) And don't think I don't know what you're doing. You married Matt to get back at me!
      Kimber: Christian, I was done with you a long time ago. Really, I think you're the one who needs to let go.

    • Escobar: (to Sean in his house) The evidence is in the den.

    • Christian: (to Matt) Your wife is a whore who married you to piss me off.

    • Christian: (to Escobar during his consultation) Who do you want to look like? Charles Manson or Hitler?

    • Christian: (to Bobolit) From the condition your anus is in, it looks like you surrendered yourself to the entire Florida Penal system.

    • Kimber: (to Christian and Sean) Just think of the operation as a wedding gift to us.

    • Bobolit: (after showing Christian his tattoo) Who's the bitch now, Christian?

  • NOTES (7)

    • First appearance by Joey Slotnick (Merril) since the season 2 episode "Oona Wenworth".

    • First appearance by Raymond Cruz (Alejandro) since the pilot.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: February 4, 2009 on TV Nova

    • Peter Dinklage is credited as a Special Guest Star.

    • Joey Slotnick receives the 'and' credit.

    • Music featured in the episode:
      "Don't worry be happy" by Bobby Mc Ferrin (Christian and Sean discuss before performing surgery, Bobolit arrives)
      "Khmer" by Nils Petter Molvaer (Sean talks with Marlo about him having a relationhip with Julia; later, Julia confesses her affair with Marlo to Sean)
      "How deep is your love" by The Bee Gees (Christian helps Merrill repairing damage suffered in jail)
      "Access song of sand" by Nils Petter Molvaer (Kimber has her implants removed)
      "Relax" by Frankie goes to Hollywood (Sean works on Escobar's face)
      "Tion" by Nils Petter Molvaer (Christian arrives at the office and sees the dead police)
      "Phum" by Nils Petter Molvaer (Escobar talks with Sean about a crime committed years ago; Sean finds a corpse)

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


    • When Kimber is with her Scientologist friends, they mention the process of a silent birth, and Kelly Preston having a silent birth with both of her children.

      Scientologists believe that any noise of distress from the mother during childbirth imprints itself onto the child and can cause emotional problems later in life, which is why they recommend a totally silent birth. Kelly Preston is the wife of John Travolta and a follower of Scientology.

    • The mural painted by Marlo for Conor is a rip-off of Henri Rousseau's jungle paintings, specifically 'Le Fevre' (The Dream).