Season 3 Episode 15

Quentin Costa

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



  • Trivia

    • Goof: In the sequence in which Kit is packing her belongings and detailing Quentin (and indeed her own) backstory she can be seen placing the lid on the box she is filling. The scene then cuts to a wide angle and we see Kit place the lid on the box again despite having already done it in the previous shot.

    • Music:
      Santa Maria by Gotan Project (played when Quentin "operates" on Christian and Sean)

    • "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 is the second time Sean is "attacked" by The Carver. Interestingly, it was episode 15 last season as well.

  • Quotes

    • Matt: Do you mind if I crash your party?
      Sean: It's just a boring family dinner.
      Matt: I could use a little boring right now.

    • (as Gina goes into surgery to have her Carver smile repaired)
      Gina: (to Christian) Don't screw this up, asshole. I'm planning to get a book-deal out of this and I don't want to look like the Joker on my dust-jacket.

    • Christian: You won't get away with it, Quentin. Now we know who you are.
      Quentin: Understood. But revealing my identity to you was the only way that I could assure that my message would be taken seriously. Who's going to listen to the ramblings of some psychotic? But the well-thought out philosophy of a highly-trained highly-skilled plastic surgeon? Now, those quotes end up on the front page of the Times. My greatest fear is being relegated to the lunatic fringe. That's why I couldn't let you take all the credit for this, Christian. I am neither a psychotic nor a shallow, mediocre surgeon. I'm an artist.

    • Quentin: If you want to free someone from the prison of their reflection, you need to destroy them physically and sexually. I'm not a Dahmer or Bundy, I don't rape to possess. I rape to enlighten.
      Christian: Like you 'enlightened' Kimber?
      Quentin: Kimber moved me. I had to save her. You turned her into a monster. I fixed her, released her from your gilded cage.

    • Quentin: (to Sean) Tell me what you don't like about yourself. You two are the most irritating stubborn couple of assholes I've ever met. A year ago, I get down to Miami, the Sodom of the south, to make a little statement with the Naomi Gaines girl, and you two had to pull a John Wayne and destroy my beautiful work.

    • (Mr Alderman picks up a pair of garden shears)
      Cherry: Oh, God.
      Mr Alderman:: Would you stop your snivelling. I'm not going to use these on you. That would be barbaric. No, I just wanted to see if they had any rust on them before I trim the privet tomorrow.

    • Kit: Psychologically speaking, you're no different from the Carver.
      Kit: You have a history of standing up to social norms, you have a clear need to exercise power over those around you and you had an access to the medical tools needed to carry out your plan. Tell me, now that I've had my face repaired... don't you just wish you could carve it again?

    • Kit: Yes, Wendy. We spoke to her this afternoon. Cute girl. Bit young for you though. Went back to her husband in case you hadn't heard. Turns out she was straight.
      Liz: Nobody's perfect.
      Kit: That's not the real reason she left you, though, is it, Liz? She told us you used to get a bit carried away in your lovemaking. What was the word she used?... (gets very close to Liz's ear) vigorous. Had a bit of a power issue, did we?
      Liz: Yeah, well, someone in this room has a power issue, that's for sure.

    • (during the interrogation, Kit brings up about Liz's frequent visits to sperm banks)
      Liz: Look, I know this sounds weird, but we were using all of this as an ingredient in a face cream.
      Kit: That's so stupefyingly bizarre it's almost worth entertaining the thought.

    • Kit: I just want to know what it's like for someone like you. An out lesbian working in a male-dominated field helping women stuff their bodies with silicone? Holding strong to those feminist beliefs must be awfully frustrating at times.
      Liz: Let me save you the trouble, OK? I am not some bitter femmy Nazi trying to get back at the world. And I certainly didn't carve my bosses as payback for who they are. And beauty is not a curse, it's a commodity. And I've never had any illusions about what I do.

    • Quentin: So if I told you that I was born without a penis, that would have made everything OK, right?
      Christian: You mean some twink didn't bite it off during a lover's spat?

    • (whilst investigating the sorority house where the Carver attacked nine girls in one night)
      Kit: Serial criminals like the Carver are creatures of habit. They're obsessive-compulsive. When they break protocol like this, it means they're getting desperate. That's when we catch them. It's always darkest before the dawn.

    • Kit: (to Sean and Christian) No child who's experienced what Quentin experienced can be expected to grow up sane. The physical deformities he endured, abandoned by his parents, placed in a convent.

    • Quentin: I would say I was downright magnanimous with you Sean in your bathroom. If you had just listened to me, I might not have had the need to escalate things, and pop Christian's cherry.
      Christian: Bullshit. You're just a freaking eunuch who needs to rape people with a strap-on to make yourself feel like a man!

    • Quentin: What do you call a plastic surgeon with no thumbs? Homeless.

    • Quentin: A Doctor's work is never done.

    • Sean: How can you do this to people, Quentin? You're a Physician.
      Quentin: Exactly. And I came to this city of flesh to heal it. To free it from the tyranny of beauty. To save it, body and soul, from the grotesque unnecessary face-lifts, and ridiculous calf implants. You two wouldn't let me be. I have to admit, I took it very personally.
      Christian: You should have taken it personally, you sack of shit! Do you think we were going to let people walk around scarred for the rest of their lives?

    • Mr. Alderman: (to Matt and Cherry) See, I just can't figure out which one the girl is in this relationship and which one is the man. Or do you take turns?

    • Quentin: (to Christian) How manly did you feel when I was boning your tight, white ass, pretty boy?

  • Notes

    • For this entire season, the show was nominated for the 2006 Saturn Award for Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series, and, for the 2006 CDG (Costumes Designers Guild) Award for Outstanding Costume Design For Television Series-Contemporary.

    • For this entire season, Julian McMahon (Christian) was nominated for the 2006 Saturn Award for Best Actor On Television.

    • International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: November 12, 2008 on TV Nova

    • Eryn Krueger Mekash, Stephanie A. Fowler, Debbie Zoller and Michele Tyminski were nominated for the 2006 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic)" for this episode.

    • This is Nip/Tuck and FX's highest rated episode in their history with a whopping 5.3 million viewers.

    • 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.

    • This episode aired alongside 3.14 on FX as part of a special 2 hour Finale.

    • Kelly Carlson who plays Kimber Henry does not appear in this episode.

  • Allusions

    • Gina: "I'm planning on getting a book deal out of this, and i don't want to look like the Joker on my dustcover."

      The Joker is a fictional character from the DC universe that has a permanent grin on his face reminiscent of the carver victims.

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