Nip/Tuck

Season 4 Episode 13

Reefer

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 28, 2006 on FX

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  • Trivia

    • Sean asks Merrily if she knew Marlowe. Debbie Lee Carrington (Merrily) & Peter Dinklage (Marlowe) appeared together in "Tiptoes".

    • At the beginning of the episode, Christian mentions Sean has 'a gift from Diana Lubey', the patient played by Catherine Deneuve in the previous episode- also entitled Diana Lubey- who asked for ashes to be placed into her breast implants.

  • Quotes

    • Chiyo: (over the phone to James, in French) That's the thing about expectations. They can so easily become disappointments.

    • (Michelle enters the operating room to find Reefer's body, harvested of most vital organs)
      Michelle: Oh my God. What have you done?
      James: Such shock. Surely in med school, you must have encountered a cadaver or two.
      Michelle: What kind of monster are you? This was a human being!
      James: He had no family or friends. His only skill was drinking. At least we gave him an opportunity to contribute something to society. And contribute he did.

    • James: (drinks a glass of champagne) It's perfection. Makes life worth living. Takes the sting out of being away from one's family and one's friends.
      Reefer: I don't have any. Except a daughter. Far as she's concerned, I'm dead.
      James: That is so sad. Well, we'll be each other's family this Christmas Eve. Shall we? After all, we're all alone. Just the two of us. Even the night nurse has gone. I'm James.
      Reefer: That's a man's name.
      James: In French, 'J'aime' means 'I love'.
      Reefer: Reefer
      James: Well that's the same in any language, isn't it?

    • Sean: Look, I don't know what your plans are tomorrow, but if you'd like to stop by my place, have a bite to eat. (gives Reefer his card) This is my address. I'll give you a couple of suits, if you don't mind brown Brooks Brothers.
      Reefer: Beggars can't be choosers.
      Sean: You're not a beggar.
      Reefer: You're not an asshole.

    • (On the beach, Sean hands Reefer a bottle of alcohol; he throws it into the sea)
      Sean: Hey! What the hell are you doing?
      Reefer: What the hell are you doing?
      Sean: Pain's pain, remember?
      Reefer: You wanna come down here in the hole with me? 'Cos right now, you're just circling the rim. If you fall down, you'll find the walls are so steep, you'll never get out.
      Sean: This is where I want to be. Where it's so dark nobody knows who you are or what you've become.
      Reefer: I know. You're just going through the dark night of the soul, but you've still got a light in you. You gotta hang on to that.

    • Little Girl: And I want a big chocolate cake with chocolate bunnies and a whole house made of chocolate chocolate chip.
      Sean (as Santa): Great. You want Santa to bring you diabetes, is that it?

    • Sean: (to Merrily, who is a dwarf) Hey, do you know Marlowe?
      Merrily: Marlowe? Which elf is he?
      Sean: He was my wife's elf. I thought maybe you all knew each other.
      (Sean stumbles drunkenly as he gets up)
      Merrily: Looks like Santa needs a little hand.
      Sean: Are you a friend of Poppy's? You know, lesbian?
      Merrily: (laughs) I've been known to dabble. But every now and then, Santa's Helper enjoys a good North Pole, if you know what I mean! (grabs Sean's belt)
      Sean: Why, you little ho ho ho!

    • Sean: I would have been there for you. If you'd just lost your wife and kids, I wouldn't be flying to Moscow with my fiancée over Christmas on an impulse!
      Christian: We're not going anymore. We're staying put with Wilbur. Look, it's all so new, you know. We need to stay together as a family, to bond. You know what it's like.
      Sean: Yeah, I know what it's like. I had a family once. You were part of it. Pretty stupid of me to think that I'd be a part of yours.

    • James: Did you know that a dog chases his tail when he finds himself in a dilemma he can't resolve?
      Michelle: You can't stay here anymore, James.
      James: It's pointless behaviour, of course. They just can't help themselves. They just have to keep trying.
      Michelle: You have to listen to me.
      James: Or? You'll what? Tell the authorities? I don't think so. You have way too much to lose. Why don't you just put up with this tiny inconvenience until I fill my Christmas quota?
      Michelle: Christmas is going to have to come early this year, James. McNamara/Troy is now under FBI surveillance, twenty-four hours a day. There's agents outside the entrance until they set the cameras up. So stay as long as you like, just make sure they get your good side. (goes to leave)
      James: Michelle! (Michelle turns round) Thank you for warning me. That was generous of you. I would like to think that your decision to tell me indicated you still have some… warm feelings for me.
      Michelle: Think whatever you like. You'd just be chasing your tail.

    • FBI Agent: Any idea why Escobar Gallardo would be sending you a ham as a Christmas present?
      Sean: Not a clue.
      Liz: Because he wants to slaughter us like pigs?

    • Mrs. Hickock: For Christmas this year, I've decided to ask Santa for a killer orgasm. And a new wardrobe.
      Sean: I see. Well, since I'm not a couturier, I assume you're here for a G-spot amplification.
      Mrs. Hickock: If that's where you inject restalin into my cooch and I come like a house on fire, then yeah.

    • Michelle: (as she and Christian decorate a Christmas tree) My sister and I used to make our own decorations. Popcorn, cotton balls for snow. Sometimes we'd take the tops off aluminum cans and punch holes through them, so the light could shine through.
      Christian: From cans to crystals. You've come quite a long way, baby.
      Michelle: I know, but I sorta miss making something from nothing, y'know? And the tree. We would wait til the last minute; pick up the bargain leftover. Sometimes the branches were half dead, but at least it was real.
      Christian: So is this. (kisses her)

    • Reefer: (introducing himself to Sean) My name is Reefer. (off his look) Oh, it's not what you think. I was a surfer when I was young, and the name just sort of stuck, for other reasons.
      Sean: I knew something smelled like my old dorm room.

    • Christian: Look at you, you're such a big boy. You probably don't remember me but I remember you when you back when you were a little teeny teeny little baby.
      Wilbur: Daddy!
      Christian: Oh yes I am your Daddy. (hugs Wilbur, crying softly) We're gonna have so much fun together, you know that? I'm gonna take real good care of you, I promise.

    • Christian: What the hell do you think you're doing?
      Sean: I don't know what you're talking about.
      Christian: (picking up coffee mug and smelling it) Hmm…do you want to lose your license?
      Sean: No…then again, I didn't want to lose my family either, but here I am. This seems to be the only friend I can count on for comfort.
      Christian: I didn't realize you were in such a bad state.
      Sean: Because you live in a remote little country called Christianland!

    • Christian: I am rejoicing for unto us a child has been born.
      Sean: Did I miss something? You don't even believe in God.
      Christian: I do now. Guess what? I inherited Wilbur. I know, I know it's a long story I'll explain later. But, my son is back. Isn't that cool?

    • Sean: Here's a five ok?
      Reefer: Doc, when a man can afford to look that good, it is a sin to walk around in anything less. Now what did you do with all that Brooks Brothers shit?
      Sean: Forget it. We both know if I give you a suit you'll sell it for a week's supply of Jack.
      Reefer: Hey asshole? You think Jesus loves you more just 'cause you got money?
      Sean: No. You think Jesus loves you more because you don't? You want to believe there's virtue in your poverty that's fine, but don't accuse me of being an asshole because I'm rich. I'm not gonna apologize for it. I earned it ok?! If it weren't for a lifetime of hard work and sacrifice I wouldn't' be where I am today.
      Reefer: That's alright doc. Clothes don't make the man andymore than this does. Pain is pain right?
      Sean: Who says I'm in pain?
      Reefer: Man, I'm drunk, not blind.

    • Sean: (to Reefer after tending to his wounds) I think you're good to go.
      Reefer: What about you?
      Sean: I think I'm good to go too.

    • Reefer: (to Sean) My HMO doesn't cover Bum Fights.

    • Caroline to Sean: "I've had enough orgasms for one lifetime and two vaginas, you're lucky it's Christmas!"

    • Sean (as Santa): (to young boy on his lap) Is that your Mom? She's got nice tits!

    • Poppy: (speaking about Wilbur) Wow, that kid is gonna need a shitload of therapy!

    • Christian: (to Poppy and Liz) What is this? The Dynamic Dyke Duo?

  • Notes

    • Charles Haid (Reefer) has also directed many episodes of the show.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: February 25, 2009 on TV Nova

    • Although listed in the opening credits, Kelly Carlson and Joely Richardson do not appear in this episode.

    • Music featured in the episode:
      "It's the most wonderful time of the year" by Andy Williams (Sean and Matt make Christmas shopping)
      "Joy to the world" by Stephen Metcalf (Sean performs surgery on Caroline)
      "Sunshine Christmas" by Billy Paul Williams (Sean meets Reefer on his way to the office)
      "Santa baby" by Eartha Kitt (Sean performs surgery on a Santa Claus whose boots melted to the skin)
      "The Chipmunk song (Christmas don't be late)" by The Chipmunks (Sean plays Santa for the children at the mall)
      "Up on the housetop" by The Chipmunks (Christian surprises Sean having sex with Merrily)
      "Silent night" by Otto Sieben (James has a phone conversation with Chiyo about Sean and Reefer being the only people who will be in recovery during Christmas Eve)
      "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," traditional, sung by Jacqueline Bisset as James while the drugs she gave to Reefer take effect.
      "The little drummer boy" by Harry Simeone Chorale (Michelle and James dispose of Reefer's body after his organs have been removed)

    • Jacqueline Bisset (James), Alanis Morissette (Poppy) and Sanaa Lathan (Michelle) were credited as "Special Guest Stars". At the same time, Lathan received the "And" credit.

    • Charles Haid (Reefer (receiving the "Guest Starring")) received the "And" credit.

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