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Season 3 Episode 4

Rhea Reynolds

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 11, 2005 on FX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

A woman wants surgery to make her look like her when she was younger, to jog her Alzheimer-stricken husband's memory. Christian and Sean work on another Carver victim, who does not have the same physical attributes as the other victims.

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  • Rhea Reynolds

    It is a one of the better episode of third season
  • Invisible

    "invisible, I feel like i'm invisible..." quién cantaba eso? Por dios! Hitazo de los inolvidables ochenta que define tan bien este episodio. Esos momentos de la vida en que te das cuenta que simplemente dejaste de existir para la otra persona (querida, por cierto). Cuando te das cuenta que sos absolutamente prescindible en esa vida. Que triste... Qué queda por hacer además de resignarse? Hacer lo posible por no tirarse por la ventana, por no volar por unos segundos. ¿Aferrarse eternamente a la esperanza? Jamás de los jamases, al menos no yo.

    Nip/Tuck, Season 3, Episode 4 {Rhea Reynolds}: 8,8. Convertirse en un fantasma.moreless
  • Memories Light the Corner of My Mind

    As much as she sucked, Rhea Reynolds certainly got pulled through the ringer toward the end of this episode. Her surgery scene was terrifying (I had to push mute after a while), and the closing moments were even worse, with The Carver back on the scene and more knife-happy than ever. I was a little confused over the anaesthetic though. Did Christian sabotage it on purpose? Or was it just good ol' fashioned karma that got Rhea?

    K Callan's subplot was extremely moving. While its principal purpose was to parallel Sean's family breakdown, Callan's heartfelt performance and the excellent characterization make it one of Nip/Tuck's all-time best Nip/Tuck surgery stories. You really want Ellie to re-ignite her husband's memory, and the last moments of their story is so painful to watch, as you truly wish for the best. The closing shot of Ellie sitting next to her husband and his "new girlfriend" is just devastating.

    A powerful episode featuring two patients with drastically different stories. This episode effortlessly shows how far Nip/Tuck has come, balancing such a saddening and emotional story with something so violent and screwy.

    Director: Greer Shephard

    Writer: Jennifer Salt

    Rating: Amoreless
  • Christian: (to Liz) "Is this open surgery or open mike night at the lesbian coffee shop?"

    This episode was an excellent exploration of the different ways people handle pain.

    Rhea Reynolds, tired of being invisible and not being noticed, cuts her own face to simulate a Carver attack. I thought straight off the bat that Rhea was way too cheerful when she was discussing her attack, and the minute she referred to her attack as a "miracle" I knew something was up.

    Throwing in a little life lesson about “crying wolf”, Rhea, in a cruel karmic way, learns what real pain feels like when the anesthesia doesn't kick in during her operation and she is able to feel the doctor’s every slice, nip and tuck (pun intended). Rhea’s unfortunate surgery was efficiently appalling, and also provided a nice parallel to Christian’s powerless feeling during his Carver attack (the single tear sliding down her cheek was also a nice callback to his attack).

    I found Matt putting a restraining order against Sean ridiculous, and I couldn't believe when Julia said she wasn't surprised that Matt did it (although she did later redeem herself when she defended Sean to "Frik and Frak".) At least Matt finally rescinded the order in the end, but it still must have been very hard for Sean to hear Matt say that he only did it for Julia, and that he and Sean "are through". Matt is hurting Sean a lot, even pushing him to the point of self mutilation, and Matt doesn't seem to care (Matt: "You're very sad"). I understand Matt's pain, but that doesn't take away from how much I dislike him this season.

    K. Callan as Ellie gave a wonderful, sympathetic and touching performance as a woman loosing her husband to Alzheimer. As someone who has had a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer, it was particularly emotional for me watching Ellie go through it also. It's a nice treat when the doctor's actually get a patient who’s face lift is motivated by more then just self image problems.

    Final Notes and Quotes

    - As if Rhea hadn’t already paid enough for her lie, the episode ended with the Carver, deciding to teach Rhea a lesson of his own, attacking her.

    - I have to wonder, why would Julia tell Matt about when Sean choked her?

    - The Child Protective Services agents infuriated me. They didn't even try and listen to Sean; it was as if they wanted to find something wrong.

    - Outstanding Performance of the Week: The whole cast was excellent this week (like always), but I have to hand it to Dylan Walsh.

    - The Carver: (to Rhea) “I’m going to give you what you’ve been wanting all along. Real pain.”

    Final Rating: Excellent. 4 out of 4 stars.

    - Tim Bronx

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  • possibly one of three best episodes of the series;musically especially.

    Woaaa! Everything about this one was great.The scenes were great,the script was great. music was absolutely the best.

    Classic 70s track \"those were the days\"perfectly summed up the desire of the old woman to be like she used to be so her husband can remember him.The episode hits our emotional state with revealing the new lover of the guy;telling us that nothing stays the same even if you can pay surgents thausands of dolars to make your face so,so we have to do what is right and live...

    And the awake-surgery scene!the track was \"a cry for love\" from black heart procession.perfect choice!PERFECT!lyrics, even the name of the track totally totally defines what is going on on that table,emotionally,physically.and that tear drop coming from her eyes!!aaaargh the hardest scene on nip tuck ever.

    the first surgery with the song from that juliet chick,i dont know the name.And closing with sia\'s \"numb\" everything on this episode was very special.The ending was expected but still shocking.

    Really,one of the greatest nip tuck episodes ever.it has so much to think on.Too much...

K Callan

K Callan

Ellie Harkness

Guest Star

Robin Gammell

Robin Gammell


Guest Star

Christopher Hoffman

Christopher Hoffman

Serving Lawyer

Guest Star

Linda Klein

Linda Klein

Nurse Linda

Recurring Role

Kelsey Lynn Batelaan

Kelsey Lynn Batelaan

Annie McNamara

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Rhea Reynolds claims that she can feel the pain but can't move during the surgery. Under such pain, she will surely sweat a lot and her heart will beat very fast, even unconsciously. All these symptoms should not have been neglected by the doctors.

    • Music:
      "Ride the Pain" by Juliet (First surgery)
      "Those Were the Days" by Susan Lainey (Ellie's pre-surgery facial mapping and played during her surgery with Sean)
      "A Cry For Love" by The Black Heart Procession (Surgery on Rhea Reynolds after her "Carver attack")
      "Numb" by Sia (Sean cuts himself / Liz puts Christian under / Rhea Reynolds is attacked by the Carver)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Quentin: How did the apology go?
      Christian: She's lying, she made the whole thing up. Rhea Reynolds is not a victim of the Carver.
      Quentin: What are you suggesting, her cat did it?

    • Sean: Matt, we've got to talk. We're family, we don't treat each other like criminals.
      Matt: Well, you should have thought about that before you acted like one, or didn't you know it was against the law to beat your children.

    • The Carver: (to Rhea, at the end of the episode) You've made a mess, Rhea. It's alright. Sh.... Don't worry, cos I'm going to give you what you've been wanting all along. Real pain. (raises knife)

    • Sean: (to Ellie Harkness) There's a healing phase. It's crucial. You can't just skip to the good part. Life isn't like that.

    • Rhea Reynolds: You said I used a grapefruit knife, but I didn't. I used a bread knife. And that pain was nothing compared to how I felt on your table. (pause) I couldn't take it any more. Being invisible, like a ghost. I couldn't stand walking into a bar one more time and sitting down and having no-one even look at me. It's not like they think I'm ugly. It's like I'm just not there. That's what really hurts more than anything. So, yeah... cutting my face did hurt. But it also felt so good later on this other level.

    • Liz: I dated a woman who was into self-injury. She said she felt some kind of release afterwards.
      Sean: Release from what?
      Liz: Emotional pain, in her case. Her father was an abusive bastard. Makes a weird poetic kind of sense to me. You treat one kind of pain with another. External injuries are... manageable. I mean, they can be seen and treated. Whereas emotional pain is elusive and shapeless.

    • Sean: My guess it's phantom pain.
      Christian: Who do I see for phantom pain, Ghostbusters?

    • Sean: What's the big deal? What part of you being or having an asshole could shock me?

    • Christian: Is this surgery or open mic night at the lesbian coffee bar?

  • NOTES (3)