Season 3 Episode 12

Sal Perri

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 06, 2005 on FX



  • Trivia

    • One of the few episodes where there's no consult at McNamara/Troy.

    • This is the second time in Nip/Tuck history that Julia is a "surgeon". Interestingly, it was also in episode 12 last season that she was given a chance to "operate" .

    • Quentin is now unemployed, having been fired by Julia, and having left McNamara/Troy last episode.

  • Quotes

    • Natalie Holden: Ma's O-negative. The best part about being a universal donor was that she could never be so broke that she couldn't give something to the needy.

    • Erica: Ericsson defines love as "that which promotes another's growth"
      Julia: Oh! You want to see me grow mother? Get the hell out of my life!

    • (Julia goes back to her apartment and finds Erica sitting on the sofa, waiting for her)
      Erica: Oh, sweetheart. I've been waiting for you all night. I couldn't leave the way things are between us. Did you hear the news? That earlier flight you wanted me on crashed.

    • Quentin: About yesterday... sometimes people misinterpret me until they get to know me.
      Julia: I know you. I know you're someone who can only be big by making others feel small. I know I don't need people like you in my life anymore. And I know you're fired.

    • Sean: You're a remarkable person, Jules. Every time I look at you in there, so capable, strong, not afraid of any of it. You'd have made a much better doctor than I am. I always thought I was the one who could handle anything. Who wasn't afraid to get his hands dirty, could deal with all the shit that's just part of life. I never wanted to know about Matt cos I couldn't live with the truth. I never asked about you and Christian. I couldn't deal with all the questions I'd have to ask about us.
      Julia: You shouldn't be so hard on yourself.
      Sean: There's a reason I'm a plastic surgeon. If something's ugly, I fix it. What's imperfect, I make perfect, wipe away the mess, make it all nice. I couldn't do what these guys do. Life and death. Losing more than you save and moving on to the next, just one after the other. You could. All these years, all through our marriage, I left you to deal with it all. The mess of raising two kids. An unfaithful husband. You could hold it all, the good and the bad, all the greys in between. I'm not the man I thought I was.

    • Julia: (talking to the body identified as Erica) Mother, it's Julia. What I said at the spa, it was only the anger talking. You know that, right? Do you remember... how old was I? About five or six... and you and Daddy had had this big fight and you took me by the hand and you said 'let's go Julia, we're leaving' and we went outside and we just walked for a long time in silence, holding hands. We went to the park... you showed me how to put a blade of grass in between my thumbs and blow on it to make a noise. I laughed and you took my face in your hands and you said 'I love you, little girl' And I squeezed you so tight and I said 'I love you too, Mommy.' And we both knew it was true. Do you remember? Then one day it wasn't true anymore. But I forgive you for not loving me. It's OK. I didn't love you either. I just craved... your approval like it was somehow possible to get. I saved a life tonight, Mother. Well, two lives actually. A stranger's and my own. So it's OK. You can leave now. I don't need you to tell me who I am any more.

    • Kimber: (as Christian operates on a patient at the triage, he imagines her as the patient) Don't be afraid, baby. Death is just the ultimate orgasm of life.

    • Helen Holden: Tell Natalie, if I don't get to see her, that I want to be cremated...
      Julia: Hey, is that any way for a Sox fan to talk?
      Helen Holden: You tell her I had a great life and that she was the best part of it. Tell her not to forget that she is something rare and precious, OK? And that no mother ever loved her daughter more. Can you remember that?
      Julia: For the rest of my life.

    • Natalie Holden: (about her mother) She stood by me when no-one else would. I'd look into her eyes and see myself as she saw me. Smart, successful, beautiful. If someone does that long enough, you begin to believe them.

    • Julia: Your mom's a baseball fan?
      Natalie Holden: Nah. She's just an ex-Catholic who believes God speaks to us through the Red Sox.
      Julia: What's God trying to say?
      Natalie Holden: Miracles happen. Believe in someone enough and they'll surprise you.

    • Quentin: Honey, unless you have an MD after your name, stick to your facials and fluffing pillows and leave the medical procedures to me.
      Julia: Don't call me honey, Quentin. I happen to be your boss.

    • Erica: (to her masseuse) Alana, dear, out of over six hundred muscles in the human body, so far you've only done one.
      Julia: You're excused. (the masseuse leaves)
      Erica: She may be the best in Miami, in New York, she'd be lucky to work at the Y.

    • Erica: Darling, be proud of your spa. Stop looking to me for approval. You shouldn't need it anymore.
      Julia: I don't need it. It's just it would be nice to know what it feels like before either of us dies!

    • Liz: (to Quentin) Wow - and I thought that this (points at patient's posterior) was the largest ass that I'd ever seen.

    • Julia: (to her mother) GET OUT. Get your cold judgemental ass out of my spa, now!

    • Dr. Marcus: (in regards to Julia removing skin from a dead patient) Good job, med school.
      Julia: .....I dropped out.
      Dr. Marcus: That's a damn shame.

    • Sean: I'm not the man I thought I was.

    • Christian: I'm not giving up on you yet, Kimber.

    • Quentin: (to Julia after being fired) You're a bitch.
      Julia: Maybe...but at least I'm not yours.

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