Nip/Tuck

Season 2 Episode 15

Sean McNamara

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 28, 2004 on FX
9.3
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Beauty is a curse on the world. It keeps us from seeing who the real monsters are. Another victim of the Carver shows up to have his face fixed - this time it is a male, who was both raped and carved. They agree to fix him. A local news station does an interview with Sean about the pro bono work on Carver victims. The Carver finds his way into Sean's home. After Sean gets out of the shower, the Carver drugs him up and has a conversation with him. He slices his right cheek, and tells him that if he fixes another one of his "masterpieces", he is going to kill him. Julia helps him recover, and Sean tries to win her back - but she reminds him that she is happy with Kevin. Meanwhile, Gina tells Christian that she is HIV positive, meaning that Christian may be also. He calls his past lovers, including Manya, Erica, and Grace. He visits Kimber on the set of a porn movie, which she is directing. She tells him that she got tested quite recently because she's in the business, and that she's clean, which slightly relieves Christian. He has one more call to make - James and Wilbur (now known as Gabriel). They both come to visit, and Christian becomes very emotional. Christian's tests come back negative, and he visits Gina in the hospital with the good news. He lies down next to her in her hospital bed after a heartwarming conversation, and they fall asleep together.moreless

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  • Still Loving You

    9.0
    Time, it needs time

    To win back your love again

    I will be there, I will be there

    Love, only love

    Can bring back your love someday

    I will be there, I will be there



    I'll fight, babe, I'll fight

    To win back your love again

    I will be there, I will be there

    Love, only love

    Can break down the wall someday

    I will be there, I will be there



    If we'd go again

    All the way from the start

    I would try to change

    The things that killed our love

    Your pride has built a wall, so strong

    That I can't get through

    Is there really no chance

    To start once again

    I'm loving you



    Try, baby try

    To trust in my love again

    I will be there, I will be there

    Love, our love

    Just shouldn't be thrown away

    I will be there, I will be there



    If we'd go again

    All the way from the start

    I would try to change

    The things that killed our love

    Yes, I've hurt your pride, and I know

    What you've been through

    You should give me a chance

    This can't be the end

    I'm still loving you

    I'm still loving you, I need your love

    I'm still loving you Scorpions, Still Loving Youmoreless
  • Emergency AIDs

    8.8
    The sight of Gina slowly rotting away in a hospital bed was so sad. She's a terrible woman, but nobody deserves to go through the suffering of HIV, even when she took so many risks with her crazy sex life. Avoiding any preachy dialogue, the writers instead concentrate on the effect it has on Christian, and specifically how he'd feel if Wilber was revealed to be infected. Something like HIV could affect so many people, and just the scene of Christian repeatedly telling his past conquests to "stop crying" makes you want to rush out to your nearest pharmacy.



    Watching season two for the second time, I'm surprised at how much I disliked The Carver storyline in this episode. First time round, I was obsessed with it, but watching it back again on DVD made me realize how out-of-place some of it was on this show. While the shot of The Carver suddenly appearing behind Sean in the shower and any appearance of that terrifying mask is still effective, as a whole the story seems so different for this show, which rarely goes into such a dark, violent place.



    Elsewhere, Kimber seems to have moved up in the world and is now directing porno movies. I loved that one of the nurses was called Kimberly. And you can totally see Sean and Julia are close to reconciling. Maybe The Carver's attack made him realize what a tool he had been...



    Outside of the Gina storyline, the rest of Sean McNamara wasn't that great. The Carver was an awesome bad guy first time round but, in retrospect, just didn't suit this show.



    Director: Michael M Robin

    Writer: Brad Falchuk

    Rating: B+moreless
  • he Carver: "Beauty is a curse on the world. It keeps us from seeing who the real monsters are."

    8.0
    he Carver, who was introduced in "Naomi Gaines”, is back again and causing mayhem. Furious at Sean and Christian for fixing his "art", he warns Sean to stop in one of the creepiest scenes on television. Wow, if you thought the doctors were mixed up with some bad business last season with Escobar, you will have no idea what hit you with the Carver. Escobar now seems like easy business compared to this faceless sinister monster. I thought it was very noble of Sean to keep working on the Carver's victims despite the Carver’s warning; it shows a good amount of character growth. Two years ago I don't think he would have had the guts to do it, but after Escobar and everything else he's been through Sean's gotten braver. Sean isn't going to let the Carver scare him from doing, what he feels, is his moral obligation to fix his victims. Gina returned this week and delivered an emotional scare, as it was revealed she contracted HIV around a year ago. I was really glad Gina hadn't passed down the HIV to Wilbur, and even relieved Christian didn't have it (although it probably would have positively helped change his views about sex). Gina was much more sympathetic this week then usual. I really felt bad for her as she lay on her death bed, crying that she didn't want to die alone. It says a lot about Gina that Christian's the only friend she has, and as much as Gina puts on a cold hard exterior she's really vulnerable and lonely on the inside. Gina’s situation was also a mirror in to what Christian could be like in the future. Their lifestyles really are so similar and all the bridges Gina has destroyed are the bridges Christian jeopardizes every day with his practice and with his friends. I was glad Christian came through for her in the end, the final scene between the two of them was touching, and I hope Christian has learned a valuable lesson from Gina about the value of his relationships with Sean and Julia. It looks like Sean and Julia's split has helped develop a better relationship between the two. They are communicating better now then ever before. Sean told Julia how much he respects her and Julia revealed to Sean that she no longer is embarrassed by his profession; she's extremely proud of what he's doing. I could really see the chemistry between the two of them in this episode, and I now more then ever want Julia to dump the zennis coach so she can rekindle a relationship with Sean. Final Notes and Quotes - It looks like the Carver is beginning to become a major plotline. Who is the Carver? Is it someone we already know? The police officer said he broke in through Matt's window, so could it be Matt? - We were introduced to Dr. Quentin Costa today, who helped operate on Sean during his surgery. - I just noticed that all three of our main characters have had an episode named after them this season. - Update on Naomi Gaines: Her physical scars have healed, and she just booked a cover on SELF. - Wasn't that Andrea Hall as the reporter interviewing Sean? I like her. It'd be nice if she became a recurring character. - James: "You shun your responsibility for one night, and you're caught in the wake forever." - Wilbur certainly has grown a lot since we last saw him. Christian dealt better with seeing him then I thought he would (he didn't become too attached). - I'm not even going to go into how Liz was absent again during a big surgery. - Whoever designed that Carver mask did a good job; just looking at it creeps me out. - Outstanding Performance of the Week: Jessalyn Gilsig (Gina) did an excellent job this week. - Sean: (to Julia) "No matter how much you hurt me, or how disconnected we are, I still crave your respect. I did when I was in school, just starting the business. Now, it’s still what lifts me up." Final Rating: 3 out of 4 stars. - Tim Bronxmoreless
  • omg!!!! the carver got sean!!!

    10
    this was one of the craziest episodes!!! you get to hear a bit more from the carver when hes talking to sean who i cant believe got off so easily. just one cut. any ways, the carver. hella scary. i dont know what seans gonna do, hes being threatened with his life if he doesnt stop fixing the carver vicims but i think sean will step it up and do it anyways. i think hes going to fight back and show the carver whats coming to him. i cant wait to watch the next episodes, i love this show. its the best show ever put on tv.moreless
  • Cursed Written by Brad Falchuk Directed by Michael M. Robin

    9.0
    The Carver (to Sean): “Beauty is a curse on the world. It keeps us from seeing who the real monsters are”.



    Gee, thanks asshole. Talk about a frickin’ introduction or what? After the first mention of this pest in “Naomi Gaines”, The Carver plot had taken a backseat for nearly half the season but the procrastination is more than rewarded when the feared serial slasher has victim lining up to be repaired by Sean (who is generating press of his own because he’s repairing the victims scars. It was great to get Andrea Hall back in though).



    Even more unexpected is The Carver’s attack on Sean. There was a large aspect to Sean being watched in the shower prior to his attack but this guy is already proving to be a powerful threat. The effects of the drug used on Sean even looked effective, I had to turn away at one point (before turning back to see the slice). It was great to get a scene with him, Christian and Julia together and I loved how both Christian and Julia got to show their love and concern for Sean. Neither of them wanted him to operate on the next victim of The Carver, though they both knew he was going to anyway.



    Christian was particularly delightful – showing all brotherly concern and attention to Sean’s plight. He even told Quentin to treat Sean’s operation with the most care. Quentin was quite an intriguing guest character this week. He openly admired both Sean and Christian, yet threw in a desire to work with them. Getting back on track though, it’s nice to see Sean and Christian’s brotherly on the repair. If ever there was a time Sean needed Christian, it was now but if I were Sean, I’d be extra careful of this knife happy new foe.



    If Sean’s bonding with Christian was great, then his civility with Julia is superb. Since the previous episode it’s been neatly documented that Sean wants Julia back and following his attack, we got the kind of scenes between them that would make you root for a reunion. Never have I seen these two so honest and kind with one another. Julia admitting some previous shame she had with Sean’s profession was interesting; although I’m glad she sees the benefits of being a plastic surgeon now. Sean took this well but he still hurt like hell when she refused to move back in with him and told him she wasn’t alone and a part of him looked a little miffed when she mistook Quentin’s handiwork for Christian’s. I’m not really sure what to make of Julia’s new boyfriend though. He seems okay but that’s really it. Maybe he could be The Carver. No that would be stretching it a bit.



    Getting away from The Carver plot, the B-plot of the week is equally gripping as Gina returns and after her usual “hey asshole” greeting we soon learn she’s HIV positive. Christian’s horrified by her latest bombshell and although he didn’t mind being a sounding booth for Sean, he wasn’t keen to open up himself until pushed. Gina has caused Christian so much grief from the start but no one deserves to be HIV positive. The primary concern (more important than Christian’s harem of conquests) were Wilbur and James, who luckily enough tested negative (so did Kimber in an earlier scene, a really good one too between her and Christian). As always, it’s great to see these two and it’s further heightened when James encourages Christian to forgive Gina. Christian visits her in the hospital and because ever now and then, hell freezes over, him and Gina have one of the heartfelt interactions ever on this show. It was that good, I nearly cried. No, seriously, it was that good.



    Also in “Sean McNamara”



    Carver victims/Patients: Mr Rourke, a male model, an unidentified woman and after Sean’s attack, a prom queen. Outside of The Carver, backside melanoma patient Gwen Camden who Christian also had sex with.



    Christian: “You’re poison, Gina. Everything you touch gets infected with your special brand of misery”

    Gina: “The way I see it asshole we are a match made in hell. The only difference between you and me is I take responsibility for my mistakes”.



    Christian (re HIV): “The media have just decided the stories of the living are better than the ones of the dying. They don’t talk about the side effects of the cocktail”.



    I noticed a couple of the women in Christian’s diary are ones we haven’t seen – Betsy, Ralyn and Kelly Appleton. Erica also acted rather erratic over the phone with Christian when told to get tested.



    Julia (re Sean): “He looks good”

    Kevin: “Makeup and a little Vaseline on the lens and hell, my dog looks like Demi”.



    Kimber (to Fantasia): “This blow job is not to get him off; it’s to get him to love you. Oh and take your tits out sooner”.



    No Matt, Ava, Adrian or Liz this week. I actually didn’t miss them too much for once.



    The Carver (to Sean): “You’re the monster carving what’s beautiful and real out of life”.



    Christian: “Having someone else working on Sean’s face is like having another man sleep with my wife”

    Quentin: “I promise I’ll be gentle”.



    Few questions: How old is Wilbur now? Is Julia working now she and Sean are separated and is Christian going to pay for Gina’s health insurance? It certainly looks like it. Also what was up with the excessive seguing tonight?



    Gina (to Christian): “It’s not that I burn bridges I just never build them. I don’t want to die alone”.



    Standout music: “Lucky With Disease” by Elbow and “Take Me Home” by Aqualung.



    Talk about a truly electrifying set piece! “Sean McNamara” is a character led, shock fest that delivers from start to finish. The Carver plot is further ingrained into viewers’ consciousness; it’s hard not to be gripped. I’m hoping the finale is as half as good.





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Colin Egglesfield

Colin Egglesfield

Young Sean McNamara

Guest Star

Mimi Karsh

Mimi Karsh

Female Carver Victim

Guest Star

Mary Page Keller

Mary Page Keller

Andrea Hall

Guest Star

Kelly Carlson

Kelly Carlson

Kimber Henry

Recurring Role

Jessalyn Gilsig

Jessalyn Gilsig

Gina Russo

Recurring Role

Bruno Campos

Bruno Campos

Dr. Quentin Costa

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In the scene where Sean is interviewed, we can clearly see that he is sitting in his office with the aquarium right behind him. But in one shot where you can see the cameraman, the aquarium disappears, what's behind Sean is a white wall.

    • Goof: When the porn nurse goes down on her companion, you hear a zipper sound effect. But in the wide shot you can see the man is wearing baggy hospital scrubs, nothing with a zipper.

    • Featured Music:

      "You In My Hut Now" by The Jungle Brothers (Christian having sex with Gwen Camden in his office)
      "Lucky With Disease" by Elbow (Sean's facial reconstructive surgery/Christian greeting Wilbur and James at his door)
      "Take Me Home" by Aqualung (Sean with Julia in his bedroom post 'Carver' attack/Sean operating on the 'Carver's' latest homecoming-queen victim)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Christian: Remember when we first gave him a Cheerio? It was like he ate an "O" shaped piece of heaven.

    • Christian: You're like herpes. Every time I feel like I'm getting my life back, I have a Gina outbreak. What do you want from me?

    • Kimber: This blowjob is not to get him off...it's to make him love you. Oh, and take out your tits sooner.

    • The Carver: Amazing drug, isn't it? It's a rarefied form of metachurine chloride. They use it on violent psych patients...causes a kind of 'waking coma'...should wear off in a few minutes...mmm....it's like a plane crash though...a few minutes away to hit the ground can feel like a lifetime. Awful feeling...being totally helpless...having no control...that's how most people spend their lives...slaves to the tyranny of beauty...carb counting, kick-boxing and chemical peels. I'm rescuing them from all that...and you are destroying...my...work. They call me the 'Carver'. You're the 'Carver'. Fifty noses all the same. A thousand flawless breasts. You're the monster carving what's beautiful and real out of life.

      The Carver: Beauty is a curse on the world. It keeps us from seeing who the real monsters are.

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