Season 4 Episode 4

Shari Noble

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 26, 2006 on FX



  • Trivia

    • It's revealed the mysterious woman (who kisses Michelle) is named James.

    • Julia tells Sawyer about almost having had an abortion. Julia and Sean were at the abortion clinic in the season 3 episode Joy Kringle.

  • Quotes

    • Sean: (seeing Sawyer's completed mural of Adam and Eve) Your mural is beautiful. A perfect world before the fall.

    • Sawyer: You don't say it out loud but sometimes you must think to yourself that Conor is so imperfect
      Julia: It's not something I like to talk about.
      Sawyer: You have a deformed child, Julia. It's not going to go away just because you don't say it out loud. I just can't help thinking you can't feel all the loving tender things without feeling the painful things too. You can't have one without the other. My mother told me once that she wished she had aborted me. Naturally, I was a pretty angry kid. Not unlike your son.
      Julia: We were at an abortion clinic, Sean and I. Conor was a mistake. We were separated at the time and… we just got lonely. I never knew what happened but we were sitting there and then we just got up and left. We never said it to each other but we knew that this baby was our last hope of making it together. (pause) God forgive me, we should have gone through with it. I wish I had. Sean can't handle it either. Y'know, he acts like he can but he feels the same way I do, I know it. We blew it with our normal healthy child, what hope do we have of doing right by this one?

    • Michelle: Her name is James. She runs a modelling agency and… I'm indebted to her.
      Christian: So indebted you agree to work on her little protégé for free? Hmm? And you let her squeeze your tits. So what's real, Michelle? Was it all lies? Did you go to medical school?
      Michelle: Yes. I did. And James paid for it.
      Christian: In exchange for what? A modelling contract?
      Michelle: In a way.
      Christian: Give me a straight answer, goddamnit!
      Michelle: I was an escort. (pause) I did it for a year and a half and then I couldn't take it anymore, so I quit medical school and then I quit working for her.
      Christian: So when did you meet Burt? Before or after you quit sucking dick for lunch money?
      Michelle: After.
      Christian: And you saw your route and you married him. But now James wants a piece of the action, I get it.
      Michelle: I thought I made my final payment but now she won't let me go or let me forget where I came from. She's a psychopath.
      Christian: So you have a fatal attraction for the good life.
      Michelle: Just like you do. (pause) Please, please don't tell Burt. He doesn't deserve to be hurt. He loves me.

    • (Sean trips after eating the hash brownie)
      Sean: What do you want?
      Escobar: No, my friend. I believe the question is… what do you want? (he grabs Monica's ass and she giggles) I believe you want this. So take off your pants and be a man. I think that's what I would do.
      (Megan O'Hara appears to Sean)
      Megan: It won't turn out well, my love.
      Sean: Megan! Oh God, sometimes I miss you so much.
      Megan: I'm always with you, Sean.
      Escobar: Hey Sean, screw this bitch. She's a dead lady. You got a live one here all ready to go.
      (all three of them watch Monica dancing)
      Megan: She's not what you want.
      Sean: I don't know what I want anymore!
      (Escobar holds out a plate full of red apples to Sean)
      Escobar: Here's what you want. It's called Daddy's Little Helper, from the Tree of Knowledge. Knowledge is power, Sean, and power… is taking that bitch's ass. Come on. (Sean takes an apple from the plate and goes to eat it) That's right, that's my boy. You can do it. Come on. come on. Bite it!
      Megan: (taking the apple from Sean) You're just afraid. Go home. They all need you now.
      Sean: I can't keep being everything to everybody. I can't take the pressure anymore.
      (Sean sees Escobar on the bed having sex with Monica)
      Escobar: Then bust a hard nut, Sean, and relieve the pressure, man.
      Sean: I don't want this! I'm not you!
      Escobar: Ah, Sean, yes you are.
      (Escobar's sex partner changes from Monica to Megan)
      Megan: Is this what you want? Is this who you want to be?
      Escobar: Sean, your baby's a freak. Make her pay for what she did to you. Make God pay for giving you a baby with lobster hands.
      Sean: I love my baby. I love him no matter what.
      (Escobar's sex partner changes from Megan to Julia)
      Julia: Do you still love me, Sean? Or do you blame me for Conor? Is that why you're doing this? To make me pay, to hurt me?
      Sean: I don't want to hurt you. I love you.
      (Sean looks again, the bed is empty; Monica turns to him)
      Monica: I love you too, Sean.

    • (after eating a hash brownie, Sean imagines Escobar Gallardo is in the room)
      Sean: What are you doing here?
      Escobar: Hell was full so I came up to chaperone your ass.

    • Michelle: Liz, I'm so sorry about what happened to you. If you ever need anything, anything at all, don't hesitate to ask.
      (as Michelle leaves, Christian eyes her up; Liz notices this)
      Liz: Careful, Christian. Based on recent events, it should be crystal clear that there is a reason that some fruit is forbidden.

    • (Shari Noble's husband Mark comes to see her when she is in a consult with Christian)
      Mark Noble: I saw an open peanut butter jar by the goddamn bed, Shari. I thought we agreed this wasn't going to happen again.
      Shari Noble: I told you I didn't clean up. I didn't know that you were coming back.
      Mark Noble: So now you just keep it there by the bed in case the spirit moves you? How often? Every night?
      Christian: Sergeant, if your wife's peanut butter addiction is a problem, you'll have to deal with this at home.
      Mark Noble: I'll be done in sixty seconds. (puts his duffel bag on the bed) You know, on our very first date, Shari, as you sat there chattering away, my mind ran through all the things about you that could become a problem for me. As you know, I like to anticipate.
      Shari Noble: You know what you failed to anticipate, Mark? How lonely I would get with you gone months at a time.
      Mark Noble: And I also failed to anticipate that you would turn into a faithless, demented whore who would use peanut butter to seduce your own DOG!
      Shari Noble: What's in your duffel bag, Mark? What did you do?
      Mark Noble: What was I supposed to do? What any man would do to his wife's lover.
      (He tips opens the duffel bag and out falls the dead body of Shari's dog)

    • Monica Wilder: Would you hate me if I told you I wasn't having trouble breathing? What I'm having trouble with is getting you out of my mind. How you touched me.
      Sean: Monica, I'm not… gonna be with you again. I'm married. We both made a mistake.
      Monica Wilder: (taking his hands in hers) People say that eyes that are the windows to a person's soul. I say it's the hands. I love your hands. They're so sensitive and confident. Come see me tonight. You know where I live; you dropped me off.
      Sean: You need to forget about me, Monica.
      Monica Wilder: I can't. I tried. I can't. (she goes to the door) I'll be at home tonight, thinking of your hands on me.

    • Sean: A month's severance, I think that's perfectly fair.
      Sawyer: More than fair. But I'm also entitled to a reasonable explanation.
      Sean: You crossed the line, Marlowe. You fondled my wife's breast. It was right in front of you and you couldn't resist touching it.
      Sawyer: I said reasonable explanation. I was trying to help her milk letdown.
      Sean: Listen, I get it. You're working around vulnerable women in a state of semi-undress, it's gotta be tempting. Especially when you might have some … frustrations in that area
      Sawyer: Meaning I have problems attracting women. Therefore, in my sex-starved state, I couldn't help but cop a feel of your wife's breast? Wow. Too bad. I liked this job. And, strangely enough, I thought you and I were on the same page
      Sean: About what?
      Sawyer: About keeping Julia off of anti-depressants so she can nurse Conor. He needs that from her. But you know what? He's not my kid; he's yours. And about me and the ladies? Between Gilda, she's a dancer with Miami Ballet, and Rosie- buyer for Saks- I get more… (he stops himself) Send Julia my regrets.

    • (James has asked for surgery to be done on Annalise)
      Michelle: And what am I supposed to say to the doctors? They'll take one look at her and say she doesn't need anything at all. They will turn her down. I guarantee it.
      James: (to Annalise) Come here, darling. Let's see if we at least have a case for a chemical peel. (she picks up a marble paperweight from Michelle's desk then smashes Annalise across the face with it, breaking her nose; to Michelle) Does that solve your problem? Put her on the books. Now.

    • (At the offices, Michelle is confronted by the mystery woman from the parking lot- known as James- and one of her 'girls', called Annalise)
      James: Annalise has been sloppy. I'm afraid she's compromised a client. We need to make some changes, don't we, Annalise?
      Michelle: Changes?
      James: Yes. Specifically, a new nose and chin for our girl here. And it needs to happen today.
      Michelle: I don't owe you this. I owe you one last payment and then we are finished.
      James: I don't think you realise what a boon your new business is, pet. For all of us. What's good for me is always the best for you.

    • Liz: They told me I'm gonna be out of commission for four to six weeks.
      Sean: We'll get someone to cover for you. That's not a problem. Take all the time you need.
      Liz: That's not the problem. (she starts to cry) I don't have anyone to take care of me. I don't have anyone.

    • Christian: Here's something to think about when you're nibbling on that swizzle stick. I can munch, dive and go fish better than any girl in this place. Plus I have in my possession a very life-like dildo just in case you decide to get kinky. What d'you say?
      The Girl: First of all, I do the munching. Second of all, you're an asshole.

    • Julia: I think I have post-partum. I told Sean I was considering taking medication. He's against it, of course. I'm just tired of letting people down, especially Conor. He'll be fine on formula. Millions of babies take it.
      Sawyer: Julia, I've been around a lot of mothers with post-partum, and you don't seem like someone whose hormones are running amuck. Can I make an observation? (Julia nods) It just seems to me like you feel… responsible. For all of it. For Conor's condition, everything he's going to have to go through. Who could sit and enjoy the simple act of nursing their baby with all that weight on their shoulders?

    • Liz: What makes you think you got a shot with her?
      Christian: Michelle is the kind of woman who wants to feel like a spider and I'm a helpless little fly caught in her web.
      Liz: Do you think that you could teach me to be as full of shit as you are?
      Christian: I thought lesbians didn't play games. I thought it was all about cuddling and sharing of depilatory cream.
      Liz: Have you been to a lesbian bar lately? There's more gaming going on than a Vegas casino.

    • (Julia is having problems breast-feeding Conor)
      Sean: We need to think about his surgeries, honey. His first one's in three months. Breast-feeding helps him gain the weight he needs so his immune system will be strong. Skin-on-skin contact also makes him secure, so he can handle the stress.
      Julia: Yeah, but what about my stress, Sean? You know, the milk won't flow! I've tried everything! I know you judge me, and you think I'm a bad mother!

    • (Christian moves closer to Michelle)
      Michelle: What are you doing, Christian?
      Christian: I think Oscar Wilde said it best. To get rid of temptation, you need to give in to it. (Christian touches her cleavage; Michelle slaps him hard across the face) Just so you know, sweetie-pie, I'm not in to S&M.
      Michelle: And I'm not in to you.
      Christian: Who do you think you're kidding? You and I both know you spent hours deliberating which dress in your closet best displays that world-class cleavage of yours. (Michelle gets up and gets ready to leave) Since you love being a businesswoman so much, Michelle, let me give you the bottom line. You either get real with me and give in to what we're both feeling, or sell me my business back. Although my nurses might enjoy it, I don't like doing surgery with a hard-on.
      Michelle: If you're uncomfortable with the way I dress, or in fact anything about me at all, Christian, then you're the one who should consider leaving. Cos me and my 'world-class cleavage' ain't going nowhere.

    • Michelle: Y'know, I don't think I ever told you. I went to medical school. I wanted to specialise in reconstructive surgery.
      Christian: But you never finished?
      Michelle: In my second year, my mother was diagnosed with lymphoma and I had to go back and help with the family. But I have no regrets. I'm not exactly the surgeon I dreamt of becoming, but I do own one of the top ten plastic surgery practices in Miami. I have big dreams for this business. Let's make the most of this association.

    • Sean: We've got to talk.
      Christian: I think you pretty much made your point when I was late for Conor's birth. I'm a shallow, insensitive dickwad and a disappointment as a friend.
      Sean: Christian…
      Chrstian: And you're probably right. But this is called the break room. As in, I need one.
      Sean: I want to apologise for being a self-righteous hypocrite. You were right about the night-nurse. I screwed her and I gave her a gratis nose job so she wouldn't say anything to Julia. After Megan, I swore I'd never cheat again. And now I've done just that with somebody I don't even like.
      Christian: Don't be so hard on yourself. Julia's been closed for repairs lately, right? It was a one-time thing. Cut yourself some slack. Just don't do it again.
      Sean: I want to do it again. Badly.
      Christian: (taking Sean's phone) What's her name?
      Sean: Monica.
      Christian: Monica. (deletes her number from the phone) Gone. The little slut's history. Easy as popping a zit, huh? The thing is, Sean, some men can't handle temptation. Some men can.

    • Christian: I won't tell him your secret if you don't tell him mine.
      Michelle: What's your secret?
      Christian: That I made love to his wife before dinner.

    • Michelle: I didn't see any papers of resignation on my desk so I will assume we're back on track.
      Christian: Your chocolate cupcakes are looking very tasty this morning, Michelle.
      Liz: Oh I get it. A straight man mentions sex, it's not sexual harrassment. It's foreplay.

  • Notes

    • First appearance by Robert LaSardo (Escobar) since the season 2 episode "Joan Rivers".

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: December 10, 2008 on TV Nova

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

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

    • Melissa Gilbert (Shari (credited as a "Guest Star")) received the "And" credit.

    • Larry Hagman receives the 'Special Appearance by' credit.

    • Music featured in the episode:
      "Domingo" by Gotan Project (Christian and Michelle drink together and he tries to seduce her)
      "Heaven" by Bitter:Sweet (Christian and Liz talk with each other during a surgery)
      "The mating game" by Bitter:Sweet (Christian gets rejected by the girl at the lesbian bar)
      "Marian" by Nouvelle Vague (The mysterious girl from the lesbian bar seduces Liz)
      "Brother Louie" by The Stories (Christian calls Michelle and asks her to join during the surgery)
      "Obsession" by Animotion (Sean's has visions of Escobar having sex with Megan, Monica and Julia)

  • Allusions

    • Daddy's Little Helper:

      This is an allusion to the Rolling Stones song Mother's Little Helper

    • Liz's being picked up in a bar and ending up with one of her kidneys removed is a depiction of a popular urban legend.

    • The painting by the male nurse hired by Julia in Conor's room refers to Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve are a biblical couple that explained what happened after the creation of man. In the painting, Adam and Eve are holding the forbidden apple with the snake in the background to symbolize the period of time where everything was perfect; before Eve disobeyed God and took a bite from the apple.