Season 2 Episode 14

Trudy Nye

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 21, 2004 on FX
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Sean and Christian repair the face of a woman abused by her husband; Sean and Julia confront Ava about her relationship with her son Adrian.

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  • Incest/Bad Guy

    Ava tiene relaciones con su hijo adoptivo. Reflexionemos acerca de esto: quién podría hacer algo así? Cualquiera en las condiciones a las que Ava fue sometida (piénsenlo como una víctima del universo que le tocó vivir, las cosas que le pasaron en la infancia, en la adolescencia, en su vida sexual y sentimental, etc.).

    Christian deja de una forma no muy agradable a su novia ciega: no puede evitar mostrarse ante el mundo como un mal hombre, escondiendo inexplicablemente (también podríamos aplicar el criterio que utilizamos para comprender a Ava) su lado amable y tierno. Mala actitud la del ex preso que golpea a su mujer y la de ella que lo perdona una y otra vez...moreless
  • Changing Lines

    Famke Janssen gives another amazing performance. Despite knowing that Ava is a demanding, manipulative, lying, soul-destroying, family-wrecking, incestuous hag, Famke's performance still makes her somehow sympathetic. It almost makes my skin crawl to admit that, but her last scene with Matt really got to me. I'm not surprised so many people are drawn to her. As sympathetic as Ava is, it's nothing compared to Adrian, who is just a tragic example of what abuse can do to somebody. His life is a mess in almost every way possible, and because of Ava's actions, his abilities to connect with people and how to treat those around him is completely screwed up. It's so sad, knowing what one woman did to him.

    I don't know how anybody could not love the relationship between Christian and Natasha. This episode showed both the humorous and heartbreaking elements to their coupling, with the sad but kinda funny opening with Natasha completely unaware that Christian's car is being taken apart while she's inside, and then later when Christian dumps her. Rebecca Gayheart's sincere and endearing performance didn't make the scene any easier on the audience either. Christian couldn't stand that Natasha was so blind to all his bad qualities, and realized she deserves someone better. The only way he could really send her packing was to be as cruel as possible, and while it was completely devastating for both Natasha and the viewer, it had to be done.

    Kimber continues to crack me up. I loved her surgery this episode, getting her "love lines" surgically placed together, as apparently that'll mean she won't suffer a romantic tragedy in her life anymore. It's something so showbiz and ridiculous, you just have to love this girl.

    The Trudy Nye story was really tragic. She's one of those women that constantly blame themselves for their husband's violence, and it's so sad to see Trudy keep going back to him. While it's a little more extreme in this case with the issue of child murder, I thought the writers did well with the story, and I liked how Christian brought up his childhood, and how any type of abuse still affects him. It's ironic that Trudy's full name features the word "deny", since that's essentially what she's done all her life.

    An excellent episode with several heartbreaking storylines running all at once. Episodes like this really show what an amazing series Nip/Tuck is. Superficially it's nothing but trashy entertainment, but some people fail to realize how deeply moving and well-written it is beneath the surface.

    Director: Elodie Keene

    Writer: Hank Chilton

    Rating: A+moreless
  • Adrian: (to Ava) "You treat me like a dog. One day you hand me scraps from the table, and the next you lock me in the basement! You're the goddamn mother of the year!"moreless

    The Moore family's twisted secrets have finally been revealed today. Ava should have known Adrian would blab about their relationship (he had no problem awkwardly sharing with Julia Ava's relationship with Matt), and it didn’t come as much of a surprise when Adrian revealed to Julia the truth during zennis lessons (A Zen like approach to tennis. I love saying that word, zennis, zennis, zennis). I loved seeing Julia and Sean team up to take Ava down, and the explosive confrontation between them was one of the highlights of the episode. Man, does Ava have some serious guts though or what. She blatalantly lied about her relationship with Adrian, and she didn't even blush or appear nervous when Adrian yelled at her and discussed their sexual relationship in front of the McNamaras. After all this, one would think that Matt would finally get the hell out of there, but Ava somehow has managed to real him back into her manipulative web again. Sean and Julia are really going to have to start taking drastic actions if they want to get their son back. Christian's been way too sympathetic this season, and it was only a matter of time before he returned to form. Christian was unnecessarily cruel in the manner he broke up with Natasha in tonight’s episode. There was no reason for him to throw in her face her disability, saying he’d grown tired and impatient of nurturing her. It really is a shame what he did, because Natasha really was one of the best girls Christian’s dated, and it’s just unfortunate that her intelligence and quality scared him out of a relationship with her. While I do think Natasha is too good for Christian, there was no reason for why he had break things off in such a harsh manner. The scene was effectively emotional though, and I really felt for Natasha. Final Notes and Quotes - I hope Natasha doesn't let Christian's behavior keep her down. Hell, I would take a girl like Natasha any day. - I was really glad that Sean finally saw the light on Kimber's superficiality. She never was right for him, and Christian actually was on target when he said Sean belongs with somebody like Julia. - Big reveal of tonight's episode: Adrian isn't really Ava's son; she adopted him when he was child. While it does take away some of the incestuous blows, it still doesn't take away from the fact that Ava’s a child molester. - Your relationship with one of your closest friends has been on the rocks lately, what do you do? Well apparently if you're Christian you sleep with his girlfriend. Christian was lucky Sean interpreted the act as Christian giving Sean a reason/way to break up with Kimber. - Main patient of the week was Trudy Nye: a woman abused by her husband sixteen years ago. Trudy immediately returns to her husband when he is released from jail, even though he continues his abusive behavior. Trudy knows their relationship is wrong but she just can’t help herself. Sort of like Matt with Ava. - Nightmare (video store clerk): "Avoid Britney Spears in Crossroads at all cost. It's been known to cost spontaneous combustion."

    I don't know about the combustion part, but let me tell you that’s some solid advice right there. I wish someone had given me a warning before I checked it out. - Outstanding Performance of the Week: Famke Janssen stole the show. - No Liz today. Her absences are always so glaringly obvious whenever Sean and Christian perform a surgery. What’s up with the producers only having her in every other episode? - Christian: "I keep on putting myself in situations where I should be broken up with but nobody will cut me loose."

    Natasha: "Because we see the good fighting the dark." Final Rating: Another slam dunk. 3 out of 4 stars. - Tim Bronxmoreless
  • We find a lot..

    Christian begins to get himself crazy when he is confronted by Natasha that is convinced that he is a really good man, but Christian tells her that he would never get to be as great as she is, and that makes Christian to take out all his rage against her. Sean and Julia confront Ava after they learn that she has been having sex with her own son, Adrian, and when Adrian shouts at Sean and Julia about that is truth the fact that he has been having sex with his own mother, Ava tells them that Adrian is not her real son and that she thinks that Matt is sick, and that causes Matt to lose his trust in her, but still make out again. Meanwhile, Sean and Christian begin to operate a woman that have been hit by his husband.moreless
  • its deffinatly differnt and pack with little stories..

    dr.troy gets rims and the front of his car stolen. christian sleeps with the blind women he's dating but is so turned off by her eyes not being in. then kimber wants her love lines longer and during sex sean agrees to it. sean still wants his "X"wife. shes go on a date with a guy from zennis. christian take out sitches from the love lines and then dose him. sean walks in on it and this that christian purposally did it since he wanted to dump her anyway. the find out matts g/f is having sex with her son to. and ava matt's g/f really isn't adrians mom. Adrian runs away. christian breaks up with the blind women(hes a total butt about it too)... matt trys to pack and leave from ava but she charms him and they are of course back together.moreless
Andrew Borba

Andrew Borba

Stan Nye

Guest Star

Rebecca Gayheart

Rebecca Gayheart

Natasha Charles

Guest Star

Chase Ryan Jeffery

Chase Ryan Jeffery

Brat #1

Guest Star

Seth Gabel

Seth Gabel

Adrian Moore

Recurring Role

Famke Janssen

Famke Janssen

Ava Moore

Recurring Role

Kelly Carlson

Kelly Carlson

Kimber Henry

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Featured Music:

      "Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain & Tennille (On Christian's XM radio when he leaves Natasha in the car to go in video store/car gets stripped)
      "Got To Be A Love" by Greyboy (Kimber & Sean at dinner and in bed)
      "Schubert's Piano Mass No. 6" by Le D (Kimber's 'palm-line' surgery)
      "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" by Neil Sedaka (Trudy Nye's 2nd rhinoplasty operation)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Adrian: I need to tell you something
      Julia: What, am I going to get to my car and see you're slashed my tires?
      Adrian: It's about me and my mom, she broke up with me
      Julia: You can't apply a romantic convention to a parental relationship, Adrian.
      Adrian: Good point. I mean, we don't have sex with candles blazing or anything. In fact, the last time I went down on her, the room was pitch black. Mom has shame issues.

    • Ava: (To Adrian) Put on your clothes.
      Adrian: How about you take yours off?
      Ava: Stop it... I said stop it! Stop humiliating yourself. If you have a sexual urge masturbate.

    • Dr. Troy: Ms.Nye, we're plastic surgeons. We work on the surface, not what's underneath.
      Ms. Nye: I'm sorry. I did sort of sound like a loon just then, didn't I? I'll be more specific. My nose was broken 16 years ago.

  • NOTES (2)