7.7
1,702 votes
Nip/Tuck

Nip/Tuck

FX 2003

Beauty, the saying goes, is only skin deep. The beauty of Nip/Tuck is that it goes deeper, laying bare the complexities and fragile natures often found in patients seeking cosmetic surgery. Dylan Walsh and Julian McMahon portray hotshot Miami South Beach plastic surgeons who are themselves in full-blown midlife crises as they confront career, family and romance problems. The series' cutting-edge stories range from funny to suspenseful to uncommonly powerful. The surgeries are graphically bold. The sexuality is rampant.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Nip/Tuck

Nip/Tuck - S2E16

#1 - Joan Rivers

8.04

Season 2 - Episode 16

Joan Rivers consults with Sean and Christian to have all of her plastic surgeries undone, because she wants her grandson Cooper to learn that you don't have to be perfect. When she ultimately learns what she will turn out like after the work has been finished, she decides to give up on her original plan and asks the doctors to schedule her for a facelift the next morning. Matt is concerned about Ava, who seems obviously depressed. He suggests they go away to Paris and start a new life together, which she reluctantly accepts after some convincing. Matt goes to McNamara-Troy to steal drugs for her to take with them. Christian finds him, and gets upset when he learns Matt is going to Paris. Christian goes to have a talk with Ava, and when trying to make a point using sex, he learns that Ava is really a transsexual. Julia, Sean, and Christian spend the night researching, and trace their way to Maryland and a Gender Reassignment center. They learn that Ava's surgeon was a retired doctor by the name of Barrett Moore. Avery was a homosexual admirer of his, but Barrett could not love him the way Avery wanted him to. He perfected his plan for surgery, and made Avery a woman. They married, but their marriage was not perfect. Since they could not conceive, Barrett used a surrogate, and Adrian was born. Ava could not live with the pain, so she left with Adrian when Barrett was not home. Julia confronts Ava, and tells her that she knows her secret - and that she will reveal it to Matt if she does not break up with him by the end of the week. Ava needs one more surgery before she's complete, and Sean and Christian call Barrett in to help. Barrett asks Ava if he could meet Adrian, and she agrees to let him do so. When Matt comes home with the plane tickets, Ava gets upset by his constant mess making, and breaks up with him. In tears, Adrian comes home with a knife hidden behind his back. He once again tries to get his problems spoken. She tells him that Matt is out of the pi

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Nip/Tuck from 81 votes.

Nip/Tuck - S1E13

#2 - Escobar Gallardo

8.03

Season 1 - Episode 13

Christian learns that Kimber and Merril are engaged. Escobar continues to have the surgeons do things for him. Liz is sent to Bermuda after being shot in the leg by one of Escobar's people. Sean goes to kill Escobar. Escobar makes a deal with Sean; a new face for their freedom. Christian learns, in the delivery room, that he is not the father of Gina's baby. Julia returns to get the paternity test she had done a while ago. The doctors do surgery on Escobar, and give him the face of a criminal even higher than Gallardo on the Most Wanted List - Armand Ortiz. Ortiz is arrested at the airport for bank robbing and killing a federal agent.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Nip/Tuck from 92 votes.

Nip/Tuck - S3E15

#3 - Quentin Costa

8.01

Season 3 - Episode 15

The Carver strikes at a sorority house. His identity is revealed. Ariel's dad kidnaps Matt and Cherry. Ariel's dad forces Matt to make a life threatening decision, while the carver tries desperately to get his last minute revenge. Julia discovers that there might be something wrong with her baby.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Nip/Tuck from 81 votes.

Nip/Tuck - S3E5

#4 - Granville Trapp

7.86

Season 3 - Episode 5

Rhea Reynolds is found dead (apparently murdered by the carver). Christian is the prime suspect. A man with a very hollow face (caused by the HIV medication that he's taking) is this episode's patient.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Nip/Tuck from 79 votes.

Nip/Tuck - S1E10

#5 - Adelle Coffin

7.84

Season 1 - Episode 10

Sean and Christian learn that they have to take a test in order to continue practicing. Sean and Megan visit a doctor to learn that there is nothing they can do for her. Mrs. Grubman returns to get an operation on her and her fiancé. Christian passes his test, but Sean walks out. Megan commits suicide. Julia finds out about Sean's affair with Megan.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Nip/Tuck from 101 votes.

Nip/Tuck - S2E9

#6 - Rose & Raven Rosenberg

7.78

Season 2 - Episode 9

Sean and Christian face the challenge of separating conjoined twins. The challenge is more complicated when Sean has difficulties working with Christian after learning the truth about Matt. Their constant bickering has been causing them to lose clients.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Nip/Tuck from 81 votes.

Nip/Tuck - S1E6

#7 - Megan O'Hara

7.76

Season 1 - Episode 6

Someone is vandalizing Christian's possessions, and he attempts to find the culprit. A chemotherapy patient who is considering breast implants brings excitement to Sean's life, and Matt finds himself in a threesome with Vanessa and Riley.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Nip/Tuck from 113 votes.

Nip/Tuck - S3E14

#8 - Cherry Peck

7.76

Season 3 - Episode 14

Christian finds out that Kimber didn't ditch him at the altar but was abducted by the carver. Quentin is a Carver suspect. Julia has bad dreams about her pregnancy. Sean is threatened into doing pro bono work on the transgender woman who was beat up by Matt.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Nip/Tuck from 86 votes.

Nip/Tuck - S4E10

#9 - Merrill Bobolit

7.75

Season 4 - Episode 10

Dr. Merrill Bobolit, who's out of jail, needs Sean's and Christian's professional services. Escobar Gallardo wants them to perform surgery on his face. And Matt tells his family that he's married and that he and his wife are expecting a baby.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Nip/Tuck from 67 votes.

Nip/Tuck - S3E12

#10 - Sal Perri

7.73

Season 3 - Episode 12

A plane crashes just after take off in Miami. Julia's mother might be one of the passengers. Christian, Sean, Julia and Liz are all trying to save the lives of the people that survived the plane crash.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Nip/Tuck from 88 votes.

#11 - Naomi Gaines
7.72
Season 2 - Episode 7

When local model Naomi Gaines is raped & disfigured by an attacker named "The Carver", Sean decides to repair her injuries on a pro-bono basis, thrusting McNamara/Troy into the local media spotlight, trying to overcome the slander caused by Bobbie Broderick. After getting caught sneaking into the house late at night, Matt lies by telling his parents he was studying with Ava's son Adrian. Adrian is forced to play along with the subject when Julia invites them all to dinner. Adrian reveals Matt & Ava's relationship, causing Julia to lash out at Ava & Matt. When Matt becomes uncomfortable with his increasingly demanding relationship with Ava, she reveals to him the secret that his mother is keeping from him.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Nip/Tuck from 86 votes.

Nip/Tuck - S3E13
#12 - Joy Kringle
7.70
Season 3 - Episode 13

Sean and Christian are perform a mico-liposuction on Joy Kringle, a woman who acts as Mrs. Claus during the Christmas season. During her lipo they find a seventeen year old fetus inside her. Julia is not feeling well. A blood test performed by Sean reveals why. She is pregnant.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Nip/Tuck from 80 votes.

Nip/Tuck - S1E12
#13 - Antonia Ramos
7.69
Season 1 - Episode 12

Sean and Christian are reunited with an old friend, Julia bonds with Sofia Lopez, and Christian and Gina clash over their differences in opinion concerning Gina's pregnancy.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Nip/Tuck from 97 votes.

Nip/Tuck - S1E1
#14 - Pilot
7.67
Season 1 - Episode 1

Old friends Sean (the family man) and Christian (the playboy) are partners in a plastic surgery office. Their relationship is under fire after Christian operates on a Colombian drug lord who pays him in drug money. Sean's family life is also in upheaval, and he is headed for a mid-life crisis.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Nip/Tuck from 239 votes.

Nip/Tuck - S1E2
#15 - Mandi/Randi
7.67
Season 1 - Episode 2

Twin sisters want plastic surgery done to look different from each other. Sean moves out so he can experience life as a single man. Matt decides to try and perform a circumcision on himself after his girlfriend sees his penis. Christian is plagued with thoughts of Julia.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Nip/Tuck from 164 votes.

#16 - Sophia Lopez II
7.67
Season 1 - Episode 9

Sean and Jude's respective secrets are revealed, and Merril offers Christian an interesting trade: Kimber for a Lamborghini. Christian accepts, but Kimber discovers the truth and exacts a small revenge.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Nip/Tuck from 96 votes.

Nip/Tuck - S1E4
#17 - Sophia Lopez
7.65
Season 1 - Episode 4

Two recurring characters are introduced in an episode that teaches the odd-couple plastic surgeons a few lessons about moral boundaries. Patti D'Arbanville plays Wallis Forsythe, a pornography mogul who meets Christian at a party and agrees to send some business his way. And Joey Slotnick plays Merrill Bobolit, a hack surgeon who's more successful than Sean and Christian because of his willingness to take on any client. Forsythe's easy money and Bobolit's sleazy competition inject a dose of conflict into Sean and Christian's partnership--as if it needed any more of it!

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Nip/Tuck from 134 votes.

Nip/Tuck - S2E5
#18 - Joel Gideon
7.63
Season 2 - Episode 5

After a car accident due to cell phone use, Sean winds up in the hospital. As a result of the accident, Sean develops a phobia of driving and other dangerous things, causing a dent in his career. He thanks the car company because their safety features saved his life. The car company, wanting a point of view from this doctor who has been in a car accident, offers Sean a new car if he agrees to inspect the cadavers they use as crash test dummies after crash tests. Sean tries to take more risks, causing Julia to become upset. Trying to take more risks, Sean decides to go shark diving, and drags Matt along with him. After realizing how much he cares for his son, Sean decides not to follow through. Christian is reminded that his son is no longer in his life, and he turns for comfort in Julia, who reveals to him that Wilber is not his only son.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Nip/Tuck from 78 votes.

#19 - Agatha Ripp
7.63
Season 2 - Episode 8

A patient named Agatha Ripp comes in to McNamara/Troy. She reveals to Sean & Christian that she had a stigmata, but she says that it was a lie she said to the church so they would accept her, and that she really cut herself. People of the town turn to Agatha for blessing and renewed faith, despite claiming to be a fraud. When a "stigmata" appears on her legs, the doctors do a blood test to learn that it is not her blood. Meanwhile, Julia is experiencing shingles, which Sean attributes to guilt or pressure, and associates it with the Matt-Ava relationship. She breaks the news to Sean that the reason she is under so much stress - he is not Matt's father. Sean goes insane and aggressively hurts Julia. He rampages into the office where he beats Christian to the ground. He turns to the church, where he meets Agatha. She reveals everything was fake, and that a sister from the church snuck in and punctured her, and left her own blood so the church would not cut her program. Meanwhile, Liz reveals she is pregnant, but shuts Christian out, who wants to care for the baby. She experiences bruising and spotting, causing her to worry about 'the unknown'. Despite being impacted by Agatha, Liz has an abortion without telling Christian, who is upset that she got rid of the baby because she felt it would be handicapped.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Nip/Tuck from 78 votes.

Nip/Tuck - S3E1
#20 - Momma Boone
7.62
Season 3 - Episode 1

After Christian's Carver attack, Sean must look for a new partner to keep the practice going. Sean has to surgically separate an obese woman from a couch she has spent the past three years on. Julia realizes that she has to make a decision about the future of her marriage.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Nip/Tuck from 94 votes.

Last updated: feb 21, 2021

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