Nip/Tuck: Season 2 (2004)

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Season 2
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Nip/Tuck's sophomore season peels back some its predecessors' excesses to reveal a beating heart at the center of its soapy theatrics, elevated by a sterling cast and some genuinely subversive twists.

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Critic Ratings: 14

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Air date: Jun 22, 2004

As Sean reluctantly celebrates his 40th birthday, Christian urges him to take advantage of some of the youth-preserving treatments available at the clinic. But Sean vows to grow old naturally. Much more upsetting, however, are the occasional muscle spasms that Sean experiences during delicate surgery, prompting him to visit a neurologist. Meanwhile, after uncharacteristically failing to pick up a sexy young date at the bar, Christian realizes to his discomfort that there is not much he can do to forestall the aging process. Although he is not the father, Christian agrees to help raise the baby of his former sexual partner, Gina Russo (recurring guest star JESSALYN GILSIG), causing him to reevaluate his priorities. And both men must cope with the ramifications of a surprise visit from Julia's narcissistic mother, Erica Noughton who demands plastic surgery for a younger appearance.

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Air date: Jun 29, 2004

Sean suffers uncontrollable spasms in his hands. After he nicks a patient's major neck artery during a routine cyst lancing, Sean stops performing surgeries. He becomes even more depressed and anxious when Christian, whose nose has been broken by a woman during sex, asks another plastic surgeon to reset it. Christian is deeply insulted when the attractive female surgeon not only rebuffs his sexual advances but also advises him to get some cosmetic work done on the rest of his aging body. Sean's temper finally gets the better of him when someone blocks his car into a parking space. But Julia, with the advice of her abrasive therapist mother, Erica Noughton, helps Sean realize that she will love him even if he cannot be a surgeon anymore. And after botching an attempt to operate on himself in a mirror, Christian bolsters Sean's confidence by confessing that he only trusts Sean to do the job correctly.

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Air date: Jul 6, 2004

Christian and Sean agree to rehabilitate a stalwart, optimistic Somali woman, Manya Mabika, who was genitally mutilated as a girl in her home country. After they surgically rebuild her clitoris, Manya asks the perfectly willing Christian to help her have an orgasm, but even he cannot succeed, causing the doctors to worry that the operation was a failure. However, with some kind words and encouragement from Liz, Manya discovers for herself that she can experience sexual pleasure. Sean and Christian also perform a body hair graft onto a white man who is outraged to learn that the hair came from a black person. Meanwhile, Julia admits to Sean that he no longer pleases her in bed. After meeting with a "life coach," Ava Moore, Julia realizes that her visiting mother, domineering Erica Noughton, is making her very tense.

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Air date: Jul 13, 2004

Sean and Julia are shocked to discover that 8-year-old Annie is entering puberty already. While struggling with their own issues regarding aging, they try to help their daughter understand what's happening to her. Julia serves the family a healthy but bizarre meal that is supposed to improve their mental health, but Matt refuses to eat it and upsets Annie by making cruel comments about her menstruation. Later, Sean and Julia fear that Annie has food poisoning when they must rush her to the emergency room with a dangerously high fever, dehydration and numbness. But the real problem with Annie is much more scary for them to cope with. Also, Julia introduces her new friend, "life coach" Ava Moore, to Matt, hoping that she will help him cope with his tumultuous emotions. Meanwhile, Christian reels from meeting the biological father of Gina's baby, a dignified, married and much older black man, James Sutherland (GEORG STANFORD BROWN), who had a one-night stand with Gina.

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Air date: Jul 20, 2004

While driving home, Sean is broadsided by another car and rushed to the hospital. He was saved from major injury by his vehicle's safety devices, but his view of life has changed. Inspired by a patient, Joel Gideon (DOUG SAVANT), who suffered severe frostbite trying to conquer Mount Everest, Sean plans a shark-diving trip with Matt. Sean intends to prove to Matt--and himself--that he is not a wimp, but when a tragedy occurs on the boat before they can even get into the water, Sean ends up impressing Matt for much more important reasons. Meanwhile, Christian is overwhelmed by the prospect of losing Gina's son to the boy's biological father, James Sutherland (recurring guest star GEORG STANFORD BROWN), who is now demanding custody. Christian teams up with Gina and faces off with James and his inflexible wife through a mediator, with the very real possibility that a negative decision could devastate Christian emotionally. He must also deal with an astounding revelation from Julia.

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Air date: Jul 27, 2004

While Julia enjoys socializing with "life coach" Ava Moore, Matt also makes progress working through his feelings with the alluring Ava--especially when she removes her blouse as part of a trust exercise. But when Matt is later arrested for public lewdness outside Ava's bedroom window, Christian confronts Ava about what she's putting Matt through--and Ava deduces a startling secret about Christian, Julia and Matt. Also, Matt finally confesses his hit-and-run incident to Ava. Meanwhile, an unlikely alliance forms between middle-aged anesthesiologist Liz, a lesbian longing to get pregnant but unable to find a suitable sperm donor, and unfulfilled Christian, who deeply misses being a father. Sean feels guilty after an eager older patient, Bobbi Broderick, who didn't fully comprehend the ramifications of liposuction overreacts to the ugly immediate aftermath.

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Air date: Aug 3, 2004

Disgruntled former McNamara/Troy patient Bobbi Broderick (recurring guest star JILL CLAYBURGH - "An Unmarried Woman," "Starting Over") stalks the doctors, threatens to sue them, drives away customers and tries to persuade an investigative reporter to do an exposé on what she perceives as their malpractice. At the same time, Sean and Christian are moved by the plight of a budding model whose face has been brutally disfigured by a serial rapist. They call her in and repair her face at no charge. Guiltily and reluctantly going along with a plan initiated by Christian, Sean also convinces the victim to allow the surgery to be recorded by the news crew to deflect Bobbi's slanderous efforts. But when Bobbi arrives during the taping of a post-operation interview, the situation comes to a surprising climax.

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Air date: Aug 10, 2004

When a homeless prostitute, Agatha Ripp, arrives at McNamara/Troy, the doctors fear she simply wants pro bono surgery for scars on her wrists. But she tells Christian and Sean that she is being deified by a devout parish of Christians because her injuries resemble the stigmata, the wounds Jesus Christ suffered on the cross. She asks them to reveal to everyone that she caused the injuries herself and is not a spiritual leader. But when a manipulative priest and a sympathetic nun try to take Agatha away--and more wounds appear--Sean and Christian, both nonbelievers, become caught up in a predicament that changes the way they think about faith. Also, while coping with the questions raised by Agatha's situation, Sean experiences a powerful personal crisis as well. Meanwhile, after Liz reveals that she is pregnant from Christian's sperm donation, Christian tries to become more involved in her decisions about the unborn child than she is comfortable with.

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Air date: Aug 17, 2004

Sean's life is in ruins after learning that Christian is Matt's biological father due to a premarital tryst with Julia. He ejects Julia from their house and demands the dissolution of his partnership with Christian. But the two devastated men must first make a business trip to a New York university to separate adult conjoined twins, Rose and Raven Rosenberg in a historic operation. Since the surgery is being performed pro bono, there are no fancy accommodations, and the doctors are forced to share a dormitory room like they did in college, spurring much cathartic reflection on their relationship. After the shocking outcome of the grueling surgery and the other events of the trip, they make a difficult decision on the future of McNamara/Troy. Meanwhile, Matt copes with his pain regarding the family turmoil by continuing to date manipulative Ava (recurring guest star FAMKE JANSSEN), to the concern of Julia, Sean and Christian.

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Air date: Aug 24, 2004

Having tenuously reconciled and agreed to continue their partnership, Sean and Christian consult with an exuberant newspaper journalist, Ike Connors (J.K. SIMMONS - "Oz," "Spider-Man" movies), who wants breast implants for himself. After painfully watching his loving wife, Amy, suffer through breast cancer, a mastectomy and subsequent implant surgery, Ike wants to experience the trauma for himself and live with breasts for a year, during which he will write a book about it, the proceeds of which he will donate to a cancer care center. Both doctors initially refuse the job on ethical grounds, but Liz persuades them that it is better to help someone who seeks enlightenment instead of a simple ego boost, like most of their patients do. After giving Ike some fairly large breasts, the doctors are stunned by Amy's unexpected reaction. When Ike later angrily demands that his implants be removed, the doctors are surprised, but again it is Liz who understands what's really going on.

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The second season of this razor-sharp drama continues to cut beneath the surface of the superficial world of plastic surgery.

Critic Reviews for Nip/Tuck Season 2

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (9)

Famke Janssen as femme fatale Ava Moore gave a brilliant performance that stretched all bounds of responsibility and good taste, but which was utterly compelling.

Nov 13, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The FX series begins its second year with assurance, inventiveness and more than a little boldness. If you're missing the sassy frankness and playfulness of Sex and the City, look no further: The torch has been passed.

Nov 13, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Would be critical folderol were it not for compelling if melodramatic story lines dealing frankly with the emotional lives of its desperately flawed principal characters. Fortunately, stoking the show's popularity are actors who know what they're doing.

Nov 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Amid this determined luridness, the show tries to stick in some "real" drama, and the effect is knock-you-off-your-seat disconcerting.

Nov 13, 2018 | Full Review…

I just thought Nip/Tuck was so over-the-top that it was crazy. It is crazy, but it's also funny and can even be deep about the shallow world of cosmetic surgery.

Nov 13, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

For every bit of obviousness, for every over-the-top plot line, for all the feckless boundary pushing, the whole ends up significantly more meaningful than the sum of those scenic detours.

Nov 13, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Nip/Tuck is, in short, a great soap opera disguised as very good prime-time trash.

Jun 25, 2004 | Full Review…

One of TV's most adult, provocative, outrageous and thought-provoking dramas -- and the bloodiest and most sex-drenched -- Nip/Tuck doesn't just push the envelope, it heaves it clear over the cliff.

Nov 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Christian is more complex than the facade of vain, prideful, egomaniacal womanizer initially reveals and McMahon conveys these depths ably. Walsh has a messier row to hoe, but he does repression well.

Nov 13, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The second season of Nip/Tuck seems giddily determined to top the first.

Nov 13, 2018 | Full Review…

It almost appears that, in success, the show's producers have been given license to do just about anything they want. And what they want undercuts their own talents, to be honest.

Nov 13, 2018 | Full Review…

This is a wonderfully written and consistently surprising semi-soap opera, one that manages to deliver deep, dark laughs and oddly heartfelt emotion at the exact same time.

Nov 13, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Nip/Tuck: Season 2

  • Feb 18, 2014
    The second season stuck with the formula, and possibly made it even better. Probably the last season that was really any good, right before the show became monotonous.

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