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Nip/Tuck (season 3)

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Season 3
Niptuck season3.jpg
DVD cover
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes15
Original networkFX
Original releaseSeptember 20 (2005-09-20) –
December 20, 2005 (2005-12-20)
Season chronology
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List of Nip/Tuck episodes

The third season of Nip/Tuck premiered on September 20, 2005 and concluded on December 20, 2005. It consisted of 15 episodes.

Cast and characters

Main cast

Special guest stars

Recurring cast


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byPatient PortrayerOriginal air dateProd.
301"Momma Boone"Elodie KeeneRyan MurphyKathy LamkinSeptember 20, 2005 (2005-09-20)2T5951
As Christian tires to recover from his attack by The Carver, Sean must forge a new partnership to keep the practice running; Sean helps the police remove an obese woman from her couch; Julia realizes she needs to make a decision on her marriage
312"Kiki"Elodie KeeneLyn Greene & Richard LevineKiki (gorilla)September 27, 2005 (2005-09-27)2T5952
Christian and Liz perform cosmetic surgery on an extraordinary ape to help her chances of reproducing. After learning that Ava is a transgender woman, Matt questions his own sexuality and heads down a dark path. Tensions escalate at McNamara/Troy as Sean and Quentin, against Christian's wishes, remove the tattoos of a gang member who wants to go straight.
323"Derek, Alex, and Gary"Craig ZiskBrad FalchukAdam Henderson, Aaron Moody and Graham MillerOctober 4, 2005 (2005-10-04)2T5953
Sean, Julia and Christian struggle to find a common solution as Matt spirals out of control. Christian performs surgery at his former fraternity house to help cover up a hazing ritual gone awry. When Christian's open relationship with Kit - the sexy detective investigating The Carver's activities - and Kimber loses its appeal, Christian asks Quentin to help ease Kit out of the threesome.
334"Rhea Reynolds"Greer ShephardJennifer SaltTara BuckOctober 11, 2005 (2005-10-11)2T5954
Christian has doubts about the latest Carver victim's story. The wife of an Alzheimer's patient requests extensive cosmetic surgery in order to find a way back into her husband's memories. Sean finds himself under investigation by Child Protective Services after Matt files a restraining order against him.
345"Granville Trapp"Jeremy PodeswaSean JablonskiErik PassojaOctober 18, 2005 (2005-10-18)2T5955
Christian becomes the prime suspect in The Carver case after police find a damning piece of evidence at the scene of the latest Carver attack. An HIV-positive man who suffers from facial wasting comes to McNamara/Troy to have his appearance restored to one of good health.
356"Frankenlaura"Michael M. RobinHank ChiltonValentin SiroonOctober 25, 2005 (2005-10-25)2T5956
McNamara/Troy is in dire financial straits after Christian's arrest. Gina returns and forms an unexpected business alliance with Julia. Sean and Christian reluctantly become involved in the gruesome case of a man who reassembled a female corpse from the appendages of other dead bodies.
367"Ben White"Jeremy PodeswaLyn Greene & Richard LevineJohn BillingsleyNovember 1, 2005 (2005-11-01)2T5957
A patient's extreme surgical request leaves Christian struggling between what the medical establishment says is right and what the patient says will make him feel whole. After leaving McNamara/Troy, Sean takes his surgery skills to the Witness Protection Program, where he transforms the appearance of a woman, Nikki Morretti, and her son, Austin. After a De La Mer Spa client reveals her startling beauty secret to Julia, Gina and Liz, they manufacture a new signature product - and hope the main ingredient remains a secret.
378"Tommy Bolton"Guy FerlandBrad FalchukBlair WilliamsonNovember 8, 2005 (2005-11-08)2T5958
Sean questions his growing romantic feelings for Nikki when he learns the dark truth about her past. The request for plastic surgery from a patient with Down Syndrome moves Christian to make contact with his birth mother, Gail Pollack. Quentin woos Julia, who welcomes the attention.
389"Hannah Tedesco"Michael M. RobinSean JablonskiUncreditedNovember 15, 2005 (2005-11-15)2T5959
The working relationship between Christian and Quentin worsens when they have an ethical disagreement over a groundbreaking surgery that would advance their medical reputations. Sean doesn't want Nikki to disappear into the Witness Protection Program without him. Christian gives Kimber a prenuptial ultimatum: give up her career in adult films or end their engagement.
3910"Madison Berg"Greg YaitanesJennifer SaltHallee HirshNovember 22, 2005 (2005-11-22)2T5960
Christian and Kimber put the final touches on their wedding plans, but an unsigned prenuptial agreement casts a shadow of doubt across the occasion. Christian and Sean are stunned when Matt's new girlfriend, Ariel Alderman, reveals her racist beliefs.
4011"Abby Mays"Michael M. RobinHank ChiltonRebecca MetzNovember 29, 2005 (2005-11-29)2T5961
Furious that Quentin is dating Julia, Sean resolves to do whatever it takes to force Quentin out of the practice. Christian claims to be fine after Kimber's sudden exit, but his relationship with a patient indicates otherwise. Sean fears that Matt may be linked to a series of hate crimes against former plastic surgery patients.
4112"Sal Perri"David NutterLyn Greene & Richard LevineLouis MustilloDecember 6, 2005 (2005-12-06)2T5962
A jet bound from Miami to New York crashes after takeoff - and Julia's mother, Erica, may be on board. Christian, Sean, Liz and Julia struggle to save the lives of surviving passengers, and Sean must amputate the arms of one of the crash victims.
4213"Joy Kringle"Greer ShephardSean Jablonski & Jennifer SaltElizabeth RuscioDecember 13, 2005 (2005-12-13)2T5963
A shopping-mall Mrs. Santa Claus comes to McNamara/Troy for liposuction before the holidays, but a discovery during surgery jeopardizes her marriage to Mr. Claus. Julia must make a decision that could profoundly affect the rest of her family's lives. Ariel asks Matt to help her take drastic measures to alter her appearance.
4314"Cherry Peck"Craig ZiskBrad Falchuk & Hank ChiltonWillam BelliDecember 20, 2005 (2005-12-20)2T5964
Christian learns the truth about Kimber's wedding-day disappearance when he receives a grisly clue from The Carver. Detective Kit McGraw brings Carver suspect Quentin in for questioning. Cherry, the transgender woman whom Matt brutally beat, threatens to tell the police about her attacker unless Sean performs pro-bono plastic surgery. Julia's worries about her unexpected pregnancy give her a nightmare.
4415"Quentin Costa"Ryan MurphyRyan MurphyBruno CamposDecember 20, 2005 (2005-12-20)2T5965
In the season finale written and directed by series creator Ryan Murphy, The Carver goes on a slashing binge and attacks a sorority house as Kit grows closer to catching her nemesis. Sean, Christian, Matt and Cherry Peck are involved in separate games of torture. Julia makes a discovery about her pregnancy. And the identity of The Carver is finally revealed.

U.S television ratings

Season premiere Season finale Viewers
(in millions)
Age 18–49
(in millions)
Date Viewers Total
(in millions)
(in millions)
Date Viewers Total
(in millions)
(in millions)
September 20, 2005 5.3[1] 3.7[1] December 20, 2005 5.7[2] 3.9[2] 3.9[2] 2.7[2]

The third season aired in the fall of 2005, as opposed to the summer, like the previous two seasons. John Landgraf, president of FX, stated that such a move was a "huge risk", since it stacked up "against the full barrage of fall network competition".[2] The second season premiere rating was eclipsed on September 20, 2005, when the third-season premiere, entitled "Momma Boone", drew roughly 5.3 million viewers. Three months later on December 20, 2005, the third-season finale, entitled "Cherry Peck / Quentin Costa", drew 5.7 million viewers. Of those 5.7 million viewers, 3.9 million were in the 18–49 age group demographic, "making the finale the number-one episode among the key advertising demographic of any cable series in 2005. It's also the largest demographic number for any single telecast in the network's history,"[2] according to Zap2It. Despite some criticism, the story arc involving The Carver attracted even more of an audience to the series than any of the seasons before, reaching its climax in a December 20, 2005, 2-hour season finale, entitled "Cherry Peck / Quentin Costa", which became the most-watched scripted program in the history of the FX network.[2]


The third season received positive reviews from critics, holding an 71% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[3] Brian Lowry wrote for Variety Magazine “The not-so-subtle genius of this show is its ability to have it both ways - to skewer our culture's obsession with youth and beauty while simultaneously reveling in it.”[4] Melanie McFarland wrote for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer “Beneath this skin is one-of-a-kind daring television that explores the complexities of human relationships with an unparalleled intelligence, sensitivity, appropriate level of fun and, when it is warranted, menace.”[5] Some criticism was aimed at the casting, with Joe Reid of The Atlantic quoting “Some unfortunate casting decisions placed a good deal of the plot's weight on the shoulders of people like Rhona Mitra and Bruno Campos, which was... a mistake,”[6] whilst others were critical of the season’s storylines and character development.[7]


  1. ^ a b "The Futon Critic: NIP/TUCK Season Three Premiere Delivers Beautiful Ratings (Released by FX)". The Futon Critic. September 21, 2005.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Zap2It: 'Nip/Tuck' Finale Carves Out Ratings Records for FX". Zap2It. December 21, 2005. Archived from the original on October 30, 2007.
  3. ^ "NIP/TUCK: SEASON 2 (2004)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 10, 2020.
  4. ^ "Nip/Tuck". Variety Magazine. September 19, 2005. Retrieved May 10, 2020.
  5. ^ "Nip/Tuck". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved May 10, 2020.
  6. ^ "Ranking All the Seasons of Ryan Murphy's Television Shows". The Atlantic. January 30, 2010. Retrieved May 10, 2020.
  7. ^ Gillian Flynn (March 17, 2020). "Nip/Tuck". The Entertainment. Retrieved May 10, 2020.
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