Nip/Tuck (season 3)

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Nip/Tuck Season 3
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 15
Original network FX
Original release September 20 (2005-09-20) – December 20, 2005 (2005-12-20)
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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[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]


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Title Directed by Written by Patient Portrayer Original air date Production
30 1 "Momma Boone" Elodie Keene Ryan Murphy Kathy Lamkin September 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
31 2 "Kiki" Elodie Keene Lyn Greene & Richard Levine Kiki (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.
32 3 "Derek, Alex, and Gary" Craig Zisk Brad Falchuk Adam Henderson, Aaron Moody and Graham Miller October 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.
33 4 "Rhea Reynolds" Greer Shephard Jennifer Salt Tara Buck October 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.
34 5 "Granville Trapp" Jeremy Podeswa Sean Jablonski Erik Passoja October 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.
35 6 "Frankenlaura" Michael M. Robin Hank Chilton Valentin Siroon October 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.
36 7 "Ben White" Jeremy Podeswa Lyn Greene & Richard Levine John Billingsley November 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.
37 8 "Tommy Bolton" Guy Ferland Brad Falchuk Blair Williamson November 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.
38 9 "Hannah Tedesco" Michael M. Robin Sean Jablonski Uncredited November 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.
39 10 "Madison Berg" Greg Yaitanes Jennifer Salt Hallee Hirsh November 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.
40 11 "Abby Mays" Michael M. Robin Hank Chilton Rebecca Metz November 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.
41 12 "Sal Perri" David Nutter Lyn Greene & Richard Levine Louis Mustillo December 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.
42 13 "Joy Kringle" Greer Shephard Sean Jablonski & Jennifer Salt Elizabeth Ruscio December 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.
43 14 "Cherry Peck" Craig Zisk Brad Falchuk & Hank Chilton Willam Belli December 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.
44 15 "Quentin Costa" Ryan Murphy Ryan Murphy Bruno Campos December 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.