Nip/Tuck (2003–2010)
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Joan Rivers 

Comedian Joan Rivers comes in requesting all of her previous plastic surgeries to be undone.


Ryan Murphy


Ryan Murphy (created by), Ryan Murphy




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dylan Walsh ... Dr. Sean McNamara
Julian McMahon ... Dr. Christian Troy
John Hensley ... Matt McNamara
Roma Maffia ... Dr. Liz Cruz
Joely Richardson ... Julia McNamara
Famke Janssen ... Ava Moore
Alec Baldwin ... Dr. Barrett Moore
Seth Gabel ... Adrian Moore
Robert LaSardo ... Escobar Gallardo
Conor O'Farrell ... Detective Fischman
Tasha Smith ... Carol Nelson
Kelsey Batelaan ... Annie McNamara (as Kelsey Lynn Batelaan)
Todd Cattell ... J.T.
Mario Schugel ... Joe
Linda Klein Linda Klein ... Nurse Linda


Joan Alexandra Molinsky asks the surgeons to undo all the plastic surgery she ever had as actress Joan Rivers. She's ashamed that she started the fad for plastic surgery, especially as it influenced her grandson Cooper, and points out that it's a superb publicity stunt for her and the surgery firm. Ava says that she'll never be happy again as long as people judge her. Matt proposes to start again in Paris and promises her some anti-depression drugs. Christian surprises Matt while he's stealing them and sees through his pretense that the drugs are for him. When Christian confronts Ava, she dares him into sexual a power play game, but he suddenly walks out during the antics tells Sean that Ava is a male transsexual. Julia tries threatening Ava to back off, and learns her price is the last operation to complete the sex-change. Afterwards she refuses to go to Paris with Matt. Joan doesn't even like the idea of seeing what she would look like if the plastic surgery was reversed, the ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

5 October 2004 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Julia refers to Ava as a 'phoenix'. Famke Jansen, who plays Ava, also played Jean Grey/Phoenix in the X-Men film series. See more »


When Christian, Sean and Julia are using the laptop computer to search the Internet, several shots show a black screen meaning the computer is turned off or in screen saver mode. See more »


Christian Troy: [to Ava Moore] You lubricate acid. If I stick my dick up you, it would sizzle off.
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Edited into Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers (2009) See more »


A Perfect Lie
(Opening Theme)
Written by Jeffrey Cain Thompson, Cedric Lemoyne and
Gregory Slay
Performed by Jeffrey Cain Thompson, Cedric Lemoyne and
Gregory Slay as The Engine Room
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Secrets are reveled
6 June 2007 | by johnny-08See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite episode because it has all the high qualities that this series put up from the first episode.It's also a great way to end second season and great start for the third one.We are all wondering what happened to Christian.In this episode lots of secrets are reveled to us and there are few amazing turn overs.Brilliant job by people who are writing the plot.As usual actors did amazing job,from Dylan Walsh,Julian McMahon,Joely Richardson,John Hensley to Roma Maffia.They are all standard and excellent.But in this series we've also got some very good appearances.Especially Famke Janssen.She's very good in her role.In this episode you can see well known and established actor Alec Baldwin.Also the episode is named by Joan Rivers and she has a role too.I would recommend this episode only to those people who watched previous episodes.Only people who are watching the show can understand what is happening and that that what's happening makes sense.To all of you who didn't watch the show from the beginning do that now.You won't regret if you have strong stomach.10/10

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