Nip/Tuck

Character: Vanessa Bartholomew
Created by: Ryan Murphy
Directed by: Ryan Murphy, Lawrence Trilling, Craig Zisk, Scott Brazil
Written by: Ryan Murphy
Other cast: Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon, John Hensley, Joely Richardson, Sophia Bush
Episodes: 1x02, 1x03, 1x06, 1x07
Original airdate: Jul 29, Aug 05, Sep 02 and Sep 09, 2003
Episode title: Mandi/Randi, Nanette Babcock, Megan O'Hara, Cliff Mantegna
Genre: Drama
Running time: 1h

- Sean and Christian operate on identical twin sisters, who request surgery to look different from one another. - An obese woman requests drastic surgery in time for her upcoming high school reunion, leading Christian and Grace to butt heads over her mental state. - A woman suffering of breast cancer considers implants, while Christian deals with a mysterious stalker who vandalized his car and boat. - Christian learns, through a male patient who requests liposuction on his chest, about a secret, upscale swingers club.

Episode Plots

Mandi/Randi
McNamara/Troy’s new on-site psychologist (guest star Kevin Chamberlin) creates conflict between Sean and Christian, while at the same time Sean grows interested in an independent shrink, Dr. Grace Santiago, both professionally and personally. Christian’s feelings for Julia begin to affect his sex life. Julia attempts to create direction in her life, and comes to terms with her recent actions. Matt worries about sex with his girlfriend Vanessa (guest star Kate Mara) and her possible reaction to his foreskin, leading him to self-circumcision. Sean tries to encourage Liz (Roma Maffia) to return to work. Sean and Christian operate on identical twin sisters, who request surgery to look different from one another.

Nanette Babcock
Sean operates on Matt’s botched self-circumcision, while Matt discovers the truth about Vanessa (Kate Mara). Christian is forced to play hardball with ageing, widowed socialite Mrs. Grubman (guest star Ruth Williamson), who threatens McNamara/Troy with a malpractice suit after an accident during her surgery. Julia comes to terms with her parenting after facing criminal charges for flushing Frisky the gerbil down the toilet. An obese woman requests drastic surgery in time for her upcoming high school reunion, leading Christian and Grace to butt heads over her mental state. Guest starring Sophia Bush and Roma Maffia.

Megan O’Hara
Sean, saddened over Julia’s miscarriage, connects with a breast cancer sufferer who requests a boob job. Christian’s car and boat are wrecked by a mysterious stalker, leading him to confront many of his exes, including Kimber (Kelly Carlson). Vanessa (Kate Mara) worries about girlfriend Ridley’s (Sophia Bush) sudden lack of interest in her, so asks Matt to participate in a threesome with the two of them to spice up their relationship. Bliss Berger (guest star Leslie Grossman), having lost a significant amount of weight through exercise, requests surgery to remove excess fat from her arms before she goes on a blind date with a physically perfect doctor. Guest starring Jessalyn Gilsig.

Cliff Mantegna
Christian discovers, through a male patient who requests liposuction on his chest, a secret upscale swingers club. Managing to get an invite, he brings girlfriend Kimber (Kelly Carlson) to the gathering. Julia’s friend Jude (Phillip Rhys) starts working as an intern for McNamara/Troy, while Sean worries about their blossoming friendship. Matt’s three-way relationship with Vanessa (Kate Mara) and Ridley (Sophia Bush) is exposed, leading to a three-family intervention. Sean’s neck problems lead him to a reunion with Megan O’Hara (guest star Julie Warner), who works as a chiropractor.