It has the distinction of being one of the most controversial shows on basic cable. Beauty and the disturbing implications of it are explored along with the drama in their lives in cases that are often Ripped from the Headlines. The show goes out of its way to alternate between showing everything that's ugly about human life and everything that's hot about sex, and all of the characters seem more than happy to perpetuate that dynamic.
The series focuses upon the relationship between Sean and Christian, friends since college and partners in a successful plastic surgery medical practice. Sadly, their lives are far from happy: Sean's marriage to Julia, who dropped out of medical school after becoming pregnant with Christian's child, due to a one-night stand is strained at best.
Their "oldest" son Matt an year-old played by an actor in his late twenties is a complete screw-up of epic proportions.
On the other end of the show there is Christian Troy, the self-absorbed serial womanizer with a tragic past his father raped his mother, who gave him up for adoption, where he was sexually abused by his foster father. Rounding out the cast is Liz Cruz, the lesbian anesthesiologist who is the sarcastic foil to Christian and generally the voice of reason within the show. Basically, every one of the core characters, and most of the supporting ones, are people you want to reach through the screen and slap at least once per episode.
Or run away from. This Show provides examples of: Christian consistently "learning" not to be a selfish, coldhearted monster and immediately forgetting all about his lesson by the time the next episode rolls around, even though it always appeared he had made amends to start a new life the week or season before. Well, yes, there are several characters who have gotten breast implants on the show due to not liking their old ones, but it didn't happen as often as you might think for a show that focused on plastic surgery.
Primarily because it's such a common procedure for the two main characters, and more bizarre cases were usually the subject of the week. All Just a Dream: Christian's "funeral" in Season 3. The second season has an episode where Julia dreams what life would be like if she'd married Christian instead of Sean.
They performed a pro bono surgery that restored the woman's clitoris, but it took Liz's verbal help to make the patient orgasm succesfully. And I Must Scream: Rhea Reynolds, a pathetic woman who cuts up her face a la the victims of the Carver in order to get attention.
During surgery to fix her scars, the anesthesia is tampered with so that she is awake and can feel the doctor operate on her. Also, the victims of The Carver are drugged and paralyzed, but fully conscious while he rapes and mutilates them. Supporting cast members have been offed with regularity on the show. Krieger and her husband are concentration camp survivors who want their tattoos removed. It turns out Mr.
Krieger was a Nazi tattooist, who escaped the Allied army and has been living as a Jew , as a form of penance. How can you forgive him? How can you not? Merrill Bobolit loses his medical license after botching a cosmetic surgery on a dog, and winds up performing cheap liposuctions in the back of a Korean nail salon.
Grayson in the first season. He performs gender reassignment in a dirty, cluttered office, and has no malpractice insurance. Back for the Dead: Gina in Season 5. Back from the Dead: Julia's mother dies in a plane crash. When looking through the bodies, Julia finally finds the unidentifiably charred, but still human-shaped, remains of her mother. Suddenly, the body takes a huge gasp. Terrified, and knowing the woman will not have much a chance at survival anyway, Julia smothers her with a pillow.
Later, she enters her apartment, where her mother has been sitting safe and sound all along, as she decided not to take the plane today. Christian delivers his lines in a stilted, horrible way. By contrast, Bradley Cooper seems to love chewing up the scenery , whether in or out of the Show Within a Show. Bigger Is Better in Bed: Christian apparently has a ten-inch penis. He beds a different women pretty much every episode. Or, in this case, Boobs Like Me.
A patient in Season 2, played by the ever-awesome J. Simmons , decides to get breast implants, in solidarity for his wife's mastectomy.
In one episode a woman who was put under anaesthetic could still feel and see everything going on during her operation , but wasn't mobile enough to tell the doctors. She's completely traumatized after seeing and feeling the doctors cut into her, and takes legal action over it. The Carver gets away with this in season three. Quite a few, but most notably Cara Fitzgerald.
She gets run over by Matt while he was driving and getting high and is forced to receive plastic surgery so her face can be repaired.
Then she asks Matt out to the school dance, only to be rejected since Matt's friend was the one who wanted to date her. And to break her even more, Matt's friend beats and rapes her in Season 2. Sean's old teacher, Dr. Grayson, shows up as a pathetic alcoholic performing underground surgery on transgender people in a filthy apartment. The Carver and the female police officer investigating the case are not only partners in crime, but siblings who are sleeping together.
And their parents were incestuous siblings as well, which resulted in physical abnormalities in both. Matt McNamara accidentally sleeps with his sister because they didn't know at the time that they shared the same father.
Bullet Holes and Revelations: In the season 2 finale, Adrian and Ava are close together and we hear a stabbing noise, Ava has a shocked look and bloody hands, but the reveal shows that Adrian stabbed himself so that Ava would never leave him again. Sean in Season 6, even though he claims he just "swam out too far. One character in the first season had a massive amount of surgeries to make him look like Micheal Jackson Chained to a Bed: Kimber tricks Christian into letting her tie him to a bed; she used the opportunity to torture him and get revenge after a particularly nasty break-up.
The serial killer the Carver had a MySpace , in which he would post videos about his motives and philosophy of life, and ultimately unmasks. Liz, who is gorgeous by most standards, has trouble meeting potential dates and worries that no one will want her. The frame-up was, of course, perpetrated by the actual Carver team: Quentin Costa, aided by Det. Christian assumes that the baby Gina is carrying is his, which she claims is true.
Big shock when the baby is born and he is black. Gina, as a sex addict, has had countless different partners. It evolves into a protracted legal battle when Christian wants to be a father to the boy anyway, but Gina doesn't want to share custody with him since Christian is not the real father.
Christian then gets in touch with the biological father so they can have Gina declared unfit as a parent. The father, who is a middle-aged, married man, admits that while he regrets the affair, he and his wife have decided to raise the child by themselves. The judge ultimately accords them custody and cuts out both Gina and Christian.
Matt and Kimber join it in Season 5. Broken Aesop version, in the very first episode. But then again, the show is about plastic surgery Escobar Gallardo uses this to intimidate Sean.
He implies that the woman he's having sex with could instead be Sean's wife. Christian speaks fluent Spanish as seen in a scene where he's interviewing a patient. No doubt necessary in a city like Miami, which has a huge Hispanic population. Used to establish that Christian is the father of Matt. It really ups his Jerkass credentials but, makes any scene he's in funny. There's a subversion in the episode Jenny Juggs , where title character has incredibly huge breasts that she can even use as weapons , knocking out the protagonist and breaking a pumpkin with them.
Her breasts have caused her a lot of self-esteem issues, not helped by the fact that she's a stripper. She is finally convinced by the protagonist to get a breast reduction bringing her to a C-cup but ends up getting upset anyway because she thinks her breasts are too small. Another subversion in an early episode where the patient of the week is a woman who had had incredibly large breast implants, then wants them reduced again. It turns out that she's actually working for a drug dealer who is using the implants to smuggle his product into the country.
In Season 5, Gina is literally fucked to death by Christian. The serial killer called the Carver turns out to be Quentin Costa, and Detective Kit McGraw, who's investigating the case, is his sister and accomplice. Everything about this show. If it can go wrong, it will a million times over. At one point Christian Troy dated a blind woman.
He was initially intrigued by her because she couldn't simply judge him by his appearance, and was wondering at the time if women saw anything more in him than his looks and status.
Most of the episodes don't end well. Were the creators trying to tell us something? Most notably Nanette Babcock and Kimber Henry.