2.05 Nip and Tuck
Original air date: December 6, 1997
Written by: Eric Morris
Directed by: Michael Lange
Jarod impersonates a plastic surgeon to discover why a teenage girl who was injured in a car wreck, but who underwent reconstructive surgery, was still left horribly disfigured.
Jarod’s Discoveries: Clay-dough, Hellraiser
Jarod’s Occupations: Plastic Surgeon
Jarod’s Aliases: Jarod Clay
Jarod impersonates a plastic surgeon so he can probe the tragic disfigurement of a teenage girl.
In flashback, a young Jarod awakens one morning with seemingly no knowledge of his own identity. Sydney blames the episode on years of Pretender simulations, and fears the child may lose his true self permanently if his withdrawal continues.
Meanwhile, Miss Parker and Sydney burst into Jarod’s old lair, where they discover dozens of copies of Aphrodite sculpted in clay. The statues are brought to Angelo, an empath who possesses the ability to feel the emotions of the artist at the time the statues were created. Broots interrupts the meeting, telling the others he is certain he’s being stalked.
Jarod, meanwhile, has assumed the identity of a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon at the Surgicare Cosmetic Surgery Clinic. He and a colleague, the materialistic Wade Eubanks, perform reconstruction on a patient. Afterward, they are joined by Dr. Christine Brant, the clinic’s Chief of Surgery. She insists that her staff help not only the well-to-do but also operate pro bono for those in need. Later, Jarod pays a visit to Tricia Homes, an African American teenager who dropped out of high school after she was disfigured in a car wreck. Tricia’s grandmother is puzzled by the mysterious CDs mailed to Tricia by an anonymous source. Painfully shy and self-conscious, Tricia remains hidden in the shadows. Eventually, Jarod helps bring her out of her shell.
Meanwhile, as Broots attempts to open the front door of his house, he notices an envelope containing photographs of him and his daughter. He is suddenly hit by a flying tackle and knocked to the ground. Almost simultaneously, gunfire rings out, and bullets explode against the front door of the house. Broots discovers his savior is none other than Angelo. Later, Broots discovers evidence that seems to imply Miss Parker was the shooter. Brigitte offers Broots protection in exchange for information regarding her every move. As Brigitte leaves the room, she sneezes. A few moments later, Angelo picks up the shell casings found near Broots’ home. Angelo sneezes. Broots realizes it was Brigitte who fired the weapon.
Jarod tricks Eubanks into accompanying him to Tricia’s home. After looking at the girl’s face, Eubanks swears to Jarod that, although he did perform the reconstructive surgery, he is not responsible for the girl’s disfigurement. Jarod determines that Brant was performing a chin implant when Eubanks was operating on Tricia. Jarod realizes that the anonymous donor of CDs sent to Tricia is the director of Surgicare Santa Barbara, Brad Hoffner. Jarod convinces Hoffner that a medical review of Tricia’s surgery is close at hand. Wracked with guilt, Hoffner describes the night of the operation. Eubanks, it turns out, did an excellent job. But Brant, who was performing the chin implant on a movie star, found herself in trouble when she discovered the bone grafts for the procedure had been damaged. Brant cut open Tricia’s face and harvested the needed bone. In her haste, she inadvertently severed Tricia’s facial nerve, disfiguring her. Hoffner received a big promotion in return for his silence.
Meanwhile, Miss Parker learns of Brigitte’s underhanded maneuvering, and realizes the Centre is attempting to pit her, Broots and Sydney against one another. Brigitte admits it was she who fired at Broots…but denies taking photographs. Later, Angelo examines the photos, telling the others he feels anger and confusion. When Sydney and Miss Parker leave the room, Angelo glares through demented eyes, and whispers “I decide who lives or dies.”
Jarod stages a phony car accident and races a drugged Brant into an operating room. When Brant regains consciousness, Jarod assures her he can repair the damage to her face… but adds he’ll be harvesting grafts from her face so a super model in a nearby operating room can be reconstructed. Jarod places an anesthesia mask over Brant’s horrified face and fires up a pair of air-powered skin shearers. When Brant reawakens, Jarod holds a mirror to her face, revealing a visage almost mangled beyond recognition. Brant screams in horror. Unbeknownst to her, the “new look” is formed from clay dough. Later, Jarod remembers when Sydney gave him a mirror so he could see his own reflection for the very first time.