I wanted to do a show that looked really, really glamorous and then underneath you’d see all the rot of everything and just how dark and dastardly and depressing that world is…. There’s a darkness to it. To go into a room and say I wanna change my face that’s a lot of self hatred…Despite Murphy's clearly critical relationship to cosmetic surgery, the storyline showed us over and over again that white women are guilty of what can only be called "ordinary ugliness." In other words, most of the characters on the show are aging white women (or young white women afraid of aging). When someone else shows up, someone who's a man or of color, they come in for extraordinary reasons, like a tail or horrible disfigurement in an accident or a third breast. These bodies "need" to be fixed; the surgery on them is "reconstructive" rather than "cosmetic." Aging white women, however, come in over and over for the signs of ordinary ugliness- sagging breasts, wrinkles, tummies that bulge, ankles that are so sturdy as to be tankles, even vaginas that sag. Of course we do not know if TV shows like "Nip/Tuck" actually make ordinary women feel so badly about themselves and their ordinary ugliness that they rush off to a plastic surgeon's office, but there is some recent research showing that many patients in cosmetic surgery offices in the New Haven, CT area were influenced by plastic surgery shows on TV. In my own interviews with plastic surgeons, I've heard again and again that if a show like "Nip/Tuck" airs on a Thursday, then Friday will see an increased volume of calls from potential patients. Patients tell me they learn about the different procedures available from these shows. "Nip/Tuck" is not supposed to liberate us. It's just that when a smart and critical producer like Murphy manages to teach us what we already know, that aging female bodies are so extraordinarily ugly they require heroic medical intervention, and does it in a way that seduces us with cleverness, it is a relief to know that it will eventually be off the air.