Previously Nurse Jackie: Episode 9 -
Jackie admits a patient she has treated before. As his condition worsens, Zoey questions whether Jackie did enough to help him on his previous visit. Jackie’s drug use starts to cause spontaneous nose bleeds. O’Hara tells Jackie that her sister, who lives in Paris, has benefited from Jackie’s ability to juggle a job, family and affair at the same time. Jackie feels betrayed that O’Hara broke her confidence. A car accident victim is pronounced brain-dead, and rather than wait for Coop to certify legal brain death for organ donation, Jackie lies and says Coop signed off.
Written By: John Hilary Shepherd Directed By: Paul Feig
This week was the first that I started to feel sorry for Jackie. Despite her snappy comebacks, her instantaneous recovery from what would leave many of us flummoxed, and her appearance to others that she "has it all"--she really doesn't. As she said to Dr. O'Hara when O'Hara was innocently mentioning having praised Jackie to her sister in France at how seamlessly Jackie seems to manage her life, Jackie shook her head, quietly saying, "It's hard."
And, it is getting harder. Jackie's pill snorting is causing her to be sloppy in her nursing work, to be jumpy and snappish and over-reactive--all things that the people closest to her can see and are beginning to have concerns about. Jackie herself does not seem to indulge in taking the time to have a good look at her life. If she did she might see what a mess it truly is. Speed habit and nosebleeds aside, making ever larger mistakes and poor decisions at work aside, turning on her best friend O'Hara for a ludicrous reason, which of course wasn't the real thing Jackie was reacting to but still ended with a gulf that Jackie has created. Putting all this stuff away for a moment, Jackie is supposedly happily married. He seems like a great guy, great father to their two daughters so WTH is she doing having quickies with the hospital pharmacist?!? Of every self-destructive thing Jackie does this has to be the most potentially lethal.
Everything else makes sense when you look at her painkiller addiction. Maybe she is a sex addict as well? That's the best I can come up with. Of course, if Nurse Jackie were simply a story of a messed-up nurse it wouldn't have many viewers. I'm quite sure Edie Falco and Co., the snappy dialogue, the tight directing--the whole package pulls the viewer in. Despite her very large flaws, Jackie is a character that you can care about. I've no idea how her story will run it's course but I do really enjoy the thirty minutes I spend watching it each week. Just a few more episodes of season one left!
Wasn't Even There Coop starts to ask questions about an organ donation Jackie approved without certification of brain-death.
She Has Taste Still angry with Dr. O'Hara, Jackie commiserates with Mo-Mo about the rudeness of doctors.
RING FINGER Jackie and Grace begin mother-daughter tap class. Coop threatens to expose Jackie for falsifying a donor’s record. Jackie has forgotten to remove her wedding ring, and needs to get it off before meeting Eddie for a quickie. She can’t get the ring off and asks O’Hara to saw it off. To distract Coop from hassling her about the donor, Jackie baits him into grabbing her breast -- and rather than admonish him, she kisses him. Written By: Liz Brixius Directed By: Paul Feig