by pat howard

NURSE JACKIE | 1×05: “Daffodil”

In Nurse Jackie on July 8, 2009 at 5:16 pm

I can’t believe this show is almost halfway through its season already.

Grace still has her problems (young Fi’s biggest issue seems to be playing with her food, so that’s kind of a normal childhood behavior, right?), and though Jackie can’t seem to fix those, perhaps there’s another 10-year-old girl out there she can help? Of course there is. Her name is Stephanie, and her mom has lupus. Jackie bends the rules to make sure Stephanie has everything she needs to continue going to grade school and caring for her mom. The next morning, via cell phone, she talks Stephanie through how to crush Percocet in juice to ease her mom’s suffering, giving a live demonstration to her empty kitchen.
The other patient of the week has had a stroke, and must suffer the further indignity of an incredibly poorly mannered family. After a tutoring session with Stephanie, Jackie provides the man with flash cards he can use to tell his boisterous brood where to stick it.
Mo-Mo is playing hide and seek with Thor, which continues to be adorable. Zoey works her first night shift with the gang, and is appalled when someone has the temerity to call Jackie a bitch. When Jackie can’t escape for dinner, Dr. O’Hara takes Zoey instead. Though sheltered from this high life, Zoey proves to be too perceptive for O’Hara’s comfort level. Later, back at the hospital, Zoey hilariously clotheslines an out of control patient. Coop is kind of an arrogant dick again, resulting in another dressing-down from Jackie and a near-grope from Coop, who then runs off to become sandwich buddies with Eddie.
Mrs. Akalitis returns to babysit and rain on another episode (what’s going on here, Anna Deavere Smith?), even suggesting that Stephanie be separated from her ailing mom and shunted off to social services. Her attempts to bitch out the smokers, however, are rebuffed by a gaggle of smoking doctors. Then she manages to taser herself in the elevator…you know, for that comic relief she always fails to bring to the show (that’s what Zoey’s for). While lying in a bed recovering from peeing herself (if we’re to believe what we learned last week on Weeds), Akalitis gives Jackie a speech about how she knows the score.
Not a bad episode, though Fiona and Akalitis are two big offenders on the flat character list. Nothing we can’t recover from, though I wonder what the original, darker version of this show might’ve turned out like.
Next week: meet Coop’s two mommies.

Grace still has her problems (young Fi’s biggest issue seems to be playing with her food, so that’s kind of a normal childhood behavior, right?), and though Jackie can’t seem to fix those, perhaps there’s another 10-year-old girl out there she can help? Of course there is. Her name is Stephanie, and her mom has lupus. Jackie bends the rules to make sure Stephanie has everything she needs to continue going to grade school and caring for her mom. The next morning, via cell phone, she talks Stephanie through how to crush Percocet in juice to ease her mom’s suffering, giving a live demonstration to her empty kitchen.

The other patient of the week has had a stroke, and must suffer the further indignity of an incredibly poorly mannered family. After a tutoring session with Stephanie, Jackie provides the man with flash cards he can use to tell his boisterous brood where to stick it.

Mo-Mo is playing hide and seek with Thor, which continues to be adorable. Zoey works her first night shift with the gang, and is appalled when someone has the temerity to call Jackie a bitch. When Jackie can’t escape for dinner, Dr. O’Hara takes Zoey instead. Though sheltered from this high life, Zoey proves to be too perceptive for O’Hara’s comfort level. Later, back at the hospital, Zoey hilariously clotheslines an out of control patient. Coop is kind of an arrogant dick again, resulting in another dressing-down from Jackie and a near-grope from Coop, who then runs off to become sandwich buddies with Eddie.

Mrs. Akalitis returns to babysit and rain on another episode (what’s going on here, Anna Deavere Smith?), even suggesting that Stephanie be separated from her ailing mom and shunted off to social services. Her attempts to bitch out the smokers, however, are rebuffed by a gaggle of smoking doctors. Then she manages to taser herself in the elevator…you know, for that comic relief she always fails to bring to the show (that’s what Zoey’s for, duh, and she still manages to be a character while doing it). While lying in a bed recovering from peeing herself (if we’re to believe what we learned last week on Weeds), Akalitis gives Jackie a speech about how she knows all about her shenanigans because she used to be the one pulling them. Jackie seems unimpressed by this revelation.

Not a bad episode, though Fiona and Akalitis are two big offenders on the flat character list. Nothing we can’t recover from, though I wonder what the original, darker version of this show might’ve turned out like.

Next week: meet Coop’s two mommies.

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