Nurse Jackie: School Nurse
by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 30th 2009 6:45AM
(S01E04) I liked Nurse Jackie from the first episode, and I continue to like it more and more each week. I like that the characters look like real people, not stick-thin Hollywood types. And even though Jackie is worn down by life, she seems to thrive on the hospital stuff and caring for patients. I guess that's the sign of a good nurse (ya think, Jane?).
Let's take the scene where Dr. O'Hara is telling a young patient's mom and brother all this scary stuff about his lung collapsing. She's not all that great with kids, is she? When the brother hugged her, I just wanted to smack her for not hugging him back, after all he'd been through that day with his twin getting shot. Meanwhile, in the background, Jackie is mouthing to the mom and brother that it's not that bad, that he'll be alright. It's this kind of hope that families need when they're going through a trauma.
We learned a little more about Mo-Mo -- that he lost his own twin brother when they were a year old. One minute he's asking Zoey if she's ever used hot rollers, and the next, he's singing sweetly at the young boy's bedside. That was a really nice scene.
Another nice scene was Dr. Cooper revealing his bedside manner by sweet-talking the older lady with the wig and no eyebrows. Then after she died, Zoey wanted to put her eyebrows on, and Jackie said she had a makeup pencil in her purse. All of it just made me go, Awww...
I'm just not sure what Jackie is doing with Eddie. I really do think she's in love with her husband, so is she just having sex with Eddie for the drugs? I guess my Midwestern sensibilities want to believe she at least has feelings for Eddie, but man, her husband is one of a kind. Don't mess it up, Jackie!
Loved the scene when Jackie got all defensive with the school nurse who wanted to put Grace on drugs -- like the school nurse knows more than Jackie. Doubt it! And let's face it. With Jackie's penchant for drugs, she probably doesn't want to pass that down to Grace.
And then the end scene with Jackie drawing a sun on Grace's colorless drawing. Like maybe she can inject some color into her anxious daughter's life...
What are your thoughts on this episode?