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Nurse Jackie: Pill-O-Matix

by Jane Boursaw, posted Aug 18th 2009 2:46PM
Nurse Jackie - Pill-o-Matix(S01E11) Nothing really jumped out at me about this episode ... well, ok, the spider scene. And the end scene. That opened up a big can o' worms for Jackie that I'm sure will have big consequences for her one way or another. And I appreciated seeing Victor Garber as the movie critic patient, and the mess Zoey made while caring for him.

But that's how Nurse Jackie operates. There usually aren't any major "wow" scenes; the episodes just sort of float along, one playing off of the other in more of a real-life fashion.

In case anyone hasn't seen the episode yet, I'll get into more details after the jump.

The tap-dancing scene:
I can see where Jackie's coming from. The other kid wasn't giving Grace any space, so of course, Jackie would fight for her daughter. Except her daughter didn't seem too annoyed by it and Jackie getting into a little tussle with the other kid didn't help matters. Maybe a better solution would have been to just pull Grace back a little, so she'd have a line all to herself. Then again, the other mom wasn't being helpful at all.

Kevin and Fiona buying a new ring for Jackie. Just a really sweet scene that makes me want to punch Jackie for fooling around behind Kevin's back. My current theory is that she started sleeping with Eddie to get the pills, and then fell for him along the way. At least after he's gone, she'll be able to reset the Pill-O-Matix to get her pills. Not that that's a good thing.

Coop falling for Jackie. After one kiss? And he gives her flowers and Extra gum? What's up with that, and who is this guy anyway? I think O'Hara was spot-on when she said, "Oh, goodie, now he can take you to the prom," after she and Jackie watched Coop break up with his girlfriend so he could be with Jackie.

Jackie arguing with the movie critic over Hotel for Dogs and The Guardian.
I'm sort of on her side with this. Different movies appeal to different people, and not every movie has to be an Oscar winner to be fun. Then again, he's right, too. His job is to pick apart movies.

Zoey giving the movie critic too large a dose.
Well, that's just sloppy nursing. But it did lead to Zoey's little talk over pizza with Mo-Mo and Thor, which was just touching and sweet.

Jackie shopping with O'Hara. Jackie seems to take everything so nonchalantly, that I was surprised she'd be all stressed out over O'Hara taking her shirt off in the middle of the store. I figured she'd just sit there and watch as the passers-by ogled O'Hara through the window.

Spiders in a patient's ears. Ugh, I can't even write this without cringing. And then the size of that thing! Double-ugh. I'm amazed Mo-Mo didn't pass out. I almost did just watching it.

The End Scene.
I see big, big troubles for Jackie over Eddie seeing her with Kevin and the girls through the window. And, hopefully, she'll get a clue that she's got a great thing going at home, and why the heck is she messing it up?

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Daune Calovini

When Jackie hooked up with Eddie, after he showed her how to get her pills when he's gone, I shook my head and thought (especially after Kevin was SO sweet buying her a new ring), when/how is this affair going to end? Who is going to get hurt?

And in a few minutes, we knew. Eddie, at least, is going to get hurt. He has shown a volatile side, so who knows what he's going to do, once he meets Kevin. I can't imagine he'll want to do anything mean to him. Kevin is awesome, although he doesn't get O'Hara.

I put Jackie's bad behavior at tap on her stressing out over other things, like her finger and drug dependency (remember her nose bleed previously) and guilt. I can remember times in my life when I didn't feel very charitable to other kids in my son's activities.

I love Akalitis. And the fact that Angela/Zoey almost killed her one shot at hooking up with a man... in this setting (not real life, of course), it's hilarious. The light bulb going off for Zoey about Thor was hilarious. O'Hara laughing at Cooper is hilarious. This show grows on me more every week. I'm sad so many people are not into it.

August 18 2009 at 7:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have been watching all season also, and although i enjoy the show, there are so many holes you could drive a truck through them. Does Jackie work that far away from home that no one would recognize her at the hospital? We need some kind of back story as to why she is having an affair with Eddie - trouble at home or just to get the pills? Doesn't Eddie have some sort of accountability to someone for the drugs in his pharmacy - you would think it wouldn't be that easy to take whatever you wanted.

My 2 favorite characters are O'Hara and Mrs. Akalitis. They seem to provide the comedy portion of things that the show really needs. Zoe also gets some of the best lines just reacting to Jackie.

It isn't must see tv but it is a good story and great actors.

August 18 2009 at 5:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

For some reason I've been watching this show every week up until now, even though I don't think it's very good at all. While I was watching the tapdancing scene on this episode I got so frustrated, I turned it off and deleted the season pass from my Tivo. The best feeling this show has given me is the feeling I got when I realized I wouldn't be watching it anymore. I'm really surprised it took me this long. If you like this show, more power to you, but I'm done, and I've never felt better.

August 18 2009 at 4:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sam the Deaf

My heart pound as I can't wait to see what is going on next show. omg omg

August 18 2009 at 3:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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