'Nurse Jackie' - 'Twitter' Recap
by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 30th 2010 9:02AM
(S02E02) When it comes to Jackie and her reliance on meds, what came first -- the stress or the drugs? You have to wonder. For those who think that Jackie is like House, there's one difference which is House had a serious injury that was the gateway to his Vicodin addiction. Jackie did allude to back problems last season, but now she just swipes pills and pops them like they're a crutch.
Anyway, this thought occurred as Jackie continues to be a mass of contradictions, especially to herself. This week was no different. More on that and the smoke alarms after the jump.
Grace's anxieties about the house burning down were the latest issues in the little girl's life. Exactly why Grace has neuroses like these may turn out to be a form of autism. Maybe she's like Max on 'Parenthood' or Albert on 'Men of a Certain Age,' or maybe she's reacting subconsciously to the fear that the house -- metaphorically being the family -- will burn down because of Jackie. When Grace was going around unplugging appliances to prevent fires, maybe she was also seeing Mommy's secret stashes of drugs. Could Grace have witnessed Jackie's addiction all these years and that's caused her anxieties?
What may really burn down the House of Peyton is Eddie. His friendship with Kevin is a ticking bomb that's bound to explode. Kevin is completely oblivious to Eddie's unctuous behavior, the over-familiarity. And exactly how much drinking is Kevin doing while on the job? He shouldn't be downing shots with Eddie like he was a customer. And why does it seem that the more Jackie ignores him, the worse Eddie's behavior.
Whatever, Jackie went to Akilitis to do something about it, even though she never revealed the problem was hers. She did let Gloria know that Dr. Twitter was a pain in the ass. Cooper has always been inappropriate since day one, why would you think he wouldn't become a self-involved jerk who tweets his every movement to the world? To me, he epitomized ever person with the damn Blackberry attached to their hands that you can't avoid seeing when you walk out the door.
Finally, the med story of the week was the child with cystic fibrosis. The competition between Cooper and Jackie to prove who cared more for the patient was funny, if completely inappropriate. It lead to Jackie giving preliminary good news to the parents, only to learn the final results were catastrophic. Heartbreaking.
Other points of interest
-- Zoey broke another patient, this time god. While the movie critic recovered from the coma, he was never quite right. God, however, seemed back in top form once she convinced him that he might be a relative of the Almighty.
-- What's up with Thor? A glass eye. If that can't get him to take care of his diabetes, nothing will. I do like him a lot though. His line, "Don't amplify my shame" about the In Touch magazines was priceless.
-- Eleanor's ecstacy toot explained a lot. She went for drugs to relieve the stress of her mother's death, so of course she gets why Jackie does the same thing. They're co-enablers.
-- Thor and Jackie agreed that Sam is cute and smart and they hate him. "He's dead to me."
-- So, was that a walk of shame by Zoey or not? I bet it wasn't.