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'Nurse Jackie' - 'Twitter' Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 30th 2010 9:02AM
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(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.

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AlmondJoy

"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."

Hmmm....correct me if I'm wrong but I don't think that Dr. O'Hare is aware of Jackie's drug addiction, only her infidelity.

March 31 2010 at 9:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jameskildare

Do people really do not know what pain she may be feeling, but just hope it is real, really since he left the house with the famous Dr. vicodin, this medicine had a significant increase in addiction because people believe that this replaces any narcotic medication for both anxiety, chronic pain, even for a toothache, etc.. Apparently they are becoming addictive without knowing the reality that can cause this medicine, jackie addiction can be dangerous if you have a doctor who would prescribe an appropriate form of this medicine, I just read an item indicating that findrxonline.com Vicodin is a derivative of hydrocodone and can be altered to your nervous system if not taken properly, plus it can cause severe injuries.

March 30 2010 at 12:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom

Whereas I found her somewhat sympathetic last season, I am beginning to intensely dislike Jackie. So much so that I'm not sure how much longer I'm going to be able to tolerate this show. Has anyone noticed that her look has changed somewhat? Her face seems to have aged a good deal.

March 30 2010 at 9:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cyn

This episode was all over the board. Poor Grace. She is a reflection of all of Jackie's problems. She acts out what Jackie keeps inside and self-medicates to make it disappear. Grace needs help and probably meds, too. At least Jackie got a therapist name. Finally.
Love Chloe. She is quirky and loveable but detest Eleanor. She is so ugly yet chases men right and left. And, to show up at work on drugs? How nuts is that?
That is some dysfunctional ER they have going there. Even the new health reform bill can't fix this place.

March 30 2010 at 9:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Kai

Was Eleanor actually working when she went into work? I thought the same thing at first (of all people to go to work high, a Doctor would be one of the worst), but then I thought that she'd only gone visiting - so wasn't actually *working*.

I've got to admit that I kind of like Eleanor.. She's just as damaged as messed up as Jackie, but she's got her stuff together - for the most part..

March 30 2010 at 6:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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