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'Nurse Jackie' - 'Candyland' Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 6th 2010 12:31AM
Jackie's answer to a myriad of questions could be summed up in one phrase: "It's a little complicated." Boy, is it ever. For Jackie, the roof is always just about to cave in, and this week was no different. However, by the end of the episode, the complications grew ever more gnarly with the appearance of a certain former friend, playing CandyLand with her family. For more on that and Zoey's hot date in Staten Island, follow me after the jump.

Eddie is not going away. He's determined to worm his way back into Jackie's life, and like the scene with Coop in the pharmacy, it's clear that Eddie has a one-track mind, all-Jackie, all the time. Kevin is oblivious to so many things, but how could he not see the look on Jackie's face when she came home to find Eddie playing with the kids.

Kevin has a lot of blind spots. He also can't see that Caitlyn -- and Ginny -- are too close for comfort. Jackie is such a good liar, though, that even when the little girl saw her snorting in the basement, Jackie came up with a plausible dodge. How she keeps her head on straight considering the meds she's taking, though, is a puzzle. Shouldn't she be dopey occasionally?

Coop was still tweeting, and boasting, too. That made him a double annoyance. Sam nailed him about how he got his name in New York magazine as one of the top 25 doctors in Manhattan. Coop paid for a publicist. The fact that he figured it out made Jackie realize that Sam was too smart for her to ignore completely. That's why she was busting his balls later in the show. She needs to keep him from nailing her about the drugs.

Eleanor and Gloria had a meeting of the minds, prompted by Coop's bragging about the magazine story. Hell, he had it framed and ready to hang in his office. The fact that he's such a lame doctor and was getting all that press really irked O'Hara. Gloria cut to the point and said what Eleanor needed to hear -- that in her estimation, O'Hara was one of the top five doctors she has ever worked with. See, a pat on the back is sometimes all you need to get through another day.

Back to Jackie, if Eddie doesn't back off, I think she might kill him. Seriously, her house of cards can't withstand the kind of wind he's blowing her way. And without his supply of drugs, she doesn't need him like she did before.

Other points of interest

-- Kevin's response to Jackie about O'Hara's offer to give them money for the children's education was, "Money always comes with strings." He's right, but watch for Jackie to find a way to take the cash.

-- The case of the empty scrotum and ripped up face was bizarre. The testicles migrated ... What a way to put it! Fortunately, Jackie had just the right words of kindness for the patient: "Don't worry, honey, we'll put everything back where they belong."

-- Jackie has now gotten every password code for the 'gumball machine,' Zoey's name for the pharmacy distribution system.

-- By the way, Zoey is definitely getting a little something-something with a guy. Her subtle transformation -- this week's eye shadow and her conversation with Eleanor about her hair -- were proof positive.

-- Gloria, when caught eating a candy bar: "I like to hide my humanity."

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I miss the hot gay nurse.

April 07 2010 at 1:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

@ Collin: I don't think Jackie was trying to kill herself at the end of season 1. After everything had happened especially with Eddie she needed a "fix". I don't think she was trying to kill herself though. As screwed up as she is, I don't think she would do that to her family especially since her daughter has such anxiety problems. What I would like to know is, why it was never discussed that she wasn't there for O'Hara when her mother came to the hosptial? I mean I guess she knows what happened with Jackie and Eddie but it still should've been addressed because now she's right back to offering her money and being her bestie.

April 06 2010 at 8:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm sorry that I've waited until this episode to ask this but has the show ever addressed Jackie's suicide attempt in the Season 1 finale?

I believe I've seen every episode and they seemed to have skipped over it. This seems rather sloppy.

The storylines this season are also very weak. Disappointing, actually.

April 06 2010 at 3:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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