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'Nurse Jackie' - 'Caregiver' Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 20th 2010 12:13AM
(S02E05) Jackie Peyton has to be one of the most complicated and twisted characters on television today. Just trying to navigate the ins and outs of her mind, the motivations and mood swings, is enough to make you seasick. But then she does something soulful and pure and good, and you wonder if you were wrong to doubt her. You had all that, plus 'Alice in Wonderland' in this episode. More after the jump.

Kevin screwed the pooch by going to the movies with Ginny Flynn and the kids, but that wasn't really what ticked off Jackie. Or was it? Hard to tell, but she used the incident to park herself on the couch instead of the bed, a move that Eleanor pegged as a mistake. Sometimes it seems that Jackie doesn't listen to Eleanor, but this time she did. Kevin got a cell phone 'kiss and make up' message. Why did she feel she had to punish him for the movie when she obviously trusts him not to be doing Ginny? Could it be a reflection of her own guilty feelings about Eddie? Probably.

But what was really going on in Jackie's world was fear of losing her drug supply. With Gloria posting a guard on the pill-o-matix, Jackie was plotting how to continue getting what she needed. When she made a date on the phone, you knew she was circling back to Eddie. Always working the angles, that Jackie.

The guest of the week was Marion Ross. Just a few quick scenes, but very effective. It was very cool that it was Thor who recognized her name -- Renata Ferber -- as a Broadway hairstylist who'd worked on shows from the 60s and 70s, 'Mame,' 'Follies,' 'Company.' She was now a neglected senior whose 24-hour caregiver was MIA. The progression from how she was brought in, unkempt, ragged nails, matted hair, smelling foul, to the way she looked after some All Saints attention was touching.

Using her Jackie powers of justice, Nurse Peyton made sure that the bitch-caregiver was reported to the cops and the gun-toting illegal alien who was supposed to be arrested for the pistol was allowed to escape in a fresh pair of scrubs. Jackie doesn't make a big deal out of her decisions, and fortunately, security cameras never seem to catch her doing bad for a good reason.

Other Points of Interest

-- Thor is right that diabetes is not a glamorous disease, but I'm really worried about his eyesight.

-- How funny was it that Coop thought Gloria was coming on to him when she enlisted him as the new poster boy for All Saints? The Face of All Saints. Will the money really go to charity? I'm guessing it'll be the new skis.

-- Sam finally got Eleanor cornered to discuss the bump in the chapel. Sam wanted to dump her, explaining, "My girlfriend's back." Eleanor's response, "So's mine."

-- The other woman for Eleanor, Sarah Khoury, a gorgeous news reporter, is coming on next week.

-- So after too much bad booze at the Staten Island barbecue, Zoey is now pregnant. I can't see her not having it, can you?

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Does anyone know if the father of Zoey's baby is that EMT guy? At first I got the impression, but from their conversation in the back of the ambulance, its not?

Wasnt expecting Jackie to get w/ Eddie. From the previews for next week, Im wondering what he did to have Jackie freak out...seems like he's pretty much blackmailing her telling her next time he will tell the whole truth.

April 21 2010 at 8:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rich Whittle

I'm sure it would ruin the plot, but you have to wonder the obvious, why doesn't Jackie just have her doc friend O'Hara
write her a scrip for pain medication?

After all, she does have a legitimate back problem.

April 20 2010 at 2:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I like how Jackie is multilingual. So she speaks 3 languages? Not that I mind, it speaks to her near mythical qualities as a nurse. The part that made me laugh in last nights episode was where the illegal asked for his pistol back, and she instantly snaps and says 'Are you f##king kidding me?' Didn't see her going to the movies with Eddie...ah, addiction.

April 20 2010 at 1:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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