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'Nurse Jackie' Season 3, Episode 3 Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 12th 2011 2:00AM
nurse_jackie_kevin_jackie_showtime_2011['Nurse Jackie' - 'Play Me']

Kicking off the episode with 'Optimistic Voices' from 'The Wizard of Oz' should have been a tip-off that we would be going over the rainbow in tonight's installment. Jackie was a veritable Dorothy as strange things were happening around here, events that began with the sudden, unexpected appearance of Kevin's kid sister, Aunt Tunie.

Get used to the crazy kin folk, gang, because she's going to be crashing in Queens for a few weeks. How's that for a way to test Jackie's resolve to be the perfect little wife and mother.

All the waffles in the world can't cover up the fact that she's working overtime to make Kevin believe that the intervention was a success. All Jackie needs to push her into a major blow up is Tunie dating Eddie, which was Kevin's bright idea because he doesn't know who Eddie really is.


There were a bunch of strange gags and elements in the show. God stole a painted blue piano off the street and set up a lounge in the basement. Lenny made Zoe an al fresco lunch that included a key in a sandwich that broke her filling. Was it a romantic gesture? Sure, but also signs that Lenny may be the suffocating type. Cooper drafted Thor to save his butt in fantasy football, which is hilarious. The gay nurse knows more about tight ends and linebackers than the womanizing doctor. How's that for shattering stereotypes?

The warring pushcart vendors were a noisy counterpoint to the Orthodox Jewish husband who wanted his critically injured wife to be transferred to Beth Israel, presumably because it was a Jewish hospital, even if it killed her. Her bagel and lox, reformed Jewish parents just wanted her to survive. We never did learn her fate after Jackie arranged for the husband's wishes to be fulfilled. How ironic that Jackie took the husband's side; nothing like her personal life.

Akalitus had to contend with the church wanting to confiscate the statues from All Saints. You could almost see the wheels turning in her bureaucratic mind to find a way to postpone them being moved. Like maybe for another 32 years, which was when they were originally scheduled to be warehoused. Gloria loves those things enough to fight tooth and nail to keep them. She may also want to keep that blue piano in the basement.

The screwiest segment was Jackie's encounter with the guy she ripped off last season, the one who had $12,000 worth of meds on his body when he suffered an epileptic seizure. It turned out that he didn't want revenge on Jackie after all. His deal was pushing drug addicts to the edge of self-destruction before saving them. Jackie impressed him as a future client. It was a scary conversation that left Jackie rattled.

Finally, back to Eddie for a minute. His honest assessment of how he thrives on the smallest signs of affection from Jackie was heartbreaking. He's not a bad guy, but he is very much addicted to the crumbs Jackie tosses his way.

'Nurse Jackie' airs Mondays at 10PM ET on Showtime.

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