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'Nurse Jackie' Season 3, Episode 5 Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 26th 2011 2:00AM
nurse_jackie_edie_falco_showtime_2011['Nurse Jackie' - 'Rat Falls']

This was a Jackie-on-the-job episode, with only references to Kevin and the kids, and while a bit of a scattershot affair, it was still a lot of fun with the emphasis on the damn system and how to work it. As for the title, well, let's just say that unlike last week's 'Mitten,' which was almost poetic, this one was completely literal. There was a rat and it fell.

While Jackie continues to be the master of all things at All Saints, she's starting to feel the pinch when it comes to her addiction. While a gunshot victim was dying in ER, she was counting out her doses for the week ahead.

It was kind of strange to imply that the man might have made it if Jackie had been there, but that seemed to be the subtext. Her drug habit prevented her from doing her job ... but that was a lone case.

In other instances, Jackie was on top of everything. In fact, her concern for Lou was the standout moment in the show. Jackie bargained with the psych nurse to get Lou safely in for an evaluation instead of back out into the world where he was likely to kill himself. It was cunning how Jackie found just the right currency to barter with the sassy woman who had her own priorities.



It was also great to see how Jackie's influence is spreading. O'Hara broke the rules in a big way to give Lou his medication for a year, and Akilitus made Jackie her accessory -- Thor, too -- in the church-defying statue relocation.

Would either of these ladies have so blatantly risked punishment if they hadn't seen how Jackie runs rough shod over the system time and again with success and, seemingly, no consequences?

Coop's two moms were back, with Judith Light taking over Blythe Danner's role as Maureen. But Light was terrific with Swoozie Kurtz as they broke the news to their son that they were breaking up. If there was any doubt that Coop is still an infant, this sequence dispelled it. Not only was his reaction juvenile, his tears on Jackie's shoulder underscored his immaturity.

It was disturbing to see Jackie flush the overdosed rat down the toilet. Holy crap, does the New York sewer system really need more rats? But the message was clear; overdo it on valium and you'll be flushing your life down the toilet. The rat was Jackie, get it?

You'd like to think that was why Jackie turned to the fixer, that she feared reaching rock bottom. Instead, she met the guy and bought enough pills for one more day.

She held onto the 30-day sober chip, and something tells me she'll use it to convince Kevin that she's been clean since the intervention. That would be manipulative and deceitful, but it might buy Jackie more time in a marriage that's built on her lies.

Finally, Jackie gave Eddie the greenlight to date Tunie, with the proviso that he's likely going to be sucked into Tunie's craziness. After his experience with Jackie, which is still sucking him in, Eddie may just like ladies with baggage.

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

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devinmcmusters

She's looking rough these days....

April 26 2011 at 3:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
snb

Jackie is the female "House"

April 26 2011 at 11:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mickwarner

Hi, i have seen the all season of Nurse Jackie but this one is great and i did not miss even a single episode of it.

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