You know what they say about too much of a good thing... in a season riddled with abstinence, Jackie gives into temptation, and I needed a died gurney when I saw which one.
Despite the massive turnover in doctors at the hospital, the staff has begun to work in unison, saving lives like it’s their… job. A pregnant woman with a gunshot wound walks into
a glass door All Saints, and starts crowning – talk about making an entrance! In the best improtu delivery scene since Will Smith in Men in Black, Gloria Akalitus solidifies the fact that she's no damsel in distress.
Jackie’s going on a date and Zoey is already planning to be her bridesmaid... Thor's goes Queer Eye doing a full on Extreme
Home Makeover on Jackie's wardrobe. On the other side of the hospital, the war between Gloria and Prentiss rages on. Not to mention that Grace Peyton attends her first rave... without any glowsticks.
“I don’t want to go on a date. What I want to do is get a handful of pills, crush them up and snort a huge, fat line.”
Jackie, the solution is obvious: you need to start dating college kids. Not only will you be accepted, but your badass nature and straw technique would be applauded. I’m not so sure, however, that would be the best second date with CPC, which should be your first priority.
For someone so savvy, I was downright shocked at her inability to download Skype. I mean, I haven’t seen someone that perplexed since my mother got a TIVO. Dating has taken its toll on Jackie... she used to be able to numb all that anxiety us "normal" people face, but now she’s as hormone driven as her daughter, Grace. Maybe Jackie and CPC can double with Grace and her soon-to-be ex-con boyfriend.
“I guess I’m only crazy if you answer, right?”
Jackie’s insistance to connect with her friends technologically thwarts her at every turn. For someone that needs to be grounded by a sponser or a best friend, she reaches out in the oddest of ways: calling out to O’hara in England, far later than she would be awake; leaving Charlie voicemails that can only be described as reading her diary aloud. Not since Felicity have I seen technology used as such a crutch. Remember all the way back to season one, when Felicity chased Ben all the way to NYU, she would record those long, regailing messages for Sally with a tape recorder? It allows such insight to the character without making it seem disingenuous, but enough already... Keri Russell plays a KGB agent nowadays. We all gotta grow up.
During her date, Jackie answers a mystery call from what first seems like another love interest. It turns out to be Charlie’s dad, and, yes, he knows his son’s voicemail password. Rather than confronting her about using said voicemail, the two share a heartfelt moment. Too heartfelt, actually. Swept up by finally confronting their mutual loss, they loose their clothes. Cheating on CPC aside, it was (as the title suggests) a good thing. In fact, without this moment, Jackie may have never stopped leaving those messages.
In true form, the one moment Jackie tries to allot for herself is instantly usurped, this time, by her kids. Jackie makes the quickest
walk jog of shame to her car to save her daughter. Every Peyton has their darkside, like mother like daughter, right? We’re left in the lurch about how Jackie parents herself out of this one, but I hope she lets Grace off the hook. Jackie Junior realized she was in over her head, and reached out.
“I don’t know what can happen while watching The Hunger Games, but I’d feel better knowing there’s a parent there.” --Jackie.
Grace’s first rave was NOT SO RAVEN. I haven’t seen a club that hopping since Save the Last Dance, except Grace didn’t have a bestie for a curbside makeover. Thor, where were you? Grace needs a gay BFF STAT. If not, she’s going to Charlie quickly, and Jackie’s already lost one "child" this way…
While last week I railed against Prentiss for going on a full-fledged assault against Gloria, he may be winning me over. As he corners Jackie about the issue again, he reveals his motives, “in a life and death profession, I want to know that we’re all here.” His point is subtle: "all here." We haven’t yet delved into the larger memory issue, but we’re on the precipice, and he's right: while I may love Gloria and many of these comical scenes, the time will come when one of her forgetful spells ends up sealing a patient's fate.
“I know it’s like a foreign object to you: lipstick”
As much as I liked a new twist on bringing teacher an apple, Jackie wasn’t having it. I’ve only just this week realized that Doctor Roman could be Joan from Mad Men’s younger sister, and her entire plotline aligned for me. This is the 21st century. I applaud Roman for using every god-given gift from her surgical hands to her legs, seemly longer than 1-95. Also, the girls from Bunheads could take a lesson from this week’s hairdo – Cinnabon could have charged like $50 for that beauty.
Are you a doctor or a musical instrument? How you allow Roman to play you like an upright cello, between shoulders more perfectly sculpted than Michelle Obama, is beyond reason. That being said, these two may be a match made in heaven. Coop has the emotional capacity of a socially inept 15-year-old, and she stopped reading anything besides nutrition labels in 10th grade. Only Cooper would thank a patient’s busted knee for a BJ. That’s manners, my friends.
Zoe is doing it right. Delivering a baby in the waiting room earned her the auspicious honor of having a baby named after her… almost. After the mother heared Zoey’s name, she quickly asked what her middle name was. #Burn. Embarassed, she refuses to even share it with the rest of the class. I, for one, NEED to know. There’s no way it can be stranger reveal than Iphigenia, ala Callie Torres from Grey’s Anatomy.
Girlfriend is not going down without a fight. Whether Gloria is forgetful or not, I would still want her tasked to my medical mystery. Diagnosing a patient Prentiss discharged, she never ceases to let the new chief know that Gloria is always right. While there is clearly an issue going on inside her head – besides what I can only imagine is a greek chorus singing her praises — perhaps the clearest solution is to demote her from head admistrator to head nurse. Jackie is already doing her job, sans title, and Gloria has saved the day two weeks in a row.
It makes you wonder. What were Jackie’s early days like at All Saints when she was fresh out of nursing school, before the kids and the drug problem – was she like Zoey? Was Akalitus her Nurse Jackie? Please, can we have that flashback, complete with adorable scrubs?
“Do we even feel that we like any of this?”
I may need to invent a new grading system to reflect Thor’s ability to transform Nurse Jackie into… well, Edie Falco. While Jackie’s outfits were more dated than the last time she actually went on a real date, Thor may have called in a couple favors with the Nurse Gods. I wasn’t sure a makeover scene could top The Princess Diaries, but I could not have been more wrong --Thank Zeus! May I also note that this is a reality show I would watch: Extreme Hospital Makovers. The All Saints doctors could do plastic surgery, and Thor can life-coach the shit out of everyone.
- When Jackie quickly departs her date after a mysterious phone call, ostensibly from her children, CPC allows her to leave, but mutters “Little Bastards.”
- Is it just me or everytime a writer mentions a dance company on television, it can mean one of two things: Alvin Ailey or Joffrey Ballet.