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Nurse Jackie recap: Vigilante Jones

Jackie’s back, in more ways than one.

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Nurse Jackie

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
Edie Falco
Doctor/Medical/Hospital, Comedy

It’s a good day to be Nurse Jackie. She’s back in blue, tending to patients, and popping pills. You know, same old, same old. If only Eddie didn’t have to rain on her parade by wanting to use her renewed status to get a few doctor’s signatures to pad his numbers and keep him out of hot water. Sorry, Eddie, Jackie’s not letting you bring her down from this high! I mean, it would be idiotic to do anything illegal to jeopardize her newly reinstated position, wouldn’t it? #sarcasm

Gloria, however, isn’t feeling so fine. She calls in sick for the rest of the week, but Zoey is on to her. “She has the flu,” Zoey tells Jackie. “You are the flu.” While that may be true, Gloria’s sudden (and phony) illness can’t stop the love fest that Jackie has now spread to Zoey, who is giddy to have her BFF and mentor back in the trenches with her. Even Dr. Prince joins in. He’s high on life … for now.

When a Middle Eastern woman comes in complaining of an illness in a language that Jackie cannot understand, she grabs what looks like a toy telephone from the 1970s but is actually something cool called a translator phone. After the woman stumps the translator operator, Jackie sends Zoey to the Indian restaurant down the street to fetch a worker there to see if he can help. In the meantime, Jackie finds the woman’s suitcase full of medical records, which reveal she is suffering from liver disease. Dr. P determines the woman needs surgery, but Jackie points out there’s currently a 12-hour wait for the operating room. Did I mention that Dr. Prince has been suffering severe headaches and memory loss as a result of his gigantic brain tumor? I didn’t? Oh, well, keep that in mind.

Meanwhile, Karlsen runs into Zoey and brags about having sex with Carrie, even though Zoey refuses to believe him. Did I miss an episode? Oh, wait. It’s Carrie. Never mind. Of course she had sex with him even though he’s despicable.

Jackie’s triumphant return (to both her position and her vices), the unintelligible woman, Carrie and Karlsen’s (gross and) secretive affair, and Dr. Prince’s frightening behavior aren’t the only exciting things happening in the ER, however. Enter Vigilante Jones (in the form of the brilliant Chris Elliot), a superhero who is found trying to climb up the building with a couple of bad knees. According to him, he’s not crazy, he’s just there to do good. Will he succeed? Stay tuned.

Zoey returns with the man from the Indian restaurant and Jackie leads them to the Middle Eastern woman’s room, only to find Dr. Prince performing the surgical procedure to drain her abdomen on her—alone. After his vision fails and he can’t complete the surgery, Jackie jumps in, ordering Dr. P to step away. With the woman understandably frantic because her stomach is sliced open and her doctor doesn’t know what to do, Dr. Prince, who is in excruciating pain, talks Jackie successfully through the procedure. A fortunate, happy ending, but Jackie wisely (and sadly) knows it needs to be Dr. Prince’s last and tells him it’s time to remove himself from the floor. Suddenly, the high-on-life Dr. Prince isn’t so nice anymore, and not only freaks out at Jackie but tries to fire Zoey when she asks him to sign some paperwork. Not even Vigilante Jones can save the day (although he tries). There’s only one person who has the authority to remove Dr. Prince, and she’s at home battling the “flu.”

NEXT: Gloria drops the mic … and Eddie drops Jackie (or vice versa)