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'Nurse Jackie' recap: 'Godfathering'

Jackie’s new role at the hospital is causing all sorts of feelings.

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Nurse Jackie

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

If there’s one thing we know about Jackie, it’s that she doesn’t like to have her hands tied; and if there’s another thing we know about Jackie, it’s that if they are, she’ll quickly find a way to get them untied. This week finds Jackie’s hands firmly tied in a knot that even the most zealous Boy Scout would have difficulty untying, but one that surely won’t stay tight for long. 

Although the Diversion program forbids her from having any interaction with patients, Jackie quickly falls back into her old routine when a man is brought into the ER (like we didn’t see that coming). After transferring him from his gurney (and Zoey, Coop, and Thor stand by clueless as to what role Jackie is allowed to play anymore), the new, kick-ass-and-take-names Gloria steps in and defines things once again. Not only is Jackie not allowed to have contact with patients, she has to remain 25 feet from the pharmacy door and completely out of the Trauma Department, unless she’s cleaning it, which she directs Jackie to do. Wah wah.

Meanwhile, Zoey is given the unfortunate—and undesirable—job of being Jackie’s designated monitor. “This is all feeling very weird and personal,” she tells Gloria, who doesn’t care and is all about making Jackie’s life miserable (but has inadvertently made Zoey’s life miserable, as the poor girl has to stand guard over her former idol and watch her pee as she waits for her urine sample, despite Jackie trying to get her to leave). Happy with the new role or not, she takes it very seriously. But would we expect anything less from Zoey? 

Later, Jackie notices a woman in severe stomach pain who’s been waiting to see a doctor for far too long. Once again dancing in the gray area of the rules, Jackie tries to help by putting her chart on top so the woman is called next. When the woman is still suffering in tremendous pain back in the ER later in the day, Jackie busies herself straightening the sheets while Zoey tries to make a diagnosis. Discovering the woman’s toes are blue (thank you, Nurse Jackie, for catching that while “straightening the sheets”) Coop is called in and reflexively asks Jackie her opinion, which designated monitor Zoey dispiritedly discourages, and as Gloria—who is watching the whole exchange—tries to melt them all with her glare.

Speaking of Coop, he’s fully immersed in the pool of rash decisions he’s created since learning of Carrie’s pregnancy and has paid cash for a house to raise his wack-a-doo little family in. He even asks Eddie to be the baby’s godfather. (“It’s not like you’ll have to do anything, I’m gonna live forever!” Perhaps a clever nod to Peter Facinelli’s other doctor persona, Dr. Carlisle Cullen?) But later, Coop’s dreams—and probably about $800K—go up in smoke (cigarette smoke, that is) when Carrie breaks the news that she had a miscarriage. And by “breaks the news” I mean that Jackie asks to bum a cigarette off of her so that Coop will put two and two together, which he surprisingly kind of does. Carrie gives a devastated Coop a friend hug to comfort him, though.

NEXT: Eddie crosses his final line