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‘Nurse Jackie’ Review: “No-Kimono-Zone”

Nurse Jackie
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When her day starts off like an “Inception” sequel, can you blame Jackie Peyton (Edie Falco) for wanting to get high? Such is the latest episode of ‘Nurse Jackie.’ After awaking from a dream-within-a-dream about popping a pill and making out with her boss, Dr. Cruz (Bobby Cannavale), things get even trippier as Jackie heads to the kitchen find Zoey (Merritt Wever) in a kimono, making breakfast for her two daughters.

As challenging as living with Zoey and her quirky wardrobe might be, Jackie learns things could get worse when Kevin’s lawyer calls to inform her that her soon-to-be-ex-husband is seeking custody of the girls. If there was ever a time to get a high…

Later in the episode, Jackie pointed out to O’Hara (Eve Best) that things only got bad when she went to rehab. The truth is that things were never that good, Jackie just chose to get high rather than deal with it.

But it’s not all doom and gloom at All Saints. Lenny’s finally put a ring on it, making Zoey a giddy fiancee, though a moment with Coop (Peter Facinelli) makes her question if Lenny’s really the one (and Eddie question Zoey’s sanity).

As for Coop, he’s proven that men can get baby fever, fawning over the pregnant O’Hara as if she were holding golden retriever puppy. While everyone else is getting married, divorced and having kids, Coop’s remained mostly stagnant the past two seasons. The character’s become almost cartoonish and not very funny, at that. Coop’s at his best (and funniest) when he’s an arrogant and oblivious jerk, not a drooling man-child. And unfortunately, Dr. Cruz has chosen to make Coop his clown rather than his protege.

However, Jackie manages to stay sober despite Coop’s nagging obsession with O’Hara’s baby, Zoey’s freak out over losing her ring and multiple calls from Kevin’s lawyer demanding the kids and the house. Even the news that Eddie basically wrote Kevin a prescription for custody when he gave him a list of the meds Jackie abused doesn’t send her over the edge. That’s not to say she isn’t dangerously close but after a heart-to-heart with O’Hara, Jackie finally hands over the pill she found on the floor of the nurses’ station.

Still, there is the question of her file – what’s in it, where it went and why Cruz wants it. Perhaps Akalitus decided to give Jackie a fresh start after her return from rehab. Her lack of documented war wounds after twenty years on the job has Cruz intrigued. So does Jackie’s uncanny ability to answer his questions before he’s asked them. At the very least, a mutual respect between the two was established in this episode.

And then there’s the matter of that sex dream. Add to that the fact that Cruz is the father of Jackie’s teenage rehab buddy, Charlie and things get dicey. Yup, all of that might just be enough to throw Jackie off the wagon or at least make for one very interesting ride into sobriety.

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