Note: The following review contains spoilers for all aired episodes of Nurse Jackie, including the most recent, “When the Saints Go.”
Can you believe we’re already halfway through the season? To quote a medical show that I no longer watch, “Seriously?” As far as the episode itself, it is a typically excellent half-hour of Nurse Jackie. The seeming culmination of Akalitus’ battle with the Catholic Church, having most of the saints carted away from All Saints is funny, even as it’s a bit sad to see that empty chapel and her seeming defeat. This seems to reflect what’s going on in Jackie’s life, the threat that nothing is constant and anything can be taken away with little warning. Her kind side is meanwhile demonstrated in the subplot in which she takes care of the bullet wound patient’s dog by hiding it–where else?–in Eddie’s back room. And in that same scene, her request of Eddie that he not date Tunie is one of those times where she lets her defenses down and actually allows someone to see her emotions laid bare–honest, uncensored–which is extremely touching to see, even as you have to feel bad for Eddie, since this surely makes him fall in love with her all over again. Jackie also surprisingly manages to restrain herself when dealing with the hotshot temp, Kelly. I love her explanation to Akalitus that she wanted to give her a miracle, even as I kind of can’t wait for her to rip his throat out in coming weeks. And speaking of kindness, even Coop’s subplot allows him to do something nice for someone else, when he agrees to tell his patient’s buddies that the guy broke something, so as not to damage the guy’s cred. Of course, this is also wrapped up in Coop’s own self-aggrandizement, but if it weren’t, it wouldn’t be Coop. Oh, and could Zoey and Lenny be more adorable together? The answer is no. His move with the antique watch? So sweet.