I enter this week’s episode with one question on my mind: What will Mike Cruz do next? His cold firings of the staff from All Saints Hospital was downright invigorating. When I’m eventually fired by my editors here, I hope they can do as cool as he did it.
What came out as a result is one of the finer episodes that I have seen of Nurse Jackie. The thing that Nurse Jackie does exceedingly well is take darker tones like death (both literal and metaphorical) and spin it into comedy. In order to accomplish that goal this week, they turned to a lot of the old favorites (with small twists) that we have come to enjoy over the past few years. The show always functions better when it operates as a workplace comedy. The outside stuff like Kevin, the divorce, and rehab can effectively add to the drama, but they never can replace it. Watching Jackie and the wacky cast of characters do their thing in the hospital is always a joy.
Coop’s endless optimism and goofiness returned to the fore this week, but in a far endearing way than we are used to seeing from him. It used to work against the good intentions of the hospital, but Coop’s frustration with Cruz and his feeling of kinship towards the pregnant O’Hara lead him to work with Jackie to stage her mini coup. We even got the return of the inappropriate breast grab! I had forgotten how funny that could be, and how well Jackie has learned to handle it.
Oh yeah, the mini coup. Jackie getting rid of Cruz so she could run the floor was some old school Jackie Peyton stuff. It’s good to remind the viewers every now and then why we are supposed to like the lying, manipulative drug addict. The patients wil always come first with Jackie no matter the cost. Judging from next week’s previews, the costs could be great.
Only one episode left. What is everyone hoping for out of the finale?