Nurse Jackie “One-Armed Jacks” Review

Nurse Jackie Season 4 Episode 5 "One-Armed Jacks" (2)

This week’s edition of Nurse Jackie featured some of the best that the show has to offer. All of the emotional pangs struck the right chords, and we had some of the strongest workplace comedy fun we’ve had since the season started.

This week’s big emotional hit came from Kevin. His presence was all over this episode without him even appearing once onscreen. Despite Jackie’s best attempts to reconcile with her estranged husband, Kevin decides to serve her with divorce papers. The scene with the server is funny, but not nearly as funny as watching Jackie stuff her face with pumpkin pie. At least she went with pie instead of pounding down a Jameson double as she originally intended. Watching Jackie deal with the emotional fallout throughout the episode was really well done. At the end with the jumper from the bridge, the show simultaneously makes you feel pain for the jumper and Jackie. Sadly, we know that Jackie isn’t exactly blameless in her sadness.

Though the emotional stuff was gratifying, the comedic beats this week were top notch. The absurdity of Coop was on full display. After allowing himself to be snookered by Cruz into delivering the bad news about uniform scrubs for nurses, Coop’s attempts to hold a mini-press conference (complete with Zoey asking him a question in her best reporter voice) was hysterical. The show may use him mostly to flounder like a buffoon in most situations, but he’s really good at floundering.

Zoey’s search for a roommate also yielded some pretty funny moments. Mike Cruz’s call to Zoey was brief but brilliant. No, Zoey, I don’t think the most powerful man at the hospital is in need of a roommate. However, he is in need of a good father-son bonding experience with Charlie. In any event, the final few moments once Jackie agrees to live with her seem to set the stage for a promising partnership. From Zoey promising that it would be “some Laverne and Shirley s***” to Zoey dancing in the kitchen while her new roommate Jackie makes pancakes, the promise of future comedy gold abound in the last few minutes.

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