Have you ever checked the recommended tv shows your tv provider suggests? I usually go over them, but I never actually watch them. Not that I don’t trust the algorithm that pics the shows based on what I watch, but they just don’t seem that interesting. The other day I decided to watch one of them, Nurse Jackie. I had considered it a few times but kept thinking that it would be boring, or uninteresting. How wrong was I.
Nurse Jackie is a medical drama with a pinch of dark comedy about a Nurse, Jackie Peyton (Edie Falco), who suffers from terrible back ache and is dependent on pain killers. She lives a double life between the hospital and home.
At the hospital, she is the head nurse of the emergency room. Besides treating patients, she has the important role as the middle man between the head administrator Gloria Akalitus (Anna Deavere Smith) and the rest of the staff. Among them, the newly hired Zoey (Merritt Wever) who is extremely naive about pretty much everything, and looks for Jackie when she needs any sort of guidance. A huge part of Jackie’s hospital life is a secret affair with the hospital’s pharmacist Edie Walzer (Paul Schulze). She is also in a wired relationship with one of the E.R.s doctors, Fitch “Coop” Cooper (Peter Facinelli), who has an unusual form of Turret’s when finds himself in stressful situations. On the other side of the coin, you’ll see her life at home seems quite perfect. Her husband Kevin Peyton (Dominic Fumusa) loves her and their two daughters unconditionally. No one in the hospital knows about Jackie’s marriage and neither does her family know about what goes on when she’s at work. The only one who openly knows about Jackie’s relationships is her trusted friend, Dr. Eleanor O’Hara (Eve Best), who is knows everything expect how far her addiction goes.
Apparently Jackie lives two perfect lives, but ss soon as you start to get into the show you notice that they have everything is hanging by a threat. Her eldest daughter with severe anxiety and this starts to affect her marriage. Improvements in the hospital leave her relationship with the Eddie on the line since he wants to spend more time with her outside the hospital. And on top of all that, she is constantly hiding her drug abuse from everyone around her, which is her coping mechanism to deal with all that’s going on.
Nurse Jackie is pretty close to what one would consider a soap-opera, the amount of drama is definitely there. The big difference is the quality and reliability of the family dilemmas portrayed in the show. Even though you might not agree with her life choices, you are definitely cheering for her and hoping that it will all turn out well.
At the moment, I’m in the middle of the third out of seven seasons. So I imagine that there’s a lot more to happen. But this has become one of the shows that I watch with my husband. And since he’s been out of town, I’m really looking forward to his return so I can go back to watching it. 😉
Would you live a double life if you could?