Nurse Jackie is the new Edie Falco vehicle starting on Showtime a week from Monday. The first episode is available now though, via on-demand.
The first episode starts out with Nurse Jackie prone on the floor at the Manhattan ER where she works, quoting from Eliot’s Prufrock
like a patient etherized upon a table
Apparently Nurse Jackie has a pain management problem. Well, what’s the problem? She has easy access to drugs. And makes use of that fact. She’s a person who orders her world in the best way she knows how. If that means cutting corners – so be it.
In the first episode we’re introduced to several of her co-workers – and several of her lovers.These particularly, show promise:
- Eve Best as Dr. Eleanor O’Hara, her best friend. They’re definitely two of a kind. I have a feeling that their running commentary on the passing merry-go-round, just may be one of the best things about this show.
- Peter Facinelli as Dr. Fitch Cooper gets the law laid down to him right from the get go. When he gets in the way of Nurse Jackie”s diagnosis, there are typical consequences.
- Merritt Wever as Zoey Barkow, a nursing student just assigned to Jackie. The first rule laid down by Jackie is: “I like quiet. Quiet and mean. Those are my people.” The writers need to be careful with this one, I think, lest it develop into caricature.
Off to a good start, I’d say. The highlight? (I won’t ruin it for you): the severed ear scene. Dont miss it!