Every episode seems to take a day, but I can't tell if they're sequential because Jackie's constantly scheming for drugs in new ambitious ways, but then why make a big deal about how every one of them is a day? Maybe it'll be clearer later. I like the idea that her life is just this interesting, not to mention the idea of not missing a second of Zoey's antics.
Kevin's worried about Grace, the older daughter, and her perseveration on apocalypses, pandemics and the like. Jackie tells him not to worry about it, but she's scared too. Over sushi, Eleanor says -- I'm paraphrasing -- at least if something happens to Jackie, Grace will have something to worry about: Eleanor being her new mommy. (Presuming, then, that she really is the girls' godmother, because the Peytons are like these huge Catholics, so I don't think she was just saying it.)
Hospital gossip: Mo-Mo's crushing on Coop, Coop thinks he's discovered Jackie's "crush" on Eddie, and Eleanor steals Zoey's brand-new stethoscope and spends the day watching her freak out about asking for it back. They're looking at replacing Big Pharma Eddie with an automated dispensary robot, which of course causes junkie Jackie to freak out, but it's unclear whether Coop is interested or even able to help her vote it down.
An adorable Ohio couple vacationing for their anniversary come in with a possible pregnancy, but all is not what it seems: the wife has accidentally gotten herself addicted to Vicodin, and subsequently sent herself into withdrawal. The irony of telling the girl how dumb this is isn't lost on Nurse Jackie, who jury-rigs an eye pencil/chewed-gum device to rescue her own last pill.
Zoey attempts abortively to bond with a man whose relationship with his cat is scrotum-scratchingly unhealthy, and in another bed, Stefania from Damages spends her husband's last days feeding him Jewish penicillin, fending off Mrs. Akalitus, and not letting on that she knows how close to death he really is. Jackie's moved enough by their story to try some chicken soup magic of her own on Grace, but it doesn't really seem to help. Next week: other people start to notice Grace's impending breakdown, Jackie juggles her complexifying personal life, and Zoey loses her first.
Kevin and the girls are on the bed in the morning, still in their pajamas, even though it's a Thursday. The world outside the bathroom, in the master bedroom, is very different from the world inside. "Ah, morning. So quiet," Jackie says. "So peaceful. I can breathe it in, I can almost feel it inside... " She's short, reaching for the last pill on the medicine cabinet, far above her head where nobody knows about it but her. Outside, Fiona and Kevin are ignoring the television; Grace watches with rapt attention. "Almost there..." It's something medical:
Jackie retrieves the pill and then drops it in the sink, and for a second she is ugly. She grabs a piece of gum and an eye pencil, and reaches down into the hole. It's pretty gross. Kevin surprises her and she jumps, guilty, and tries to get out of there. He cracks the door behind him, and shows her Grace, staring up at the TV. Their younger daughter lies back on the bed, bored to tears. "I asked her what she wanted to watch," he says, and she chose a documentary over cartoons: Viral Armageddon: Death Knell For Mankind." Grace knows better than most about the things that come into your house, that tear you apart. "So she's interested in science," Jackie says easily, but he says there's more to it. He's right:
Jackie points out that Grace is heading full-bore into teenagerhood, where mood swings are the order of the day, and reassures him this stuff is normal. But documents about world war, and global warming? "She seems so nervous," he says, honestly afraid. "She's ten, what's she got to be nervous about?" How about this:
Kevin Peyton kisses his wife and asks to visit her at work, take her to lunch like Eleanor always does, but she takes a rain check. It's Thursday, it's going to be nuts. What she means is that her back hurts; what she means is that she doesn't wear her wedding ring past the revolving doors; what she means is that she fucks Eddie every day at noon. "Been raining a lot lately," Kevin says, already giving in, and she distracts him: "April showers bring May flowers. And if you're really good, maybe a blowjob." Humor plus sex and he's forgotten what they were talking about. Kevin laughs, and leaves to take the kids to school. Jackie stares back at the sink.
Then it's later, coming out of the subway and calling Eddie: "I really want to see you this morning," she says. What she means is that she needs some drugs. "Call me, that would be great, okay," she says. Sounding desperate. Then it's later and this old guy is saying he knows about medicine, he's aware of how this works, he knows all about it, he was in the Army. She's more distracted than usual, filling the space with empty encouragement. Zoey enters grinning, showing off her new stethoscope -- "Ta-da!" -- but Jackie's more distracted than usual: