Zoey, mouth full of cake, welcomes Kevin to All Saints with her usual mix of cringing and grimacing and ceremony. She jerks Sam to his feet so that he too can marvel at the Man Who Married Her, while the kids stare and think about their mother's secret life here, and fall in love with Zoey just like anybody would.
Eleanor spots him and the girls, in Admissions, and runs to find Jackie -- Gloria's supervising her piss test -- and all three of them feel weird about life.
Jackie: "What do I do? Tell me what to do?"
They stare at each other in the mirror, terrified; Zoey comes in screaming incomprehensibly about Grace and Fiona and how beautiful they are and they stare at her until she leaves.
Eleanor drags Jackie by the hand into a closed trauma bed, where a woman is getting Last Rites. Thor, thinking fast, explains that Eleanor is the woman's daughter.
Eleanor: "She's a hundred."
Thor corrects himself; they bow their heads. There's a sense of urgency that I'm not sure I understand. Kevin, maybe, but he's got the girls in tow. I don't really understand why Jackie, much less Eleanor, are climbing the walls at this time.
Gloria stomps down the hall with Jackie's urine in hand, while Jackie and Eleanor make plans over the dying lady. Eleanor offers to distract the girls until they find out why Kevin's been calling all day -- does Jackie have like a sense of foreboding about this? Is that why there's so much crazy flying around?
I guess since Eddie told her that Kevin's onto them -- which clearly he isn't, and it's been over anyway for like two whole seasons, and that's such a huge knot to unravel considering he's Kevin's friend and Kevin got him the job at the hospital that it couldn't really work that way no matter how you look at it -- Jackie's probably just staving off whatever the inevitable conflict is.
Except that Jackie doesn't know this is the season finale, or that Kevin and Gloria are being forced into position to give us this sense of urgency in the middle of the night for reasons purely of plot, or that there's going to be a cliffhanger, or anything like that.
I am not calling the show out on this one, though, because I honestly believe there's something I'm not getting this time. Last year it was the intervention, and you could see the noose pulling tight; the year before that she was fucking over everybody at once and eventually OD'd or whatever, with the rats. I mean, nothing came of it, but it felt organic at least.