I don't know how you're supposed to even watch this show without being in love with Eleanor O'Hara, but if ever there were doubt? Not only is it a great speech, and more forthright than anybody ever is, but it's the perfect way to defuse the ticking bomb of Jackie. Eleanor's the only one that seems to understand just how fast Jackie's head thinks, and if you contrast this speech to Jackie's blurred-speedy rants (i.e., the nonsense that she spouted at Kevin in the season opener) you can see that Eleanor is more than up to the challenge. One of Jackie's tools is throwing so many words at a thing that you go numb, just like Grace's issue is having too many thoughts happening at once; Eleanor is speaking her language but also telling the truth, which makes it ten times more powerful.
Jackie goes quiet. It's a stunning moment, as the truth dawns across her face and she realizes the depth of Eleanor's love for her: That she is not half as good at fooling people as she thinks she is, that Eleanor has justified all of this as being "sloppy," that her addiction is a factory-standard part of her that Eleanor has accepted even though she hates it... It's as close to a religious moment as you're likely to get, with or without God crawling around in the ceiling. The awful, awesome sudden realization of how much and how deeply you are loved. Most of us could wait a lifetime.
Jackie, back on Team Cats & Dogs: "It's just so humiliating. All of a sudden I can't dispense meds. Everybody knows what that means."
Eleanor, of course: "So stick with me, I'll administer anything I prescribe. Meanwhile let's figure out who went to HR and [quote] burn their playhouse down, yes?"
So I guess that this is coming off the Kelly thing before? Where he went to HR of his own volition and told them he handed the patches off to a guy or something. That's the only time HR has come up. So now you got HR poking around, and Gloria's only step is to do this to Jackie. I still don't get how Jackie's name came into it, unless that was just Gloria being sensible and HR still has no idea... But that's double-sucky in the long run, if that's true, because what if the drug thefts stop now?