NURSE JACKIE, SEASON 4 - On DemandApril 27, 2012

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Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies and shows on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s reviews: "Nurse Jackie" (SHO), starring Edie Falco.


NURSE JACKIE
Young Women on the Verge of Life

By Jean Tait

 

I have to admit, by the end of “Nurse Jackie-Season 3,” I was a little disappointed. Season 2 ended on such a brilliant note, with Jackie totally busted, but somehow, in Season 3, she wiled her way out of it, and continued on exactly the same as before, with no change or growth. And as much as I love watching this ensemble, the lack of new direction started to wear thin. So I had my trepidations about Season 4.

Happily, they were unfounded. Although I don’t believe she’s quite hit bottom, yet, nor has she accepted that her personal life is a complete failure, Season 4 starts off with Jackie finally admitting she needs help. She is also beginning to see how her behavior is affecting those she loves (and who love her).

Off to rehab, it is! The change of scenery opens the door to new characters, bringing in some more of my favorite under-utilized actors as fellow re-hab patients: Margaret Colin playing a southern grande dame, and Mary Louise Wilson as Doris, an outspoken, wacky paranoiac. Also in re-hab is newcomer Jake Cannavale, all green-haired, sullen teen who becomes an unlikely sort of sponsor for Jackie’s sobriety.

Anna Deveare Smith continues to shine as beleaguered hospital administrator Gloria Akalitus who gets demoted back to wearing scrubs on the floor, which actually brings her closer to her co-workers emotionally as well as in physical proximity. Merrit Wever’s Zoey continues to beguile as her character grows up, but retains all her child-like charm. I’d like to see Peter Facinelli’s Dr Cooper grow up now a little, too.
 

And last, but not least, the magnificent Eve Best finally gets a little more plotline as her spiky and sexy Dr. O’Hara finds a new love, while her love for best friend Jackie gets sorely tested.

Along about the 4th episode, there is a plot twist that is a bit too much of a soap-worthy contrivance, but it’s so well cast, I want to forgive it (and I’ll also withhold judgment until I see how it plays out). I’m very relieved that Jackie’s husband (sensitive hunk Dominic Fumusa) doesn’t just roll over and forgive, either. He’s too terrific a character to turn into a sop now! But while I’m glad I’m not her friend in real life, I’d do anything for “Nurse Jackie!”

 

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- Jean Tait

 

Jean
Jean Tait is a contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. Currently the Director of Programming for the Connecticut Film Festival, Jean has programmed for the Jacksonville Film Festival and Sundance Channel.
 

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