Nurse Jackie Season 3 Episode 5 (RAT-FALLS)

Watch Nurse Jackie Season 3 Episode 5 Rat Falls airing Monday April 18. Episode Synopsis:NURSE JACKIE “Rat Falls” Season 3 Episode 5 – Jackie panics when her stash of pills from Bill the epileptic drug dealer runs low; Coop decides to fight O’Hara for the ER chief position but learns his mothers are divorcing; Jackie confronts Eddie about his “texting” relationship with Kevin’s sister.


Show Summary: NURSE JACKIE – Jackie Peyton is far from ordinary. As an ER nurse, she navigates the rough waters of a crumbling healthcare system, doing everything she can to provide her patients with the best care possible. Whether she’s lighting into a smug doctor for failing to heed her advice, or forging the organ donor card of a man who just died, Nurse Jackie is compelled to make sense of the chaos and to level the playing field whenever she can. Right or wrong, it’s Jackie’s brand of justice made all the more manageable by a daily diet of prescription pain medication.

Watching "Nurse Jackie" is frequently an uncomfortable experience.

Jackie's (Edie Falco) commitment to addiction and maintaining her manipulation of everyone in her life ensures that even the series' funniest moments are infected by metastasizing dread.

The start of Season 3 should release some of the pressure that's been building. But instead of surrendering to the Season 2 finale intervention staged by Kevin (Dominic Fumusa) and Dr. O'Hara (Eve Best), Jackie comes out fighting, postponing the inevitable once again.

That's not to see the walls aren't still crashing down around her. Every lose end continues to unravel in the Mar. 28 season premiere, with Kevin growing increasingly suspicious of her drug consumption, her professional and personal lives bleeding together, a best friend no longer speaking to her, her former lover still very much a part of her life and that dealer she nicked pills from taking an unexpected role in her life.

Adding to Jackie's problems, her dysfunctional sister moves into her house and her eldest daughter's paranoia is not dissuaded by her new private school.

But the show continues to be, in many respects, a comedy. Dr. Akalitus (Anna Deavere Smith) gets a particularly hilarious arc involving a new obsession with Michelle Obama and a feud with her counterpart at another hospital over who'll get the first lady's kudos for trying to fight childhood obesity. And Dr. Cooper (Peter Facinelli), who's sort of dropped the combative act, is now just endearingly goofy.

Like so many Showtime comedies, "Jackie" leaves us feeling a bit conflicted. But the acting, caustic characters and looming consequences make Season 3 destination viewing for anyone who's already hooked --- and a worthwhile pursuit for anyone still on the fence.

Nurse Jackie's third season arrived on our TVs on Monday night. I saw the pilot when it premiered, but I've been saying that I'd go back to it and never did. Thanks for kicking me in the behind, Showtime! So let's take a look at how this season shapes up, shall we?

The one great pleasure for me with this show is its cast. It's safe to say that Edie Falco has officially broken typecasting with her Emmy-winning performance as Jackie Peyton, and I give her credit for making an insufferable character more likable than I would have thought. But the real joys for me are the names I've seen in small roles over the years who now have larger ones, including Dominic Fumusa (Brotherhood) and the always stunning Anna Deavere Smith (The West Wing). My favorite has to be Paul Schulze; I hated and then loved his Ryan Chappelle on 24, and have since been an admirer of his career. It's so nice to see him have a major series role again, and he makes the most of it.

Nurse Jackie is bitingly funny, with the kind of witty rejoinders most of us only wish we could come up with ("I have a complaint," Zoey tells Akalitus in the season's second episode, to which she responds, "I have several.") and several situations that are funny in an "are you kidding me?" kind of way (like handing out donuts during an impromptu meeting about childhood obesity). The series has a comic edge, and it either works for you or it doesn't, somewhat like FX's Archer. Like Archer, all of these characters are messed up somehow, and most of the humor comes from them rather than outside forces or plots.

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