For two seasons, the heroine of Nurse Jackie has been pulling off the near-impossible: crushing pills and snorting them in the hospital bathroom, juggling her husband and her pharmacist (how convenient! ) boyfriend, all without getting caught. And Edie Falco has done something just as miraculous: kept us on Jackie’s side while she has selfishly used everyone who loves her.
But the end of last season brought a botched intervention, and as season three begins Jackie’s husband is barely speaking to her, her best friend not speaking to her at all, and her boyfriend has become her unsuspecting husband’s best pal. As the story puts Jackie in increasingly tough spots, the show returns with its great cast – including Anna Deveare Smith, who should get more credit for her mordant role as the administrator – and its typical wit. A hospital sign warns visitors not to kiss the statues of the saints; lead paint can be lethal.
I wish Falco would vary that sour, pursed-mouth look, but otherwise Nurse Jackie is still a droll pleasure.
Steve Buscemi directs the first episode of the new season, which began on Showtime tonight. You can watch the whole episode here: