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'Nurse Jackie' recap: Everybody show your hand

Season 6 | Episode 4 | “Jungle Love” | Aired May 4, 2014

One of the most important skills needed to be successful at poker is the art of bluffing. So it’s no surprise, really, that in the May 4 episode of Nurse Jackie, we find out Jackie is a card shark. A self-proclaimed card shark, but hey, I’m not going to argue with her. She’s proven herself to be a damn good bluffer in most aspects of her life, so it’s way too hard to try to figure out if she’s lying or not.

Frank wants to take things up a notch in his and Jackie’s relationship, and suggests to Jackie that they move in together. Being that his proposition is made at the exact moment Jackie wakes up from a raucous sex dream involving both Eddie and Kevin (but definitely not Frank), it’s pretty bad timing.

Here’s a question: What do you do if you’ve suddenly found out your ex-husband has a new fiancée and you’re supposed to meet her that night at dinner? Answer: Obviously, you stake out her place of business (with your friend and sponsor) hoping for a glimpse of her so you can go into the dinner prepared. When Jackie spots Mia (Broadway vet Laura Benanti) leaving her store with Grace, who is holding a shopping bag and actually appears — wait for it — happy, Jackie bolts across the street to confront her. She tells Mia that they’re supposed to be punishing Grace for shoplifting instead of buying her affection. Grace, predictably, explodes. “What the f**k, Jackie?” Jackie is shocked, not at her daughter’s use of the F-bomb but by the fact that Grace called her by her first name (because that is so much more offensive.) Mia is simply too pretty to get it. (“Oh! You’re Jackie!”) After an awkward realization that the bag contains an “icebreaker” gift for her, Jackie is left speechless, but with an awesome new pair of boots.


Over at All Saints, Dr. Cooper is still coming to grips with the newfound knowledge that he may never be a father. (The fact that Coop is a long way from having the balls to be in a committed relationship is just an ironic extra.) Coop is impatient with a mother who has repeatedly been bringing her baby into the ER. Jackie chastises him, reminding him of the emotion behind the situation (which only further illustrates to Coop the fact that he won’t ever experience that parent/child bond in his life).

When the baby stops breathing, however, he acts quickly and saves its life. Carrie, who sees his heroic save, steps in and puts Coop on her medical TV segment, which in a totally Coop-ish kind of a narcissistic way does a little bit to save him. Later, when we get a glimpse into the segment, one thing becomes obvious: The Coop and Carrie Show is must-see TV. Must-see, horrible, self-serving, fantastic TV. Fingers crossed that we’ll get to see more of it.

Meanwhile, after apologizing to Kevin and (obviously) rescheduling the dinner with Mia, Jackie meets Frank for lunch and gets egg on her face (metaphorically). It turns out Frank is hiding some pretty big information (two can play that game!). OK, so he’s not a closet drug user, but he did cheat on his wife and because of that, his boys haven’t spoken to him in over a year. Ya know, NBD. When Jackie reacts unfavorably to this news, Frank tells her, “We all got our stuff, Jackie.” Oh, Frank, you have no idea. Jackie gets up and walks away, but not before she drops this: “You’re just full of secrets, aren’t you?” Open the dictionary, and I’ll bet you’ll see this picture next to the word imposter:

nurse jackie

Akalitus is continuing her gambling habit — and her winning streak — and agrees to be Thor and Zoey’s poker Yoda. Jackie overhears their conversation and discloses the fact that she’s a card shark. Then she invites them all over for poker night. While shocked at her sudden burst of hospitality, they agree. I’m not a poker player, but it seems like a monumentally bad idea to be playing that game with the best bluffer in the world.


Later that night at Jackie’s house, there are a few more moves going on than solely on the poker table. Antoinette and Eddie start the action before even going into the house, with some serious flirtatious behavior. When Frank shows up to continue his discussion of going all in with Jackie, she immediately ups the ante and asks him to raise his bet by calling his children. “I can’t be in a relationship that is based on secrets and lies,” Captain Jackie of the USS Denial tells him, and as he dejectedly goes out to walk the dog, she folds — by popping some pills she has hidden in a flashlight. (Thank you, Google.)

Other things happening around All Saints:
Prentiss’ work on his bedside manner continues as he overcomes his usual practice of professionalism and detachment, and with newfound sensitivity breaks bad medical news to one of his oldest friends.

Kevin shows Jackie that he is taking Grace’s punishment seriously by having their delinquent daughter scrub the bar mats out behind his bar. The fact that he’s also making little sister Fiona (Mackenzie Aladjem) help seems a bit counterproductive, but since Fee is adorably proud of her work, I’ll let it go.

Will Jackie and Frank ever be completely honest and show each other all their cards, so to speak? Should The Coop and Carrie Show become a new thing? Tell me what you think in the comments below!

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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