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'Nurse Jackie' recap: Like mother, like daughter

Season 6 | Episode 6 | “Nancy Wood” | Aired May 18, 2014

Well, Nurse Jackie fans, it’s finally happened: Grace has turned into her drug-addicted mother (or at least is well on her way). The apple may have fallen from the tree, but it’s landed with a thump and looks — sadly — like it might be there to rot. (Although to say that it’s surprising to discover Grace is doing drugs is like saying the cancellation of Mixology bummed me out. It’s just not true.) But I’ve gotten ahead of myself. Before we get to Grace’s pill-popping, let’s wade through a few of the messes that Jackie was making and cleaning up this week.

Frank is happily unpacking and getting settled in at Jackie’s house (remember, she asked him to move in with her). He offers her a check to help cover rent and utilities. Jackie refuses his money, but after he walks out of the room, it turns into a big pile of blow (in her eyes at least), so she takes it to the bank. When they tell her it will take 48 hours to clear, she deposits it and empties her checking account instead. With a fistful of cash, Jackie heads to the pharmacy and tries to fill an Oxycontin prescription for “Nancy Wood,” her drug-addicted alias, with the DEA number she stole from Carrie.

NOT Nancy Wood

When the pharmacist tells “Nancy” that the Rx is no longer valid, Jackie heads straight to her other source. Her dealer, Gabe? No, the tampon machine at the hospital, obviously. She furiously pulls out all the baggies of pills and powder that she stuffed up there last episode, snorts a quick line and hustles back to her work. Speaking of Gabe, Jackie gets a call from her human vending machine of pleasure asking if she found a credit card in the red leather jacket she took from his house. Seems his girlfriend can’t find it and she’s freaking out. Jackie checks the pocket and finds the card but tells Gabe it’s not there. It’s really that easy, folks.

For some bizarre reason, Jackie — the ex-wife whom the new fiancée is scared of and whom the teenage daughter hates — meets Kevin, Mia and the girls at a very chi-chi dress shop to help them pick out their dresses for Kevin and Mia’s wedding. I don’t get it either. Let’s just roll with it, shall we? Screenshot 2014-05-14 19.48.46When Grace excitedly picks out a lovely dress that is $600, Kevin, in a rare display of parenting, crushes her hopes by telling his daughter it’s too expensive. Grace immediately turns back into the devil and snaps at Kevin, “How much did you spend fixing up your bar?” She spitefully tells Jackie that she can’t wait to go to college in California and never speak to any of them EVER AGAIN. As usual, no one reprimands her or grounds her for life, and they all go on their merry way. All except for super-mom, that is, who decides to buy Grace’s affections by using Gabe’s girlfriend’s credit card to purchase not one but two chi-chi dresses (Fiona gets one too. Yay for hostile and insolent sisters!).

It doesn’t take long for Gabe to find out what Jackie did, and dude is pissed. He demands not only the jacket back but the $1,200 she owes the girlfriend, which, of course, Jackie doesn’t have. She refuses to return Grace’s love the dresses and instead gives him all the drugs she saved from the tampon machine, and some cash.

Meanwhile, back at Jackie’s house, Antoinette and Frank are finishing unpacking boxes and Frank tells the sponsor-slash-friend-slash-newfound therapist about finding the hidden stash of drugs last week. Frank starts to unload his fears, which quickly turns into a self-affirmation session. It’s all going to be OK! He’s living there now! He can look out for her! Nothing will go wrong! This will be fine! Antoinette just sits there staring at him, probably worried to hell about the welfare of New York City with idiots like him as part of the police force.

Maybe Frank can help Akalitus find the person who stole Carrie’s DEA number. (Psst, it was Jackie.) When Akalitus discovers the thief’s name is Nancy Wood, Jackie thinks she’s toast. But it only takes a split-second of deer-in-the-headlights panic before she lies her way out of it and saves her hide … yet again.


Carrie vows to get to the bottom of the problem and find Nancy Wood herself. Despite the pharmacist refusing to answer her questions (pharmacist/patient confidentiality and all that), Carrie somehow discovers Nancy Wood wears a leather jacket. She shares this information with Jackie, who tells her to search the hospital’s records for “motorcycle accident” and “woman” and see what comes up.

Carrie: You are a regular Nancy Drew!
Jackie: Yeah, that’s me — Nancy.
(Don’t worry, Jackie fans. It’s Carrie. She’ll never catch on.)

Bringing some irony to the episode (and bringing me down) is the tragic story of a 16-year-old softball phenom who admits to using steroids after she is brought into the ER with a concussion she got from a line drive. When Jackie discovers her dad/coach is the one providing them, she lays into him about the dangers of addiction and how he should know better as her parent. After the girl seizes and dies (despite Coop, Carrie and Jackie’s attempts to save her), Jackie is stunned. Only fitting that the episode ends with her own daughter doing drugs that Jackie herself gave her (indirectly, but it still counts): At the very end, we see Gabe (at a party) giving a teenage girl one of Jackie’s baggies of pills … who then walks over and hands one to Grace, who washes it down with a wicked — and kind of sad — smile on her face.

Other things happening around All Saints:

  • Prentiss reenlisted (seems he wants to make a difference again) and is leaving immediately. Other than feeling sad for Zoey, who I guess we’re supposed to believe is in love with him, I don’t care. Goodbye and good luck.
  • Jackie fires Antoinette after being confronted about Frank’s discovery of her drugs, and recommends she check herself into rehab. Don’t worry; she’s not going anywhere (Jackie or Antoinette).

What’s your reaction to Grace? Do you think she’s using drugs to get attention (although she’s been getting plenty of it lately), or simply to piss off Jackie?

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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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