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5 reasons to get excited about the final season of 'Nurse Jackie'

Jackie Peyton is in big trouble, and as usual, we’re on the verge of getting to watch her get out of it. Season seven of Nurse Jackie—its final season—is set to kick off Sunday at 9 p.m. on Showtime, and for those of you who remember the predicament Jackie was in at the close of season six, things are sure to get familiarly deceptive. (C’mon, no matter how many pills came flying out of that suitcase that she was taking to Miami to “help the hurricane victims,” you don’t really think Jackie’s going to have to pay the piper, do you?)

Over the years, we’ve seen Jackie do some despicable things and somehow continue to end up on top. It’s one of the big reasons we continue to cheer for her … and then feel horrible about ourselves for cheering for her. And while the showrunner and stars are keeping mum on how it will all end for our antihero in a couple of months, I’m continuing to bet on her (even though I’m not sure I’ll ever forgive her for what she did to Antoinette).

After what seemed like an eternity to have been separated from our good friends at All Saints, here are some things I’m looking forward to in the final season of Nurse Jackie, even though I know that when we have to eventually say goodbye this time, it will be for good. Damn. I promised myself I wouldn’t cry.

Shift in balance … and power: Zoey finding out that Jackie was lying to her—and especially the fact that she forged the ID to become “Nancy Woods” so she could use Carrie’s DEA number to get drugs—was the catalyst for upsetting the balance in their relationship. By the end of season six it was clear that Zoey’s idol worship of Jackie had been obliterated, and our favorite naive nurse’s eyes were finally beginning to open.

Despite how many hugs we wanted to give Zoey for being so hurt and disappointed, I’m looking forward to her stepping up and filling Jackie’s shoes should her mentor not come back (but who are we kidding, right?). It’s time for it to be Zoey’s world and for everyone else to just live in it.

Zoey dances

Baby Coop: Even though it’s uncertain if Carrie is even really pregnant (she’s been known to bend the truth a time or two to get her way), or if she is, if the baby is actually Coop’s, can we please just believe she is and that it is for a blissful moment? I adore these two bumbling disasters—especially when they’re a bumbling disaster together—and am keeping all appendages crossed that we’ll get to see this pregnancy play out in season seven. (What’s that you say? Peter Facinelli will not be a regular in season seven so it’s an unlikely storyline? I’m sorry, I can’t hear you with my fingers in my ears and this loud LALALA song I am singing.)

But regardless of a present Coop or a (sob) absent Coop, I think watching Carrie have to consider someone other than herself will be—as is usual with her—brilliantly comedic and completely absurd (which is why I love her).

carrie roman

Codependency for the win: Eddie and Jackie sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g. The end of season six reunited power couple Eddie and Jackie, and I, for one, am rooting for these two to make it work this time. Let’s face it, they are each other’s Kryptonite, and despite the reasons Jackie thinks she needs Eddie (i.e., ALL THE PILLS), I think her level of devotion goes far deeper, and I hope she realizes it this season. Now, let’s just hope Eddie can finally stop his addiction to enabling Jackie and they can ride of into an intoxication-free sunset.

Jackie_Eddie gif

Paging Mr. Monk Dr. Prince: Tony Shalhoub as a new E.R. doc? Yes, please! Shalhoub (Monk, and what I first knew and loved him in, Wingswill be checking into All Saints this season playing Bernard Prince, a new doctor who doesn’t have a history of being burned by Jackie, and as such, becomes a new friend to her. (Does this mean Jackie will be back at All Saints? YAASSS.) Since she’s pretty much thrown everyone else under the bus, a fresh, friendly face will be welcome, but Dr. Prince better watch himself. Jackie’s addiction leaves no one unscathed.

Monk gif

A happy ending? Maybe, maybe not. The only promise the people in the know are giving is that the ending will be “authentic,” which, to the viewers, could possibly mean something far different that it does to Jackie. “Authentic” in Jackie’s world might mean continuing to use while deceiving and ruining everyone around her, which to us would just mean sad, and more than a bit disappointing (which I suppose is authentic when you’re dealing with addicts).

Is it possible for Jackie to have an honest-to-goodness happy ending? I sure hope so, and that’s what I’m hanging on to. I mean, let’s face it, after six seasons we may be a bit skeptical and distrusting, but at the end of the day, we’re always rooting for her. And that’s precisely why we’re addicted.

Catch up on the Nurse Jackie season six recaps on The Community, and make sure to check out the EW recaps starting Sunday, April 12, where I’ll be keeping you updated on all the big moments from each episode of season seven!

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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