The Best Episodes of Nurse Jackie

Last Updated: Nov 19, 2018

"Nurse Jackie" is a half-hour comedy that is at turns wicked, heartbreaking and funny. Edie Falco stars as the title character Jackie O'Hurley, a strong-willed and brilliant -- but very flawed -- emergency room nurse in a complicated New York City hospital. A lapsed Catholic with an occasional weakness for Vicodin and Adderall to get her through the days, Jackie keeps the hospital balanced with her own kind of justice. Every day is a high wire act of juggling patients, doctors, fellow nurses and her own indiscretions.

Years of Service

#1 - Years of Service

Season 2 - Episode 12

Jackie returns to All Saints where she must confront everyone.

star 8.20
195 votes
Directors: Paul Feig
Writers: Liz Brixius, Linda Wallem
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Handle Your Scandal

#2 - Handle Your Scandal

Season 4 - Episode 10

While Cruz is in care, Jackie goes over his head to get the ER under control, resulting in her dismissal from All Saints for insubordination. Jackie pulls Grace out of Catholic school. O'Hara goes into labour and Jackie returns to All Saints in spite of Cruz. Charlie arrives at the ER and Cruz asks Jackie to help him save Charlie's life.

star 8.16
216 votes
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Flight

#3 - Flight

Season 6 - Episode 12

Coop gets a surprise. Jackie hits the road. Season finale.

star 8.08
261 votes
Directors: Jesse Peretz
Writers: Clyde Phillips, Tom Straw, Abe Sylvia
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Teachable Moments

#4 - Teachable Moments

Season 5 - Episode 7

Akalitus forgets to hire an escort for a psych patient who then lays waste to the pharmacy; Frank cancels a lunch date with Jackie; Zoey hears Coop and Carrie having sex; Jackie worries about Frank when she learns that a cop has been shot.

star 8.06
259 votes
Directors: Jesse Peretz
Writers: Daniele Nathanson
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...Deaf Blind Tumor Pee-Test

#5 - ...Deaf Blind Tumor Pee-Test

Season 3 - Episode 12

Jackie tries to avoid an HR demand for a urine sample, and her husband, who seems to have found out about her affair with Eddie.

star 8.06
192 votes
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Mitten

#6 - Mitten

Season 3 - Episode 4

Jackie finds a new hiding place for her pills and buries the hatchet with O'Hara, who becomes ER chief. Zoey works her first double shift. Kevin invites Eddie to a backyard barbecue. Jackie must tell more lies to retrieve her misplaced stash.

star 8.05
192 votes
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Rat Falls

#7 - Rat Falls

Season 3 - Episode 5

Jackie runs out of drugs and Dr. Cooper decides to compete with Dr. O'Hara for the E.R. chief position.

star 8.02
194 votes
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What the Day Brings

#8 - What the Day Brings

Season 2 - Episode 11

Jackie has to confess that she used O'Hara's loan when her stash gets lost.

star 8.00
181 votes
Directors: Paul Feig
Writers: Rick Cleveland
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Apple Bong

#9 - Apple Bong

Season 2 - Episode 4

Jackie supplies a patient with marijuana to ease their pain. Kevin prefers going out with Eddie rather than spending the night with Jackie. Zoey believes she is pregnant.

star 8.00
191 votes
Directors: Alan Taylor
Writers: Christine Zander
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When the Saints Go

#10 - When the Saints Go

Season 3 - Episode 6

Mrs. Akalitus is in a holy uproar as workers from the archdiocese remove her religious statues. Meanwhile, a new temp nurse makes his presence known in the ER, and some people don't appreciate it; Coop deals with personal, professional and podiatric problems; and Jackie tries to deal with Kevin playing matchmaker between Eddie and his sister.

star 7.99
200 votes
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Health Care and Cinema

#11 - Health Care and Cinema

Season 1 - Episode 12

Kevin invites Jackie to a midnight rendezvous in order to give her a new wedding ring; the comatose movie critic wakes up but his tastes have radically changed.

star 7.99
171 votes
Directors: Scott Ellis
Writers: Liz Brixius & Linda Wallem
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Sisterhood

#12 - Sisterhood

Season 6 - Episode 11

Jackie reluctantly attends Kevin's wedding. Carrie makes demands on Coop.

star 7.99
273 votes
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Orchids and Salami

#13 - Orchids and Salami

Season 3 - Episode 7

Kelly wins over the All Saints staff; Kevin finds pills in a dental floss dispenser; a patient soothes Coop's depression; Jackie pockets drugs.

star 7.98
181 votes
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Monkey Bits

#14 - Monkey Bits

Season 2 - Episode 8

Coop arranges a date for Georgia and Eddie. Jackie's daughter Grace starts therapy.

star 7.98
185 votes
Directors: Paul Feig
Writers: Liz Brixius
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Day of the Iguana

#15 - Day of the Iguana

Season 4 - Episode 7

Jackie covers for Cruz when he has a panic attack; Zoey surveys her coworkers for the best ways to conduct a breakup; Akalitus enlists the staff in an elaborate charade when her mentor is admitted with dementia.

star 7.97
208 votes
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Sleeping Dogs

#16 - Sleeping Dogs

Season 2 - Episode 10

In order to get a phony prescription, Jackie falsifies an MRI. The campaign's end has its effects on Coop. Eddie is back as the hospital's pharmacist.

star 7.96
182 votes
Directors: Paul Feig
Writers: Liz Brixius
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Caregiver

#17 - Caregiver

Season 2 - Episode 5

Jackie's life gets a little more complicated because of a security guard. O'Hara's longtime affair comes to light.

star 7.95
194 votes
Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writers: Liz Brixius
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Heart

#18 - Heart

Season 5 - Episode 9

Jackie and Frank have sex for the first time; Akalitus has an extra spring in her step; Coop wants to take his mentoring of Carrie to the next level; Kevin and Grace show up at the hospital after Kevin found a bag of pills in Grace's bag, Jackie delivers Grace to Akalitus and Thor who give her a scared straight tour of the emergency department; Grace has to assist Jackie with a man who collapses on the sidewalk; Jackie wants the girls to live with Kevin.

star 7.95
260 votes
Directors: Jesse Peretz
Writers: Liz Flahive
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Disneyland Sucks

#19 - Disneyland Sucks

Season 4 - Episode 2

Going through rehab, Jackie opens up about the beginning of her addiction. Meanwhile, Coop is the only one being excited about Cruz's ideas.

star 7.94
230 votes
Directors: Linda Wallem
Writers: Liz Brixius
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Game On

#20 - Game On

Season 3 - Episode 1

Jackie's marriage and her relationship with O'Hara after the intervention is strained. Nearby hospitals have closed down, straining the staff and resources. Zoey publicly confesses her affair with Lenny.

star 7.94
216 votes
Directors: Steve Buscemi
Writers: Liz Brixius, Linda Wallem
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Chaud & Froid

#21 - Chaud & Froid

Season 4 - Episode 8

When Cruz learns about Jackie's rehab, he takes revenge on coworkers who have been covering up her drug problems. Meanwhile, Eddie is deposed by Kevin's lawyer; a dumped Lenny decides to take off for Europe; and Coop accompanies O'Hara to her ob-gyn appointment.

star 7.93
199 votes
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Bleeding

#22 - Bleeding

Season 2 - Episode 6

Jackie asks Eddie to stop spending time with Kevin. A pharmaceutical company rep provides Jackie with drugs.

star 7.92
192 votes
Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writers: Nancy Fichman, Jennifer Hoppe-House
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Twitter

#23 - Twitter

Season 2 - Episode 2

Jackie covers for a hung-over O'Hara, while Eddie befriends Kevin and Dr. Coop gets hooked on microblogging.

star 7.91
191 votes
Directors: Paul Feig
Writers: Mark Hudis
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P.O. Box

#24 - P.O. Box

Season 2 - Episode 9

In order to keep her secret credit card a secret, Jackie sets up a P.O. box for the credit card bills. Mrs. Akalitus makes Eddie an offer to come back as the hospital's pharmacist.

star 7.91
186 votes
Directors: Paul Feig
Writers: Mark Hudis
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Soul

#25 - Soul

Season 5 - Episode 10

It's Jackie's one-year anniversary of sobriety; Jackie and Frank fight, He feels he took a big unreciprocated step forward in their relationship, and now he's taking one backward; Wally, an 80 year old gay man with advanced liver cancer is admitted into the hospital. Thor instantly gravitates toward him; Zoey acts very professionally and rigid around Prentiss after their intimate evening; Carrie is notified there will be a peer review of her first few months of residency, Coop pleads for her to stay but Akalitus, Prentiss and Jackie vote against; Wally asks Jackie to administer his last rites; When Zoey learns that Grace isn't going to Jackie's anniversary celebration she rents a car and kidnaps Grace from school, Grace has a breakdown; Jackie nonchalantly takes the pill from her ring box and swallows it, she arrives at her celebration stoned in front of everyone including surprise guest O'Hara who has flown in for the special day.

star 7.91
269 votes
Writers: Abe Sylvia, Clyde Phillips, Tom Straw
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