The Best Episodes of Nurse Jackie
Last Updated: May 30, 2019
"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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#11 - 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.
#17 - 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.
#18 - 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.
#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.
#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.