The BEST Episodes of Nurse Jackie

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 19, 2019

Network: Showtime

"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 8.19
199 votes
Directors: Paul Feig
Writers: Liz Brixius, Linda Wallem
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 8.15
219 votes

#3 - Flight

Season 6 - Episode 12

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

star 8.06
266 votes
Directors: Jesse Peretz
Writers: Clyde Phillips, Tom Straw, Abe Sylvia
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 8.05
262 votes
Directors: Jesse Peretz
Writers: Daniele Nathanson
...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 8.05
195 votes

#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 8.03
197 votes
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 8.01
198 votes
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 7.99
185 votes
Directors: Paul Feig
Writers: Rick Cleveland

#9 - Sisterhood

Season 6 - Episode 11

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

star 7.97
277 votes
Apple Bong

#10 - 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 7.97
196 votes
Directors: Alan Taylor
Writers: Christine Zander
Orchids and Salami

#11 - 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 7.97
186 votes
Monkey Bits

#12 - Monkey Bits

Season 2 - Episode 8

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

star 7.97
189 votes
Directors: Paul Feig
Writers: Liz Brixius
Sleeping Dogs

#13 - 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 7.97
187 votes
Directors: Paul Feig
Writers: Liz Brixius
When the Saints Go

#14 - 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 7.97
204 votes
Health Care and Cinema

#15 - 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 7.96
178 votes
Directors: Scott Ellis
Writers: Liz Brixius & Linda Wallem
Day of the Iguana

#16 - 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 7.96
211 votes

#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.

star 7.95
264 votes
Directors: Jesse Peretz
Writers: Liz Flahive
Game On

#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.

star 7.94
220 votes
Directors: Steve Buscemi
Writers: Liz Brixius, Linda Wallem
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
234 votes
Directors: Linda Wallem
Writers: Liz Brixius

#20 - 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 7.93
199 votes
Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writers: Liz Brixius
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 7.92
202 votes

#22 - Bleeding

Season 2 - Episode 6

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

star 7.91
195 votes
Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writers: Nancy Fichman, Jennifer Hoppe-House
P.O. Box

#23 - 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 7.90
190 votes
Directors: Paul Feig
Writers: Mark Hudis

#24 - Smile

Season 5 - Episode 3

After their custody meeting, Jackie rear-ends Kevin and wakes up as a patient in her own ER. Kevin accuses her of using. Coop begins covering for Carrie and taking on a lot more work. When Carrie checks on Jackie, she writes her a prescription for Oxy, unaware she's an addict. The most unlikely person asks Jackie out on a date.

star 7.89
277 votes
Directors: Randall Einhorn
Writers: Liz Flahive
Forget It

#25 - Forget It

Season 5 - Episode 8

What clearly is going to be "the night" for Jackie and Frank is interrupted by Kevin, figuring she was at work. Kevin is apologetic, but Jackie is angry; Akalitus's blood results are in; Zoey helps Prentiss organize his disaster of an office; In a moment of panic, Carrie makes the right diagnosis on a patient who cannot breathe; Jackie attends an AA meeting; Jackie and Grace get into a fight after Jackie discovers Grace left campus for lunch. Jackie is convinced that Grace is sneaking behind her back to see Danny, but Grace assures her they broke up.

star 7.89
268 votes
Directors: Randall Einhorn
Writers: Gina Gold , Aurorea Khoo