Even though Nurse Jackie has always been a bit more dramedy than full-blown comedy, the season 4 premiere certainly throws itself into a more dramatic slot. The show is still “enjoyable” to watch, but the subject matter is getting more serious and dark, and treads more into House territory.
With her marriage now ending, a crumbling addiction problem and no singular source for emotional stability, Jackie finally decides to check into rehab. The timing couldn’t be better since she picked up a guy in the hospital chapel and he ends up dead in her living room (because of drugs). Her 28-day trip to “Disneyland” may come at a bad time for her boss Akalitus, but Akaliatus knows what’s going on and is proud of Jackie’s decision.
Meanwhile, Eddie drunkenly admits to Kevin that he was sleeping with Jackie and gets his ass kicked, the ER gets a darkly charismatic new doctor (Dr. Cruz, played by Bobby Cannavale) who tries to get rid of Akalitus, and Dr. O’Hara is pregnant! That’s pretty much what is going on, and while some of these storylines are more interesting than others, it sounds like it could be a so-so season.
Because the conflicts for the rest of the season have been established, it’s hard to wonder what the show will be like if Jackie is in rehab for the whole of the season. To watch any scenes of her in rehab will automatically throw this shit into a drama, no matter how funny some of the ER antics may be. A trailer for the season shows that Jackie will be in the ER again, but how late (or early) in the season will she be back there?
There was a fair share of comedic bits in the premiere, like Jackie’s first run-in with Dr. Cruz or Zooey admiring a patient’s girlfriend’s scrubs, but it was a pretty blah season premiere.
Morally/ethically “corrupt” Jackie is more interesting to watch than “sobering up” Jackie. Hopefully the show doesn’t stray too far from it’s comedic roots.