'Nurse Jackie' Season 2, Episode 5 - 'Caregiver' Recap


Jackie Peyton has to be one of the most complicated and twisted characters on television today. Just trying to navigate the ins and outs of her mind, the motivations and mood swings, is enough to make you seasick. But then she does something soulful and pure and good, and you wonder if you were wrong to doubt her. You had all that, plus 'Alice in Wonderland' in this episode. More after the jump.


Kevin screwed the pooch by going to the movies with Ginny Flynn and the kids, but that wasn't really what ticked off Jackie. Or was it? Hard to tell, but she used the incident to park herself on the couch instead of the bed, a move that Eleanor pegged as a mistake. Sometimes it seems that Jackie doesn't listen to Eleanor, but this time she did. Kevin got a cell phone 'kiss and make up' message. Why did she feel she had to punish him for the movie when she obviously trusts him not to be doing Ginny? Could it be a reflection of her own guilty feelings about Eddie? Probably.


But what was really going on in Jackie's world was fear of losing her drug supply. With Gloria posting a guard on the pill-o-matix, Jackie was plotting how to continue getting what she needed. When she made a date on the phone, you knew she was circling back to Eddie. Always working the angles, that Jackie.


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