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Nurse Jackie: Season 2 [US Import] [Blu-ray] [Region A]
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Edie Falco stars as title character Jackie Peyton, a drug-addicted emergency room nurse in a New York City hospital. For Jackie, every day is a high-wire act of juggling patients, doctors, fellow nurses and her own indiscretions. The second season of the Showtime Original Series Nurse Jackie continues its look deep inside the complicated heart and soul of a functioning addict, a loving wife and mother, and a first-class nurse.
Adultery. Drug addiction. Serial lying. Childhood development problems. Hey, everyone's got to have a little fun, right? The curious thing about Nurse Jackie, the Showtime series whose second season is released here with 12 episodes on three discs, is that it does manage to make some of these issues amusing, at least in a darkly humorous kind of way; this is a dramedy with some real bite. Much of that is due to the presence of Emmy winner Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton, a character who remains alternately appealing and appalling as she tries to keep her life afloat in increasingly treacherous seas. When the first season ended, Jackie's unsustainable romantic balancing act was on the verge of collapse after her lover, once and future hospital pharmacist Eddie (Paul Schulze), saw her with husband Kevin (Dominic Fumusa) and their two young daughters; things get considerably creepier this time around, as Eddie gradually insinuates himself into Jackie's home life by becoming friends with Kevin. That's not all. Daughter Grace, previously diagnosed with something called "generalized anxiety disorder," is deteriorating into full-on weirdness. Jackie's pill popping is becoming a huge problem as well; hiding drugs in her kids' plastic Easter eggs is bad, stealing them from the hospital is worse, and having a new nurse (Arjun Gupta) who is himself a recovering addict and knows exactly what Jackie's up to is the worst of all. And yet, this flawed, conflicted character remains someone you'd want at your bedside in the ER; despite all her problems, Jackie still finds the time to bake pot brownies to ease the pain of a touchingly lonely, dying cancer patient, offering a quality of mercy that's totally beyond the ken of coworkers like beleaguered boss Gloria Akalitus (Anna Deavere Smith) and young Dr. Fitch Cooper (Peter Facinelli), a clueless narcissist who remains the show's most annoying character. Nice performances are also turned in by Eve Best as the jaded, lusty Dr. O'Hara and Merritt Wever as the green but promising nurse Zoey Barkow, but after the second season ends with another cliffhanger, it's Nurse Jackie's fate we'll be wondering about when the third one begins.--Sam Graham --This text refers to an alternate Blu-ray edition.
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Wry humour, which proves enormously appealing - thanks to fine scripts and superbly etched characters. Again Edie Falco shines as Jackie, her "less is more" style of acting a delight to behold - so much conveyed with the briefest comment, the slightest gesture. The whole cast is a joy in different ways - not least formidable administrator Gloria, best friend O'Hara, scatty Zoey, self-adoring Dr. Cooper (now addicted to Twitter and only too happy to be the face on the hospital's publicity posters - "IF LOOKS COULD CURE"). Likeable too is Jackie's family - daughter Grace seriously weird, goodnatured husband destined to have his patience tried.
12 episodes of about 25 minutes. Interesting bonuses about O'Hara and Cooper. A gag reel. Some may wish the commentaries to be more focussed, especially when four are contributing.
The series suffered from unhelpful scheduling, no doubt on so late because of the language. It deserves to be better known. Spared the frenetic, soapy aspects of some medical shows, this one has a charm and concerns people we grow to care about.
The comedic timing is a masterclass. Eve Best and Merrit Wever are hilarious in different ways.
Edie Falco somehow makes us love Jackie, exceptionally versatile and darkly enchanting.
I love it.