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Nurse Jackie: Season 4 - Review

Nurse Jackie: Season Four

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

THE fourth season of Nurse Jackie found Edie Falco’s eponymous anti-hero in the toughest position of her life – and it made for incredibly enjoyable viewing.

In rehab and facing the loss of her marriage, Jackie’s world is then further complicated by the arrival of a new head at her hospital in the form of Dr. Mike Cruz (Bobby Cannavale).

Although seemingly charismatic, Cruz has a tough agenda and takes no prisoners in his approach to re-shaping things. But when he and Jackie collide on a personal matter, the simmering tension between them explodes into all-out war.

Against this volatile backdrop, a heavily pregnant Dr. Eleanor O’Hara (Eve Best) contemplates her own imminent life change, Dr. Fitch Cooper (Peter Facinelli) goes out of his way to offer O’Hara friendship and support, and Zoe (Merritt Wever) and Lenny (Lenny Jacobson) face relationship difficulties of their own.

As ever with Nurse Jackie, the blend of sometimes whacky comedy and heart-rending drama was seamlessly done. Characters developed nicely (even if Zoe continued to get more irritating with her kooky tendencies), while storylines through up constant surprises.

Anchoring it all was Falco, whose Jackie arguably had all the troubles she faced coming, but whose struggle to get back on top proved riveting.

Facinelli tapped into hidden depths of compassion in his relationship with O’Hara (the ever-excellent Best), while stealing a lot of the best comedic moments, while Anna Deavere Smith as demoted chief Gloria also showed a different side to her make-up as she was forced to soldier on among the troops.

Better still was the addition of Cannavale, so good in Boardwalk Empire, and on Emmy nominated form here. His Cruz proved to be a worthy adversary for Jackie and their scenes together genuinely sent sparks flying. The final few episodes, as things escalated between them, were evidence of Nurse Jackie on top form.

Overall, Season four may just have been the best yet.

Certificate: 15
Episodes: 12
UK DVD Release: February 25, 2013