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Nurse Jackie

This page may contain spoilers for the show, please proceed to read with caution.

Network: Showtime
Rating: TV-MA
Also Starring: Edie Falco, Peter Facinelli, Eve Best, Merritt Wever, Stephen Wallem
Arjun’s Role: Sam Ayem, RN

About Nurse Jackie: A drug-addicted nurse struggles to find a balance between the demands of her frenetic job at a New York City hospital and an array of personal dramas.

About Arjun’s Character

Sam

Sam is a registered nurse (RN) who worked in the emergency room (ER) at All Saints Hospital in Manhattan, New York City.

He began working at All Saints as a temp nurse under the wing of Nurse Jackie, but after one day on the job, he was fired for clearly being stoned, which had impaired his work. Months later, after Sam went through a rehabilitation program for his drug addiction and was approved for work as a nurse, he was re-hired at All Saints. Sam was described to be brilliant and know three languages, including Farsi and Armenian.

At the end of his first day, Sam tells Jackie that “it takes one to know one,” referring to having a problem with addiction, and ever since then, Jackie has openly disliked Sam. He’s observant about the people around him and that scares Jackie. However, when Sam relapses, Jackie does what she can to help him.

Not long after he started working at All Saints, he got into a one-day affair with Dr. Eleanor O’Hara, despite them both having girlfriends at the time. However, after Sam’s girlfriend has an affair with Dr. Cooper, she breaks up with Sam, which devastates him.

About the Seasons

Season 1

Original Air Date: July 27, 2009
Director: Steve Buscemi
Gallery: Screencaptures

The emergency room is four nurses short, and Jackie runs a tight ship. A male temp seems to be unusually slow or dim until Zoey discovers that he may be on drugs. On top of everything, Grace has a panic attack at school, and Jackie accidentally lets it slip that she has a daughter.

Season 2

Original Air Date: March 22, 2010
Director: Paul Feig
Gallery: Screencaptures

After breaking up with Eddie, Jackie tries to reconnect with her family. However, Jackie is soon on the verge of losing it when Coop files a formal complaint against her, Eddie overdoses and she runs dry of drugs.

Original Air Date: March 29, 2010
Director: Paul Feig
Gallery: Screencaptures

Jackie cuts through red tape to speed up a boy’s diagnosis, irritating Dr. Cooper, who has taken to Twitter as a way to vent. Mourning her mother’s death, O’Hara shows up after a night of clubbing, and Jackie covers for her while she comes down from Ecstasy. Eddie visits the bar and continues his friendship with Kevin.

Original Air Date: April 5, 2010
Director: Alan Taylor
Gallery: Screencaptures

Coop makes New York Magazine‘s Top 25 Doctors list, giving him reason to gloat and flabbergasting most of the staff. Jackie faces new challenges at home and at work with Grace’s escalating anxiety and Jackie’s increasingly conspicuous drug abuse. Eddie breaks boundaries and gets too close for comfort.

Original Air Date: April 12, 2010
Director: Alan Taylor
Gallery: Screencaptures

Jackie—in the midst of dealing with Eddie’s intrusion into her home life—recommends an alternative remedy for a cancer patient, who isn’t responding well to chemotherapy. Dr. O’Hara covers for Zoey after she breaks the rules to save a young boy’s life, and gives Sam an outlet to channel his addiction without turning to drugs.

Original Air Date: April 19, 2010
Director: Adam Bernstein
Gallery: Screencaptures

Jackie’s hard stance towards Eddie softens after an argument with Kevin. Akalitus posts a security guard by the Pill-O-Matix and approaches Dr. Cooper about being the public face of All Saints. Details about O’Hara’s famous girlfriend and Zoey’s possible pregnancy come to light.

Original Air Date: April 26, 2010
Director: Adam Bernstein
Gallery: Screencaptures

Unhappy about Eddie and Kevin’s friendship, Jackie asks Eddie to stop spending time with Kevin. A pharmaceutical company rep provides Jackie with drugs.

Original Air Date: May 3, 2010
Director: Paul Feig
Gallery: Screencaptures

The hospital’s biggest donor is insulted by Coop; Jackie reconsiders her affair with Eddie again when she sees the philandering behavior of O’Hara’s lover.

Original Air Date: May 10, 2010
Director: Paul Feig
Gallery: Screencaptures

Coop sets up his friend Georgia on a date with Eddie, who takes her to Kevin’s bar; Grace attends her first session with a psychiatrist; a determined man refuses to leave the emergency room until he says goodbye to his dying husband.

Original Air Date: May 17, 2010
Director: Paul Feig
Gallery: Screencaptures

In order to keep her credit card a secret, Jackie sets up a P.O. box for the credit card bills. In the meantime, Mrs. Akalitus invites Eddie to come back as the hospital’s pharmacist. Jackie realizes the seriousness of Grace’s condition.

Original Air Date: May 24, 2010
Director: Paul Feig
Gallery: Screencaptures

In order to get a phony prescription, Jackie falsifies an MRI. In the meantime the campaign’s end has its effects on Coop, and Eddie is back as the hospital’s pharmacist.

Original Air Date: May 31, 2010
Director: Paul Feig
Gallery: Screencaptures

Jackie manages to evade O’Hara’s questions about her fake MRI. Jackie, Kevin and the girls have an unsuccessful trip. On the journey back, Kevin finds out that Jackie took O’Hara’s financial gift but thinks it is for the girls’ education.

Original Air Date: June 7, 2010
Director: Paul Feig
Gallery: Screencaptures

Jackie’s back at work after an aborted family vacation, and her indiscretions have put her at odds with her family, friends and coworkers. Complicating matters for her, she is being pursued by the drug dealer she ripped off.

Season 3

Original Air Date: March 28, 2011
Director: Steve Buscemi
Gallery: Screencaptures

Jackie and Kevin have an altercation over his recent discovery but Jackie denies being an addict. Jackie returns to work where O’Hara gives her the cold shoulder. Zoey has since slept with Lenny and animosity is still rife between Coop and Sam. Kevin falls for Jackie’s emotional blackmail and enrolls Fiona at the same school as Grace.

Original Air Date: April 4, 2011
Director: Steve Buscemi
Gallery: Screencaptures

Fiona starts at her new school, O’Hara continues to give Jackie the cold shoulder, and Eddie asks Jackie to make his friendship with Kevin a little easier.

Original Air Date: April 11, 2011
Director: Michael Lehmann
Gallery: Screencaptures

Kevin’s younger sister Tunie crashes at the Peyton household and Jackie has another encounter with the drug dealer she ripped off.

Original Air Date: April 18, 2011
Director: Michael Lehmann
Gallery: Screencaptures

Kevin invites Eddie over for a barbecue to set him up with Tunie, Coop ‘competes’ for Chief of the ER.

Original Air Date: April 25, 2011
Director: Tristram Shapeero
Gallery: Screencaptures

A rat eats Jackie’s stash in the hospital basement and Coop’s moms get a divorce. O’Hara takes a page out of Jackie’s book and bends the rules to help a patient.

Original Air Date: May 2, 2011
Director: Tristram Shapeero
Gallery: Screencaptures

The statues of the saints are finally removed from the chapels. Meanwhile, Jackie clashes with the new nurse named Kelly Slater, Eddie considers going out with Tunie, and a patient consoles Dr. Cooper, who is depressed about the split of his parents.

Original Air Date: May 9, 2011
Director: Bob Balaban
Gallery: Screencaptures

The new nurse Kelly charms the hospital’s staff except Jackie, meanwhile another patient consoles Dr. Cooper, who is depressed about the split of his parents. Kevin discovers a secret stash in a dental floss dispenser while Jackie steals drugs from the oncology ward.

Original Air Date: May 16, 2011
Director: Bob Balaban
Gallery: Screencaptures

Jackie criticizes Kelly’s interaction with two flirty high school girls while Mrs. Akalitus seeks Thor’s help with a new phone system. Jackie can’t arrive in time at her daughter’s pageant.

Original Air Date: May 23, 2011
Director: Daisy von Scherler Mayer
Gallery: Screencaptures

Just when Jackie has run out of pills, she runs into a confrontation about the drugs from Oncology that disappeared. Coop tracks down an old girlfriend on Facebook when he decides to start his own family. Heart problems make Zoey revisit her relationship with Lenny.

Original Air Date: June 6, 2011
Director: Daisy von Scherler Mayer
Gallery: Screencaptures

Jackie lands on probation because of the drugs she swiped from the Oncology Department. Meanwhile, in a case of like mother, like daughter, Grace requests that her psychologist put her on medication. And Coop steps up his wedding plans and books the chapel.

Original Air Date: June 13, 2011
Director: Linda Wallem
Gallery: Screencaptures

O’Hara steps in to help Jackie dose down. Elsewhere, an edgy Kevin appears to be holding something back from both his wife and Eddie; Mrs. Akalitus gets bad news about the impending visit by the First Lady; Zoey throws a party for her fellow nurses; and Kelly makes a confession to Jackie – he took 6 Fentanyl patches and he’s never been to Haiti, after making up elaborate stories about helping people there.

Original Air Date: June 20, 2011
Director: Linda Wallem
Gallery: Screencaptures

In addition to sweating out a mandatory urine test demanded by HR, Jackie tries to avoid an inevitable confrontation with Kevin. Meanwhile, Coop’s combined birthday and wedding day plans go off with a major hitch; a runaway bride. Mrs. Akalitus is overjoyed to have her religious statuary back and in the hospital chapel. Fiona starts a fire in school. Kevin tells Jackie that he cheated on her. Knowing that the results would be positive for banned substances (and reluctant to lose an excellent nurse) Mrs. Akalitus throws Jackie’s urine sample in to the trash.

Season 4

Original Air Date: April 8, 2012
Director: Linda Wallem
Gallery: Screencaptures

Mike Cruz, a physician with Quantum Bay, a corporation taking over the hospital, arrives with some bad news for Akalitus. After a sudden death in her home, Jackie realizes she needs to go to rehab; O’Hara gives Jackie some surprising news. Eddie tells Kevin that he wasn’t the only one cheating in his marriage.

Original Air Date: April 15, 2012
Director: Linda Wallem
Gallery: Screencaptures

In treatment, Jackie’s reluctant to open up about the start of her addiction. Cruz wants to make the hospital over into a trauma center with a helipad. Akalitus tries to readjust to being back on the floor as a nurse, while the other nurses feel torn about Quantum Bay’s corporate swag. Jackie finds a possible confidant at rehab in Charlie, a teen.

Original Air Date: April 22, 2012
Director: Seith Mann
Gallery: Screencaptures

Jackie leaves rehab after two weeks. Back at work, she finds that sobriety has made her soft, though she manages to find some of her old hard self when she deals with Kelly. When she gets home, she finds a list of things Grace wants written on Grace’s bedroom wall.

Original Air Date: April 29, 2012
Director: Seith Mann
Gallery: Screencaptures

Grace tells Fiona and Zoey that Jackie went to rehab. Jackie goes to an AA meeting with Charlie only to find out he’s using again. Kevin has Eddie list what Jackie took before telling Eddie to let Jackie know she should “kiss her kids goodbye.” Jackie almost relapses. Charlie is revealed to be Dr. Cruz’s son.

Original Air Date: May 6, 2012
Director: Bob Balaban
Gallery: Screencaptures

Jackie is surprised when what she thinks is a simple lunch with Kevin turns out to be the start of a divorce. The staff get new uniforms and Jackie asks Zoey to move in with her.

Original Air Date: May 13, 2012
Director: Bob Balaban
Gallery: Screencaptures

Jackie has a strange dream about relapsing. Zoey has good news about her romantic future, while Jackie’s marriage has disintegrated into a custody battle. Coop sees himself as a father-figure for O’Hara’s baby.

Original Air Date: May 20, 2012
Director: Miguel Arteta
Gallery: Screencaptures

Jackie meets with a divorce lawyer, bails Charlie out of jail and finds out that he is Dr. Cruz’s son. Zoey breaks up with Lenny.

Original Air Date: June 3, 2012
Director: Miguel Arteta
Gallery: Screencaptures

Cruz promises Charlie he won’t fire Jackie, but he quickly punishes her coworkers for covering up her addiction.

Original Air Date: June 10, 2012
Director: Randall Einhorn
Gallery: Screencaptures

Coop learns the identity of O’Hara’s baby’s father and Jackie takes control of the ER after Cruz suffers a panic attack.

Original Air Date: June 17, 2012
Director: Randall Einhorn
Gallery: Screencaptures

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 labor 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.

 
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