the decision to chew out Dr. Cooper for his negligence and
disregard for her medical suggestion and does not face any
repercussions for insubordination. Jackie reveals a glimpse of her
personal life to viewers when she gets a moment alone with Eddie.
From their interaction, viewers learn that Jackie and Eddie are
having a relationship and keeping it secret from other staffers at
the hospital. Not insignificantly, Eddie also supplies Jackie with
Oxycodone when she complains of back pain. As Jackie finishes
her shift, she meets with Eddie outside of the hospital. She declines
his request to accompany him to his place, and the two exchange
“I love yous” before going their separate ways. As Jackie enters her
home, viewers get their first inklings that Jackie has a family. She
walks into the house and is greeted by two young girls, both of
whom are happy to see her. Jackie then slips a ring on her left hand
before walking through the kitchen to be greeted by a man who
has made pancakes for dinner. From this commonplace, domestic
interaction, viewers understand that Jackie actually has her own
family, a husband and two daughters, outside of work. The first
episode then ends with a voiceover (suggesting internal dialogue)
of Jackie asking, “Make me good, God, but not yet,”
As seasons of Nurse Jackie unfold, the apparent ease of
Jackie’s compartmentalization becomes more complicated as
viewers watch as the eponymous character struggle to maintain the
separations she constructs and enforces among the three main
spheres of her life. For most people, there is the public and private,
professional and personal, which are relatively easy to label and
describe. For Jackie, there is work and family and addiction, but in
key ways all of the spheres contain secrets, which makes the usual
bifurcation of what is public and what is private useless. In the
latter part of the second season, Jackie uses a patient’s MRI as her
own to show her friend Dr. O’Hara that she is in pain and needs a
prescription for more pills. After Jackie leaves, Dr. O’Hara
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