Kevin: My sister’s, and I asked her to come, okay?
Jackie: You are fucking hilarious. (To O’Hara) He
fucking hates your guts. (To Kevin) You
hate her guts. You invited her all the way
out here to Queens to fucking gossip about
O’Hara: This isn’t what this is about.
Jackie: (Angrily) You think anybody wants to
listen to what you have to fuckin’ say about
Kevin: You’re a drug addict.
Jackie: And you’re a fucking idiot! You have no
idea what you’re talking about.
As an intervention is attempted, Jackie retreats to the bathroom
and locks herself inside. Jackie looks in the mirror and imagines
admitting that she is a drug addict. After this reasonable projection,
Jackie returns to reality by laughing and saying, “blow me.” Jackie
does anything to avoid the negative attribute of labeling herself as
a drug addict. The denial of this claim perfectly demonstrates her
usage of compartmentalization (Thomas, Ditzfield, and Showers
719). Jackie tries her hardest to manage her compartments because
the management aids in protecting Jackie Peyton’s main focus: her
addiction. By maintaining her image as a competent nurse, loving
mom, and devoted wife, Jackie uses compartmentalization as a
defense mechanism; it is effective (for a period of time) for hiding
her addiction, and compartmentalization also allows Jackie to
defend her actions and avoid negative self-beliefs (Thomas, et al.
Addicts are not associated with any particular stage of life
because addiction can happen at any time. Jackie, as a character,
offers viewers a perspective on addiction from the standpoint of
midlife. Looking across the human lifespan, midlife is