Nurse Jackie

January Jones (top), Jennifer Aniston (middle), and Jason Sudeikis (bottom).

In recent weeks, both Jennifer Aniston and Mad Men star January Jones have been linked to Saturday Night Live performer Jason Sudeikis, but it is Jones who continues to be seen in public with Sudeikis, who she reportedly was all over at the recent ESPY awards.  These reports coming just a few weeks after Jones left the scene of an accident in Los
Angeles at the behest of Bobby Flay, and it has been whispered that Jones left the scene of the accident because she was drunk.

It also comes just weeks after many magazines prominently linked the 34 year old Sudeikis with 41 year old Jennifer Aniston, after the two seemed to get very close after working in film together.  One report went so far as to say that Aniston forced Sudeikis on a studio intent on signing her to play the lead in an upcoming film, and that Sudeikis was given the leading man role opposite Aniston.

January Jones and Saturday Night Live‘s Jason Sudeikis may be Hollywood’s newest item.

Reports surfaced that that the Mad Men star, 32, and Sudeikis, 34, were making out all night at an ESPY after party and spending a lot of time together on the set of Sudeikis’s new movie. Thursday, the maybe-duo was spotted hanging out again.

Sudeikis, who in June was briefly linked to Jennifer Aniston, recently divorced his wife of six years, 30 Rock writer Kay Cannon. Jones has been recently linked to Entourage‘s Jeremy Piven and to Oscar winner Adrien Brody.,,20402671,00.html

More on Aniston-Sudeikis:

Move over Gerard Butler and Bradley Cooper, Jason Sudeikis is Jennifer Aniston‘s latest rumored beau! The Saturday Night Live star is now being linked to his Bounty Hunter costar. According to gossip website, a source claims the two have been on a few secret dates and “are enjoying taking things to the next level.” 

According to the source, “he is just what Jen needs — a solid, low-key, funny man. It’s early days, but she’s quietly thrilled.” An insider alleges that Aniston, 41, provided comfort to Sudeikis, 34, in the wake of his divorce from 30 Rock scribe Kay Cannon and that the two didn’t start seeing one another until the filming of their movie was over and his divorce was finalized.

Let’s give a hand to Sudeikis, obviously a fast worker, who seemed to bag January Jones and Jennifer Aniston this year–way to go, stud.  For those of you who do not watch movies or Saturday Night Live, you may know Sudeikis as Liz Lemon’s ex boyfriend on 30 Rock, the one who proposed to his new girlfriend on Good Morning America.

As for January Jones, she reprises her award winning role as Betty Draper in the season 4 premiere of Mad Men, Sunday at 10 PM EST on AMC.  Read about Mad Men and the lovely ladies of Mad Men at the links below.

Can’t wait for season 4, episode 1 (# 53), entitled “Public Relations”…

–Crack (

Jackie Peyton can fool an administrator (Ann Deveare Smith, above).  She can fool a weird, clingy boyfriend.  And a husband.  She can even keep the secret of her affair with that weird, clingy boyfriend (Eddie, played by Paul Schulze) from her husband, even after Eddie starts hanging out in her husband’s bar and they become fast friends who go to Mets games together.  She can even fool almost an entire nurse staff who work in close proximity, all day, every day–except for one holdout–Sam (Arjun Gupta), the addict who told her way back last season, that “it takes one to know one.”

Jackie is keeping it together, despite her daughter Grace’s (Ruby Jerins) proclivity to yank out clumps of hair–the latest doomsday sign for the child, who now sees a psychiatrist, and who likes to watch shows about nuclear holocausts and wash her hands incessantly for fun.  Nurse Peyton even seemed to know her way around that evil Pill-O-Matix machine, the mechanical replacement to her Dr. Feelgood boyfriend Eddie, what we thought was surely set up to be an achiles heel for Jackie this season.  Then we see Jackie pull out a list of employee D.O.B.s, and bang–she’s got the right codes to make the machine pop open at will so she can get the goodies she needs.

As it would turn out though, only some of them.  Jackie has a P.O. Box, we have learned, where she has her secret credit card bill sent, and when we got a chance to give a glance at the itemized bill, we saw lots of charges she was going to have trouble meeting financially, and they were all from shady online drug stores.  Jackie is obviously not getting all the opiates she needs, but she is getting a lot of opiates, which has to make one wonder if she’s popping/snorting 30-50 pills a day, the way a heroin addict would who could only get his hands on Vicodin. 

Still, Jackie worked some of her hall of fame deception skills in getting Dr. O’Hara (Eve Best) to write her checks directly for her kid’s schooling, something that O’Hara has pressured Jackie for, for some time.  Well, actually the doc wanted to set up an education trust for the girls, but Jackie smoothly guided Dr. O’Hara’s hand to endorse the check to her–despite her husband Kevin’s (Dominic Fumusa) absolute refusal to take the doctor’s money, even if it was for the girl’s education.  So Jackie was able to pay the piper, for the time being.  but she is addicted to Oxycontin, and prefers the route of nasal ingestion, the true crackhead’s preference, because as she mentioned off hand, like a good little nurse, that it isn’t good to let too many of those OC’s pass through the digestive tract.

Dr. O’Hara with best bud Jacks (above).

Tthough Eddie is back in the saddle as the ward’s pharmacist, Jackie, reluctant to fall back into old habits with Eddie, re-instated as keeper of the Oxy.  But it seems that Jackie might have gone to the well too many times with Dr. O’Hara, who she convinced to write her an OC script based on a really fucked up spinal MRI–of someone else’s.  Dr. O’Hara, distraught over Jackie’s condition, burst into the radiology department, practically in tears, demanding to know why no one is “helping her friend.”  But there is no MRI on file or in the computer for any Jackie Peyton, and Dr. O’Hara wasn’t born yesterday.  She’s a little too smart for Jackie’s game, and we’re going to predict, a bit too caring as a friend, and dead serious when it comes to her medical license, to be scripting up a crackhead.

Jacks, as O’Hara calls her, looks as though she might be getting called on the carpet this week, with no excuses befitting the grandeur of this grave situation.  Jackie, who never seems out of options, may have played her last drug card, and as we see in the coming attractions, she is making a crying confession to a disappointed Kevin.  Is her drug problem the thing she comes clean about, we are left to wonder, is it something innocuous and misleading, or is she finally going to get pegged for whoring herself for pills to Kevin’s new found, and only friend, Eddie?

While Zoe (Merrit Wever) and Lenny (Lenny Jacobsen) continue their flirtation, and while Coop (Peter Facinelli) seems to be flirting a bit with Sam’s girlfriend, Jackie has the really real problems who we doubt Dr. O’Hara will allow her to get away without addressing.  And while we are looking into our crystal ball, what might we say about the fate of Grace, who, in a show defined by its main characters misery or not, is headed down a dangerous path?

I could see rehab in Jackie’s future, and relapse, much worse than anything we’ve seen yet, when what looks like the inevitable happens to that sweet but disturbed little girl.

We’d happily be wrong on this one.

–Crack (

Edie Falco and Paul Schulze, above, on Nurse Jackie.

Then there’s the Eddie situation.  Prediction: Jackie will re-open her legs for Eddie to keep the peace with her husband.  She’s already admitted to missing him, and there’s some kind of disconnect with Kevin anyway that would suggest if it wasn’t Eddie it would be someone else.

Let’s face it: the one thing we know about Jackie is that she isn’t about to act all saintly. 

Yeah, it’s not like we didn’t tell you so.  Quoting ourselves?  Yup, yup.  In the final scene last week, Jackie gets on her cell phone, tells someone her back is killing her, and asks “do you wanna talk?”  A few seconds later, Jackie is standing outside a movie theater and Eddie is coming toward her, and they head into a showing of Alice in Wonderland. 

The show began with an angered Jackie finding Alice in Wonderland tickets in her husband Kevin’s clothes (Dominick Fumusa).  He had gone to the movies with the girls and with Jackie’s bitter high school enemy, Ginny (Elizabeth Marvel), who Jackie is wildly jealous of, and whose daughter caught Jackie railing pills with a straw down in the basement.  Jackie tells Kevin “you’re mine, you know that?” and then proceeds to spend the night on the couch.

Jackie gets to the hospital, where she complains about her back pain–a  product of her stay on the couch perhaps, which she chose unnecessarily.  Jackie’s best bud, Dr. O’Hara (Eve Best), slips Jackie a percoset, but by the end of the episode, Jackie is needing more drugs, apparently, and some desire for tit for tat–though any fan of the show knows that Kevin is not about to step out on Jackie with Ginny.  She calls Eddie, and as we will see, things will escalate rather quickly.

Perhaps more interesting will be Zoe’s situation, and how it plays out over the coming weeks.  In an awkward scene last week, Zoe tells the guy we assume is her boyfriend, Lenny (Lenny Jacobsen) that she thinks she is pregnant, “by the wrong one.”

Zoe (Merritt Weaver).  Since they all work in a hospital, we are expecting some fireworks either way when it comes to Zoe–whether she goes full term or goes for the abortion, an option that will look better and better as more details of her personal life are revealed.  Hearing that EMT Lenny, “the burnout” is the wrong one, suggests what exactly about the baby’s father?

Nurse Jackie is also introducing some new castmates that will add more depth to the show in the wake of Momo’s departure (Hanz Sleimann): Seth Gilliam as the plastic surgeon (Ellis Carver, The Wire), Marian Ross of Happy Days, and Julia Ormond, who will have a lesbian affair with Dr. O’Hara.  That should be fun.

–Crack (

 …the sinners have much more fun.  — “Only the Good Die Young”


Married Jackie (Edie Falco), pictured with her boyfriend, Eddie (Paul Schulze).

When Nurse Jackie ended its first season, it appeared that the jig was up for Jackie.  Especially since an angry Eddie (Paul Schulze) told Jackie at her nurse’s station that he had just met her husband.  What it prompted for Jackie was a non lethal overdose of Morphine, and when the show picked up a few weeks back, many fans may have expected her to be busted–for adultery, stealing drugs, flushing a patient’s ear down the toilet, etc.

As it turns out, Jackie has yet to pay the piper.  But with Eddie befriending Jackie’s husband, Kevin (Dominick Fumusa), and showing up in Jackie’s house in successive weeks–once as last minute babysitter to Jackie’s young daughters, and once to spirit Kevin away from a pre-planned date night with great seats to the Mets game, we can see that this pressure cooker is working its way toward a boil.

Paul Schulze, who also played Father Rintintola on The Sopranos, has a knack for that part of the annoying lingerer.  Though harmless on The Sopranos as the priest who broke bread with the parrish wives, even Tony seemed a bit bothered by Father R’s omnipresence, upon coming home one morning to find that the priest was sleeping on his couch.

Tony could have had him whacked, but it doesn’t seem that Jackie has that option at her disposal.  Eddie, all lovesick, besides worming his way into Jackie’s husband’s life, had showed up at All Saints Hospital after overdosing on Xanax in season 2, episode 1 (Comfort Food).  When Jackie asked him how he could be so stupid, Eddie replied that he had o.d.’d just to see her.  With the type of determination that Eddie has displayed this season, it’s difficult to envision how Jackie can manage this problem while keeping the matter from her husband.

Last week, Coop (Peter Facinelli) showed up to the pharmacy where Eddie now works, and he expressed concern to Eddie over the o.d.  Later, at the hospital, Coop replies when the staff is trying to tease him for having no friends that he does have a friend– “and his name is Eddie.”

A central theme is emerging on Nurse Jackie–loneliness.  Dr. Cooper has 1 friend, and Eddie doesn’t seem to be doing too well socially, obviously.  Neither does Kevin, who when pressed to come up with a babysitter, turns to Eddie, who is apparently his only friend.  That’s a sad state of affairs, no pun intended.  Jackie could’ve avoided the scene she walked in on, Eddie playing with her daughters, if she would have been willing to allow Ginny, an old flame of Kevin’s to babysit, as Kevin had suggested.   But Ginny’s daughter happens to be Jackie’s oldest daughter’s only friend, and while over their house on a play date, she opens the door on Jackie, who is snorting more of those little red and white pellets she likes so much (come on Jackie…crush your shit up…it’s more realistic, and those little balls aren’t gonna stay up anyone’s nose).  Jackie turns around and sees the child stairing at her, who asks, “what did you just do with that straw?”  Jackie is now ultra paranoid about having the girl’s mother in her house when she’s not there, probably assuming the child would discuss the straw incident with her mother, and that Ginny would look around the house for drugs with no adults around.

Almost every character on Jackie seems to be leading a sad existence, including and especially the doctors.  Dr. Cooper, we have learned, has hired a publicist and lately has bragged about his meager following on Twitter, while Dr. O’Hara (Eve Best), we have learned, has no real heirs and lives in a hotel.

 Above is Dr. O’Hara (Eve Best) with Zoe (Merritt Weaver), the only character in the show who seemed to have her life in relative order, until we learned she may be unexpectedly pregnant.  Complicating matters more for Jackie is the fact that the nurse who Dr. O’Hara “shagged” is the same nurse who Jackie detests (Arjun Gupta, below).

Sam (Arjun Gupta), when questioned last year by Jackie about being high, rightly retorted “It takes one to know one.”  With Jackie getting caught doing drugs in her home by a child, and with a nurse in recovery watching her moves at the hospital, who her best friend there is now fucking, Jackie seems to have her hands quite full.

Then there’s the Eddie situation.  Prediction: Jackie will re-open her legs for Eddie to keep the peace with her husband.  She’s already admitted to missing him, and there’s some kind of disconnect with Kevin anyway that would suggest if it wasn’t Eddie it would be someone else.

Let’s face it: the one thing we know about Jackie is that she isn’t about to act all saintly. 

–Crack (

So I’ve been going to town on television lately, and with good reason, for much good TV is either set to premiere or rerun.  Two Showtime favorites, if imperfect, that return tomorrow (3/22/10) are The  United  States of Tara and Nurse Jackie, a Lionsgate TV production.  Lionsgate’s masterpiece, Mad Men, also returns tomorrow/tonight in reruns (12 AM), as AMC looks to capitalize and piggyback on the success of Breaking Bad, in its season 3 premiere, which will be aired at 10 PM and repeated at 11 PM, leading into Mad Men at 12:03.

We have learned that tonight’s Breaking Bad deals with the aftermath of the plane crash, which is an indicator that there will not be any real time lag between the season 2 finale and the season 3 premiere.  We have no idea where Nurse Jackie will pick up, but it was certainly unsettling where she left off–locked inside a hospital room, about to pass out on the floor after drinking 3 bottles of morphine–and with good reason.  Her boyfriend, Eddie (Paul Schulze, who you might remember best as Father Intintola from The Sopranos), lets Jackie (Edie Falco) know that he has just met her husband, who she had concealed from everyone except Dr. O’Hara (Eve Best).

 Jackie is a very different role for Falco than Carmella Soprano, and I find her good in both, though Carmella Soprano was more of a scrutable character.  It is very hard to understand Jackie’s deviousness, and how she betrays her husband so easily (Dominic Fumusa).  Though she is a drug addict, and Eddie who was until recently the hospital’s pharmacist and her supplier, as well as her noon time  lover, which makes total sense from the outside, but not from within. Inside the text, Jackie is a lot more complex than that.  To crack her behavior up to the pressure’s of running a nursing unit in an ER in a busy Manhattan hospital is overly simplistic as well.

I find myself comparing Falco in this role more and more to her former fictional husband, Tony Soprano.  She gets off on being able to do whatever she wants, whenever she wants, and now we finally get to see her deal with some consequences.  While the audience, I assume, hopes she gets off easy, as we always hoped for Tony, I’m not sure we quite find ourselves rooting for her in the same way as we rooted for Tony, a veritable super hero of television–even though she has gone to great lengths to help children, steal from the rich and give to the poor.  Perhaps that’s a societal double standard at play.  At any rate, Jackie, like Tony Soprano, is a premeditated murder (she euthanized a friend and former colleague who was dying a slow and painful death), and that is a little different than killing one’s own nephew, the way Tony killed Christopher by pinching his nostrils while he choked on his own blood.  Jackie may have even more of a God complex than Tony S., and that means the show can literally take us anywhere, and I must say I am apprehensive about this powder keg.

I just saw spots for Tara and Jackie on Showtime, and Anne Deavere Smith, who plays Nurse Akolitas, talked on the ad about how at the end of the day, Jackie will do anything to help those in need.  Like snorting the little round contents of these unnamed capsules?  By the way, how do those little round balls stay up her nose?  She doesn’t even crush them up or anything!  I guess Jackie is a bit of a superhero too.

At the end of the day, I am left to wonder if she will do anything to help people because of the bad stuff she is atoning for, and not out of her “humanitarian” disposition.  Either way, season 2 should be the tits.  We’ve seen what she’s done, and now we have to see the repurcussions, and though Jackie isn’t all good, I, for one, am very scared for her.  But I have this feeling it aint gonna be no thing for this dope fiend.  And we would be remiss if we did not also mention the outstanding performances turned in by nurse in training, Zoe (Merrit Weaver), and by Haaz Sleiman, playing Mohammed, Jackie’s closest nurse friend.

As for Tara, her and I got off on the wrong foot.  When a scientific premise is not accurate, I have trouble falling into that sort of plot.  I’m not gonna go crazy about it, but I had a problem with the medication that Tara was prescribed for her M.P.D.  Not to be too specific, but they were talking about anti anxiety meds and she was in need of some serious anti psychotics.  If the much ballyhooed creator and lead writer, Diablo Cody, is too lazy to get that right, then the show stands on shaky footing.

But then you see the cast–truly stellar–led by Toni Collette, who burst on to the scene almost 20 years ago in the Indie classic Muriel’s Wedding, her husband, played by the affable John Corbett, who played Carrrie’s love Aiden on Sex and the City, and who I always preferred for her to Big.  By the way, how bad are they dragging Sex and the City out?  I mean, I thought the movie was over 2 separate times when there was still one and a half hours, and 45 minutes left, respectively.  Kill me already.  And that my wife will force me to watch the sequel, about 4 women who were never hot in the first place and are now 10-15 years removed from their glory days, is already making my stomach turn.

Tara’s children probably make the show.  Her daughter, played by Brie Larson (not Bree Olsen!), totally nails the free spirited hot teenage daughter of a seriously mentally ill mother.  Tara’s son, Marshall, played by Keir Gilchest, is considered by some to be the show, a young adolescent, openly homosexual, living in Kansas, who has enough to deal with, as you can imagine, without one of Tara’s alters hooking up with his first boyfriend.  But Marshall dealt with that rather decisively, by setting a large fire in the family’s backyard, now didn’t he?

And we must also mention Tara’s sister, Charmaine (Rosemarie Dewitt, also known for her role on Mad Men as the hippy chick that Don was fucking in season 1).

Speaking of Mad Men, as we have mentioned, reruns begin at 12:03, with season 3, episode 1, “Out of Town”, in which Don (Jon Hamm)and the aforementioned in these pages, Sal Romano (Bryan Batt) must take a business trip on which Don discovers that Sal is gay.  To his credit, Don is cool with it, perhaps identifying with Sal on account of his own secrets.  This pivotal episode involving Sal makes us all the more sad that he will not be returning to the cast to reprise his role.

But we are stoked that Christina Hendricks will be featured on the little screen for the next thirteen Monday mornings, in her role as office manager Joannie Holloway.  While January Jones and Elisabeth Moss come bearing bigger names, Joannie does more than hold her own, which isn’t easy, considering the size of her breasts and her alien like measurements.  Hendricks was recently featured in New York Magazine, and you should all check it out.  The 34 year old is about to become a breakout star.  And because I like you guys so much, I will leave you with a few photos of her to contemplate.

Obviously, Esquire was hot for her too…

Here’s a shot of Joan looking all hot over at Sterling Cooper.

Ahh, the women of Showtime and Lionsgate, their secret lives, multiple identities, and of Joannie–I don’t know what to say, other than I’m so glad she’s back, if only in reruns.  Enjoy.