• Sat, Jun 6 2009

Watch the first episode of Showtime’s Nurse Jackie now

Don’t miss your opportunity to watch the first episode of Showtime’s new show Nurse Jackie starring Edie Falco. (click this link to watch the episode right now)

80427c3_falco_e_b_gr_01-edie-falco-nurse-jackie-showtime-fixed The episode is available online to watch right now before its Monday premiere on Showtime at 9:30 p.m. CST. So even if you don’t get Showtime, you can watch this episode and see what you think.

In Nurse Jackie, Edie Falco (Sopranos) is nurse Jackie Peyton – a very complicated character who lies somewhere between saint and sinner. At the hospital, she’s a patient’s best friend. She takes on doctors and hospital bureaucracy without blinking and without holding back. However, she she’s not afraid of red tape and will go around it as much as she can. That’s good and bad. She’ll break a rule to get the result she wants.

On this behind-the-scenes Nurse Jackie video below, one of the producers says didn’t want a nurse who rides shotgun to a hospital, they wanted a hospital that rides shotgun to a nurse. I think that tells the story pretty well.

As far as her flaws, Jackie has many. She has a bad back which has led to an addiction to pain pills.

On the cast with her is trainee nurse Zoey Brakow (Merritt Wever), Dr. Fitch "Coop" Cooper (Peter Facinelli, Twilight), Dr. Elenor O’Hara (Eve Best) who is Jackie’s best friend, hospital pharmacist Eddie (Paul Schulze), hospital administrator Gloria Akalitus (Anne Deveare Smith, The West Wing) and Jackie’s husband Kevin Peyton (Dominic Fumusa). Of course, you won’t realize she’s married until the end, and after what’s in the episode, you’ll be like … WHAT?

Image: Bauer-Griffin

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