Nurse Jackie Checks Into Rehab

Video: Nurse Jackie Checks Into Rehab By Hunter R. Slaton 04/16/12

As nurse Jackie Peyton, actress Edie Falco brings real-life experience to her character's ongoing stint in rehab.

Image: 
Nurse Jackie with her new rehab ally.
Photo via

On last night’s episode of the Showtime dramedy Nurse Jackie, now in its fourth season, the pill-popping RN Jackie Peyton finally checked into a treatment facility—and promptly decided, in classic addict fashion, that pretty much everyone else in the place was nuts, including an older woman who gets off on clowns. (Perhaps a fair assessment, there.) It’s an experience that Edie Falco, who plays Nurse Jackie, likely didn’t have to dig too deep to identify with: the actress—of Carmela Soprano fame—is herself a real-life recovering alcoholic. In the episode, Jackie bonds with an unlikely confidant: a green-haired kid played by Jake Cannavale, son of actor Bobby Cannavale (also on the show), who is the only one willing to take Jackie to task for how she acts during group therapy. According to Falco, her character and the punk kid are going to grow closer over the course of the season, which makes sense. “On some level, addicts are ageless and they all understand what it's like to be at the mercy of this stuff, so he's a real compadre,” Falco tells The Hollywood Reporter. “They want to help each other." Here's a trailer for the episode: