Nurse Jackie: Season 4 (2012)

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Season 4
Nurse Jackie

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Nurse Jackie stages an intervention on the series' status quo, resulting in an exhilarating fourth season that restores the element of discovery and surprise.

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Critic Ratings: 17

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User Ratings: 31

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Air date: Apr 8, 2012

As the fourth season opens, All Saints has been taken over by a multinational corporation and placed in the care of an innovative no-nonsense doctor who is revved up about making changes to the hospital and staff. Meanwhile, Kevin has moved to a new apartment, but is seeking to reconcile with Jackie. As for Jackie, she runs into problems when a guy she picked up has a heart attack in her home. Later, back at the hospital, Mrs. Akalitus is given an ultimatum by the new management.

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Air date: Apr 15, 2012

Jackie's stint in rehab begins with her sharing a room with an irksome kleptomaniac and forging an alliance with a 17-year-old addict who's on his fourth stay at the facility. Back at the hospital, Coop is the only member of the staff who cottons to the new director's innovations.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2012

Despite her counselor's warnings, Jackie leaves rehab and returns to a much-changed All Saints, where working sober for the first time leaves her feeling easily rattled. Meanwhile, Zoey second-guesses her relationship with Lenny; Eddie reveals to Jackie that Kevin knows about their affair; and Grace presents Jackie with a list of demands.

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Air date: Apr 29, 2012

Grace learns that her mother has been in rehab, forcing Jackie to race her daughter to Kevin's before she spills the beans. Later, Cruz docks Jackie's pay over some purloined items; and Jackie sets up an AA rendezvous with Charlie, who turns up in bad shape.

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Air date: May 6, 2012

A forlorn Jackie gets a surprise when she invites Kevin to lunch. Back at the hospital, Cruz's new dress code has the staff up in arms; and Zoey puts up posters seeking a new roommate.

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Air date: May 13, 2012

Jackie dreams about sex (with Cruz) and drugs but no rock and roll, although Kevin rocks her to her core when he sues for full custody of their daughters. At the hospital, Cruz detects holes in Jackie's employment history, and she's surprised when she catches him exhibiting a kindly bedside manner to a trauma patient. Later, Lenny and Zoey get engaged, but Zoey still has questions about their relationship; Jackie, O'Hara and Akalitus treat a transgender teen.

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Air date: May 20, 2012

Jackie's divorce lawyer advises her to play hardball with Kevin if she wants custody of the children; and Eddie unwillingly gets caught in the middle of the Peytons' legal wrangling. At the hospital, Cruz has a panic attack; and Zoey seeks suggestions for a proper breakup strategy. Later, Jackie helps out Charlie following his arrest and learns an unsettling secret about the teen.

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Air date: Jun 3, 2012

When Cruz learns about Jackie's rehab, he takes revenge on coworkers who have been covering up her drug problems. Meanwhile, Eddie is deposed by Kevin's lawyer; a dumped Lenny decides to take off for Europe; and Coop accompanies O'Hara to her ob-gyn appointment.

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Air date: Jun 10, 2012

Things get out of control in the emergency room due to the recent firings and an overflow of patients who have been diverted from another hospital, causing Cruz to suffer a pulmonary episode and Jackie to step in. At home, a rebellious Grace refuses to go to class unless Jackie transfers her to public school.

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Air date: Jun 17, 2012

In the Season 4 finale, Cruz pushes Jackie to the breaking point, and Jackie's reaction gets her fired. Later, Grace is enrolled in public school; and Dr. O'Hara goes into labor with Jackie by her side, but an ER case with personal ties pulls Jackie away before the delivery.

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As series four begins, the hospital is being taken over by a corporation called Quantum Bay, as Jackie (Edie Falco) finally reaches a breaking point over the recent incident at her home, and admits that it's time to go to rehab. Meanwhile, Eddie gives Kevin some very surprising news about the circumstances of his failed marriage, and O'Hara reveals a secret to Jackie as well.

Critic Reviews for Nurse Jackie Season 4

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (10)

Change was long overdue, but had too many parameters been tweaked? The answer is: absolutely not. It was just what the show needed.

Dec 26, 2018 | Full Review…

For the first time since season one of the series, there's a sense of uncertainty about what's going to happen to Jackie.

Dec 26, 2018 | Full Review…

We're closing in on the point when Edie Falco will be known as much for playing Nurse Jackie as she is for playing Carmela Soprano.

Apr 8, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Cranky, caustic Nurse Jackie is also the funniest series on Showtime.

Apr 8, 2012 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

This new-found accountability marks a significant shift in the show, and hopefully it will bring with it a brilliant second act for the series.

Dec 26, 2018 | Full Review…

There's no telling what accountability will do for Jackie, but signs are promising that it'll be good for the show.

Dec 26, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The season four premiere shook up everyone's worlds, not just Jackie's, instantly re-energizing a show that had grown rather stagnant.

Dec 26, 2018 | Rating: 4.7/5 | Full Review…

Regardless of how it turns out, the writers/creators of Nurse Jackie should be applauded for stepping outside of their comfort zone.

Dec 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Instantly Nurse Jackie's entire premise is blown, all bets are off, anything can happen... What unfolds over this season's story arc is unpredictable and as ambitious as anything that's come before it.

Dec 26, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Nurse Jackie's fourth season is entertaining and surprisingly sweet.

Dec 26, 2018 | Full Review…

I'm totally onboard to watch Jackie bounce down that shaky tightrope she calls the "truth."

Dec 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Finally stops spinning its wheels and moves forward.

Apr 8, 2012 | Full Review…

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