Originally Posted by gwsat
They really rolled out big leaguers for this week's show. Swoozie Kurtz, who played one of the young doctor's mothers, is a long time favorite of mine. Blythe Danner, who played the other mother, and Judith Ivey, who played the dying nurse, have both won Tonys for their work on Broadway.
A very interesting cast pairing here, as these two were together in another fine (and now defunct) series: "Huff", which also starred Hank Azeria and Oliver Pratt.
In "Huff" Blythe Danner was the wife and Swoozie Kurtz player her mother (who was dying of cancer).
I had a "Nurse Jackie" marathon last night, finally catching up on six consecutive DVR'd episodes starting back from June 22 right up to this week.
I am REALLY liking this series now, after a questionable start with the pilot and episode 2. Maybe it's the Steve Buscemi touch.
I really really liked the episode where the old nurse with terminal cancer "enlists" the assistance of her former nurse colleagues to help her avoid hospice. Very very touching and superbly written, directed and acted, by all involved.
Also, that scene sequence with Andrea Martin and her two daughters (with their own obvious personal lifelong rivalry) meeting Dr. Cooper, and then Coop running into the "no BS" sister in the lobby trying to make a phone call and asking her if she thought her sister would go out with him, and the sister giving him the absolute best F-you I've seen in a long time... well that was just superb.
Also, Eddie the pharmacist has developed nicely as a much more sympathetic character. And Dr. O'Hara is terrific. And Zoey is terrific. And Momo is great. The whole ensemble is really starting to click, obviously due to some terrific storyline ideas and implementation.
This one's a keeper.