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Just in passing, I felt the best line of the night came through Zoe (again... not surprisingly), when she reacted to learning that the couple needing urgent care after getting off the plane were Irish.
Zoe does her imitation of "avast, ye mate-eys" shtick as kind of a joke on stereotypical Irish accents and the girl responds "we're Irish, not pirates!". Zoe is suitably put down.
Second best sequence... Coop confesses to Eddie that he's sleeping with Sam's girlfriend, and then Sam comes in to get some pills and confesses to Eddie that he thinks something's going on with his girlfriend which the last time this happened was when she was sleeping with some other guy, and then Coop comes back in to retrieve his forgotten phone/pager, and then Eddie makes riotously funny and double-meaning out-loud comments on Sam's thoughts and suspicions about his girlfriend who he suspects is sleeping with someone else so as to make Coop squirm (which he does, very well) and then Coop walks out and makes faces at Eddie through the pharmacy window... very funny scene.
But all around, I thought this episode lacked subtlety. Yes, it's the next-to-last episode of the season so "everything has to come to a head" as we head into the inevitable final episode "cliff hanger" nonsense. All story lines from the season lead here, so I get this is inevitable.
But I felt it was all just a bit hamfisted.
Putting the oxy pills in a dental floss holder and then having it fall out of her coat pocket while in the passenger seat of the car and fall under the seat so that she physically couldn't find it or reach it even when trying while standing outside the car and groping around everywhere even with nobody around... just seems unlikely.
Coop blowing off any any more thorough examination of the guy with the serious "rash" all over his leg after cursorily prescribing nothing more significant than a cortisone cream for "yep, it's a rash"... sure Coop's an A-hole, but he's actually supposed to be a decent medical practitioner. This just seems unlikely.
And Zoe, miracle worker who's playing "Nurse Jackie" for the afternoon, magically looks under the calf at the varicose veins and decides that maybe something's going on here beyond a simple bad case of rash and asks O'Hara to double-check, and lo and behold they take a quick ultrasound (or something) and fortunately discover the signs of an upcoming pulmonary embolism, and thus instantly save his life whereas Coop would have killed him... hmmmm.
And Jackie actually blowing off best friend but lie-discovering O'Hara the way she did, well I know she's an addict who knows she's just been discovered by her latest "mark" who'd been at-the-time unwittingly manipulated into prescribing pills for Jackie... but this whole interaction and Jackie literally cutting school in the middle of the day... hmmmm.
The well-dressed guy "wolf in sheep's clothing" coming to find Jackie with flowers (when we all out in the audience already know he's a drug dealer), to make a large donation to the hospital to thank Jackie for saving his life and being intercepted by Ackalitis smiling broadly when she hears "donation"... hmmmm.
After learning that Jackie has taken O'Hara's money because Fiona conveniently and disrespectfully to her mother just disregards Jackie's order to return her cellphone and instead pushes the "return call" button to actually reach and then speak with O'Hara who amazingly can actually carry on an intelligent cell phone conversation while in a noisy crowded bar, which right off the bat manages to spill the beans and blow the lid off of the most significant possible secret Jackie has with O'Hara because of what 8-year old Fiona blurts out loud, and Kevin literally stops the car in the middle of some street and gets out and starts walking who knows where leaving his family abandoned, and conveniently there are no cars around on this of course appropriately water-soaked street (so as to provide the mandatory and subtle street light reflections for "the shot" as he walks away, much like we see in every night shoot for any scene on any show or movie located in Los Angeles WHERE IT ACTUALLY NEVER EVER RAINS!!)... not one car? Really?
Sure, this is all just a TV drama, and a very good one at that. But I personally found myself noticing all of these what I felt to be very amateurish gimmicks all squeezed into this particular 25 minutes in a very intentional and un-subtle and obligatory and amateurish way.
Oh... I still love this show and every character.