This article contains spoilers from the fifth-season finale of Showtime's 'Nurse Jackie.' Please read with caution.
During the finale, Jackie Peyton (wonderfully played by Edie Falco) suffered a huge setback in her recovery from drug addiction as she popped a pill that she had hidden in her wedding ring. This was when she was about to accept a one-year cake celebrating her sobriety.
Fans are likely to be upset with the decision to have Jackie fall of the wagon. The show's showrunner says they weighed that when making the decision.
"We're doing a show about an ER nurse who is a drug addict and I don't know that the audience wants to see a sober drug addict for another couple years," said Clyde Phillips, 'Nurse Jackie's first-year showrunner.
What happens next is the big question for Jackie. Will her relationships with Frank (Adam Ferrara) and Kevin (Dominic Fumusa) be destroyed by her decision? What about her custody of her daughters? Expect there to be big changes from this decision.
"There needs to be consequences; you can't just do it as a one-time thing and say to the audience, 'Hey, come back and watch year six and she's on the wagon again,' " Phillips said. "I don't think that's fair to the dynamic of authentic story telling. Her struggles will be even deeper next year."
"She was so used to darkness and pain that what bubbled to the surface was joy and she didn't know how to handle it," he added. "So she went immediately to the crutch that she'd always gone to before when she was confused."
Phillips, a former showrunner at 'Dexter,' said this moment was part of what appealed to him when taking the job.
"We had to get Showtime to sign off on it," he said. "We knew two things going in: that Jackie was going to be surprised by feeling inadequate in the face of joy and that she was going to use because of that."
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