“Nurse Jackie” does lesbians right

We are happy to report that Swoosie Kurtz and Blythe Danner make a great couple.

This week’s episode of Nurse Jackie, “Tiny Bubbles,” was the one we told you about in which Kurtz and Danner played Dr. Cooper’s two moms and, as hoped, the Showtime hit did lesbians right.

The scene in which we meet the doctor’s moms is one of my favorites. “Vagina mom,” a.k.a. Coop’s birth mother (Danner), has just been rolled into the ER.

Bravo, indeed.

While the fact that the lesbian couple was treated like any other couple in the hospital is quite encouraging, that storyline was just a fraction of what made the episode memorable. The central story starred Judith Ivey as Paula, a former nurse in her last days with terminal cancer who returns to All Saints Hospital to ask Jackie to help her die.

The premise may sound like a setup for something overly sentimental, but in typical Nurse Jackie style, it was full of dark humor. And I won’t forget it for a very long time.

Lesbian showrunners Linda Wallem and Liz Brixius talked about making the episode.

Ivey’s performance was truly remarkable. I’m not sure if the episode was submitted for Emmy consideration, but it’s certainly award-worthy. I’m just not sure Nurse Jackie can get much better than this.

“Tiny Bubbles” will air several more times this week and is available at Showtime On Demand starting tomorrow. Did you see this week’s Nurse Jackie? What did you think of the treatment of lesbians? Were you as blown away by Judith Ivey as I was?

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