Emmys MVP: Merritt Wever deserves a goodbye hug for ‘Nurse Jackie’

Two years ago, Merritt Wever pulled off a big upset when she won Comedy Supporting Actress for her role as Zoey Barkow, friend and colleague to Edie Falco‘s character on “Nurse Jackie,” over such favorites as Julie Bowen (“Modern Family“) and Jane Krakowski (“30 Rock“). With the Showtime series ending this year, Wever has an episode that could easily win her trophy number two.

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In “Serviam in Caritate,” Zoey receives a phone call from Jackie’s daughter Grace (Ruby Jerins) who is stuck at a rest stop in Pennsylvania. Panicking over her daughter’s safety, Jackie sets out to get her daughter with Zoey who is stressed out about driving on the highway. She is barely going the speed limit when she learns that Jackie is secretly engaged to the hospital’s former pharmacist, Eddie (Paul Schulze). Upon arriving at the rest stop and seeing Grace calmly enjoying ice cream, Zoey beats Jackie to the punch and lambasts the girl for making them worry. She knocks Grace’s ice cream out of her hand.

Waiting to get back into Manhattan, Jackie gives Zoey the chance to be completely honest with her. Zoey confesses she once idolized Jackie but now blames Jackie and her addiction for why she hates her job. She then breaks down and admits she wants to drop out of graduate school and has contemplated giving up nursing. Jackie tells her to never do that because Zoey is a great nurse with a great heart. When they arrive back at the hospital, Zoey heads in to begin her double shift while Jackie parks the car. She turns to see Jackie doing a silly dance to a song on the radio and this makes Zoey and dance along.

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of what lies ahead for Wever at the Emmys:


Wever displays an amazing amount of range in this episode. From anger at Grace, to disappointment at Jackie to her own crying and dancing in the closing scene, she truly gets a showcase here. And she brings a good amount of comedy, especially when she yells at Grace at the rest stop.

Zoey is such a loveable character and you really sympathize with her.

Plenty of people have won Emmys then missed out on being nominated only to return a year or two later including Debra Messing for “Will & Grace” (2003 Comedy Actress winner, snubbed in 2004 or 2005, back in 2006), Jane Lynch for “Glee” (2010 Comedy Supporting Actress winner, out in 2012, returns in 2013) and Julianna Margulies for “The Good Wife” (2011 Drama Actress winner, overlooked in 2013, won again in 2014).


Other Emmy winners have not had as much luck getting back into the race again, including 2010 Drama Actress champ Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”) and Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family”) who hasn’t been nominated since he won his second trophy for Comedy Supporting Actor in 2012.

“Nurse Jackie” is winding down after six seasons and Emmy voters may not have it on their radar when it comes time to choose this year’s nominees.

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