The title “Enough Rope” may refer to the old adage “Give them enough rope and they will hang themselves”, which aptly describes Jackie and her situation. Ropes frequently come into play during the course of the episode. Outside the school, the Peyton’s youngest daughter, Fiona, watches transfixed as the older girls jump rope while chanting a sing-song rhyme. Taking a break from her quest to get Michelle Obama to visit the hospital (All Saints is in competition with Bellvue to be awarded the coveted First Lady visit), Akalitus jumps rope in her office but is shown up by Zoey, who is much more proficient at the game. The rope symbolism is everywhere, not letting us forget Jackie's plight for a moment.
Through it all, Jackie’s drug habit has not abated and she makes no effort to get herself the help she needs, She has stashes everywhere. The pill she has taped to the underside of the hospital restroom sink will assure her a stress free afternoon in the emergency ward. Her first love and best pal, even over O’Hara, is her fix. Jackie’s main concern while untangling herself from her various messes, is to make sure her pills are where she can find them.
Give her enough rope, indeed.
Nurse Jackie airs on Mondays at 10PM ET on SHOWTIME.