“Orchids and Salami” opens with a frightened Gracie waking her parents at 2 a.m. Anxiety over her project for the school saints pageant is giving her nightmares. She has been collecting cards about the saints (the manner of how each died fascinates Gracie most) and displays them over a middle-of-the-night cup of cocoa with Jackie and Kevin. When Kevin drives her and Fiona to school the next morning, Gracie, in her haste to exit the car, drops her cards in the back seat. She gathers them up and, as she leaves, makes Kevin promise to check and see if she left any behind. Under the seat, he finds a hollowed out dental floss case that houses one of Jackie’s long forgotten pill stashes. Could this be a clever ruse by the saints to prove that Jackie’s sobriety is not what it seems?
Unaware of Kevin’s discovery, Jackie starts her day by meeting Bill at the coffee shop before she goes to work. She whispers a complaint to him as she makes her purchase. “Five pills for two hundred dollars?” He smiles and teases her with a chilling intimacy that she knows he actually gave her six.
Sam, who unbeknownst to Jackie had also been in the coffee shop, catches up with her as she leaves, saying Bill helped him though his recovery. Jackie tells him that Bill is an epileptic whose life she saved and that’s the extent of their relationship. The look of simmering panic on Jackie’s face is one we’ve seen too often this season; she dismisses Sam by taking a non-existent phone call she explains is “personal”.
At All Saints, 12-year old Walker’s mother is brought in, unconscious from a drug overdose. Walker made the 911 call and is sadly stoic about his mother’s condition, giving the indication he is no stranger to her addictions. Zoey and Jackie attempt to comfort him, and he and Jackie eventually end up in the hospital chapel. But he’s not interested in her attempts to explain his mother’s problem. “She’s a fuckin’ addict,” is his explanation to which Jackie responds by leaving him where he sits. The whole conversation cuts a little too close to her own situation.