Season 1 Episode 1

Can We Get That Drink Now?

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Sep 23, 2009 on NBC
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We meet Veronica Callahan, a very smart nurse who returns to Mercy Hospital after a year long tour of service in the Army. She's not afraid to take risks in order to save her patients, but this attitude might just cost her her job. In her personal life she's trying to make her marriage work with her high school sweetheart Mike, but when she sees the hospital new doctor it might not be that simple. Meanwhile, we meet Veronica's best friend and also nurse colleague Sonia, who thinks she finally found the man of her life and also Chloe, a rookie nurse who is learning the hard way how to be a nurse.moreless

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  • Hawthorne 2.0

    First few minutes into the pilot, my thought bubble read, "Ooh, it's Hawthorne 2.0!". It's hard not to compare when you see several of the characters being carbon copies of the ones from the other nurse-centric show - an overzealous head nurse with a hint of misguided messianic complex (Taylor Schilling), a dashing doctor having a special bond with said nurse (James Tupper), a no-nonsense hospital administrator who disapproves of the nurse's actions, and a young, inexperienced newbie (Michelle Trachtenberg). However, IMO, the show is an upgrade from its predecessor as the lines are less cheesy and the characters are less irritating. Since I already watch and still enjoy Grey's Anatomy, House, and Royal Pains, I will have to pass on this one.moreless
  • I feel like I am experiencing déjà vu with this one.

    I believe I recently saw this show on Showtime this summer when it was titled "Nurse Jackie." Messed up nurse? Check. Gay co-worker? Check. Naive newbie? Check. Clueless doctors? Check. And I don't get it, was the African American nurse supposed to be really hot or something? That's they were implying with all the men staring at her as she walked down the hall. It's not like she was naked! I spent a lot of time in a hospital recently, and I have to tell you, nurses and doctors don't act this way!! They are so overwhelmed that they don't have the time to sympathize or to sit around and chat with the patients. And usually the nurses are so scared of the doctors that they would never tell them off they way they do on these silly shows.

    I know, I know, it's just a show.moreless
  • Better than I expected, it didn't feel like a Grey's/Nurse Jackie rip-off to me.

    I've read that Mercy is a total rip-off of Grey's Anatomy and Nurse Jackie and so avoided it. After watching 'Can We Get That Drink Now?' I realise that this isn't the case. Yes it does have similar themes but the feel of the show is quite different. For instance, the main character Veronica is nothing like Meredith Grey (in my opinion). I don't know I just seemed to like these characters...maybe I connected to them quicker because this is just another medical show.

    I actually really like Veronica, there is just something about her that stands out. The same with her best friend Sonia. She was the clichéd 'hot' one but I actually enjoyed her scenes. Chloe, the new nurse was probably the weakest character as she didn't do much and we've seen the overwhelmed newbie time and time again. Now I still could do without the closet kissing scenes but hey...that's what we're gonna get sometimes.

    I liked Veronica and her brother (I think it was her brother) talking with some drinks, could be a good relationship. Now the whole will Veronica have an affair thing does feel a little soapy and familiar but so is the medical show formula. But somehow Mercy felt different, so maybe it can take different spin on its storylines as well. I'll definitely continue anyway.moreless
  • IS this the next best thing?

    Strong willed flawed nurse, weak doctor/strong doctor, wet-newbie nurse dresses like a pedeatric nurse and the gay latino minority nurse - nurse jackie or mercy? Mercy has fewer laughs but has promise. I love medical dramas and this is no exception. The lead has returned from Irag where quick decisions and Triage medicine are commonplace yet she returns to New Jersey and has to take her place in the medical hierarchy where nurses get limited say and responsibility. SHe has troubles at home, troubles at work and PTS disorder - what a package. Not sure where this is going but i'm tuning in next week.moreless
  • Brand X

    So basically this is Nurse Jackie with a better looking cast. Everything seems to revolve around Iraq and how messed up the world is. Sarcasm abounds. Holy mother... Michelle Trachenberg is the cutest thing I've seen all week. Lots of laughs at the "Hello Kittie" smock. I admit I was attracted to this show by the cast. Captain Janeway as Peg Bundy. After viewing the pilot I can't say I this is my cup of tea. I don't think I am coming back next week. Its just a bunch of alcoholic nurses with superiority complexes and post traumatic stress disorder. They always know better and Doctor House doesn't exist. I'll pass.moreless
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Delroy Lindo

Dr. Alfred Parks

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Nick Fondulis

Nick Fondulis

Dr. Corey Whitaker

Guest Star

John Wu

John Wu


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Margo Martindale

Margo Martindale

Nurse Klowden

Recurring Role

Charlie Semine

Charlie Semine

Nick Valentino

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Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew

Mrs. Jeannie Flanagan

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Patient: What are nurses good for?
      Veronica: Well we do try to stop the doctors from killing you.

    • Chloe Payne: I just... I pictured myself saving people.
      Sonia Jimenez: You are there for people during the worst part of their lives to find a way to make it better and then you let it go. That's how you take care of yourself.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: To chce panáka (It Wants a Shot)

    • Featured Music:
      "Living In A Movie" by Julie Peel
      "LDN" by Lily Allen
      "Watchawannado" by Kirv
      "Red Lips, Green Eyes" by Mastersource Library
      "Wooden Heart" by The Duke Spirit
      "Sweet Like Candy" by Dry Spells
      "The World Should Revolve Around Me" by Little Jackie
      "Your Heart Is Mine" by Annasay
      "Yeah! Alright!" by Mrenc
      "Chelsea Dagger" by The Fratellis
      "Got To Be a Love" by Greyboy
      "Little Shadow (Instrumental)" by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
      "Goodnight Bad Morning" by The Kills
      "I'm Not Going to Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You" by The Black Kids

    • The series shows Mercy Hospital in Jersey City, New Jersey. In fact, this hospital doesn't exist but many scenes of the show are shot at Barnet Hospital in Paterson, New Jersey.

    • International Airdate:
      Canada: September 23, 2009 on Citytv
      Australia: September 28, 2009 on Channel 7
      Czech Republic: March 14, 2011 on Prima LOVE