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Starring: Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne, Nnamdi Asomugha, Noah Emmerich, Kim Dickens
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Netflix crime drama directed by Tobias Lindholm. Based on true events, The Good Nurse (2022) follows Amy Loughren (Jessica Chastain), a nurse and single mother struggling with a life-threatening heart condition, who is stretched to her physical and emotional limits by the hard and demanding night shifts at the ICU. Then help arrives when Charlie Cullen (Eddie Redmayne), a thoughtful and empathetic fellow nurse, starts at her unit. But after a series of mysterious patient deaths sets off an investigation that points to Charlie as the prime suspect, Amy is forced to risk her life and the safety of her children to uncover the truth.
Amy Loughren: [as she’s showing Charlie around the hospital] There’s a code to access the bathroom, very importantly, the highly original code four-three-two-one.
Charlie Cullen: Uncrackable.
Amy Loughren: They said you had a lot of experience. Where did you work at before?
Charlie Cullen: I’ve been all over really.
Charlie Cullen: [referring to the patients] Do you know their first names? You guys, you don’t put them on the doors here.
Amy Loughren: You’re just like me. First names are always better.
Charlie Cullen: [to the patient] Well, you guys just push on the button if you need anything. Anytime, I’m here. I’m your Amy for tonight.
Amy Loughren: I’m trying, okay? I know you don’t have as much as your friends, but I’m try…
Alex Loughren: I don’t get anything! I don’t even get to have you!
Amy Loughren: Cardiomyopathy. Blood blisters on my heart.
Charlie Cullen: Okay. So why are you working?
Amy Loughren: I don’t have health insurance.
Charlie Cullen: And what about here? Did you speak to one of the cardiologists?
Amy Loughren: No, please. Don’t tell them. I’ll get fired.
Charlie Cullen: Okay. I’m not going to tell anyone.
Charlie Cullen: [after telling the story how his mother died and the body was lost] And then when they did find her, it was this. She was like, you know, half uncovered, naked. Total mess. For the longest time, that was the memory. That was how I thought of her.
Amy Loughren: Oh, Charlie.
Charlie Cullen: So, for me, this is the important part. Find some dignity.
Tim Braun: [referring to Ana Martinez] We don’t know much. Just that there’s been a death.
Linda Garran: An unexplainable incident in which the patient expired.
Tim Braun: Okay. Unexplainable how?
Duncan Beattie: Well, it’s the opinion of the medical experts that this was an unusual adverse reaction to medications. But we found absolutely nothing to suggest this was intentional.
Danny Baldwin: Then why call us?
Linda Garran: We didn’t think this was a police matter, but the Department of Health dictates when we should reach out, and here we are.
Alex Loughren: The teacher said that I should wear a suit and have a mustache. Dress like a man because I’m the mayor. He said a girl mayor would be weird.
Charlie Cullen: But women can be mayors.
Alex Loughren: I told him that, but…
Amy Loughren: It’s a play about an alien invasion, and the female mayor’s the weird part?
Charlie Cullen: Screw that guy.
Danny Baldwin: Something’s not right. Parkfield waited almost two months to report it. Internal investigation you don’t want to share. Expensive lawyers.
Tim Braun: Okay. Well, what possible reason could they have for covering up a death? Right? What are the motives?
Danny Baldwin: It’s a business. There’s never a better motivation than money when it comes to that s**t, right?
Danny Baldwin: Who’s going to talk if their boss is in the interview?
Prosecutor Ellis: We don’t even know what happened. We don’t even have a body.
Danny Baldwin: Why would Parkfield conduct an internal investigation, a seven week internal investigation, then call us in and put her in the room if it was nothing?
Prosecutor Ellis: Due diligence. I’m shutting it down.
Tim Braun: Do you remember Ana Martinez?
Amy Loughren: Yeah, Ana was my patient.
Tim Braun: Do you recall anything odd about what happened to her?
Amy Loughren: Odd?
Tim Braun: Well, she died.
Amy Loughren: Yeah, and it was very sad. It was sudden.
Tim Braun: Sudden?
Amy Loughren: Well, patients die in the ICU. But we didn’t expect it.
Amy Loughren: [referring to Ana Martinez] The insulin in her system wasn’t made in her body. Someone gave it to her.
Danny Baldwin: So you can tell from that that she was given insulin?
Amy Loughren: Well, it’s not on the list. And, you know, she’s not diabetic. So the insulin would’ve been a double medication error, which is really rare.
'He's killing them without ever touching them.' - Danny Baldwin (The Good Nurse) Click To Tweet
Danny Baldwin: We understand that you work with a Charlie Cullen.
Amy Loughren: Yeah.
Danny Baldwin: Could he be involved in this?
Amy Loughren: I know Charlie really well. We work every shift together, and he’s a very good nurse. He wouldn’t have made a mistake like that.
Amy Loughren: [after she has another heart incident] You’ll get fired.
Charlie Cullen: So there’s a fault in the PYXIS. So if you cancel a request late enough, it opens anyway.
Amy Loughren: That’s stealing meds, Charlie.
Charlie Cullen: Amy, stop. Now, please don’t worry. I’m going to help you get through this.
Charlie Cullen: [to Amy] Okay, so I’m going to help you do this. You’re going to get your surgery. You’re going to be with your girls. That’s what’s happening.
Tim Braun: [referring to Charlie] This is a f***ing joke. Whenever they hear his name, no one wants to say anything.
'He's been at nine hospitals. Nine. They all say the same thing. They cover up their own liabilities. It happens again, and again, and again. He's going to get a new job at another hospital, and it's all going to continue.' Click To Tweet
Charlie Cullen: [referring to his ex-wife] I haven’t even told you the best part. So now, to try and stop me from seeing the girls, she has made up a story about me being mean to her dog. I’m not kidding. It gets better and better. Honestly, the whole thing would be hilarious if it wasn’t true.
Amy Loughren: I’m sorry.
Charlie Cullen: No. Are you kidding? It’s my own fault. I picked a crazy.
Sam Johnson: You’ve both been banned from the hospital property.
Danny Baldwin: What?
Tim Braun: You can’t ban us from the scene of a crime that we’re investigating.
Sam Johnson: What crime?
Tim Braun: Homicide.
Danny Baldwin: [referring to Charlie] How well do you know him?
Amy Loughren: Really well.
Danny Baldwin: Do you? He’s been at nine hospitals. And none of them will talk to us.
Amy Loughren: What do you mean? No. If something would have happened, he wouldn’t have been able to get another job. The hospital would have done something.
Tim Braun: You would think so.
Amy Loughren: Yeah.
Tim Braun: They’re stonewalling us. You have to help us.
Danny Baldwin: [to Amy, referring to Charlie] Maybe he’s not who you think.
'I'll never understand. Not how you, who is so kind and generous, how you could hurt people.' - Amy Loughren (The Good Nurse) Click To Tweet
Lori Lucas: [referring to Charlie] There was a rumor about him. That he was responsible for a death. That he OD’d someone.
Amy Loughren: Oh. With what?
Lori Lucas: They found insulin in a dead guy’s saline bag. They found it in a few.
Amy Loughren: Why did they think it was Charlie?
Lori Lucas: They didn’t. But we used to get codes every night. Sometimes two or three. And then after he left, we got like only one a month. You get a lot of codes?
Amy Loughren: [referring to Charlie] He does it in the storage room, before it even goes out. He injects the insulin into the bags, and because it enters the bloodstream slowly, it could take hours, or even, you know, a day to kill someone.
Danny Baldwin: So he’s killing them without ever touching them.
Linda Garran: St. Elizabeth’s confirmed with us that you were employed from May, so these discrepancies on your application form leave us with no option but to let you go, with immediate effect.
Charlie Cullen: So you’re firing me for writing the wrong dates on my application?
Linda Garran: It is in the contract.
Prosecutor Ellis: I just got news from Parkfield. They’ve dealt with the Cullen issue.
Tim Braun: What does that mean?
Prosecutor Ellis: He’s been fired.
Sam Johnson: What?
Danny Baldwin: So they’re just going to let him go?
'Why?' - Amy Loughren, 'They didn't stop me.' - Charlie Cullen (The Good Nurse) Click To Tweet
Tim Braun: Well, what was his state of mind? Was he stable?
Amy Loughren: Wait. You don’t think that this could make him more dangerous, do you?
Prosecutor Ellis: At least he can’t be anywhere near patients. He can’t hurt anyone.
Danny Baldwin: He’s been at nine hospitals. Nine. What don’t you understand? They all say the same thing. They cover up their own liabilities. It happens again, and again, and again. He’s going to get a new job at another hospital, and it’s all going to continue. You allowed this.
Sam Johnson: Don’t look at me. You did.
Charlie Cullen: I think the universe hates me, Amy. Really. At this point.
Amy Loughren: Charlie, you know that’s not true.
Charlie Cullen: Actually, just like sitting here, talking to you, being with you, it made me realize everything’s going to be okay. I’ve got you. I got Maya and Alex. I got my girls. It’s a job. I can get a job.
Amy Loughren: You can.
Danny Baldwin: [to Amy] The only way we can stop him is if he admits to doing it, so we got to get him to confess.