'The Nurse' Episode 4 Review: Christina works her last shift in thrilling cat-and-mouse episode
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK: The conclusion of Netflix’s Danish series, ‘The Nurse’ is sweet, but the events leading up to the end were pretty high octane and better paced than the rest of the series. The fourth episode is mostly the story of one night, a cat chasing a mouse, as Pernille shadows Christina’s every move and thwarts all her plans to kill any patient on that night.
Unfortunately, Christina still manages to take the lives of three patients, but Pernille is able to save many more by administering the antidote to Christina’s diazepam. The show culminated with Pernille reaching out to the police in the morning and informing them about Christina’s actions. But before Christina’s arrest, in a moment of reckoning, Christina offers up an indirect confession to Pernille. She confirms that all the patients that were killed until now, were all her doing.
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What did Christina actually feel?
After saving the life of a woman in the emergency room, Pernille comes out of the room and sees Christina waiting for her. She exchanges a glance with Christina who, while teary-eyed, congratulates Pernille for saving a life. Pernille had already seen her inject diazepam into a patient before and so this was a verbal confirmation, although indirect, that Christina is the true culprit. At this moment, Christina felt relieved, as if a burden has been lifted off her chest and she had now let someone know about her 'secret'.
But the tables were turned when police arrived and arrested Christina for the murders of three patients and the attempted murder of another. She was shell-shocked, begging and claiming she was innocent. One can never really tell which Christina to believe - the one who choked up in the hospital before Pernille or the one who acts innocent before the police. Either way, the show did a good job of displaying a shred of humanity from Christina in the series' final moments as Pernille finally sets things right at the hospital.
What happened to the real Christina Hansen and Pernille Kurzmann?
Christina Hansen is now serving a 12-year sentence in a Denmark jail while Pernille Kurzmann continues to work at the same hospital. Christina was earlier sentenced to life in prison, but they eventually reduced her sentence due to the lack of evidence.
Pernille pays a heavy price for her good deeds
After exposing Christina, Pernille returns to work. But instead of being celebrated, she is seen as the outsider who turned against her own community. She receives cold looks from everyone in the nursing ward and her apprehension that she will never find work in the nursing community almost comes true. But for now, Pernille is the unsung hero who deserves more praise than anyone can offer.
'The Nurse' is available to stream on Netflix.