Dr. Jenna James aspires to more than the life she currently has. While she may dream of medical glory, fancy equipment in her wards, and cooperative nurses who fall in line when asked, she lives in relative anonymity in Long Beach, forced to deal with dated technology, nurses she doesn’t get along with, and the duties that other members of the hospital don’t want to do. It’s an existence that only brings down the morale at Billy Barnes, since James spreads the negativity that she harbors within every time she enters the facility and brings tension to other staff members that detrimentally impacts their ability to do their jobs. But coming up on Getting On, Jenna makes a play at using her stool research to get herself out of Long Beach and into a hospital that she doesn’t think is beneath her, something that would benefit Billy Barnes as a whole. Is there a chance she fulfills her dream of being recognized for the research she’s been doing?
Listed below are the dates, titles, descriptions, and repeat information for the rest of Getting On‘s first season.
Sunday, December 1st – “If You’re Going to San Francisco”
In the wake of Nurse Raymes’ (Telma Hopkins) departure, Patsy De La Serda (Mel Rodriguez), a new (male) supervising nurse, joins the Billy Barnes staff with a customer-centric, “cruise-line based” agenda that he’s convinced will improve ward ratings. Patsy soon learns that managing patients – especially highly uncooperative and feisty ones like Varla (June Squibb) – isn’t necessarily improved through customer-service metrics. Nurse Dawn (Alex Borstein) and Patsy get off on the wrong foot, but it’s soon evident that there is a special spark between them. Donna (Anne Jefferys), a more docile patient, wins DiDi’s (Niecy Nash) affections and displays impressive karaoke skills.
Other HBO playdates: Dec. 1 (midnight), 2 (11:55 p.m.), 4 (midnight), 5 (8:00 p.m.), 6 (10:30 p.m.) and 11 (11:30 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Dec. 2 (9:30 p.m.), 7 (9:00 p.m.) and 8 (9:05 a.m.)
Sunday, December 8th – “Make Someone Happy”
DiDi ends up in “conflict resolution” after Patsy files a grievance against her for inappropriate remarks. Dawn learns that intimacy with a co-worker is no guarantee of evaluation immunity. Dr. James (Laurie Metcalf) and Patsy go head-to-head when she decides to skip the “Make Someone Happy” orientation to present her stool research at a Cleveland medical convention. Birdy (Ann Guilbert), a patient, sends shock waves through the ward when she and her gentleman caller, Leonard (Harry Dean Stanton), are caught in a romantic situation. Patsy announces a ward-wide deep cleaning.
Other HBO playdates: Dec. 8 (midnight), 9 (10:30 p.m.), 11 (midnight), 12 (8:00 p.m.) and 13 (10:30 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Dec. 9 (9:30 p.m.), 14 (9:00 p.m.) and 15 (9:30 a.m.)
Sunday, December 15th – “Dumped”
Dr. James decides to implement a geriatric exercise program in the ward, upsetting Patsy, whose “Make Someone Happy” initiative now includes a live pianist and a fountain. DiDi discloses Patsy’s relationship with Dawn to her union rep as proof that her homophobic comment wasn’t serious. A homeless woman, and her accompanying stench, is suspiciously dumped in the ward, prompting a staff investigation. Phyllis (Molly Shannon) arrives to check on her dying mother. Dawn wins the grand prize in Dr. James’ charity raffle. Dr. James considers relocating after learning she must re-apply for a job she never wanted in the first place.
Other HBO playdates: Dec. 15 (midnight), 16 (11:15 p.m.), 18 (midnight), 19 (8:00 p.m.) and 20 (10:45 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Dec. 16 (9:30 p.m.), 21 (9:00 p.m.) and 22 (9:20 a.m.)
Sunday, December 22nd – “Nightshift”
DiDi’s serene evening shift is turned upside down by the arrival of a new Swedish-speaking patient and several unwelcome inebriated visitors. Stopping by after a lamentable dinner party, Dr. James attends to her drunken husband Richard’s (Daniel Stern) ingrown toenail while dreaming of a Cleveland fresh start; a woozy Dawn looks for stopgap comforts in the lounge after an unsettling evening with Patsy; and an elderly Swedish tourist (Gita Hall) shows off her gymnastic chops while complaining about her ruined vacation.
Other HBO playdates: Dec. 22 (midnight), 23 (11:30 p.m.), 25 (midnight), 26 (8:00 p.m.) and 27 (10:30 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Dec. 23 (9:30 p.m.), 28 (9:00 p.m.) and 29 (10:15 a.m.)
Sunday, December 29th – “Concert”
Phyllis gets the runaround as her mother’s condition worsens, improves and worsens again. Jenna tries to leverage her Cleveland opportunity into concessions from Dr. Stickley (Mark Harelik). DiDi’s patience wears thin after a debt remains unpaid. Staff members point fingers at each other after an equipment malfunction injures Cordelia (Irma P. Hall), an irascible patient. The staff makes up when a patient dies and comes together to perform their weekly Caregiver Concert for everyone in the ward.
Other HBO playdates: Dec. 29 (12:30 a.m.) and 30 (midnight), and Jan. 1 (11:15 p.m.), 2 (8:00 p.m.) and 3 (10:30 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Dec. 30 (9:30 p.m.) and Jan. 4 (9:00 p.m.) and 5 (11:00 a.m.)
Getting On airs Sundays at 10:00 on HBO. You can watch the full first episode of the series here.
What did you think about the first episode of Getting On? Will you be watching the rest of the season? Do you think that the show will go well with Treme and Ja’mie: Private School Girl?