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Rescue Me: Sparks

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jun 21st 2006 7:38AM

Rescue Me - S03E04 - Sparks(S03E04) Go grab a thesaurus and look up fantastic. The dozen or so associated words - wonderful, spectacular, etc. None of them, not a single one, would do this episode justice. It's easily one of the top-five episodes of Rescue Me so far and that's saying a lot, especially if you saw the previews for next week.

The episode started with a bang. While responding to a medical emergency (an elderly African-American male with chest pains), the crew encounters a toppled school bus full of children. Naturally, they pull over and help get the kids out. Just in time too because the bus caught fire and part of it blew up. But nothing goes easy for these guys. As a result of ignoring the medical call, they got called out on the evening news by the Reverend Al Sharpton. His argument? They're racist because they helped all those white children instead of the guy who called 911. But there was an Egyptian kid on the bus too. Take that Al.

Jerry was fed up with what Al said, especially after the news had his name listed as Jerry O'Reilly. But the chief seems to be cranky a lot now anyway. His new job at the bar is taking its toll. He's only working as a barback hauling buckets of ice and cleaning up puke in the bathrooms. It pays crap, he works late. So naps around the firehouse are a necessity now. He just needs to learn to avoid passing out when Tommy is around. What happens if he has to quit and really can't pay for Jeanie's home anymore?

The Probie had one of the best scenes he's ever had I think. First, it started with him getting a blow-job from his roommate/boyfriend while he was watching some hockey. Then the two of them got into a fight over "who was the gayest." The Probie was certain that it wasn't him because he never gave; only received. It was hilarious. I think the point to be made here though is that these two are intellectual equals. They're both idiots... so who knows where this is going, other than down. Ha! I made a funny.

Franco is still seeing Alicia, but he's having reservations about her lavish lifestyle. She's loaded. But he seems like he really wants to adjust to it because Keela really has bonded with Alicia and the poor kid needs a mother. He brought up the fact that he took Keela back from her foster care family and never reported it though. This has never been discussed and I can only imagine that it was mentioned because it'll play a role. What if the state came back to take her away from Franco?

Lou... still getting worse, but then some hope. First he almost gets into a fight with Franco after he called him a stupid spic. So Franco told Lou he saw him the other night, drunk. That was strike one. Then Tommy tried to talk to Lou again and Lou blew him off. Strike two. Finally Lou got wrecked and headed over to some train tracks. He was contemplating suicide and got into a fight with a hobo about whose life was worse. The hobo gave in and said Lou's was. Strike three. So he ended up at Tommy's, spilled the beans on everything, and admitted that he needs help. This is great, I really like his storyline the best so far this season.

And finally we have Tommy. Three major things going on with him. First off was Sean and Maggie. Garrity finally told Tommy. A few punches later, Sean says he loves her and Tommy wails away again. But only because he knows Maggie is nuts and wants to keep Sean away. Maggie admits she's seeing five guys right now which gives Tommy more incentive to have Sean call it off. Tommy keeps playing middle man for these two, but sooner or later Sean will catch on. Unless... I wonder. What if Maggie was feeding Tommy some crappy lies because she can't bring herself to admit that she's in love with Sean?

Next up was Tommy's sperm. Nice thought huh? His father is still pushing for a grandson, so Tommy makes a donation at a sperm bank. He gets it on with Mrs. Turbudy beforehand, so his payload at the bank wasn't quite enough and he has to come back again. That's kind of embarrassing.

At the end of the episode, he met with Janet when Johnny wasn't around. She can't afford a lawyer and wants to try and figure out the divorce terms with Tommy. They talk and then out of nowhere he throws Janet to the couch, forcibly rips her shirt off, hikes her skirt up, and essentially rapes her. But it almost wasn't. Even though she threw a punch and was trying to push him off, she had this weird "I'm enjoying this immensely" look on her face the whole time. Oh yeah, she liked it. And she could have said something to Johnny when he got home. But she changed clothes and said nothing. Crazy, huh? It'll be even more nuts if she gets pregnant now. When Tommy left the house, he got his swagger back though. Haven't seen that in a while.

Now normally, I don't like to talk about the previews for the following week - but I need to here. First off, Marisa Tomei is guest starring. Outstanding. Who is she? Angela. Now we've heard this name before, but only a few times. She's Johnny's ex. You can connect the dots.

Then there's the whole Mrs. Turbudy thing. She gets busted by the cops for molesting students and come to find out, she was passing around chlamydia! That means Damien has it. Tommy does too. Which means... he gave it to Janet and she'll probably give it to Johnny. Nothing like some good ol' fashioned STDs to bring everyone together.

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July 27 2006 at 7:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ivy

best show ever. janet liked the rape, which it was. the gavin men are all in cohoots to get the next gavin male. i bet johnny can't have kids and tommy/janet are the last hope.

June 22 2006 at 3:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
knh

Ok, am I the only one who thinks this season is sub-par? I have watched this show from the beginning and I'm wondering where it's going? What is going to be this season's huge conflict? I hope the writers aren't getting lazy on us. I'm over the whole Tommy/Janet will they/won't they script. Either get back together or don't. Also, what happened to all the fire scenes? I thought this episode was going to show a great rescue and then, boom, it's over by the first commercial break. What the hell is that? Where is Jimmy and the rest of the dead people Tommy's mind conjured up? All the one-liners are great, but give me a huge jaw-dropping revelation. Janet sleeping with Tommy's brother is o.k.and the science teacher storyline is bound to cause some trouble, but I hope neither are the major storyline for the season. Give me back the smoking, drinking, cursing, dead people-seeing Tommy I grew to love!

June 22 2006 at 2:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rick

I'm going to admit, I almost cryed when Tommy "raped" Janet, it seemed that Tommy broke down so much that in fact they he didnt seem to care if she reported it as "rape" or not. What was really the shocker was that the phone Conversation between Johnny and Tommy...

Tommy: "How long have you've seeing her?? A Month, a few weeks??"
Johnny: "Since Junior Prom..."

That in my mind was a blow to the gut. In my eyes in the first season, Johnny Gavin was the best nice calm Gavin, now it seems like he has turned into a big huge prick. This in my eyes, IS the best FX show ever. Thats right, better than Nip/Tuck, The Shield, Its always sunny in Phily. Rescue Me has me feeling for the characters, not to be corny, but it feels like I'm apart of them.

On a side note, IF F/X pulls some kind of WB stunt and NOT renew Rescue Me, I will quit watching F/X. No Shield, no Nip/Tuck, no sitcom re-runs nothing!!

June 21 2006 at 10:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rachel

As for the whole Johnny/Tommy phone conversation. I think Tommy and Janet agreed to meet without Johnny there, but only for half an hour. Therefore by Tommy calling the bar and Johnny being there Tommy knew that Johnny was a 1/2 hour's drive from Janet's house. As for the "rape" I think Tommy did it to get back at Johnny. It will be something he can throw out on the table to break them up later. Also I think Janet stopped fighting because she enjoyed it and liked the fact the Tommy still wanted her.

June 21 2006 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jp

Not surprisingly, everyone is talking about "that last scene..."

Brutal and INCREDIBLY complex. So much was going on...the shifts and nuances of emotion. Especially how, somewhere in the middle of it, Janet started to like it. Tommy's face responding to that realization. Janet responding to that response.

Yes, it was upsetting and it make me uncomfortable. And it was great drama. I kept having to remind myself that these were actors pretending, not real people experiencing this. Kudos to them for some amazing work.

Bet that scene was hell to film and act.

June 21 2006 at 3:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael

As I watched the scene of Tommy raping Janet, I was stunned at how graphic it was and how long it went on...in the same way I was disturbed by Tommy beating the s*** out of Johnny a few weeks ago. I kept thinking--they're gonna cut away now...they're gonna cut away now. and it never happened.

That said, it's interesting to see Tommy's moral code...

I imagine that if anyone else did that to Janet, Tommy would kill them...

June 21 2006 at 3:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
straightupridah

It was not rape. It was aggressive sex. Plain and simple. She never asked him to stop did she? If she had, he would have stopped! She wanted it and tipped him off when she said "You are not going to bait me" at the table. Amazing episode.

June 21 2006 at 12:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MrC

I admit I was disturbed by way the scene between Tommy and Janet started, but I'm not sure what it was. Was it a Gavin version of to Huff and Beth scene from last weeks Huff or was it outright rape, consenual, or somewhere in between?

I'm trying to figure out what exactly the conversation between tommy and johnny was about, and if it was related t. they seemed to be scheming for Johnny to get home 30 minutes after Tommy arrived, but to what end? Rescue Me is a pretty straightforward show but I have to admit I wonder if there's some weird Johnny/Janet/Tommy plotting going on.

June 21 2006 at 12:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pamela

That final scene was indeed disturbing, especially the brutality towards Janet. Strangely, however, I think Janet was pleased to know that Tommy still lusts for her, and will use this knowledge to get what she wants from him. She couldn't tell Johnny because she doesn't want to spoil the advantage she now feels she has over both of them. It is sad that it takes raping his estranged wife in order for Tommy to feel good about himself. They deserve each other. They're all so disfunctional I can't help but to keep watching.

June 21 2006 at 12:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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