Creator of Rescue Me defends rape scene
In the Television Without Pity forum, Rescue Me co-creator Peter Tolan (or someone doing a very good impression of him) explains what the scene means:
"We tried to be extremely careful about that scene. Our feeling has always been that Tommy and Janet are in a highly dysfunctional relationship (obviously), a negative vortex fueled by only one positive - a faint glimmer of love that is constantly overshadowed by truly fantastic physical attraction. In terms of the scene last night, I never wrote the words 'don't' or 'no' at any point in the scene, and when I talked to Andrea (Janet) about the playing of the thing, I pretty much told her she had to stand up to Tommy - that he had taken so much away from her over the years, that she had to stare him down from a position of strength while he was forcing himself on her."
From what he wrote, I'm not so sure that Tolan was happy with the way that scene came off. It was supposed to be empowering for Janet but the smirk on Tommy's face as he left seemed like he was the one who was empowered by the whole thing.
Tolan also mentions the Probie story "which no one seems to be enjoying", and says that it was supposed to be much more dark and serious and not as moronic as it ended up being.[Via TV Tattle]