Rescue Me: Beached (season finale)
(S03E13) Another season comes and goes. I hate to say it, because I love this show, but I was a little disappointed with this finale. Same as I was with Deadwood a few nights ago. I just found it to be a bit of a slow episode that kind of meandered along. It (sort of) tied up a few loose ends and the cliffhanger? Not too sure how I feel about that either.
I mean, don't get me wrong, this was a great episode. Every Rescue Me episode is. But it just lacked something. The opening was outstanding, I'll say that. What a great idea to show Tommy daydreaming about the crew before 9/11. Jimmy and Billy were there. Sean and Franco were both still probies. It was well done.
But the rest of the episode? We never got any resolution to Uncle Teddy. Granted, his storyline was weak this season anyway, but what about the troubles he was having with his new wife? There was no mention at all. Jerry's one scene was poorly executed too. He wandered off from the hospital and made his way to the firehouse. He was all disoriented and to be honest, I really feel like the writer's owed Jerry's character a bit more than what we got. So are we supposed to be left wondering whether or not he'll ever come back to work? Seems like he most likely won't be.
Lou and Franco, at least their stories came full circle. Lou's one experience on his cousin's boat? Didn't go as planned seeing as how he could barely muster the balance to walk along the dock without getting on his hands and knees. Nice cameo by Artie Lange as Lou's cousin though.
Franco studied his butt off for the lieutenant's exam. He even had Richie quiz him. But when the time came, he tanked it. So he'll be hanging around the house with Lou too. So will Mike because he decided he didn't really want to transfer. As far as Sean and Maggie went? Well, they had a lot of sex. No real plot advancement there.
And then we have Tommy. First off, he better not get back with Janet in season four because I really dislike her. Already she wants to move back in with Tommy, for the girls and to add legitimacy to her pregnancy. But it might not even be Tommy's! Despite all that, he still can't muster up a good enough reason to turn in his walking papers.
That evening, at Sheila's new beach-house, Tommy came clean with her and told her he wouldn't be retiring. Needless to say, Sheila flipped out. First, she roofied Tommy's drink again. After he passed out, she went hysterical (she was drunk too) and started throwing stuff and yelling at Tommy's passed out body, because "she didn't buy this house just for herself." At one point, she threw an oil lamp and it lit the wall on fire. At least she had the sense to call 911, but she wasn't able to drag Tommy's body out of the house before the smoke got to her.
So clearly, Tommy I'm sure will be fine. But it wouldn't surprise me in the least if Sheila doesn't make it. I personally think she'd work fine as one of Tommy's ghosts, but who knows. I can't say I agree with Tommy's decision (because it almost guarantees he'll be back with Janet), but Sheila is officially nuts. She's deserves everything coming at her.
Despite all my gripes, there were still some great quotes. My favorite? When Tommy was caught off guard after Katie asked him what sperm was:
"Well, uh, it's a food. It's like Spam, except you know, it's got more protein and it's harder to find in the store."
Rescue Me will return for a fourth season in spring 2007.