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Rescue Me, season 4 -- An early look

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jun 4th 2007 10:25AM

Denis Leary

Tommy Gavin is back and while it's probably a waste of breath, I'm gonna state the obvious anyway. Entering its fourth season, Rescue Me continues to be one of the best dramas on TV. Since we last left Tommy and the rest of the 62 Truck crew, about nine months have passed. You'd think with almost a year gone by that some new story-lines would have had time to develop, but for the most part things are the same. That's bad news for Tommy, but very good for us because the show is just as entertaining as ever. You can read on for a bit of an overview, but be warned -- it gets a little spoilery despite my attempts to be as vague as possible. But hey, who doesn't like to play with fire?

I've had the chance to screen the first three episodes of the season and Tommy's household is a wreck when we pick up. Janet has had the baby and the father is still unknown. Could be Tommy's, but more that likely, it's his late brother Johnny's. In the meantime, they've decided to not name the baby yet and Tommy has officially dubbed their son "Lil' No Name." Colleen is just as reckless as ever and while she's moved on from her lesbian phase, she's living up to the Gavin name by becoming an aficionado of all things sex, drugs, and rock n' roll.

Of course the big question on everyone's mind is the aftermath of the beach-house fire. Obviously Tommy survived the fire, but the big question is Sheila. Did she make it or not? An answer to that question is finally given near the end of the premiere episode and all I'll say is prepare to be shocked. The big issue for Tommy is the insurance companies. Since he has no real recollection of the night, they're trying to pin the fire on him and his half-assed answers aren't cutting it. Much like Vic Mackey in The Shield, the higher-ups have gotten wind of Tommy's situation and see it as a way to push him out of the department for good.

Elsewhere, Franco is still going strong with Natalie. Look for some more extremely funny scenes between him and her mentally-challenged brother Richie. Lou is still involved with Theresa, who's now officially an ex-nun, but he's having a hard time dealing with her insatiable sex drive. The same problems exist for Sean, who can't seem to get Maggie to stop watching porn. Following his stroke, Jerry is exercising like crazy in an attempt to rejoin his crew but things don't go as planned. The character with the least developed plot early on is Mike (he's no longer "the probie"). His mother is sick and this is sure to lead to problems later in the season.

Other returning characters include Jimmy, Cousin Mickey, Cousin Eddie, Uncle Teddy, Chief Pecher (co-creator Peter Tolan), Alicia (Susan Sarandon), and newcomers Nona (Jennifer Esposito) and Bart (Larenz Tate).

Also worth mentioning? The fire scenes. I don't know what it is, but they seem to get more violent and scarier with each season. What I'm trying to say is they are very cool to watch. Of course, the hallmark of the show still rests in the ability of Tolan and Leary to so effortlessly blend gut-wrenching drama with gut-busting humor. You'll know what I mean after the season premiere. Rescue Me returns to F/X on Wednesday, June 13 at 10PM.

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I agree that this 4th season slipped in quality and writing. I got these off iTunes and while worth the money, I could have waited for the dvd to come out. (I'm in Okinawa so that's how I have to get most of my quality TV series) The plots have jumped ahead too much, they are all over the place and I am just not as "addicted" to the show this season as in the past. I do have to say, I have up to episode 7 and it finally feels a bit more like before, but the last scene here is a huge kick in the chops to the Tommy & Johny characters & this really seemed out of charachter for both in my opinion. Still better than most of the tripe on TV today, but definately not up to it's first couple of seasons quality.

August 09 2007 at 12:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Just in the middle of watching episode 7 of season 4 and all I have to say is, what ever happened to this show? Being a fan and always praising it like no tomorrow especially seasons 1 and 2 which absolutely rocked but a major nose dive into season 3 and very apparent crash into season 4. Just for the record, I think the best episode so far into the new season is episode 5. The story board is old and all over the place. We also don't need to lose great characters like Chief Reilly to mediocure new characters. Come on people, you know the show has changed and as disappointing as I hate to admit it it's not for the better. I could see this being the last season for Rescue Me.

August 04 2007 at 9:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Is there anywhere that all of the episodes from season 4 can be downloaded from? I'm in England for the summer and do not access to Sky One, which is airing the show? Ah, I miss easy acess to television in the US...

July 27 2007 at 10:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Does anyone know how I can download Episode 3 from Season 4????


July 08 2007 at 11:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Episode 2 Season 4

download them all then extract the first rar file and perfect.



June 21 2007 at 2:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Last year no one at work knew what I was talking about when I told them about Tommy and the show this year I believe an addiction has occurred we all are waiting for the new season.

June 07 2007 at 7:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I disagree -- one of my favorite things about Rescue Me is how they jump the plot when they can. We never needed to see Uncle Teddy's trial; we just saw him in prison. And I don't think we need to see Janet in labor. This show is way too cool to dwell on obvious things.

June 06 2007 at 3:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

- Surprised they moved ahead so far in the timeline. I was always thinking they were going to pick up right after last season's finale.

- PLEASE keep the Richie character around for a while. The bonding between him and Franco has been absolutely hysterical!

June 04 2007 at 12:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

ok, they have those posters up on the T in boston, and they are freaking scary.

just wanted to share

June 04 2007 at 12:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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