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Rescue Me: Keefe

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Sep 6th 2007 7:46AM

Denis Leary(S04E12) "Where's Mark David Chapman when you need him?" - Tommy

One down and one to go. This season has gone by fast, huh? The horrible thing about it is that other than Jerry's suicide, I don't feel like all that much has happened. The stuff that has developed sort of just sputters along, offering no real resolution. Some of it is damn funny, but often that's not enough to salvage it. Here's to hoping that next week's finale puts a good spin on what has officially become my least favorite season of Rescue Me.

It's not that I don't like the show anymore. I still love it but I think it needs a fresh direction. That and it needs to be wrapped up in two more seasons at the most. Any longer and it definitely has the potential to become pretty stale. Look at this episode though. Natalie coming back to ask Franco for a favor. A new feud between Black Sean and Mike. Garrity putting on the beer goggles and hopping in bed with some ugly chick. Lou is sleeping with Latrina. I could go on but my point is this: do you really care? That's the problem. I don't. I just want to see what stupid crap Tommy is going to pull next.

More than any other season, this one really has been about Tommy and his road to recovery/search for meaning. The negative result of that focus on him is that the other characters have suffered greatly and received no real in-depth stories. There's nothing of substance going on with any of them. Gone are the "Lou gets duped by Candy the prostitute" and "Franco attempts to raise his daughter" stories. The show has lost a lot of what made it good in the first place.

Rather than giving the supporting cast something with episodic longevity, it seems like they've each got something different going on each week. As I've already said, it makes it hard to care when it changes so frequently. You can't attach yourself to anything.

What did I like? Well I suppose that's the irony. Plenty. Tommy putting on Jimmy's old jacket? Brilliant. It's almost as if he wants everyone to feel how he feels, constantly questioning if they're crazy or not. I was actually surprised that Jimmy didn't appear to Tommy during one of those fires. I was definitely expecting the "What the hell do you have my jacket on for?" scene.

I love how Feinberg and Tommy are officially at odds. I think it's hilarious that Needles had to be the voice of reason and point out to Feinberg that Tommy feels up girls. It's what he does. You sent him on the date so why be angry? Valid points, but I still like that it puts Tommy and management on opposite sides of the ring. Coincidentally, it seems like Sydney doesn't care for Needles much either. He made that remark about Needles and how he wouldn't be wearing white if the towers hadn't fell. I understand the as a result of all the deaths, promotions were probably handed out with some leniency, but does this mean Needles is inexperienced and undeserving of his rank? If so, I'd love to see that explored next season.

Also enjoyable? The fact that some definition was finally given to what Mike is going through. Figures that we get it now. Black Sean put his finger on it. Mike hates Tommy but he still wants to be just like him. He's depressed. He drinks on the job now. He's going to get himself killed is what will happen.

So with all that in mind, some questions as we wait for next week's finale:

  • Who's Tommy going to end up with? Beth? No way. Valerie? Possibly. Sheila? Possibly. My vote goes with Janet. He's always held a torch for her and she might be in better spirits now that Sheila has Wyatt/Elvis for good.
  • Is Colleen going to pull the crazy ex-girlfriend move and try to go after Tony and his new fiancé? She is a Gavin after all...
  • It didn't happen this episode, but is Jimmy going to show himself to Tommy again? Mick said all of it was a sign from God and Tommy has been trying to understand that stuff. Then again... he could just be crazy. "Section 8" as the guy from the day shift called it.
  • Are Maggie and Sean going to make up? Although, that falls under one of my "I'm not sure I care" story lines.

The biggest question? The one that tests the whole season? Will Tommy drink? I could be wrong, but I believe this is the first season where he hasn't had a drop. He came close when he was up on the roof with Mike, but then we found out the vodka bottle was filled with water. I guess we'll find out in one week if this season was worth it or not.

Do you think Tommy will have a drink (or two) in the finale?
Yes71 (33.0%)
No144 (67.0%)

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Is Rescue Me ever going to end the season without someone getting bumped off. I knew the minute I saw Tommy and his Dad at the game that he was going to have a heart attack and die. Kinda lame since Jerry had one last season. This season has been up and down...

September 12 2007 at 11:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What the hell is the name of the song and artist playing the song at the end of the promo for the finale of season 4???

September 12 2007 at 9:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Man, I hate watching a show & finding out "it was just a dream!! None of it really happened!!!" That aside, I really liked the sean/maggie relationship...hope it goes on.

September 12 2007 at 8:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jonathan Toomey

Mike --

Where are you reading/hearing these rumors? You're right about the renewal stuff though. This is the first time that Rescue Me hasn't been renewed before the finale airs... last year, it was renewed around the fifth or sixth episode. Hmm...

September 12 2007 at 12:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Rumors are swirling rapidly that tonight will not just be the season finale, but the series finale for Rescue Me. FX is not commenting on the future of the show, unlike previous seasons where they have announced another season before the end of the current season. Again, only rumors at this point, but it could be a heck of an ending tonight.

September 12 2007 at 12:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Keeping up to pace with Rescue Me for the first time since I got hooked. They just finished showing the third season here in Ireland and it's relegated to late night showings at different times each week. Good to have access to the shows as they air in the States.

Got to agree that this season is not as strong as the rest. However, I feel a lot of these shows are more rewarding on DVD when you can see a couple of episodes back to back.

That said, I'm hoping they pull it from the fire in the season finale. Is there any chance that the show might go back to its roots, given the fact that the last episode will air the day after the 9/11 anniversary?

Despite the flaws this season, it's still one of the most enjoyable shows I've seen in years. Looking forward to the next season...if and when it comes.

Outta here.

September 10 2007 at 7:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What is the name of the song when they have the promo for the season finale episode, not at the end of the keefe episode, a guy is singing it and they have it go on for about a minute and a half because they are showing some stuff frm the final episode, and the coma thing would explain a lot and i think it would be an awesome ending to a crazy season.

September 09 2007 at 2:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Stu - You got it - none of the things Tommy has done this season really make any sense - they cross the line and seem to push too far. I just can't see someone managing to stay sober through all of it. The ENTIRE Gavin family on the wagon?? His father apologizing to him? Bullsh*t. There has to be somekind of twist that the viewer doesn't expect and the best way to pull it off is to let it go for almost the whole season. You lull the viewer into this false sense of security, thinking that this IS the new and improved version of Tommy. Love it or hate it, this is it - then wham, then other shoe drops. Or, I could be totally wrong and I just really look like an ass. I'm hoping the coma theory turns out to be right. The original Tommy Gavin from season one is what drew me to the show and I have to admit that I miss that. I still love this show (I will get all stupid and syrupy sweet here) and this has still been a really good season but I want our old roughneck, Irish, ass-kickin' favorite back! BTW - Tommy would never let Colleen's Fake Baby-head boyfriend kick his ass (even fake throwing a fight) just to get her back - he would of pounded that punk's nose-ringed head into the pavement!

September 07 2007 at 8:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Answer me this: Tommy honors his bro by playing on NYPD hockey team (blasphemy for FDNY), yet thinks about dumping his bro's son, the only male heir to the Gavin line? One minute Janet can't get off the couch, the next she has a good job (and Tommy meets her new f**k buddy? Shakes his hand?) Gavin trusts that baby with insane Sheila and his nutty daughter? etc. etc. etc. etc.?

Gotta be a dream, coma, or something. Better be!

September 07 2007 at 3:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

this coma theory is the only intriguing thing i've gotten from rescue me this season...though i'm scared that if that is the case and leary and tolan are actually able to pull it off, i'll have to retract all those nasty things i said about leary and rescue me over the course of this season. i hate it when that happens.

in any case, there are certainly quite a few moments that in retrospect could be seen as hints/clues that tommy is is in a coma. if you want an exhaustive rundown of them check out the twop rescue me board...

hmmm, just when i thought it was safe to write rescue me off entirely, now i need to start paying attention again...and maybe even rewatching a few old episodes with the coma theory in mind...

September 07 2007 at 1:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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