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Rescue Me: Sheila

by Jonathan Toomey, posted May 6th 2009 9:22AM

(L-R) Denis Leary as Tommy Gavin and John Scurti as Lt. Ken 'Lou' Shea on the RESCUE ME episode 'Sheila.'
(S05E05) "I think that sometimes Tommy wishes that Jimmy had lived and that he had died in Jimmy's place... and so do I." - Sheila

A few months back, when I first started getting ready for Rescue Me's new season, I remember seeing this picture before I screened this episode and I thought for sure it was a shot from a 9/11 flashback. Tommy's had some dreams where he recalled things from that day, but I was hoping for a full blown episode - especially since we found out Jimmy died in the second tower and not the first. There had to be a story there, right? If you think about it though, it doesn't really matter. We know as much as we need to and how this new knowledge is affecting everyone is what's really worth exploring. Besides, the dream Tommy did have was way more interesting.

First he dreamt about Colleen pumping out an endless supply of Black Shawn's babies and now he's having night terrors (this was more than just a dream) about Katie being held hostage and killed by Islamic extremists with suitcase bombs. He may not be seeing his ghosts anymore, but Tommy's head is still all kinds of screwed up.

Anyway, there's only one scene I really want to discuss, so let's get a few other brief thoughts out of the way first:

  • I kind of wish Black Shawn wasn't so timid about Colleen being a freak in bed. The whole situation is playing out exactly as Tommy and Janet had hoped and I wish Black Shawn had the opposite reaction. They could have had a lot more fun with the story if Tommy or Janet walked in while they were in the middle of one of Colleen's moves - like the "ice cubes, peanut butter, ass play" thing she described.
  • Didn't see Sean's back issues playing out like this - renal cancer? Damn. How's he going to get a kidney removed if he can't use his FDNY insurance?
  • Franco's whole plan to pick up chicks at a "9/11 was an inside job" rally doesn't make sense to me. I get that he questions the government's involvement with what happened that day, but this still feels out of character for him. This is something that Mike and Sean would do together. Franco is smarter than that.
  • Michael J. Fox continues to impress. That scene while he was driving back and forth into oncoming traffic was priceless and then he went ahead and crushed that beer. What I don't get? Dwight claims that he knows Tommy intimately, that they're essentially the same person from the waist up. So how come it never occurred to Dwight that Tommy would use his alcoholism and drug addiction against him?

OK, so how about that final scene? Easily Callie Thorne's finest moment in the series to date. It was a culmination and explanation of everything she's done since the pilot episode and the beauty of it was that it wasn't even the screaming, yelling, insane Sheila we know and love. It was just her, calm, talking into Genevieve's video camera. She zeroed in on Tommy - blamed him, cursed him, loved him, relied on him, hated him - and now she's purged herself of him. But has she really?

Despite the fact that she's on "shitloads" of drugs, we know that "the old Sheila" is still in there after her lunch with Damien and let's be honest - Mike is stupid and retarded and dumb like everyone says he is. There is no way that Mike is the right person to mentor Damien through probie school. Sheila hasn't realized it yet, but she still needs Tommy.

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Unknownloser

Why doesn't anyone watch this awesome dramedy!!!

May 11 2009 at 2:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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char

I agree Sal; I'm the only person I know of who watches it and the show is almost five years old.

May 11 2009 at 8:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
edie

is sheila melissa torme. we have a bet at work. i cannot find an answer to my ? anywhere.

May 10 2009 at 2:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Larry

Callie Thorne plays Sheila.

Marisa Tomei did play "Angie", who was Johnny's ex-wife, in a few episodes a couple seasons ago.

May 11 2009 at 9:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
char

Sheila is finally what i wanted her to be when the show first introduced her as the 9/ll widow. I always felt there was more depth to her. That caricature of the almost-stalker, pathetic woman was difficult to accept.

May 07 2009 at 4:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joanna

Last night's episode is exactly why I love this show. Sheila's scenes were powerful and haunting. I would give her a supporting actress Emmy on that performance alone. I love her!!!

Michael J. Fox should get one as well for guest appearance. He's scenes are strong too although I don't think he should have known that Tommy would switch his drugs. I can't stand the ex-wife.

May 06 2009 at 10:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
AntonioSaucedo

What a show, what an ep! I love the characters I could be watching hours upon hours of what happens to them.

May 06 2009 at 5:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike

I have always disliked Sheila from the first moment this show started, but last night was the first bit of respect I gave her for her speech she gave. It all finally came together for her, and it would be nice to see her use that realization to change for the better, but you know that won't happen.

May 06 2009 at 10:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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