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Rescue Me: Lesbos

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jul 29th 2009 1:40AM

[L-R]: Daniel Sunjata, Larenz Tate, and Denis Leary.(S05E17) "Aww man... some people just make shitty alcoholics." - Cousin Eddie

At the end of last week's episode, I have to be honest -- I was dumbfounded. To abandon something that Rescue Me has so steadfastly built up as a pillar of what makes this show tic - namely, the collective on again/off again sobriety of the Gavin clan - seemed ridiculous to me. One Tommy Gavin speech and poof - everyone's boozin'.

But with the "let's go find an AA meeting" option suddenly off the table, I tell ya what - it's a lot more fun. I've said it before, but as viewers, it says a lot about us when we find the addictions, weaknesses, and vices of others as sources of enjoyment, but why the hell not? That seemed to be the theme of this week's episode anyway as we witnessed Tommy get his balls, figuratively speaking, wedged right into a Janet/Sheila vice-grip.

You knew this moment would come. Suddenly, "no strings attached" means exactly the opposite. We heard both Janet and Sheila say it before and at the time, only Lou seemed to see the writing on the wall. Getting them alone together was the missing piece, though. It's no longer about Tommy. Now, it's about one-upping the other woman in the ice-queeniest, bitchiest way possible. So who's Tommy going to choose? Does it really matter? If he ever were to make an honest decision and pick one of them over the other, the thrill of the game would end immediately for whomever he chose, and they'd be back at square one.

With that in mind, it makes me quite excited for what Maura Tierney's character (her current health issues won't affect Rescue Me - the season has already wrapped production) is going to bring to the table. In the few minutes we got to see her at the end of the ep, I liked what I saw. No BS, ballsy, and just what the heck was in the Halliburton case she ran into a fire to retrieve?

More importantly though, I'm excited for the next wave of episodes, because some of the current plots were/are getting pretty stale. Carla's "is she or isn't she a lesbian" thread was killing me, and far too much time was spent in this episode ogling the "lesbos" and "bull dykes" she sent over to the bar. We got it crystal clear. Apparently, Franco broke up with her, so I guess it's over. Thank god.

Also annoying? Mrs. Needles. The mail order Russian bride thing might have actually worked on this show had the plot been given some more context and actually gotten fleshed out. Not so much here. She was just sort of there all of sudden between last week and this week.

A few more thoughts ...

  • The whole crew taking bets on Dancing With the Stars was hilarious.
  • Did anyone else think something was going to happen to Tommy when that door blew up on him during the final apartment fire sequence?

That's all I got, but one last thought to chew on - I'm starting to get worried about Sean. He hasn't been around too much since beating the cancer, and I hope we're not being prepped for a tragedy by easing us into the idea via these absences. That being said, FX just sent out DVDs through episode 20, and last week along with this week are all I've watched so far ... I hope I'm wrong. I don't think I can live in a world without Sean's keen wisdom: "What's a cunf?"

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Again, I'm amazed by how this show (for me) gets better and better each week. I definitely like Derek when he drinks, despite Cousin Eddie's comment. He's the life of the party!

July 31 2009 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love Rescue Me, but this season is starting to feel long. This week's episode was marred by over-acting, particularly in the bar scene.

July 29 2009 at 9:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

LOVED the fire scene. I really miss this and want more of it! Now that there's a new probie, maybe they'll show more fires. It's sort of what drove me to the show to begin with. These guys have discussions at the firehouse, they go risk their lives in fires, then go back and have a penis measuring contest. Now several episodes go by without them going on a call.

The Janet and Shelia thing ran it's course, 3 SEASONS AGO. Give it a rest already. The time wasted on that "confrontation" at least brought it to an end.

I love how Sidney is becoming the "fun chief" and going out to bars with them and stuff. Quite the reversal from the beginning of the season.

July 29 2009 at 4:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why doesn't this show get more emmy love? I really think it is underappreciated.

July 29 2009 at 2:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sanjay mohindroo

If you watch the episode again, he says something along the lines "my soon to ex is a lesbo." I know Rescue Me would show us Franco trying to break up with his lesbo girlfriend.

I really thought something was going to happen to Tommy when the door blew up.

July 29 2009 at 11:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought it was very strange that Franco confirmed 2 things at the end.

1. That his girlfriend indeed was a lesbian.
2. That he broke up with her.

We didn't get to see either. Thats BS!

July 29 2009 at 9:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm with you...with the way the music was playing and the slow-mo shots of the fire at the end, I fully expected someone to become injured or even die.

Garrity was hilarious this week.

July 29 2009 at 4:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You can catch this episode online, here in case you missed it last night:


July 29 2009 at 2:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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