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Rescue Me: David

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Aug 11th 2009 11:00PM

Michael Zegen and Maura Tierney
(S05E19) "This is all above board. It's underground of course, but it's above board." - Needles

What's that old saying? Chances are someone else has already said it better than you... or something like that? Well, this whole season of Rescue Me I've been looking for the right words to describe just how exactly I felt about it. There hasn't been a bad episode this season and I doubt any of the final three will disappoint either, but still - something has just been off.

Well, leave it to the show's co-creator, Peter Tolan, to put it in simple English at the TCA: when dealing with a shorter season (as in 13 vs. 22 episodes), you can focus on the quality of each episode (rather than being forced to move on to the next immediately). That's what I meant to say.

Like I said, nothing has been bad, but there has been this odd inconsistency that's been plaguing the storylines, especially in the past 3 or 4 weeks. Take the whole conversation between Sheila and Tommy in this hour. The real meat - the important stuff - was the part where Sheila and Tommy rehashed the past and talked about their brief fling before they both ended up with Jimmy and Janet respectively.

That was a huge moment, something we never knew before. But it took far too long to get to that revelation as the conversation was bogged down by the ridiculous filler/comic relief interlude where the two of them got going on this crazy Oedipal/Shakespearean Hamlet mother lover discussion that didn't really go anywhere.

Of course, all that was brought on by Tommy's date with Kelly. As a character, Kelly thus far has been horribly underdeveloped and I had a hard time caring "what's in the box" only to find out that it's just some really good weed. There was a lot of talk about what a revelation Maura Tierney's character was going to be and it's not that I don't find her to be a stellar actress, but I'm not convinced that this role is the epiphany we heard about. Again, though, 3 episodes left and this is still Rescue Me, so I'm obviously very optimistic that things will get interesting. Any predictions on what exactly Kelly's big moment is going to be? So far, she just wants to sleep with anyone.

A few more thoughts on "David" --

  • Call me crazy, but it seems like Mick, Eddie, Teddy, and Ellie are drinking more than Tommy now. That can't be good.
  • I had completely forgotten about Damien's cougar past with Mrs. Turbody.
  • Now that we know Lou signed a pre-nup regarding Candy's inherited $250k, can this possibly still be a scam? If it is, what's her end game? Could the inheritance be fake?
  • Anyone got a guess on who Jimmy had an affair with? Janet seems way too obvious/easy, but at the same time, who else would be as painful for Tommy to discover? Especially since Sheila seems to have known all along.
  • The fight between Tommy and Lou was like one big sigh of relief. How long have we been waiting for the two of them to boil over? The line about Candy vs. Tommy and stealing vs. coveting your neighbor's wife was some great writing too.
  • Anyone else notice the framed picture of Jerry in the rec room during the fight scene?
  • What was with Franco saying that he recently discovered he wasn't as smart as he thought? Was it because Carla was a lesbian? Speaking of which, we never did get to see him confront her about that.

In closing, a question and a phrase. First, do you really want to fool around with someone who dated Mick Jagger and finds David Bowie attractive, and second, cat piss icicle. Mmmm.

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OK, I just love how Candy admitted that the pre-nup is a "test" that Lou "passed with flying colors." She just informed him on Thursday of her inheritance and this is somehow proof that he loves her?! His forgiving and reconciling with her --- AND then agreeing to marry her was proof that Lou loves her ... or that he is (more likely) setting himself up for more humiliation at the hands of his new bride. Although she did grovel upon her initial return, asking Lou to forgive her, if she was truly sorry and loved HIM, she would have paid him back the money she'd stolen from him BEFORE she asked him to sign the pre-nuptial agreement. Sorry, but Lou's again on the losing end with Candy.

August 17 2009 at 12:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"Maybe I could smoke some of that ganja I've got in the box and turn you into goddamn George Clooney." --- "Rescue Me" guest star, Maura Tierney, former castmate of Clooney's on "ER" [albeit briefly --- appearing together in only one episode 'Such Sweet Sorrow' (11 May 2000), as Clooney had just ended his stint on the show, and Tierney had just begun hers]

August 16 2009 at 11:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree it feels like something is gonna happen with the Lou/Candy storyline. I really thought he would back out at the last minute.
The fight scene was HIGH-LARIOUS -especially when Lou and Tommy gave the guys crap for waiting so long to break it up - Tommy - "Did you guys come from Canada?" Love it!
I really enjoyed the Sheila/Tommy scene in her bedroom. Interesting that they both remember NOT having sex back then. I imagine things would have turned out very different if they had, because they are so alike.
I think it's obvious that Jimmy and Janet had sex before he died and apparently Sheila didn't want to hurt Tommy by telling him the truth because of the high pedestal he puts Jimmy on.
Also, I'm not loving the Kelly character - not sure what her purpose is yet. Also, I was disappointed in her revealing what was in the box was just some good weed. Just like in the great Pulp Fiction, I wanted it to remain a secret and left up to the imagination.

August 13 2009 at 8:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

it really feels like Lou is gonna die, especially the scene when he & Candy pulled off in the car after getting married... Rescue Me has been the best show on TV since season one (IMO), and I can't wait to find out what unfolds over the next few weeks...

August 12 2009 at 6:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have to say I hate people who dated one and finds anthor attractive, and second, cat piss icicle. It makes me feel humiliated. This is why I don't quite like Rescue Me.

August 12 2009 at 1:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have to say I hate people who dated one and finds anthor attractive, and second, cat piss icicle. It makes me feel humiliated. This is why I don't quite like Rescue Me.

August 12 2009 at 1:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to sxg009's comment

What does this comment even mean? I enjoyed this episode, but would agree that over the past few weeks things seem to have slowed down/gotten bogged down. The family is definitely out of control, whereas Tommy seems to be handling his drinking better than ever. Not sure where this will lead...

August 12 2009 at 6:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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