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'Rescue Me' - 'Sanctuary ' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 4th 2010 2:30PM
'Rescue Me' - 'Sanctuary'(S06E06) I come from a big Irish family, and alcohol and merriment have always been a part of our family functions. But thank goodness we're nothing like the Gavins of 'Rescue Me.' As Father Phil suggested on the show last night, the clan might need a group exorcism to rid them of their demons.

The Gavins aren't the only ones facing their possible mortality -- as Garrity's friend closes in on the end of his battle with cancer, a trip to the ballet pushes him to an emotional breaking point; while Colleen is taken on several trips throughout the episode in an attempt to help her see the light.

It was an interesting task this week to make Colleen the centerpiece of the episode while not making her the star. This was still Tommy's story. Other than a side trip to the ballet, he was in the midst of everything that went down, and now he's going to pay the legal price for his actions. The police got involved twice, and the second time they actually got to arrest someone.

Earlier in the episode, when Tommy froze and couldn't go on a call, Shawn and Franco finally had it out. I was surprised that Shawn knocked Franco out -- didn't he know about Franco's boxing? The scrapper has some chutzpah to him, though I think he had more passion behind what he was doing. Do you think Franco was just a punching bag for him to vent out all his frustrations about Colleen's drinking problem? A subtle but brilliant bit of writing there.

I'd still like to see more of Shawn's relationship with Colleen, and how he's struggling with her addiction when it's just the two of them. Maybe show us a quiet scene of him alone waiting for her to come home, or that moment when she stumbles into the house, blitzed out of her mind. At least, though, we got to see how much he loves her.

That affection came through again in the end, when Shawn rushed to her side and cradled her in the church after a rather startling baptism of booze. I'm not sure what Tommy's intentions were with the baptism exactly; it seemed more like an act of desperation without any real thought of what the outcome might be. Could a bizarre forced baptism really make someone stop drinking?

Obviously, Teddy's approach earlier in the hour wasn't going to work. Colleen was absolutely loving the run of partying, and AA isn't something you can get anything out of if you're forced to go. I was reminded of the opening sequence of 'Soap' when the Gavins took over the meeting and started pushing and shoving one another -- though the family's a trainwreck, it's always fun to watch what a disaster it is when they get together in large numbers.

Father Phil actually served a purpose this episode by calling out Tommy on his cowardice and at least trying to get through to Colleen, even going so far as to not stop that aforementioned baptism. I like his practical approach to Catholocism for Tommy, as it's a way to ground the expectations of the church in a way that Tommy can easily relate to. Suddenly, after his speech this week, I can see him as a valuable guide and aide to Tommy on his continuing journey into sobriety.

For the second week in a row, we ended with Colleen lying there, barely coherent. Clearly the stint on the beach made no difference, and all I can see this incident doing is making her hate her father more. I'd love to see Shawn step up as a man (Franco was right about that) and stand up to her drinking. By loving her anyway, he's enabling her, which isn't helping at all.

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Pat

I've watched all these years, so I'll stick it out to the end, but its getting hard to watch. If I didn't know that it ends next September, I might have to drop out.

August 04 2010 at 3:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
WhatI

Still confused by Peter Gallagher being on two shows being shown at the exact same time...

August 04 2010 at 3:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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