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Tommy Saves Maura Tierney From a Terrible Date on 'Rescue Me' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 28th 2011 2:50AM
'Rescue Me' - 'Press'Tommy Gavin finally sat down for his interview about the 10th anniversary of 9/11 on 'Rescue Me' (Wed., 10PM ET on FX). His first statement? "There are no happy endings."

This was a rather melancholy episode, filled with reflections of those big moments in life, and death. Tommy was called in to save Kelly (Maura Tierney) from a disastrous date with her doctor, only to find out she's awaiting the results of her last round of chemo. Either she's good to go, or it all starts over.

Let's just take a moment to applaud the brilliance of Maura Tierney. We've known for years how great she is, but to come out of a real cancer situation and pour that emotion into this character, who's going through the same thing, was brave.

She is absolutely amazing in carrying off these subtle moments that speak even more than the dialogue can. Can someone finally give this woman an Emmy? We're willing to wait until next year, but that's it!

On the other end of the spectrum, Black Shawn was at what was supposed to be a more exiting pivotal life moment, with Colleen going crazy with pre-wedding plans. A craziness that Teddy thinks is a substitute for drinking. In other words, if he can't get her through this, she may fall off the wagon.

And then there was Lou. After the guys busted their butts to fake his way through the mandatory physicals, he finally got called out on his eating. When Tommy looks into Lou's eyes, so desperate for a cupcake, he has to see his own alcoholic needs staring back at him. Alcoholism was going to kill Tommy just as much as food addiction will kill Lou if he doesn't get it straight.

So Tommy tried a new tactic, asking Lou to be godfather to his unborn child. Maybe something to live for outside of himself is the kick Lou needs to move in the right direction.

So many 'Rescue Me' characters are standing on the precipice in their lives, facing choices either in their control or out of their control. The scales could tip one of two ways. When looking at all these people and their lives, we certainly hope Tommy's closing words aren't prophetic. Otherwise, it's going to be a dark road through the rest of this final season.

And we really like these characters. We don't like to see them suffer. Okay, we probably do, but we still want everything to come out all right in the end. We can't help it. We're suckers for the happy ending.

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