Rescue Me

FX (ended 2011)
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  • From the creators and executive producers of The Job comes Rescue Me, a dramedy that centers on the inner workings of 62 Truck, a New York City firehouse, and the personal and emotional battles of its members in a post-9/11 world. The show focuses on Tommy Gavin, the senior firefighter whose life is in turmoil as he copes with the stresses and fears of his job as well the separation from his wife Janet. Tommy moves into a house across the street from her to stay close to their three children and keep an eye on her. The stresses and fears of his job are manifested through conversations with his dead cousin Jimmy Keefe, a former firefighter, as well as the haunting memories of people he has watched perish on the job. The remaining heroes of Ladder 62 include Chief Jerry Reilly who, despite being called "The Good Chief," has a serious gambling problem and bets on everything, even Tommy's divorce. Sean Garrity is a young, handsome guy who is easier to look at than hold a conversation with. Franco Rivera, a cocky, Puerto Rican ladies man, is Tommy's confidant who lives life in the fast lane. Lt. Kenny "Lou" Shea is a man's man who secretly writes poetry and uses it as a way to release his emotional frustrations. Mike Silletti, "the probie," is subject to numerous initiation pranks as he starts his career as a firefighter. Theme Song: "C'Mon C'Mon" by The Von Bondies Awards & Nominations: 2005 Golden Globe Award Nominee - Best Actor in a Drama Series: Denis Leary 2005 TCA Award Nominee-Outstanding Achievement in Drama & Outstanding New Program of the Year 2005 Satellite Award Nominee- Outstanding Actor in a Series, Drama Denis Leary, Outstanding DVD Release of a Television Show, Outstanding Television Series, Drama 2005 Satellite Award- Best Ensemble: Television 2005 Visionary Award- Jim Serpico 2006 Satellite Award Nominee- Best Actor in a Series, Drama Denis Leary & Best Television Series, Drama 2006 Prism Award Nominee- Performance in a Drama Series Storyline Denis Leary 2006 Emmy Award Nominee- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Denis Leary 2007 Satellite Award Nominee- Best Actor in a Series, Drama Denis Leary 2007 Prism Award Nominee- Performance in a Drama Series, Multi-Episode Storyline Denis Leary 2007 Golden Reel Award Nomiee- Best Sound Editing in Sound Effects and Foley for Television - Short Form Eileen Horta (supervising sound editor) Mark Cleary (sound designer) James Bailey (foley artist) Damien Smith (foley artist) Kevin McCullough (sound editor) Ashley Harvey (sound editor) For episode "Devil". 2007 Gracie Allen Award- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Marisa Tomei 2007 Emmy Nominee-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Denis Leary 2007 Artios Award-Best Dramatic Episodic Casting Julie Tucker 2008 Prism Award Nominee- Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline Tatum O'Neal 2008 Emmy Nominee- Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Charles Durningmoreless

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    Aired 9/7/11

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    Aired 8/31/11

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    Aired 8/17/11

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    Aired 8/10/11

  • Cast & Crew
  • Denis Leary

    Tommy Gavin

  • Maura Tierney

    Kelly McPhee

  • Andrea Roth

    Janet Gavin

  • Larenz Tate

    Bart 'Black Shawn' Johnston

  • Callie Thorne

    Sheila Keefe

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  • Quotes (605)

    • Jimmy: What are you doing? What's with the whiskey? Tommy: I'm having a drink. Jimmy: But what about AA, you were sober for what, a year? Tommy: Fourteen months to be exact. Cheers.

    • (Tommy is laying money out on the table) Tommy: Alright, we're going to play a little game because Daddy needs to know some information on Mommy's new boyfriend. Alright? (they all are silent) Katy: But Mommy doesn't want us to talk about that. Tommy: I understand that, sweetheart. That's why we have the money.

    • Chief Perolli: Hey, Garrity, there's a box over by my desk, bring it out to the car, huh? Sean: A box? Chief Perolli: I'm in kinda a rush here, I don't have time to explain what a box is, retard, just do it. (he leaves, and Sean runs upstairs to get the box. A little later, Tommy is talking to Franco and Sean comes down with a bag in his hands) Tommy: That's not a box. Sean: Oh, shit. (turns around and heads back upstairs)

    • Sean: Yeah I know. But it's driving me crazy. Franco: What is? Sean: You know, I'm wondering what's going on inside my ass. Franco: Well, forget about your ass, okay? Have 'em stick a camera in one of your ears and find out what kinda brain damage we're actually dealing with here.

    • Franco: We have sex with woman who ain't our wives and we make every detail available to the other guys. Tommy: Yeah, well, maybe I'm a gentleman. Chief: Yeah, and I'm growing tits. Tommy: Hey, you should check a mirror, pal.

    • Lou: What're you guys doin'? Franco: Nothin'. Lou: Well you got that down to a goddamn science.

    • Sean: Tommy, it's Lou. I just saw him and he's-- he's in the kitchen and he's cryin'. Tommy: What? Sean: I swear on my mother's grave. Tommy: Your mother's still alive, Sean. Sean: Well, no. I meant when she dies, god forbid. Knock on wood. Shit. Okay, my father's grave. Tommy: Your dad's dead? Sean: Yeah, yeah. Years ago. Ass cancer. Tommy: Ass cancer? Sean: Yeah, you know, prostate.

    • Tommy: You want to know how big my balls are? My balls are bigger than two of your heads duct-taped together. I've been in the middle of shit that would make you piss your pants right now. Uptown, downtown, Harlem, Brooklyn. But there ain't no medals on my chest, assholes, 'cause I ain't no hero. I'm a fireman. We're not in the business of making heros here. We're in the business of discovering cowards, 'cause that's what you are if you can't take the heat. You're a pussy, and there ain't no room for pussies in the FDNY. (to a snickering recruit in the first row) What are you laughing at, shithead? Huh? What's so god damn funny? Recruit: I just... . Tommy: Shut up! You speak when spoken to. (to the entire class) You pussies better pray you don't get assigned to my firehouse. Because I have seen it all. I knew sixty men who gave their lives at Ground Zero. Sixty. Four of them from my house. Vito Castella... found him almost whole. Ricky Davis... found him almost whole, hugging a civilian woman. Bobby Vincent... found his head. And my cousin, Jimmy Keefe, my best friend. You know what they found of him? What I was able to bring back and give to his parents? A finger. That's all. A finger. These four men were better human beings and better firefighters than any of you will ever be. Firefighting Class Instructor: Say "thank you," firefighting upper class! Firefighting Upper Class: Thank you, Firefighter Gavin, sir!

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    Notes (124)

    • The theme song for the show is C'Mon C'Mon by The Von Bondies.

    • In the scene where Tommy is talking to Franco and Sean comes down the stairs with a bag, that scene is not scripted at all according to the commentary on the DVD set. Leary states it one of his favorite gags on the show.

    • Peter Tolan and Denis Leary received a 2005 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for their work on this episode.

    • Peter Tolan received a 2005 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for his work on this episode.

    • Music Featured In This Episode: C'Mon C'Mon by The Von Bondies Don't Panic by Coldplay

    • Tommy's entire speech to the psychiatrist was done in one take and filmed from multiple angles at once.

    • After the episode first aired, there was a short segment featuring interviews with the stars of the show as well as footage of the New York premiere and after party.

    • When it debuted, Miller Brewing Co. presented the episode commercial-free. Miller's deal with FX included brand integration, a customized introduction, and "thank you" messages featuring the series cast, not to mention Miller being branded on printed, digital, and televised promotional materials for the series.

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    Trivia (38)

    • Marissa Clark was originally cast as Tommy Gavin's girlfriend, Lauren and filmed the pilot episode, "Guts". After accepting her role on "Outback Jack" (2004) TBS's reality series set in Australia, the producers could not locate Clark and, panicking, recasting her role.

    • Goof: The room where Tommy throws out the life-size doll from has smoke coming out and a fiery glow to it, but when the view shifts to inside the room, the smoke and the glow are both gone.

    • Goof: The dead dog is obviously a stuffed animal.

    • Goof: The shadow of crew equipment is visible when Billy tells the men where extra fire hydrants are located during the apartment fire.

    • Goof: It goes from day to night instantaneously the second time the firefighters are called out on a job.

    • Goof: Continuity doesn't seem to be a big thing w/ Chief Reilly. He mentions he has been married for almost 40 years, when in the next season he claims to be married only 31 years meaning he has only been married 30 years in this season. He also mentions in the next scene having his house for forty years, and his son appears to be in his 30's. So unless he and his wife had a son out of wedlock, bought a house, and didn't get married for nine years after this, none of this makes much sense.

    • Goof: The pieces of the lunchboxes Tommy destroys jump to various places between shots.

    • Goof: Crew is reflected off of Tommy's truck when he arrives home and is greeted by Jimmy.

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    Allusions (18)

    • While Tommy is talking to Johnny over the phone, Johhny steps outisde a store. An ad can be seen at a bus stop for Shorties Watchin' Shorties, a show for which Denis Leary is the executive producer.

    • Karen: They’re real, and they’re spectacular! This is an allusion to one of Seinfeld’s most famous quotes, when guest star Teri Hatcher plays the part of Sidra in episode #59, The Implant, and says about her breasts: “They're real, and they're spectacular!”, a line which later became part of the Seinfeld lexicon.

    • Kenny and Tommy are discussing who would win in a fight. Kenny: Before the accident? Tommy: Before the accident. Kenny: Siegfried. This is an allusion to the performing act, Siegfried and Roy, and the 2003 incident where Roy was mauled by one of their tigers.

    • Mickey: Hey Tom, so what did Jesus look like? Tommy: Mel Gibson. This is an allusion to the Passion of the Christ. A movie that was produced, directed, and written by Mel Gibson.

    • The "Now you know what I would drive." bumper sticker on Jesus' car is a joke on the environmental campaign, "What Would Jesus Drive?"

    • Franco: So, what, are you only doing Guinness Book chicks now, is that it, Probie? Guinness World Record Book is a collection of world record holders which includes tallest person, highest superbowl attendance, heaviest cabbage, etc.

    • Johnny: Tommy, when you're in jail in some hick town, and you're taking it up the ass from Otis the drunk, don't call me. This a reference to The Andy Griffith Show in which the town drunk was often seen in the jail, sleeping off a night of drinking.

    • Tommy: I'm gonna shove this Brokeback coffee-travel mug thing right up his goddamn ass. Brokeback, refers to the movie, Brokeback Mountain. Starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. The movie is about two cowboys who are married but fall in love with each other.

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  • Fan Reviews (132)
  • If this is men at their "Best and Funniest" as others have described then forget it.

    By LeanneInghamshaw, Sep 19, 2015

  • good show

    By tonysleege, Jun 23, 2015

  • Holy Smokes!

    By nanobyte55, Sep 12, 2014


    By CherylAboom, Jul 20, 2014

  • 1 of my all time favorite shows!

    By niaharris1, Mar 11, 2014