Rescue Me

Season 3 Episode 12

Hell

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Aug 22, 2006 on FX
9.1
out of 10
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Tommy and Janet are brought together once again by another Gavin family tragedy. Jerry ends up not showing up for work. Mike decides it is time to look for some advice about his sexuality. Meanwhile, Maggie has a surprise for Sean.

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  • This episode is an example of how Rescue Me can shake you to your core and make you cry, but then make you laugh in the same episode.

    9.8
    At the end of the last episode we were left wondering if Tommy would survive. All hope was shattered instantly however, when we instantly see him dead in the hospital. The following sequence is captivating and well done. It shows Tommy finding out of his brother's death in a musical montage. He continues to inform his brother, sister, and rest of his family before finally informing his ex Janet. This sequence is, in my opinion, one of the best sequences in the series and inspires emotion in the audience. You wonder if this family can handle any more tragedy. After his brother's death Tommy finds out that his brother wanted to make a mends before he died. This fact leaves an extra sting. With all this happening the audience still gets some laughs sprinkled in. This episode is better, to me, than the finally, and I see this as the real climax of the season. Rescue Me captured the true meaning of It's existence with this master piece of an episode.moreless
  • Probably one of the best episodes of this series.

    10
    Rescue Me has always been visited with tragedy in the past - but the first few minutes in this episode went beyond tragedy. It demonstrated a "dynamic" between brothers who were very competitive in life. Listening to Johnny's voicemail was chilling. It came across as one of those times when you realize - "Yeah, our argument mattered, but i still love my brother". And then to realize that Tommy couldn't reconcile - and his last feelings of his brother would be negative was thought provoking. Tommy can't unring that bell...



    The first half of this episode was perfect. The second half was quizzical - as it's been discussed in other posts - where was Johnny's ex-wife and kids at the funeral? where are the other Gavin siblings?moreless
  • 8 out of 10, because 80% of the episode was good and then it went way awry.

    8.0
    The episode starts with a terrifically visualized stream of events without a word necessary to convey the despair and confusion. The episode ends with a series of ridiculous sight gags and stupidity that cheapens the whole episode.



    One thing after another was ridiculous. Mikey getting digits from both the brother and the sister was just insane. Then the Three Stooges routine going on in Tommy's suddenly spacious apartment was too much. I eagerly await the cliffhanger(s) on the season finale, but hope that Rosemarie disappears to wherever she came from and that the Denis Leary's favor to a friend (Lenny Clark and his pointless prison storyline) disappears in a whiff of smoke.moreless
  • Tommy's brother is killed and the chief is missing from work after collasping from a massive heartattack.

    9.7
    The opening , after johnny dies was masterfully filmed. it was amazing simply astonishing the way they broke the news to everyone was pivitol and a new form a filmaking. The cheif's heartattack was suprising but amazing the way all his crew cared about him. The reaction to johnny's death by his father was great i really enjoyed watching this show. Does any one else really like tommy alot more now that johnny died. Theway he takes all the reasponsibilities under his control proves hes strong and brings his character back to my frist impression of him as a survivor.moreless
  • Just Keeps on getting better

    10
    "WOW", really the only thing I can say about last night episode "Hell". This show just keeps on getting better and better and shows no sign of slowing down. This is by far one of the best episodes yet. It really is amazing how they tie in many diffrent story lines into the main plot. Alot has to be said for the writers and producers of this show. Although I do have to say I was disappointed when Tommy met his brother's killer. I would have liked to see the Irish come out alot more than that. But overall this was a great episode, you gotta love a wedding in a cemetary, falls right in line with the Gavin family. The begging of the episode was brilliant,how they were able to show every emotion without using a single word.moreless
Andrea Roth

Andrea Roth

Janet Gavin

Callie Thorne

Callie Thorne

Sheila Keefe (Season 2 - Recurring Previously)

Daniel Sunjata

Daniel Sunjata

Franco Rivera

Denis Leary

Denis Leary

Tommy Gavin

Jack McGee

Jack McGee

Chief Jerry Reilly

James McCaffrey

James McCaffrey

Jimmy Keefe

Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick

Funeral Guest

Guest Star

Phil Esposito

Phil Esposito

Funeral Guest

Guest Star

Manny Perez

Manny Perez

Johnny's Partner

Guest Star

Charles Durning

Charles Durning

Tommy's Dad

Recurring Role

Dean Winters

Dean Winters

Johnny Gavin

Recurring Role

Lenny Clarke

Lenny Clarke

Uncle Teddy

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, a friend of Denis Leary and Lenny Clarke, had a line in this episode as a funeral guest.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • RoseMary: Listen, it's all about sex and laughing, right? We can all die tomorrow, happy is the key. You gotta be happy.
      Tommy: Nice speech.
      RoseMary: You know where I first heard that speech?
      Tommy: Where?
      RoseMary: From you. After all that they put me through, mom and dad, you know how that made me feel. You gave me that speech, you opened up my eyes, you opened up my ears, Tommy. You made it seem so clear cut. (hugs him) Thank you.

    • Uncle Red: You got a crazy family.
      John Sr.: Don't I know it. I'm getting out of it.

    • Sean: I didn't even know that you had a sister.
      Maggie: She was born deaf and mute and eventually she gained the use of her vocal cords, but to a limited extent. But my parents, they put her in a private school so she wouldn't embarass the family and never visted her and never even spoke her name.

    • Tommy (the message he left on Johnny's voicemail): Hey, uh, Johnny, it's me. Uh, listen, man about the thing at the firehouse the other day... I, uh, I just, uh... wanted to say, sorry, man. But uh, what can I say, man? I still love her. I always have. I screwed up, and I don't blame you for, uh... she's a great chick man. She's... (sighs) She's just... uh, I don't have to tell you. I love her man, I uh, I wish I hadn't had my head up my ass all these years when it came to her. So, uhhhh.... yeah, uh... (message ends)

    • Maggie: Do me a favor, Garrity. Don't call me anymore.
      Sean: Hey, you called me.
      Maggie: No, you called me first.
      Sean: What're you 12? (Maggie hangs up on him)

    • Tommy: What did they pay you?
      Kid: I don't know.
      Tommy: How much? (pause)
      Kid: Maybe, um...
      Tommy: What?
      Kid: Probably, like, like... 8,000.
      Tommy: Eight grand. (sighs) My brother was 41, 40 goes into ... that's like 200 dollars a year, basically, right?
      Kid: Yeah, somethin' like that.
      Tommy (counting money out of his pocket): 76, 77... and a subway token. Like, 80 bucks. How much time do you think that woulda bought us? That would be...
      Kid: I don't know, probably 6.
      Tommy: Six what?
      Kid: I don't know, months, days, I don't know.
      Tommy (exhales): What's the difference? (exhales again) That gets six outta...
      Kid: Maybe, maybe, 7.
      Tommy: Get up. (Tommy throws the chair to the side) Put your hands on the table. Spread your legs out. (kick him) Spread your legs out, come on. Stick your ass in the air.
      Kid: What?
      Tommy: Stick your as up in the air! Come on! (kicks him) You like that? (Kid shakes his head) Well, you better get used to it pal, because this is the position that you're gonna be in for the next, 30, 40 years. Takin' it up the ass, bitch. (leaves)

    • Johnny (on Tommy's voicemail): Tom, Tom, you there? T? Tommy? Tommy? Okay, um, I feel bad. I um... um... uh, jesus. (hangs up, a new voicemail of Johnny calling two minutes later) I really, I wanna... look, Tom, I know that this is bad, man. I really do. But I love you man, and I really, really care about her. But here's the thing, you're my brother and I want what's best for you and these kids, and her. I do care for her, T, but I get this sense that she's still kinda carrying a torch for you. I don't know. Maybe that's the best thing. I know that this will be a hard thing for me and you to get over, but that's secondary, man. Just please call me. I love you, Tommy. Just please call me ASAP. Please. And I'm sorry, I was outta my goddamn mind.

    • Lou: You know, how would you rather go out? Lying there burnt up like Stack in some hospital bed. They come in and take you, bit by bit. Like you're a goddamn Mr. Potato Head. Or like Jerry? Bangin' away, free as a bird, his cock as hard as a shovel, huh? Mr. Potato Head style or cock like a shovel? Well?
      Tommy: I'm thinking. (pauses) Shovel cock.
      Lou: Huh?
      Tommy: Shovel cock!
      Lou: That's my boy.

    • Guy: This is why it's considered the Mercedes-Benz of caskets.
      Lou: And how much?
      Guy: Fifteen thousand.
      Lou: And the cemetery fees, the cost of embalming, and the wake and all of that...
      Guy: I'd have to sit down in front of the computer.
      Lou: Ballpark.
      Guy: About forty thousand dollars.
      Lou: Jesus, it'd be cheaper to buy a used Mercedes and put him in the trunk and drive him off of a goddamn bridge. Tommy, what do you think?
      Tommy: How much is this one? (points to the casket)
      Lou: The Honda Civic.
      Guy: About three thousand dollars.
      Tommy: Yeah.
      Lou: I think we're gonna go with that one.
      Guy: I'll get started on the paperwork. (leaves)
      Tommy: Jesus Christ, what're they burying King Tut over here?

    • Sean (at Jerry's): Hey chief, the side door's locked. What do you wanna do, break this glass?
      Fire Chief: Nah, this is beveled glass, man. He'll shit if we break this.
      Mikey: Yeah.
      Fire Chief: We can't do that.
      Franco: His car's around back.
      Sean (pointing to another window): What about this one, you wanna break that one?
      Fire Chief: Nah, thats a storm window. I'll tell you what we were down at the track last week, the guy owes me 40 bucks so lets see if we can find a forty dollar window. (they break the window in the side door)

    • (Tommy knocks on the door. Uncle Red opens it)
      Uncle Red: He ain't movin' out. (slams the door, Tommy and Lou just walk in anyway)
      John Sr.: I'm not movin' out. (Tommy and Lou are silent) Are you guys deaf?
      Tommy: Dad, uh, I think... uh, you're gonna wanna sit down.
      Uncle Red: Don't tell him what to do.
      John Sr.: Yeah! That's right.
      Uncle Red: If he wants to stand...
      John Sr.: ... I'm gonna stand.
      Lou: Mr. Gavin, I think that it's in your best interest that you be sitting down when you hear what Tommy has to say.
      John Sr.: Oh, shit.
      Uncle Red: I'll get the whiskey.
      John Sr.: Alright, bring it on. What is it? (Red hands him a glass of whiskey)
      Tommy: Johnny's dead. They shot him. (John Sr. downs the whiskey) He was on a skateout last night.

    • Tommy: They shot my brother.
      Lou: What?
      Tommy: Three times in the back. I gotta go tell my old man in person and I'm, uh, afraid about how he might react, he might collaspe or what... so-- so I need someone to give me a hand just in case.
      Lou (softly): Yeah, sure.
      Sean (walks in): Guys, you're not gonna believe it. The most beautiful woman is walking by the firehouse right now, with the biggest tits I've ever seen in my life. It's like a double eclispe. Come on, let's go. (leaves)
      Lou (to Tommy): Let's go.
      Franco: Uh, Lou, what do you want to do about Jerry.
      Lou: Uh, yeah, T, Jerry's missin'.
      Tommy: Call Izzy, I ran into him a couple days ago. He said that he was off.. today. Call Hutch and Brosen over at 73 truck they're doing a softball tournament outta that house, they can probably come over and cover.
      Lou: Mikey, call Izzy if he can't make it, we'll get Needles Nelson over here. I'll dig his number out of my cell phone for you. Franco, get all these guys, get on the rig and get over to Jerry's, find out what's goin' on.
      Franco: You got it.
      Sean (walks in): Unbelieveable, totally fake. I don't understand why they do this to me all the time. (everyone is silent) Jesus, who died? (Tommy and Lou remain silent and leave)

    • Lou: Jesus Christ, he is now offically two hours overdue. I mean, this is unheard of. Jerry is never late.
      Franco: Still gettin' Tommy's voicemail. Called him at home, the machine is full.
      Lou: He was in the shower when I left this morning.
      Mike: Maybe he like slipped and knocked himself out.
      Lou: You know, the way that his life's been goin' that would be an improvement.
      Franco: What do you wanna do, Lou?
      Lou: What do I wanna do? What does Lou wanna do? Lou wants to sit here with a box of doughnuts and watch Frankstein. That's what Lou wants to do. Although, that combination usually leads to a jerk off session so Lou will just stand here and worry.

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