Rescue Me

Season 5 Episode 8

Iceman

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 26, 2009 on FX
9.0
out of 10
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61 votes
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Tommy is haunted by ghosts of 9/11 and other ghosts, including his dad, his brother Johnny and his cousin Jimmy. Meanwhile, Sean's health continues to deteriorate and black Shawn is still missing; Needles and Lou try to talk Franco into entering a FDNY boxing tournament; Mike befriends Damien; and a nervous young man enters the bar justmoreless

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  • A would-be season highlight ruined by a bad final act....

    8.0
    Ghosts of Tommy's past come back for one long conversation as Tommy is closing up Mike's bar. Tommy gets as close as he will ever get to closure with three of the most important people who were apart of his life as he starts to separate from any real happiness that is actually left on Earth. Things get extremely shaken up when Tommy is involved in a stick-up at the bar by someone he would have never have guessed.



    "Iceman" begins like this, engaging and poignant, only to fizzle out when Damien talks Mike into letting him explores a burned out building. As you can already guess, the events that follow are predictable and frustrating as the fire starts up again and Damien becomes trapped. Am I supposed to feel shocked by this? Am I supposed to feel bad? Am I supposed to jump out of my seat and yell "NO! Hurry and save Damien!" Try back again later fellas; all this is a predictable and cheap pull-over on the audience. It was so stupid for Mike to let Damien into the building – let me get this straight: he lets Damien walk into a burning building but he will not let him have a drink at his bar? Mike was being impeccably responsible with Damien episodes before this, why does he do a complete 180 degree turn to absolute moron again? And why would Damien be brave enough to enter into a burning building only to act like a frightened kitten when he is near flames? Give me a break.moreless
  • The best episode this season.

    10
    With some homages to past seasons, this episode had it all!



    The first half takes place in the bar, where esteemed actor Denis Leary delivers an Emmy-worthy performance.

    Tommy can't withstand the temptation of the liqueur in the bar while he's alone and closing up. As soon as he takes his first sip, the light dims, and in enters some ghosts of his past; his father, his brother Johnny (good performance of Dean Winters! Really missed him on this show) and of course, his best friend and 9/11 causality; Jimmy Keafe.

    There is also a fourth ghost; His dead son Connor, which takes the form of a junkie he saw earlier.

    I found this segment very interesting, cause the human psyche fascinates me a lot. And I felt we dived into the psyche of Tommy Gavin here in many layers.. We got to delve into how Tommy experienced 9/11, and what he felt about his father.



    And then there's the cliffhanger! Will Jimmys son survive the fire?

    I loved the build-up where Damien and Probie hang out in the firehouse and gets toured around. I'm also worried about White Sean's health..



    Many good/memorable scenes and the dialogue were funny/smart.

    Definitely up in the top 10 Rescue Me episodes! =)moreless
David Call

David Call

Young Man / Connor

Guest Star

Robert Cameron

Robert Cameron

Bobby

Guest Star

Niels Jorgensen

Niels Jorgensen

Niels

Guest Star

Dean Winters

Dean Winters

Johnny Gavin

Recurring Role

Lenny Clarke

Lenny Clarke

Uncle Teddy

Recurring Role

James McCaffrey

James McCaffrey

Jimmy Keefe

Recurring Role

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