Rescue Me

Season 3 Episode 8

Karate

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 25, 2006 on FX
8.8
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Lou turns to new-age techniques in his efforts to change his life. Sean and Maggie come to a surprising decision. Tommy and Angie continue to see each other, which quickly leads to an embarrassing scene with Janet.

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  • Lieu's Redemption Scene & Tommy Getting His Tail Kicked by the crazy short dude Sebastien

    10
    I love this epsiode, especially when Lieu is shaving his Sheas and Tommy catches him in the act. Lieu tries to cover up and says, "I wasn't doing anything." Tommy responds, "Yeah, you're standing in front of the mirror half naked holding a mini weed whacker up against your (boys), that's nothin', yeah, okay." Mini weed whacker? Holy smokes, that cracks me up. When Denis comes up with the sarcasm, he really gets an A+. That's why he earns the big money!



    I am a fan of Denis Leary and love watching this show because he's in it and he co-writes it with Peter Tolan, but as much as I feel bad for his character Tommy, that was a little funny at the end when Angie came to her senses and got her stalker ex to whoop Tommy's butt. Poor bastard!moreless
  • I love this show, This episode however I didn't find terribly exciting

    8.8
    I found that the fire scene in the beginning had me holding my breath. I don't want to see one of our beloved characters hurt or eliminated. However, after that, It was just ok for me. We all knew that this thing with Tommys former sister in law wasn't going to last, I find the Janet thing pretty blah as well. With all the action Tommys been getting, someones going to get an STD, or pregnant. Looking foreward to next week.moreless
  • Great episode

    9.8
    This episode was great Probie gained some of the respect he'd always wanted for making a daring save, Lou had his vindication or redemption from the evil hooker Candi and started his life as the new Lou with a funny yoga farting scene.Also Garrity and Tommy's sister are going to tie the knot and I loved how sweet Garrity became talking about wanting to call his mom and have flowers and a church. The falafel guy was hilarious! I'm wondering whats going to happen with Franco and the artist he hooked up with or "made love" with. I loved it!moreless
  • good episode

    9.7
    Tommy was in a very awkward situation. Pesonally, I think I would have froze. Especially after janet opened her coat up. Even though Tommy brings these things on to himself, you still have to feel bad for the guy. I don't know, maybe he and Sheila are perfect for each other.



    It's good to see the probie getting some respect from the guys. He is a good fire fighter, pulling stack out, and probably saving his life. He brings a little dumb luck too. Scoring fifteen grand for the guys by betting on the wrong horse. That was awesome.



    Garrity is going to marry Tommy's sister. The man on the street is right..."poor bastard". Garrity knows she has issues, he knows she's been married three other times, and never once has she said "I love you". If this relationship even makes it to the alter, I say they're divorced in two weeks.



    Franco's photographer is interested, but its just a matter of time before the other dame comes back with his kid. The chief got lucky with that horse bet, he needed that. I dont think the "new Lou" will last long, unless he hooks up with the yoga instructor "epiphany". Farting in her face doesn't help, but that was hilarious.moreless
  • Life is just a kick to the jaw.

    9.7
    I\'m actually wondering if he wasn\'t trying to deflect some stuff when he was talking to Probie, shrugging off the Connor and Johnny/Janet thing. Maybe he does actually give a crap that Probie\'s leaving, tho.



    Two episodes with no visualizations of Connor. And an episode titled \"Hell\" coming up.



    For this one, \"Karate,\" we open with an old friend, John Stackhouse, getting hurt in a fire and a hockey game when the waves of uncontrollable sorrow come washing over Tommy. A second person, Collins (who I don\'t know how he\'s connected to Tommy at all except maybe through Johnny, but that\'s interesting as well -- Tommy beats the crap out of a cop and a cop is the one who comes to see if he\'s ok) mentions survivor\'s guilt and -- not knowing maybe everything going on in Tommy\'s life -- puts what Tommy\'s feeling in a larger context of loss.



    Stack\'s getting seriously hurt and the emotions from 9/11 come shooting back.



    Y\'know what? Tommy\'s got immunity for the rest of the season, and possibly his life. I\'m in no position to judge someone whose son is killed and so far as I can tell hasn\'t seen his daughters in weeks. That crack the cop made about Janet was seriously out of line.



    He\'s .. it\'s too much. Connor, Janet, Stack (not Stack himself so much as what he represents -- how fragile life is, how dangerous the job is), Jimmy .. life\'s been this unrelenting assault upon Tommy and no one could judge him if he drove the wagon crashing through a liquor store window.



    What\'s so interesting about this character is that he doesn\'t. He\'s got some strength he\'s drawing on to keep him sober and I\'m having trouble identifying it.



    Maybe it\'s the guys. Maybe that\'s why it\'s even registering that Probie might be leaving.



    There may have been a tear in there for him -- especially after Probie made the grab and got Stack out. All the guys patting his neck at the end, that had to feel really cool to him.



    But damn, now everyone\'s [i]hugging[/i]! Garrity started feeling him up all over the place after he accidentally proposed to Maggie (who is just plain nuts and is gonna get him killed) and then Probie hugging him. I mean, the last time Garrity hugged Tommy in the kitchen there (after the wrong horse won) I thought he was gonna toss him through a wall -- that whole \"Get AWAY from me!\" vibe.



    And Roomie has a name. Chris. But I don\'t know if he deserves one. He\'s ripping on Probie for not being gay enough (g-d, what a wacky funhouse mirror got installed at the door of [i]that[/i] apartment, huh? He leaves the apartment and by everyone\'s standards at work he\'s a code violation, and he comes home and he\'s not gay enough) -- and meantime Chris has random guys wandering in and out.



    Chris needs to get over himself. Probie\'s his [i]roommate[/i]. It\'s not like they\'re married or even dating, so all of Chris\' snitty fussiness and \"Where\'ve you been?\" and \"When are you coming home?\" etc. etc. etc. is presuming a [i]lot[/i]. When did they promise to be exclusive? Hell, when did Probie promise to be gay?



    GO LOU!



    This was instructive. Lou\'s had too much go too wrong for too long and he sees Candi get hers, it gave him the strength to get himself back on track. What it took, and what it did. Great music over that scene, too. I should watch that scene with the sound off and I\'d probably see what Tommy did -- all of a sudden, Lou\'s giving a crap about his appearance and ... manscaping. The music was all in Lou\'s head, but yeah. Instructive.



    Because that\'s how it\'s gotta happen for Tommy. Nothing especially good\'s likely to happen for him. His son\'s murder was already pretty much as avenged as it could be, and his happiness can\'t be tied to what Janet decides to do with her life. Stuff is probably gonna just keep being a drear shade of slate grey so what\'s gotta happen?



    He just needs the strength to face it. To get past it. To get over it. And that\'s not meant to sound callous because he\'s gotta develop that inner strength. But he will.



    It really is one of the things I love about this show is that it doesn\'t insist everyone be OK all of a sudden because c\'mon, it\'s been like 44 minutes already and the advertisers want to try sell us a car and they need us to be in a good mood. The show allows the characters to really be in miserable pain for as long as they need to be, and I think that\'s cool.



    And since I\'ve been asking about her, it was nice to see Rose, and I don\'t like how Jerry handled it, but man is that guy dealing with some serious guilt issues. I don\'t like how she handled it either, tho. Instead of being pissed at him, she could send a check for $5,000 to where Jeanne\'s staying and tell them -- to tell him, not to tell him, who cares. The fact is that whether it was her [i]fault[/i] or not, she did lose him some money that he had to do some really distasteful groveling to get and at this point it isn\'t charity.



    And give him some space to get OK with himself again. Even tho Jeannie just isn\'t Jeannie anymore, he\'s still married and he\'s still trying to do right by her in his own way.



    How much story to they pack into these shows? Between Lou going to the gym -- y\'know, huge monumental props to John Scurti in this episode. The man is [i]fearless[/i]. Not just with the wind-breaking and the yoga (which was hilarious), but for achieving the lotus position. Damn! -- and Franco hooking up with Nat (I really wanted to know her reaction to Keila\'s room -- her face was a little hard to read) -- and Garrity dancing attendance on Tommy, waiting for him to be OK with the whole \"I\'m marrying your sister\" thing -- we have Angela.



    She wants it fast, she doesn\'t want it fast, that\'s too fast -- damn, women need marquees on their foreheads. :) Her scene with Janet was really cool, tho. And the ex-boyfriend just happened to be there too. I loved Tommy\'s explaining Janet stops by occasionally to pick up some things (Janet opens her coat) like a dress, maybe.



    Janet blamed him for that, for making her feel ridiculous, but it\'s a fact that she didn\'t have to open her coat. She could\'ve just withdrawn. And Tommy in the middle. But the whole last five minutes of the show was French farce, but with the smack to the jaw (he really goes barefoot in NYC?) it was French farce worthy of this show.



    I loved it. I loved it all. From the fire to the hockey game to the gym to the out-of-control death dash to the track to Tommy\'s apartment, I whole story kicked [i]so[/i] much ass.



    Well done, people. Well. Freeqin\'. Done. :)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

John Scurti

John Scurti

Lt. Kenneth "Lou" Shea

Anthony Alessandro

Anthony Alessandro

Sebastian

Guest Star

Michael Elian

Michael Elian

Falafel Guy

Guest Star

Ty Jones

Ty Jones

Black Jack

Guest Star

Lenny Clarke

Lenny Clarke

Uncle Teddy

Recurring Role

Timothy Adams

Timothy Adams

Chris

Recurring Role

Todd Carroll

Todd Carroll

Collins

Recurring Role

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    • (After Angie and Tommy were just arguing about why they can't have sex in his bedroom, she thinks it's because of Janet, and then Janet walks in)
      Angie: Is that Janet?
      Janet: Is that Angie?!
      Tommy (to Angie): She's gotta a lot of stuff that she left here, that she y'know, still comes to pick up sometimes-- (Tommy looks at Janet, she takes off her coat revealing that she only has lingerie on underneath) probably--like, maybe pick up a dress.

    • (After Sean tells Tommy some things they can do now since they'll be Bro's. Tommy asks for Sean's hammer, then hands it to Lou)
      Tommy: Just hit me once in the side of the head, actually four times.
      Lou: Will you give me immunity?
      Tommy: Yep.

    • Sean: Alright, Maggie, what's it gonna take for you to feel loved? What, you wanna get married? You wanna live happily ever aft--
      Maggie: Yeah.
      Sean: What? What did you just say?
      Maggie: You asked me to marry you, I'm sayin' "yes."
      Sean: No, I meant when you said that--
      Maggie: What, now you don't wanna get married?
      Sean: No, I guess--
      Maggie: We've only been engaged 15 seconds and you're already getting cold feet.
      Sean: I guess we could get married. I mean I love you, and I'm pretty sure that you love me, even though you've never actually said it.

    • Angie: Another Gavin asshole!
      Sebastien: I'm gonna kick your ass, Gavin.
      Tommy: Oh really? (Angie's ex-boyfriend kicks him under the chin and he falls to the ground)
      Angie: A little too rich for your blood, huh, Tommy? Take a good look, okay, or remember me how I was in your mom's backyard just hangin' out in my sweater, just lookin' so sexy. And I'm gonna remember you, the way you are right now, laying on the floor like a piece of garbage that you are.

    • (Angie is on Tommy's bed)
      Tommy: Come back out on the couch.
      Angie: You change your mind about that sandwich?
      Tommy: Yeah, yeah, I think I'm ready to go again, but come out here.
      Angie: Come on, Tommy.
      Tommy: I think-- I think those sheets actually haven't been cleaned in a while. So...
      Angie: Don't be shy-- (realizes)
      Tommy: Come on.
      Angie: Oh, this is about Janet.

    • Sean: It concerns me and Maggie.
      Lou: You killed her.
      Sean: No, quite the opposite. We are gettin' married.
      Lou: So you'll kill her in like three years.
      Sean: No, come on, why can't you guys be happy for me? This is such a big deal (goes over and hugs, then kisses Tommy's cheek) we're gonna be bro's!
      Tommy: Hey, hey, get off of me. (Tommy wipes off his cheek)

    • Lou: You forgot my green tea.
      Tommy: Oh, no Richard Gere was ahead of me in line and he wiped the whole place out.

    • Sean: Maggie, I'm not gonna fight the flaffle guy just so you can feel loved, okay?
      Maggie: He made a face. You made a face didn't you?
      Sean: He just hasn't even taken his eyes off of the grill. I doubt that he even understands English.
      Maggie: Camel Jockey. (Flaffle guy doesn't say anything)
      Sean: See, you satisfied?
      Maggie: No.

    • Lou: This is the new Lou.
      Tommy: Amazing, because the new Lou looks exactly like the old Lou minus a few patches of pubic hair.

    • (After Lou explains his empiphany)
      Tommy: That still doesn't explain why you were in my toilet manscaping.

    • Lou: I wasn't doing anything.
      Tommy: Yeah, you're standing in front of the mirror half naked holding a mini weed whacker up against your nut sack, that's nothin', yeah, okay.
      Lou: I had an empiphany, Tom.
      Tommy: You had an empiphany?
      Lou: Yeah.
      Tommy: Where'd you get that, Quiznos?

    • (On the phone)
      Tommy: I wanted to apologize for the whole not being able to cum thing.
      Angie: Yeahhh...is that hard-on gone yet? Or did you use it to dial the phone?

    • (After a huge fight breaks out)
      Chief: Come on, this game is nuts now.
      Franco: Now you know why Puerto Ricans don't play hockey.
      Sean: Why's that?
      Franco: Well, we'd all be carryin' knives it'd be a blood bath.
      Maggie: Not to mention all the hubcaps that would be stolen off of the Zamboni.

    • (At the FDNY vs. NYPD hockey game)
      Maggie: Come on kick some ass! Let's go! (to passing NYPD hockey player) You skate like a bitch number 18!
      Sean: Sweetie, the game hasn't even started yet.
      Maggie: Well, whadda 'ya think I am, stupid? (turns her attention back to the players) Come on, eat shit number 44!
      Sean (to Franco and Jerry): She loves hockey.

    • (A couple days after Sheila date raped Tommy, but she made it look like he drank and went crazy)
      Tommy: I just wanna apologize for the other night. I--really don't remember most of it--
      Sheila: You don't remember anything?
      Tommy: I remember having dinner and then...
      Sheila: Yeah, you went ballistic.
      Tommy: Okay, I figured. Um, when did I start drinkin'?
      Sheila: Uh, right after you started cryin'.
      Tommy: What was I cryin' about?
      Sheila: You were crying like a baby about Janet and Johnny, you were gettin' all pissed off. And then you went to the freezer and you grabbed Maggie's bottle of vodka and--
      Tommy: Why didn't you stop me?
      Sheila: Because then you grabbed the baseball bat and I thought you were gonna bash my brains in so I left.

    • Lou: Hey, how many black jockeys you know?
      Tommy: I don't even know that many black people, probably a total of like five. Two of those are Reggie Jackson and Barry Bonds, who I hate by the way.

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