Rescue Me

Season 1 Episode 5


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Aug 18, 2004 on FX
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Episode Summary

Tommy comes to terms with the reality of his broken family as a result of a shocking experience with his father. When a freak accident occurs, Franco must make a life-changing decision, and Chief Reilly is forced to expose a family secret in order to save his career.moreless

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  • Yet another great episode from this outstanding show. (Spoilers)

    I thought this was another pretty good episode with some interesting character development. Tommy keeps switching back and forth from being a good guy to being a not so good guy. It's not black and white with Tommy's personality, and I think it's interesting how Tommy's personality is. He's definitely a really dark character though. I like how Franco is trying to figure out what to do about being a father. I hope he accepts responsibility for his daughter; and that he takes care of her. I'm looking forward to the next episode, and overall, I give this episode, Orphans, an 8.5 out of 10.moreless
  • Shawn's new girlfriend, Nez, has a tragic accident while Reilly's trial gets started.

    The two stories with Nez and Reilly were essentially ended in this episode but handled way too easy and not really realistic for my money.

    Nez has a tragic overdose while Reilly's trial (which only takes up a short time in itself in this episode) gets a shaky closeup with Reilly's son.

    For all intentional purposes the case against Reilly was strong: There were several witness against him, yet when his gay son (who was neither at the scene nor can really serve great credibility for this father) shows up and offers testimony the jury buys it? Not really.

    Reilly was charged with a serious crime with serious repurcussions with evidence against with him. The writers shouldn't have let him of this easy it's just ridiculous.

    Franco does eventually realize that Nez's kid is really his. This part of the episode wasn't done that bad but the rest of it was.moreless
  • Spotlight off of Tommy for once

    Sure Tommy is the main character and the glue to

    The show but it is sometimes good to focus on the other characters as Franco must make a life changing decision

    Also Chief Reilley must expose a secret in order to save his job

    Meanwhile Tommy's time with his dad makes him appreciate his life with his children!
Patricia Velasquez

Patricia Velasquez


Guest Star

Ned Eisenberg

Ned Eisenberg


Guest Star

Russ Anderson

Russ Anderson

Bobby Teff

Guest Star

Dean Winters

Dean Winters

Johnny Gavin

Recurring Role

Lenny Clarke

Lenny Clarke

Uncle Teddy

Recurring Role

Michael Mulheren

Michael Mulheren

Chief Perolli

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Guy: Are you Tommy Gavin?
      Tommy: Yeah, who's askin'?
      Guy: We're Roger's friends.
      Tommy: Well, that's your problem, not mine. (the three guys form a circle around him) What? What are you guys gonna do? Audit me? (they beat him up)

    • Tommy: Those two women in the other room are they hookers?
      Uncle Teddy (same time): No.
      John Sr. (same time): Yes.
      Uncle Teddy (same time): Yes.
      John Sr. (same time): No.
      Uncle Teddy: Well, mine's bought and paid for but his just took a liking to him. (John Sr. laughs)

    • Sean: Hey, how's it goin' with Keela? Is it workin' out?
      Franco: Uh, I wouldn't know. I dropped her off at family services this morning.
      Sean: What's that like a day care thing?
      Franco: No, it's like an adoption thing.
      Sean: Asshole.

    • Keela: Oh, yeah. We're gonna have to move to a new apartment too.
      Franco: What?
      Keela: I want my own room, a princess bed, and lots of toys and a TV.
      Franco: Oh. Anything else?

    • Tommy: By the way, in the future, when you have something you wrote and you want me to read it, just bring it to me. I'll sit down, I'll read it, I'll digest it and I'll give you the most honest assessment that I can.
      Lou: You'd do that?
      Tommy: For you?
      Lou: Yeah.
      Tommy: No.

    • Franco: You don't do that, Sean. You don't bang a guy's girlfriend, ex-girlfriend, wife, ex-wife, or his sister without his permission. And I mean crystal-goddamn-clear permission.
      Sean: You haven't even spoken to her, in like, five years.
      Franco: Guys?
      Tommy: You broke the rules.
      Lou: Big time.
      Sean: Wh--? Ho-- How? Explain to me how. (Lou interupts him) Let me finish my -- (Lou interrupts him again) Can I at least-- (Lou interrupts him)
      Tommy: Look, you run into a guy's ex-girlfriend in a bar and feel her up.
      Lou: Yes.
      Tommy: You can be in a bar, meet a guy's ex-wife, and...
      Lou (makes circular gestures on his chest): Titty action.
      Tommy: A little bit of titty action. You can even grab guy's sister's ass in a bar that the guy actually happens to be in.
      Lou: Yes, you could.
      Tommy: And it's all explainable under the giant umbrealla of the huge, 'Sorry-I-Was-Drunk' rule.
      Lou: Like Visa and Mastercard, accepted the world over and never argued.
      Tommy: Never argued. Which was why the rule was created by the way, by the... Romans?
      Lou: Ah, even earlier than that, my friend: the Druids.
      Sean: Listen, Franco didn't want to have anything to do with her.
      Lou: He just doesn't get it.
      Tommy (counting on his fingers): Look, girlfriend, ex-girlfriend, wife, ex-wife, sister, half-sister: (sweeps his hands) No pussy!

    • Tommy (answering the phone): Yeah?
      Johnny: Bad news.
      Tommy: Jennifer Aniston is a dyke.
      Johnny: No, dad's gone.

    • Tommy (to Janet): Did you even know she was going to the city with the Murphy Kid that night, let alone joyriding around Manhattan with him? And I'll bet my left nut that that kid's on drugs. Did you hear what I said? I said my left nut, which just happens to be my favorite nut.

    • Chief Reilly: Hey Franco. (Franco walks past him) What's up with him? Is he okay?
      Sean: Like I give a shit.
      Chief Reilly: I leave for two days and the whole joint goes into the crapper.

    • (Tommy has just read an "anonymous" poem)
      Franco: Holy shit.
      Sean: Wow.
      Lou: Powerful.
      Tommy: Yeah, powerfully bad. It sucks.
      Lou: I don't know, it's not that bad. It rhymes.
      Tommy: Well, so what? My ten-year-old can make stuff rhyme, it doesn't mean he's the next, uh... (to Franco) Name a poet.
      Sean: Angie Dickinson.
      Tommy: Angie Dickinson from Police Woman?
      Franco: Nah, I think you mean Emily Dickinson, The Belle of Amherst.
      Sean: Right.
      Tommy: You know poetry?
      Franco: Nah, I jacked off to a picture of her once when I was 11.

  • NOTES (5)

    • This is Uncle Teddy(Lenny Clarke) first appearance on the series.

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      Chasing Dreams by Magnet

    • Nick DiPaolo lends his voice to Baby Nick on Comedy Central's Shorties Watchin' Shorties, which is executive produced by Denis Leary.

    • Lenny Clarke, Denis Leary's long-time friend and associate, was originally supposed to play the character of Chief Jerry Reilly. However, because of his commitment to the ABC sitcom, It's All Relative, he had to turn down the role. But when the sitcom got cancelled, Leary was more than happy to welcome him aboard as Uncle Teddy.

    • Technically, Tommy has every right to beat up Roger as Roger was uninvited in Tommy's home and is therefore a trespasser.