Rescue Me

Season 5 Episode 6

Perspective

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 12, 2009 on FX
9.0
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Tommy takes Genevieve on a tour of Ground Zero and tells her why the 9/11 footage of Jimmy Keefe was so haunting. And Franco's 9/11 conspiracy theories come under attack. Literally. Meanwhile, Mike's bar proves to be a success; Tommy and Lou have a falling out; and Janet tells Tommy why she sent Katy to an upstate boarding school.moreless

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  • Rescue Me 5.6 grants perspective on two things that desperately needed them....

    9.5
    "Perspective" sees two elements that has been begging to be expanded upon throughout their entry into the series: #1) the character of Chief "Needles" Nelson and #2) the 9-11 conspiracy sub-plot.



    Previously in the series, the crew of 62 Truck were rocked by the death of Chief Riley and were awarded a new chief in "Needles" Nelson (played by the extremely funny and criminally underrated dramatic talent of comedian Adam Ferrara) only to see the series almost go out of its way to completely ignore the great new character to develop. Well, it took a while (Chief Nelson's little scrap with Feinberg a few episodes notwithstanding) but finally Needles gets some much needed depth and worthy screen-time here in season five's "Perspective" when Franco gets the crew neck-deep in an internal FDNY controversy after a picture of him at a 9-11 conspiracy rally get posted on a blog. In an extraordinary dramatic turn, Ferrara gives a stirring few minutes chewing Franco and the crew out, addressing his youth and inexperience, nodding to the fact that he owes the position to the deaths of the more experienced firefighters during 9-11, and demanding the respect of the crew.



    And finally, Franco's belief in the completely insane idea of a government-created 9-11 (if that were so, why wouldn't Obama (who currently sits in office and is privy to secret after secret lest we forget) and the rest of the Bush-bashing-happy Liberals expose such a plot?) comes back to bite him in the backside. His crew, and the whole of the FDNY, get scarred because of his thoughtless, free-wheeling actions - and Franco is not the only person who has to answer for those actions. Of course there are many other things that help "Perspective" become one of the best episodes (if not the best episode) of season five, including but not limited to: a harsh Tommy & Janet brawl, a not-so-friendly but all-too revealing exchange between Kenny and Tommy, and some absolutely hilarious and coloring moments for poor struggling Sean.



    One thing that fails the episode comes right at the end, however, when Genevive reads Tommy the riot act about America's two wars of "revenge." Clearly, America's two wars (and more since then) are not wars of "revenge" - they are wars of the imperial State. Washington benefits from these overseas interventions - not the people, most of whom want to bring the troops home immediately.moreless
Karina Lombard

Karina Lombard

Genevieve Lazard

Guest Star

Anthony Perullo

Anthony Perullo

Derek

Guest Star

Ron McLarty

Ron McLarty

Doctor Wellins

Guest Star

Larenz Tate

Larenz Tate

Bart

Recurring Role

Robert John Burke

Robert John Burke

Father Mickey

Recurring Role

Michael Zegen

Michael Zegen

Damien

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