Rescue Me

Season 5 Episode 13

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 30, 2009 on FX
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Episode Summary

After dealing with a particularly horrific accident on the job, Tommy questions his feelings in a dream sequence with his dead father, brother and son, and Jimmy Keefe. Meanwhile, Sean has an unwanted visitor at the hospital; and Lou has a very-much-wanted visitor to his apartment.

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  • Absolutely horrendous episode...

    3.0
    One of the worst episodes ever. The show is absolutely officially going downhill.



    First, let me say, I'm in no way a basher. I love this show. I've watched every new episode on Tuesday nights in front of my TV every week that's its been on. I never miss one.



    But this is just ridiculous. Teddy and Maggie and their shenanigans are for the uneducated, low-brow humor types. Maggie has sex with dying people and Teddy tries to "put them out of their misery"... how hilarious...



    The musical numbers... the first one was funny, because it was so unusual for "Rescue Me". And Steven Pasquale has an amazing voice, so it was good. The second musical number was awful and drawn out way too long. The third one, in this episode, was just terrible. Sean is having surgery because of his kidney... but he's singing about being an asthmatic? What? Makes no sense.



    The potential saving grace of this episode... the dramatic car crash scene (that in the previews looked like it would be a fantastic, gripping scene), was cheapened and completely lost all emotion by having the boxer girl, who has been on one date with Franco and barely knows Needles, getting them to open up after arguing for only about 2 seconds (and getting Needles to shut up, by saying "back off"). After seeing something that shook these guys to their core, they're not going to open up to some random woman that quickly.



    Tommy burning himself with a torch so that he can cry? Seriously? Seriously? Burning a HOLE in his leg, so that he can cry? Come on. So ridiculous. Then having sex with Sheila immediately after bandaging himself? Wow... so hot. I can barely contain myself. Probably the most unrealistic sex scene in "Rescue Me" ever. She barely even moved around and he got off.



    The ending scene with the cancer kids simply comes off as a cheap attempt to have some sort of emotion tied into the episode, but the previews for next week clearly show that they're even going to take this heartfelt moment and cheapen it with some more low-brow, stupid, unrealistic comedy.



    Season Five had its share of fantastic episodes... its been a weird season. Some are right up there among the best ever, but unfortunately, this one... coupled with "Play" represent 2 of the absolute worst episodes ever. I hold out a little bit of hope, but the past few episodes are really starting to limit just how long one can hold out hope on what used to be a fantastically written show.moreless
  • Season 5 is turning into the best season ever..watching what Tommy's hell is this week was almost as bad as Season 2 when Connor died. I was moved to tears with this episodemoreless

    10
    This episode is very moving and disturbing..watching Tommy dealing with his feelings of Connor, Johnny, Jimmy, and his father was heartbreaking, and watching him trying to express feelings was the most heartbreaking episode since Connor's death. In this episode, you saw a side of Tommy Gavin that will surprise you..we are used to the tough guy Tommy, but the softer side will surprise you. It was the best episode of this season, and the most heartbreaking one yet. Don't miss the beginning....Sean will make you laugh so hard!!! Uncle Teddy is his usual funny self..I just love Lenny Bruce!! Hope that you enjoy this episode as much as I did..am so thankful for on Demand!!!moreless
  • Tommy Gavin tries to cry and thus prove he still has a soul. It turns out to be much harder than he had planned and he resorts to somewhat drastic measures to shed tears.moreless

    10
    Rescue me is a great show. 9/10 across the board, but this episode is simply amazing. Watching Tommy walk in hell had me experience enough emotional whiplash to last for a few weeks in the very least.



    Without giving it away, Tommy is trying to prove to himself that he's not dead inside. He trying to do this by making himself remember horrible things and then crying. Although he has no shortage of material, he finds the task much more difficult than he had imagined. As a result, he resorts to some rather unconventional means. Eventually however, he finds a way to prove there's something left inside him when he visits Shawn at the hospital



    Single greatest episode of any show I have ever seen on television.moreless
Kevin Chapman

Kevin Chapman

Terrence

Guest Star

Kathleen Chalfant

Kathleen Chalfant

Sean's Ma

Guest Star

Tawny Cypress

Tawny Cypress

Carla

Guest Star

Larenz Tate

Larenz Tate

Bart

Recurring Role

Lenny Clarke

Lenny Clarke

Uncle Teddy

Recurring Role

James McCaffrey

James McCaffrey

Jimmy Keefe

Recurring Role

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    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: December 10, 2009 on AXN
      Finland: March 2, 2011 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: April 24, 2011 on JOJ

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The opening musical sequence is a tribute to Singing in the Rain. The 1920s style clothes and hair and the single ladder on what's obviously a film set are taken from the song "You Were Meant for Me," sung by Gene Kelly to Debbie Reynolds in the movie. And the opening notes of the song are similar to "You Were Meant for Me" as well.

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