Rescue Me

Season 3 Episode 6

Zombies

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 11, 2006 on FX
9.1
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After a game of street hockey, Sean takes some sleeping pills believing they are painkillers and it has an unwanted consequence. In the meantime, Tommy and Angie decide to go on their fake date that they know will upset Janet. After having a close call, Lou gets a new angle on firefighting from his Uncle Red.moreless

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  • They\'re the walking dead! Oh no... wait... they\'re just people in an enormous amount of pain. That\'s SO much less menacing...

    9.3
    Before I begin, a few preliminary thoughts on Zombies (or Zombis, if we\'re spelling it properly, but who am I to pick nits?) What are zombies? Zombies are the walking dead. More specifically, they are walking shells of people who continue to move around and yet are dead inside, the spark of life (one hates to use the word \'soul\'...) completely missing. They shamble around (or sprint if you believe current zombie movie trends) they get a bit bitey/scratchy. And they eat brains. Delicious, delicious brains.





    Oh, and once they bite/scratch you they also metaphorically \'eat\' your brain by making you one of them and snuffing your soul out dead.





    They tend to travel in large groups and seem to be predominantly range dwelling, with an occasional tendency toward shopping malls.





    OK, that said - what do zombies MEAN, exactly? Why do we care about them?





    Zombies- first, last and middle- represent our fear of dehumanization. They are a large faceless mob of indistinguishable \'used-to-be-individuals\' who have had their personalities ripped away and now exist only as part of a collective group. They\'re part of that lizard brain response we\'ve always had, first to increasing industrialization, then to increasing technology, then to the soviets. The worry that something will take away our free will and rob us of our humanity. That after that point we will exist in a state of living death, still moving but unable to feel.





    Which brings us quite nicely to this episode. And the word of the evening is - \'Desensitization\'





    I want to start first with Garrity- Because Garrity is the odd man out in a couple of ways in this story. Because with the overlying metaphor of zombie state for burying your feelings/shellshock one thing becomes clear. Garrity just doesn\'t. Bury his feelings, that is. Garrity just can\'t help but deal with every dang thing as it occurs simply because he isn\'t smart enough to play fancy mind games to distract himself. He\'s mad at Tommy/ he breaks up with Tommy. He\'s upset about Mags\' other boyfriends, he confronts her on it the very first opportunity that presents itself. He even tries to resist and bury his feelings about things. But he just isn\'t capable.





    Therefore this episode chooses rather delightfully to use Sean as the visual embodiment of the metaphor. As funny as the dip gag is, it primarily exists as an excuse to put a bunch of funky looking gunge on his face so that he looks more properly Romero-esque when he\'s in his zombie state. And I can\'t be the only one who noticed that Sean\'s drugged out \'Say whatever passes through your head no matter how inappropriate\' just wasn\'t that much different than his NORMAL way of interacting with people. Sean exists in this episode to make the metaphor for living like a zombie explicit. In the same way that Mrs. Turbody and her chlamydia existed to make explicit the metaphor of disfunction as social disease.



    OK - Onto the more subtle usages. Well- slightly. Tommy is desensitized because he simply has too much pain inside to be dealt with at once. So he shuts down his mind (as those in such circumstances often do) and tries to bury his feelings beneath a variety of things. As we can see, his self-imposes zombie state is breaking down and bubbles of genuine grief are finding their way out.



    Franco is overwhelmed with grief at the absence of his daughter and is burying it under the response of \'fine. whatever. I don\'t care. She\'s better off anyway and going to disneyworld and s**t. I just don\'t care\' We actually got to see the EXACT moment last week when the pain became too great and he shut completely down.



    Jerry - too overwhelmed in working his butt off and grieving for his not dead/soul destroyed wife is barely even a presence anymore, completely ignoring jokes/money debates/ etc. where once he would have been right in there.



    Mike- well, I think it\'s pretty obvious what Mike is trying to supress. I thought they actually missed an opportunity to tap into the metaphor by exploring Mike\'s leaving the house as a metaphor for the death of his life with the \'family\' but that\'s just me. Perhaps they have another metaphor to play with there later on. By proxie, I suspect that the roomie is burying himself in sex with random guys. (an interesting phenomenon on RM this year - by having overarching metaphors they can imply things about the motivations of peripheral characters simply by including them in the episode- by which I mean, since everyone in this episode seemed to be turning their souls off and becoming zombies in some level or other, it made me really question Marissa Tomei (sp?)\'s motivations? Is she just wallpapering over pain as well? Why is sheila REALLY inerested in Tommy then? And has anyone else noticed how sheila is just CONSTANTLY drinking red wine these days? Not that I\'m pointing fingers...)





    And finally Lou - Lou who has been in a state of Zombie drunk all year.



    Lou wasn\'t upset about losing his way inside the fire.



    Lou is upset because he lost his way.



    And uncle Red clearly knew it. The whole conversation in the diner was basically him saying \'Life is what happens while you\'re making other plans. And sometimes unexpectedly good things happen by accident. And sometimes bad things happen and it leads you somewhere unexpected, but that doesn\'t mean that life is over. Continue to be yourself. Wake up from the zombie ju-ju and live, dammit!\'



    Which is just what Lou has needed to hear for a long long time, but hadn\'t yet because A: he wasn\'t really ready to hear it yet and B: He had to hear it from someone he respected as being above him. And I don\'t really think anybody on the show qualifies in that catagory.



    So - with everyone in their zombie \'not dealing with things we can\'t cope with\' state, the show went right down the checklist of things we use to hide from ourselves. Pills. Booze. Sex. Porn. Ipods. Batting cages. New microwaves. (note how when Probie suggests actually dealing with their real needs instead of shiny new toys he\'s instantly shot down.)



    The point of the episode?



    The russians are not coming to dehumanize us. Consciously or not, we turn ourselves into zombies. And quite often for really good reasons. The death or loss of a child, the unexpected death of your entire way of life and having to start again, the loss of a spouse- These are all really difficult things to deal with. And it\'s in our survival instincts to react to them by shutting down our entire personalities, only allowing ourselves to deal with them a little at a time. In waves, as Shiela said. And ultimately it\'s our own responsibility to do what we need to to deal with the pain, or we\'ll stay zombies forever. We\'ll lose who we are and just be part of the faceless shambling mass. We\'ll lose our way. And as Uncle Red was trying to say to Lou- everybody loses their way. The trick is remembering that you have to find a NEW way afterwards, otherwise-



    Brains.



    Brains.

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  • sean takes sleeping pills and ends up playing up

    10
    this is a very funny episode in which we see the gang playing a game of hockey. when they return to the station seans asks tommy for a pain killer for his leg. tommy tells him to be care full of which ones to take. while in the kitchen lou is makeing a spinache dish then sean falls asleep they find out that he took 4 sleeping pills. while out on a call. sean gos for a drive. he ends up at a supermarket where he insults a womans baby and tells a fat guy to lose weight because if his in a fire he will have a hard time pulling him out. im laughing at this momnent. he takes food and then tells this cop to order him some ticket to a concent. and comes back to the station with a rabbit which he stole. this is a very funny episode.moreless
  • Sean and sleeping pills or should I say, sleep walking pills, revenge and a scare.

    9.5
    This episode was great if only to see Sean sleep walking. I couldn't stop laughing every time they showed him and what he was doing. It was hilarious. And then Lou kept eating the spinach dip off his face. I'm laughing thinking about it now. And I knew that lady on the phone at the restaurant was on the phone to Sheila and not Janet like they were hoping. It was the one person Angie and Tommy didn't think about when planning their whole revenge thing. I still feel like this whole thing is going to blow up in their faces. Nothing good ever seems to come from taking revenge. Finally, the scare...The company responds to a fire. Lou and Franco go off in one direction and end up getting trapped in a room. Luckily Tommy is there to get them out, but it affects them both. Lou is especially freaked out and it takes a talk from a relative to help him see things in a different, and hopefully, better light.moreless
  • Great episode. Tommy and Angie join forces to get even with Janet and Johnny. But their little act has an effect on someone neither one of them think about. Why Janet does what she does with Tommy we'll have to wait and find out later.moreless

    8.5
    I absolutely LOVE this show. But it's totally nerve-wracking when there's a fire. I'm always thinking that some one's going to be trapped. Like in this episode tonight. The fire scene where Lou and Franco are almost trapped but Tommy comes to their rescue. Sean sleepwalking was an original. Too funny what he says to the people in the grocery store. And then they all go to the fire house to complain about him. The rabbit was the kicker. You can only imagine what went on there with the guy from the pet shop. Really funny when all the guys lean to the side, perfectly all together at the exact same time, to look in to the lady's baby carriage and get a look at her ugly baby for themselves. It's what this show is all about.moreless
  • Classic hilarious episode ... laughed my butt off over Sean\'s antics on the sleeping pills.

    9.5
    This episode was classic. When Sean was running around with the dip on his face after taking the sleeping pills I was killing my self laughing. Loved it!!! Gotta say though that Tommy and Janet have one messed up relationship. Also loved seeing Taylor Dayne as Shirl, haven't seen her in years. And contrary to what RESCUEME_JUAN said, Keela was mentioned. Franco said they were at Disneyland.
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

Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei

Angie

Guest Star

Anthony Alessandro

Anthony Alessandro

Sebastian

Guest Star

Taylor Dayne

Taylor Dayne

Shirley

Guest Star

Dean Winters

Dean Winters

Johnny Gavin

Recurring Role

Natalie Distler

Natalie Distler

Colleen Gavin

Recurring Role

Timothy Adams

Timothy Adams

Chris

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Sean (sleepwalking): Hey bro, you need to lose like 75 pounds. Seriously. If I have to carry you out of a fire, it's gonna be slow going.

    • (On the phone)
      Shelia: I thought that maybe since you were off tonight we could talk.
      Tommy: About what?
      Shelia: You. Us. Your crying jags.
      Tommy: Jag! Jag, okay? It was one time.

    • Janet: Colleen called her teacher a bitch and slapped one of her classmates, so they want her to see a counselor, I think it has to do with Connor and you not being around any more.
      Tommy: You're right. It has nothing to do with the fact that you're sleeping with and living with her uncle.

    • (Franco, Mike, and Lou and watching Sean sleep with a bunny on his stomach, and spinach dip that Lou made all over his face)
      Lou: Sean of the Dead. (takes a taste of dip off of Sean's face with his finger) Goddamn that's good dip.

    • (Sean is sleepwalking)
      Sean: Hey, whatcha writin' there?
      Cop: A ticket.
      Sean: Whoa, you can write those?
      Cop: Yeah.
      Sean: Can you do me a favor and write me two U2 tickets at the Garden? I love you U2. Two, my mom and my sister, my mom loves Bono because of the whole world hunger thing... actually, my mom--will you write us 12?

    • Sean: Lou, I need some ibuprofens you guys got any?
      Tommy: That's interesting because I have a whole giant bottle of ibuprofens just sitting up in my locker waiting to be taken.
      Sean: Really? Well, could I have some?
      Tommy: Nope, it's for me and my friends.
      Sean: Okay, can we be friends again, please?
      Tommy: Nope. You broke up with me, it's not that easy for me to recover.
      Sean: Come on, Tom. I'm in pain.
      Tommy: Yeah, well, I'm in pain too, okay? Emotional pain.
      Sean: Really?
      Tommy: Yep. I was very, very hurt.

    • Tommy: Hey, what's goin' on? You bangin' that guy?
      Mike: Huh? I'm just bein' friendly.
      Tommy: Be friendly with someone on your own team, asshole.

    • Lou: Franco! Franco get away from that porno!

    • Sean (sleepwalking): Hey lady. Wow, that's a really ugly baby. I mean, I'm sure she's gonna grow up to be a very gorgeous person one day, but there's no reason why you should be showing her off in public any time soon. Okay, bye bye.

    • Kenny: Hey, your old man pissed the bed again.
      Tommy (distracted): Cool.
      Kenny: I...was thinking of maybe taking a shit on the floor...
      Tommy: That's great.
      Kenny: ...you know, uhm...
      Tommy: See ya later. (leaves)
      Kenny: ...just puke on the couch. (whispering) Decisions, decisions.

    • Tommy: That's because they're real tits, Franco, that's what real tits look like, okay? Johnny Giant fake boob.
      Franco: Well, excuse me for being an American, I like to suck on big tits, okay?
      Tommy: Now it's a political issue. I'm a terrorist because I like real tits?

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Lou: Sean of the Dead!

      Sean is acting like a zombie and he looked like he was decaying with spinach dip on his face and Lou made a reference to the comedy-zombie movie Shaun of the Dead. It also rhymes with Dawn of the Dead which is another zombie movie.

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