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It’s been a week since Theresa through him out of the house, and since then Lights has been on a full time training regiment courtesy of Papa Leary. Six AM call times, five days a week of sparring, morning runs, ice baths, the whole shebang. But things go south when Lights takes an accidental thumb to the eye during training. Could this be the monkey wrench that will throw Lights off his game? Or will Johnny be able to come to the rescue? We’re just going to have to wait and see.

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Returning for a second season is Justified, arguably the most well received new show of last year. Film School Rejects had the opportunity to sit down with series star Timothy Olyphant and got the skinny on what is to be expected of the new season.

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Lights’ financial troubles are taking a major toll on his family, and things have reached a breaking point. The choice is clear for him and Theresa: fight or lose everything that they’ve worked for. But there’s a hitch, and thanks to Johnny getting Lights’ come back fight off the ground is going to be a lot harder that anyone realized. Lights will have to work outside the system if he’s going to be able to get anything done, and by episode’s end the truth will be known and Lights’ decision will be made… whether he likes it or not.

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Things have not been going well for the Leary family in the last few weeks, and things are about to get much, much worse. Between Omar’s outrage over his payment, the I.R.S. creeping further and further into the Leary financials, and Johnny’s serious gambling problem, someone is going to be forced to reveal some secrets that will turn the family on their heads. It will be up to the help of some outside influences to get Lights and his crew out of this jam. And before all is said and done, someone will have to take a trip to the hospital.

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The gym has come on hard times and there seems to be only one way out of the whole, a new fighter named Omar and a title shot that’s only two weeks away. But the problem is that he doesn’t actually have the fight yet. It will be up to Johnny to secure Omar’s place in the ring. But Omar is a cocky son of a bitch, and it will be up to Lights and Pops to guide him down the path to success before he gets his clocked cleaned for good.

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It’s been a few days and Lights has had a chance to collect himself after putting a beating on some bar patrons and a dentist. But one of those actions is about to return to bite him right in the ass. At the same time, a reporter will attempt to uncover the truth of Light’s troubles, and Lights will be forced to resort to some, not so ethical means to fix the problem he’s created. And at least one member of his family will learn a secret that Lights didn’t want anyone to find out.

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Last week, FX premiered their new drama Lights Out to major critical acclaim. The show is a perfect blend of the hard hitting story telling FX is so well known for, and the big bad world of sports. I had the opportunity to partake in a conversation with show runner Warren Leight and “Lights” Leary himself, actor Holt McCallany. They had a lot to say about getting ready for the show, the uphill battle the production went through and how the show reflects the real word of boxing.

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Patrick “Lights” Leary is a retired boxer who has been out of the game for five years since his last fight ended in the stolen loss of his championship. Now he’s a devoted family man who would do anything for the people in his life. But that life is about to come crashing down harder than the final blow of Forman vs Ali at The Rumble in the Jungle in 1974. Between his daughters and the IRS, Lights will come face to face with a decision that could damage his perfect life, forever.

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Take the family ideals of The Fighter, throw it in a blender with The Sopranos, sprinkle in a little of Michael Mann’s Ali camera work, hit start and voila, you have the brand new FX drama Light’s Out. Lights Out focuses on retired boxer Patrick “Lights” Leary who has been out of the game for five years after being robbed of the Heavyweight Championship in his final match against sports rival “Death Row” Reynolds. Upon hearing that Leary can’t let a sleeping dog lie, Reynolds offers Leary a chance at a rematch. But that’s only the beginning of his troubles.

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Last week, our agent Rob Hunter picked up some carefully scouted insider intel saying that season one of FX’s animated spy drama Archer was full of “smart satire in between the naked ladies and rapid fire verbal slams.” It’s crass, sexual deviance struck a chord with our most experienced DVD reviewer. This above all things should not surprise you. It should also make you want to participate in the following mission. One that could yield a free copy of Archer for your own personal collection.

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Drinking Games

With the fifth season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on DVD this week and the sixth season ready to premiere on FX later this month, what better way to get into the spirit of the gang at Paddy’s Pub than by knocking back a few while you watch them make total asses of themselves. So here’s our simple rules to help you out.

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It’s been two months since a saw blade fell on Damien’s head while the crew was trying to save Lou from a pile of coffins. And by the start of the opening credits his fate will be known. But that’s not enough for the all mighty Tommy Gavin as he is now juggling two family lives, trying to be a father, husband and a confidant to Shelia. Mike and Sean finally get the memorial they have been fighting for, for Pat Maoney. And Lou receives a final warning from his doctor, but remember it’s Lou, so don’t take anything he says to be truthful… At least not yet.

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Picking up right where last week left off, Mickey has shown up at the Gavin home after walking in on Tommy and Shelia. It isn’t long before Janet finds out and now Tommy must convince her that it’s over between him and Shelia. At the same time, Damien begins to seriously consider leaving the FDNY for good after a heart-to-heart with Mickey. To the point that he puts his papers in with Feinberg. Lou also gets some very depressing news about his health and his future as a fire fighter. And when the crew gets a call tonight, one of them won’t be making it back for the nightly ball busting session.

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It’s a new day for 62 truck. Thanks to Needles political know how (and some video trickery) the fire house has been reopened. Tommy and Janet make a final decision regarding the future of their relationship. The fate of Sean and Mike’s cancer ridden friend Pat Mahoney is revealed. Damien and Penny decide to take their relationship to the next level. Major developments: The fire house is re-opened. Damien hits a homer with Penny. Tommy and Janet begin a new. Tommy and Shelia end everything (supposedly). Pat Mahoney dies.

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Things take a turn for the worse for 62 Truck when the fire house is closed by the city. But that isn’t going to stop the FDNY boys from proving their worth to everyone. Tommy and Janet try to patch things up after learning the results of Tommy’s “unusual” methods on Colleen. Damien begins to question his loyalty to the job. Major developments: Colleen has been cured of her alcoholism. The fire house has been shut down.

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Upon arriving to a car crash, 62 truck comes upon the horrendous dead body of a young girl killed by a drunk driver. But this is no ordinary girl. This girl hits Tommy harder than any call ever before. Now Tommy will take it upon himself to cure Colleen before she meets the same fate. Animosity will also rise between Franco and Black Shawn, which will lead to a brutal end. Major developments: Actually, this episode is all set up. There are no major developments to speak of since we don’t know the outcomes of any of the actions taken yet. What worked: Two words, Holy Shit! That’s all I could think of when this episode was over. I mean, an alcohol baptism? How does someone in a writers room come up with something like that. It’s out there, even by Rescue Me standards. But that’s what made it so awesome. The execution of that scene was raw and emotional. Thank god that they didn’t give any humor (except The Godfather bit, but I’ll let that slide) to that scene at all. It was eerily perfect.

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After a night of pure binging, Tommy wakes up with zero recollection of what occurred the night before. But that is the least of his worries, because upon his waking, he learns that Colleen has disappeared after spending the night with him. Now it’s a race against the clock for 62 truck to find Colleen before the worst comes to fruition. On top of that, it turns out there is much more to Mickey and Teddy’s master plan for Tommy than anyone expected.

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After his heart attack, Lou is laid up in the hospital. Upon learning of this, The West Side Wild Men push up the date of their cook out. Now the crew has no choice but to bust Lou out of the hospital before all is lost. A man from Sean’s past attempts to break out of the hospital with the rest of the crew. Tommy tries to find guidance from Father Phil, in an attempt to save his marriage. Damien begins dating Penny from West Side, but the crew just isn’t going to stand for that. There may be more to Franco’s and Janet’s relationship than previously indicated. And the biggest question of all is answered… Who could pass for a doctor more, a black man or a Puerto Rican?

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Rescue Me

It’s his first day back on the job and Tommy is already starting to feel the stress. Not to mention that this is going to be the most eventful shift in the history of 62 Truck. Sean and Mike also try and find a way to give back to the community. Lou realizes that there is much more wrong with him than his gut, and it won’t end well for him.

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Rescue Me: Change

Episode: ‘Change’ (Season 6, Episode 2) Airs: FX, Tuesdays, 10pm Episode synopsis: Tommy comes to terms with his dream and tries to do right by the people he has wronged. Major developments: Tommy finally admits to Lou the truth about what he saw when he died, unfortunately he also admits it inadvertently to the rest of the crew. But, no one is surprised by what he saw. Tommy also makes an attempt to tell Janet his true feelings for her, this too blows up in his face.

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