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.

What worked: Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhh, I’m at a major loss for words for this episode, which is also the season finale.

I want to actually start at the ending for a moment. I, for one, thought the ending was perfect. It’s a real grab-you-by-the-balls kind of ending that makes you go “Wait, what the f**k was that?” I also want you all to keep in mind the fact that this season and next season were filmed together, so you’re better off taking this episode as just another episode in a longer than usual season.

As for the results of last week’s accident involving Damien, I can’t believe Rescue Me took it to such a dark place. I had a major feeling that Damien wasn’t dead, but to see him in that crippled state, I sure as hell didn’t see that coming. I was expecting a coma type situation for him. I actually shook the first time he’s on screen like that; I had to pause the episode and really take in what was just established.

It reminded me of something a good friend of mine once said about suffering, crippled military personnel who he’s close to, and I think it really works in relation to Damien. Damien didn’t succeed in living, he just failed at dying. I want you all to break that down for a moment. It isn’t meant to be cold or hurtful. Think about the pain Damien is now forced to live with every single day from now on. He’s trapped in his own mind now. He has a clear thought process that’s still intact, but his motor skills are gone, and that was the genius of the writer’s decision. To remind us all of the true danger that comes with the job.

I also felt the character development given to Shelia in this episode worked very well. I can’t help but feel remorse for her now that she has lost not only her husband, but now her son as well. But she can’t let go of the body of Damien because it’s all she had left.

But the bigger question now falls in Tommy’s lap. Can he save the world? Janet’s line, “you want to save the world? Then you should start with your own god damn kids,” it summed up so perfectly how Tommy’s life is falling a part around him, and there is nothing he can do to stop it.

What didn’t: This episode’s biggest problem is that it doesn’t close out a lot of story lines that may be forgotten between now and next summer. Most notably the one involving Lou’s weight.

The doctor mentions that Lou has a physical coming up very soon, so now I have to wait until next season to see what happens? It just seems like such a minor story line to leave open in comparison to everything else that’s going on.

And how about the Pat Mahoney situation? I know I said I wanted him to be recognized, but I felt the show turned what was a meaningful story, into a mindless gag. Which also happened with Damien at the end of this episode. The jokes just felt really out of place

There is one thing about the episode that seemed to ring. I’m starting to think that maybe the show would’ve been better off ending the season last week. Make the cliffhanger whether or not Damien survived. This episode felt much more like a premiere than a finale.

Final thoughts: A very interesting place to break until next year’s final season.

Episode: “A.D.D.” (Season 6, Episode 10)

Airs: FX, Tuesdays, 10pm

What’s next: Find out in 2011.

To listen to the latest episode of Merrill’s TV Podcast, The Idiot Boxers with Kevin Carr, head over to Fat Guys at the Movies.


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