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.

What worked: I really liked the opening scene of the show. It’s not often that Rescue Me picks up immediately following the episode from the week before. And I was expecting the Mickey situation to drag out for the entire hour, so to have it dealt with before the theme songs hits, I greatly appreciated that.

I’m also back on board with the Lou, health situation. Till now it’s been dragging and dragging, and frankly just boring me to tears. But an ultimatum has finally been laid down for Lou. The job, or his life. To be honest, based on what we know of the 62 truck crew, the job and their lives go hand in hand.

As for Damien… I’m speechless. I was really expecting for Lou to suffer the fate that Damien suffered. It’s not uncommon for the show to do that to a character that has been taken off the job, I’m referring to the surprise death Chief Jerry Reilly of course.

Damien’s almost certainly fatal accident was on that surprise level. Spending this much time with the kid, and knowing he was so close to leaving the job and not being there that night. It brought a tear to my eye to see him get hurt (and possibly killed) like that. I am actually depressed right now.

So I say to that, f**k you Rescue Me (I mean that in the nicest way possible).

What didn’t: Janet is trying to hard. I know that this episode was really the set up for her’s and Tommy’s future relationship, but still. After everything Tommy has been through in the last few weeks with alcohol, did she really expect that test to go any other way? The second she pulled out the glasses I said to myself, those are going down the drain.

Also, we really didn’t get to spend a lot of time in the fire house this episode. Those scenes, in my opinion, are the best things about Rescue Me. Seeing the real inner workings of an FDNY firehouse. All the ball busting, the random conversations, the dark and twisted humor, that’s what makes Rescue Me, and that’s what was missing here.

And what about Pat Mahoney’s death? Except for a minor mention in the shower room, he seems all but forgotten about. I call BS on that. It was clear that his death hit Sean and Mike hard, so show that!

Final thoughts: What a cliffhanger.

Episode: “Follow the Leader” (Season 6, Episode 9)

Airs: FX, Tuesdays, 10pm

What’s next: It’s the season 6 finale and Damien’s fate will be known.

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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