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.

Not to mention the whole thing about Tommy being to raddled to go on a call. That’s all sorts of new territory for the show. No matter how much his life was crumbling around him, the one comfort Tommy Gavin has always had is going on a call. Being the guy with the biggest balls in the room. Now all of that is gone. I’m really not sure what to say to that. It’s so out of character for him, yet at the same time it’s amazingly in character.

Also, Peter Gallagher’s character is starting to grow on me. All his antics make total sense with his speech about being a not so ordinary type of priest. Not believing in a lot of the traditional bible study. He’s basically Mickey but still in the priesthood.

This episode is also another Sheila-less episode. I’m really, really digging that. As I’ve said before, I like her character, but she was starting to get waaaay over bearing. So to just have her completely absent seems to make the episode run a bit smoother and allows for much more growth between Tommy and Janet, the relationship that actually matters this season.

Finally, the animosity between Franco and Black Shawn came to a head in this episode. We rarely see two members of the crew beat the crap out of each other (and never when one of the parties isn’t Tommy). Has 62 Truck finally reached its breaking point? We’re just going to have to wait and see on that one.

What didn’t: Sean and Mike. They are becoming more and more of a problem for me with every episode. I get that the whole cancer story line is supposed to be for the guys who worked down at ground zero, but went down this road last season already, and in much funnier form. That’s my only problem, but it’s a minor one.

Final thoughts: A damn fine episode of Rescue Me, and one that is going to set up all sorts of chaos for episodes to come.

Episode: “’Sanctuary’” (Season 6, Episode 6) [Fun Fact: This episode's title, "Sanctuary" was also used as the title of the season one finale in 2004]

Airs: FX, Tuesdays, 10pm

What’s next: The fate of 62 truck’s fire house will be revealed.

To read more of Merrill’s television reviews and to listen to his Idiot Boxers podcast with Kevin Carr, head over to Fat Guys at the Movies.


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