Review: Rescue Me – ‘Breakout’

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?

Major developments: Lou is out of the hospital and reveals to Tommy what he saw when he went to the after life. Damien and Penny from the West Side Wild Men start dating. Franco begins taking notice of Janet in more than just a friendly way. Tommy comes to terms with his desires for Janet.

What worked: The first 30 minutes of this episode is pure comedic gold. The show relied solely on its whit to make it through and I really, really liked it. Everything from the explanation the guys give to Lou’s doctor about their constant putting him down, to the doctors response to their banter, to the debate of whether a black man or a Puerto Rican can pass as a doctor, to breaking Lou out of the hospital was all great. I also liked watching Lou’s and Tommy’s conversation about Lou’s afterlife visions. I find it very interesting that Tommy can’t admit to himself that he went to hell. He never owns up and says “I went to hell.” He always tries to work around it, and his pure surprise to the fact that Lou went to heaven was really funny. This was also one of the few episodes where Shelia is nothing more than a guest appearance. I kind of liked that change of pace. Don’t get me wrong, I like her character, but it’s nice to just have her show up for a quick two minute appearance for a short gag… and an ass shot of course.

What didn’t: Last week I said I liked the introduction of Peter Gallagher’s priest character. I’m taking that back. Watching him actually do the whole priest thing when Tommy asks for guidance was rather awkward. Now, I know that, that is not unusual for the show, but I didn’t really like the dynamic between Tommy and Father Phil. The other problem I had was the introduction of Franco and Janet’s sexual attraction. It’s not so much the actual story line I have a problem with, but rather the way they did it. You’re going to tell me that after all the time Tommy spent in the hospital, this is the first time he looked at her that way? Come on, we all know Franco better than that. And I don’t want to hear that “well Tommy is his brother” excuse. The fact is that Franco is a hound dog, always has been, always will be, so I just think there were much better ways to introduce the story line. Heck, I would of preferred if they had gone the route that it all started when Tommy was in the hospital and we just first learn about it now.

Final thoughts: This was definitely the funniest episode of the season and I hope to see more of that great writing we have come to know and love from the show.

Episode: “’Breakout’” (Season 6, Episode 4)

Airs: FX, Tuesdays, 10pm

What’s next: Tommy falls off the wagon, while the crew looks for Colleen.

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.

From a young age, TV guru Merrill Barr has been obsessed with the small screen. And one day he decided to put that obsession to good use.

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