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.
Major developments: The first big development is that we finally get our first glimpse at the much talked about rival house, The West Side Wild Men. Going from there, we finally see Lou acknowledge his eating problem, however it comes to little to late because at the end of the episode he suffers a major heart attack. We also finally get to see Damien stand up against his mother, though we don’t get to hear it. We also get our first glimpse at this seasons guest star, Peter Gallagher.
What worked: I quite enjoyed the whole West Side Wild Men scene. It really helps add to the shows representation of real firefighters in NYC. Seeing them bicker like children is so much fun to watch. Definitely one of the best sequences so far. It was also fun to watch Tommy off his game completely. From his handling the Colleen situation, to the comback insults for the Wild Men, he isn’t back on his feet till he’s put into an administrative situation. A sign of things to come perhaps? I hope so. It was also fun to watch Sean, Black Shawn, and Mike bicker at each other up until Tommy leaves them in the sewer. As I said before, whenever we get to see bickering between the firefighters it’s always a good time. Finally, I like the character that has been setup for Peter Gallagher. A priest that isn’t afraid to complain (yes, I know that’s what Mickey is for), I like it. I hope we get more of him.
What didn’t: I hated the opening of this episode. I get that it’s supposed to go towards the whole Tommy/Janet dynamic, but I really didn’t like it. The whole racist gag is old and has been done to death between them and the rest of the characters on the show for that matter. While I did enjoy the way the episode ended, I’m still not on board with the whole “good health” story line for Lou. Like I said last week, we have been down this road before. Finally, the Franco/Janet relationship is clearly growing to something and unless that something is going to have a major impact on Tommy, I don’t care.
Final thoughts: This episode had as many ups as it did downs but it wasn’t terrible. A decent episode with some great moments.
Episode: “’Comeback’” (Season 6, Episode 3)
Airs:FX, Tuesdays, 10pm
What’s next: Lou comes to terms with his eating problem.
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