It’s a new day for 62 truck. Thanks to Needles political know how (and some video trickery) the fire house has been reopened. Tommy and Janet make a final decision regarding the future of their relationship. The fate of Sean and Mike’s cancer ridden friend Pat Mahoney is revealed. Damien and Penny decide to take their relationship to the next level.

Major developments: The fire house is re-opened. Damien hits a homer with Penny. Tommy and Janet begin a new. Tommy and Shelia end everything (supposedly). Pat Mahoney dies.

What worked: I really, really liked watching Needles lay down the law to the brass. While he may be a stand-up comic,  Adam Ferrara has a real dramatic presence about him, and it shines through here.

I also really enjoyed the major (and much needed) character development that Damien received this episode. The first involving him making a major save with an infant. His pride (and awesomeness) skyrocketed at that moment and I was happy to watch his rise. Then he had a real comedic turn when it’s revealed that he’s a virgin. I never thought Rescue Me would ever need to handle a subject like that because everyone on the show is a sex fiend. So to find out Damien is (or rather was) a virgin when he had sex with Penny, ended up being rather comical. Once again the show has reveaed the real talent of the entire acting and production team.

I also found the Tommy and Shelia “break up” to be really funny. At first I was hating it, but when it’s revealed Shelia is manipulating Tommy I started to laugh. I think the few weeks we have spent away from Shelia really helped. In small doses her character can do great things, and this is further proof of that. I can’t wait to see what the results are of Mickey knowing the truth.

Mixed: Normally this section would be for what I hated, but this episode didn’t have anything I completely hated, but I have mixed feelings on a few things…

First of all, I’m really glad the fire house was re-opened. But I feel there was nothing at stake the way they did it. Last week it was closed, and ten minutes into this week it’s re-opened. I just felt a bit cheated. Spend a few episodes with the crew scattered, then re-open it in the season finale (which is coming soon).

Then there’s the issue with Lou’s weight. I appreciate the struggle his character is going through, and I think it’s being handled properly, I just feel like we’ve been and done with it and I really thought it was over after the hospital episode.

As for Tommy and Janet getting back together. Again, I’m a fan of that. I always root for the good side of things. But like Lou, we’ve been there, and done that between Tommy and Janet. I don’t see anything new that it can add to the show.

As for the Pat Mahoney story line… Look, I understand Rescue Me always bring up 9/11. The show was created as a direct response to the tragedy. But I feel like I’m being beat over the head by 9/11 the way they’ve been handling it. The issue of ground zero workers being under appreciated was brought to light and handled with grace last season, but I feel like it’s being over done now. I do wonder how Pat dieing in the car will effect Sean and Mike as we go forward.

Final thoughts: A funny episode of Rescue Me with a few reservations.

Episode: “Cowboy” (Season 6, Episode 8)

Airs: FX, Tuesdays, 10pm

What’s next: I have no idea…

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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