Things take a turn for the worse for 62 Truck when the fire house is closed by the city. But that isn’t going to stop the FDNY boys from proving their worth to everyone. Tommy and Janet try to patch things up after learning the results of Tommy’s “unusual” methods on Colleen. Damien begins to question his loyalty to the job.

Major developments: Colleen has been cured of her alcoholism. The fire house has been shut down.What worked: There could have been no better way to end the two episode arc that began last week. I mean, to think that the alcohol baptism worked… That is freaking insane. Now, I do shutter to think how many real life alcoholics are going to be influenced by this episode to try it themselves (you know there are people that stupid out there), but from a creative stand point, I’m amazed.

I also like the bomb shell that was dropped this week with the closing of the firehouse. In any other show, the one thing that would’ve been a guarantee is the fire house remaining open and the West Side Wild Men going down at the end of the season. But seven episodes in, BAM! Once again proving that Rescue Me has no qualms about punching its audience right in the gut.

I’m also really digging the reintroduction of Connor. More specifically, the spirit of Connor taking a tole on Tommy and Janet. It’s the one hole in their lives that can never be filled. Tommy may have saved Colleen, but he will never be able to save his son. A beautiful, immovable force in my opinion for the almighty Gavin.

I was also a big fan of watching the crew prove their worth to the city. Going into a burning school without so much as a gas mask? That takes some big friggin balls of steel I say, and that’s why the show is THE best representation for fire fighters in media.

What didn’t: Sheila… Sheila, Sheila, Sheila. Thank god her role was limited to some hellos and camera work. Because every second she was on screen flirting with every guy around her reminded me of why I was glad she has been completely gone the last few episodes. The more we get of Tommy and Janet and not Tommy and Sheila, the better.

Sean and Mike are still annoying the hell out of me. Between the email and Sean flicking off the deaf kid, I just wanted them to go away. I really want them to have some big moment of redemption, but I just don’t see that happening.

Final thoughts: A shocking episode of Rescue Me to say the least. I will be interested to see what happens to the house.

Episode: “Around The Bend” (Season 6, Episode 7)

Airs: FX, Tuesdays, 10pm

What’s next: Needles’ political leverage catches HQ off guard and forces them to reopen the house.

To listen to Merrill’s TV Podcast, The Idiot Boxers with Kevin Carr, head over to Fat Guys at the Movies.


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