Sunday, July 24, 2011

What I’m Watching: Rescue Me

Rescue Me: Season 7, Episode 2 “Menses” (B+)

If there’s one thing Tommy Gavin is not prepared to go up against, it’s four female family members all on the same cycle with a feeling that they’ve been wronged by him. Telling Colleen to put her weight in perspective compared with her pregnant mother was an enormous mistake, and it didn’t take long for him to make all four women cry with that remark. I’m happy to see Maura Tierney return as Kelly, though I’m worried that her presence is going to cause trouble for a newly domicile-oriented Tommy. The television tribute to Jimmy is going to make for an intriguing season arc, and I liked Kelly’s ideas about her legacy as well. Everyone posing as Lou to help him pass the physical was a caper that only this show could get away with, and Sean’s uncontrollable urination and Mike’s horrific psychiatric evaluation were among the most amusing parts. Needles hearing Franco and Lou in the bathroom and getting the wrong idea was something that on another show could be interpreted as too much, but on this show works just fine since no bigger deal should be made of it. Feinberg’s declining mental state hasn’t been explored all that much, but it’s likely that will be a background theme in this season. I was very impressed with Black Shawn asking permission from Tommy to marry Colleen and then deciding to say yes explicitly because he said no. Planning and executing that wedding is going to be one wild rollercoaster of a ride.

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