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Rescue Me: The Complete Third Season
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In Rescue Me's most controversial season, Tommy Gavin's demons really turn up the heat on the seriously damaged New York firefighter. Glavin (Emmy-nominee Denis Leary in searing performances throughout) is wracked with grief over the tragic death of his son and struggles to deal with his estrangement from his wife, Janet (a superb Andrea Roth). In the season's most hotly debated episode, Tommy forces himself on Janet in, initially, non-consensual sex. Later, she takes up with Tommy's brother, Johnny (Dean Winters). By this time, devoted viewers, in the words of one character, know Tommy's every "grunt, tic and tell." But even his ghosts can only laugh at how low he sinks this season ("Next stop, China," Tommy ruefully replies). To get back at Janet and Johnny, he begins to date Angie (guest star Marisa Tomei), Johnny's ex-wife. He continually succumbs to his "basest levels," as when he has sex with the high school science teacher who is having an affair with his godson, Damian. But Tommy is able to show courageous restraint as in the intense scene in which when he is left alone to confront the prime suspect responsible for another tragic death in the family.
Rescue Me's other flawed characters try to contain their own life crises. Chief Reilly (Jack McGee) is in desperate financial straits when the nursing home caring for his wife, who is suffering from Alzheimer's, raises its fees. Sheila (Callie Thorne) goes to her own shocking desperate measures to pursue Tommy. Tommy's father (venerable character actor Charles Durning) is becoming increasingly difficult to care for. Sean (Steven Pasquale) is secretly involved with Tommy's outrageously unstable sister, Maggie (Tatum O'Neal). Franco (Daniel Sujata) meets a "sugar momma" (Susan Sarandon) with devastating consequences. And "Probie" (Michael Lombardi) wrestles with his sexuality. Played mostly for comic relief is Teddy's (Lenny Clarke) stint in jail for the murder of the drunk driver who killed Tommy's son. This third season divided critics and viewers, but the uniformly excellent ensemble grounds even the most outrageous plot turns in reality. And it's a testament to the incisive writing and intimately observed performances that even when these characters behave most unsympathetically and invite the slings and arrows of "a little thing called karma," we are compelled to continue to take them into our homes and hearts. Or, as Tommy might say to that, "Blah, blah, blah." --Donald Liebenson
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Denis Leary is a god. Not just a brilliant producer, comic, writer, but his acting is just stellar. And I don't know if anyone could ever top the performance of Steve Pasquale as Garrity. His comic timing is impeccable and he is 100% convincing as one of the stupidest but most harmless guys in the world. He was really at the top of his game in Season 3. He had great material to work with but his delivery is top notch. All the characters are just such a mess, but it's never taken to a level where it seems ridiculous and unbelievable. And the fact that the women are just as much a mess as the men makes it even more believable, it's not just about a bunch of firefighters afterall. It's also about the women in their lives and how dysfunctional all of their relationships are. I knew a couple like Tommy and Janet once, and it's scripted here to perfection. The johnny and janet plot line was a bit over the top for me at first, but then it was handled so well with Angela that it became believable. And at times i felt like the Probie sexuality issues were a bit cliche, like the writers felt they needed to have a storyline like that at some point in the show. But it all works. That's the brilliance here..no matter what they do, it works. I was nervous that the seasons would get progressively worse and more contrived like most series do, but not this one. Not yet. And hopefully we can enjoy many more stellar seasons to come. No matter what happens down the road, Denis Leary needs to always be creating and performing!
The actors in this show are phenominal, most are actors not seen anywhere else, but everyonce in a while a huge actor will make an appearance or two. But every actor plays their part exceptionally well. Dennis Leary is the star of the show and his acting is way beyond any expectations I ever had of him.
As the previous review stated, this season does not having the shocking moments but it has just as much if not more intensity than the other two combined.
This is by far the best show on TV!!!!!
As my title says, check out "The Job" Dennis Leary's original pilot. Only lasted one season, because America wasn't up for an edgy dramatic comedy like this at the time. It is a little more PG but hilarious none the less.
Great show, even better picture quality
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