Rescue Me Episodes

2004, TV Show

Rescue Me Episode: "Legacy"

Season 6, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: The Season 6 opener begins with a vision of Tommy's afterlife that isn't pretty, but it turns out that he survived his shooting at the hand of Teddy. Everyone around him sees to it that he walk a narrow path, however, and he's haunted by his memories. Meanwhile, city budget cuts loom, and 62 Truck is threatened. As Lou puts it: "We have a big target on our back."
Original Air Date: Jun 29, 2010
Guest Cast Michael Nathanson: Victim No. 2 Terry Serpico: Cousin Eddie Julissa Bermudez: Hot Bartender
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Season 6, Episode 1
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Length: 07:12:32
Aired: 6/29/2010
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Rescue Me Episode Recap: "Legacy" Season 6, Episode 1

In the Season 6 premiere of Rescue Me, Tommy briefly dies after being shot by his Uncle Teddy in the closing moments of Season 5. Before being revived, Tommy sees a terrifying vision of the afterlife that forces him to re-evaluate his life once he's out of the hospital. There's just one problem: Tommy's friends and family have pretty much had it with him, leaving him alone to sort through his troubles.

"Something that you saw scared the sh-- out of you, and I want to know what that was. Did you go to Hell?" — Lou

The action picks up with Tommy in the back of an ambulance. Lou and Mickey are along for the ride, but it isn't long before Tommy flat-lines. Visions of family members — and most importantly the Twin Towers — flash before Tommy's eyes before he wakes up in a hockey rink with 343 firefighters who died on 9/11. It's no surprise to see Cousin Jimmy there to happily welcome Tommy, but before Jimmy can introduce Tommy to the rest of the crew, Tommy is swept away by ball of flames. (Sorry, folks. That wasn't the same warm-and-fuzzy white light we saw on Lost a month ago.)

He comes to again in a burning apartment building filled with smoke. Outside the window he sees Sheila crying, as if she's being attacked. Then, Tommy sees the charred faces of 9/11 victims. "You said you'd come back to get me, Tommy. You never came back to get me," one of them says. Luckily, Tommy wakes up, ending his nightmare... for now.

"You ain't no rebel. Rebels die young. ... You're too old to be a god---- rebel. All you are is another god---- drunk." — Mickey

Presumably a few weeks later, Tommy leaves the hospital a week early, and Mickey is there to take him home. Mickey is suspicious of Tommy's bag and with good reason — it's full of morphine. To teach Tommy a lesson, Mickey pretends to drink vodka (he replaced it with water) and drives straight into oncoming traffic, telling Tommy that his whole life he's gone against the grain and it's gotten him nowhere.

Mickey tells Tommy he hasn't had a drink since Tommy got shot, and he's not going to let Tommy start drinking again either. To make sure of that, Mickey takes Tommy to see Teddy, who refuses to apologize for shooting Tommy. Instead, he gives him cufflinks made from the bullets they took out of Tommy's shoulder. Oh, and he also still has the gun on him. "Us Gavins: We're so dysfunctional we make the Jacksons look like the Osmonds," Teddy quips before telling Tommy enough is enough. If Tommy drinks, Teddy will come shoot him again. Sounds like some serious aversion therapy!

Things aren't much more soothing at home. Janet would rather punch Tommy's bad shoulder than hug him. Katie is happy to see him, but all too eager to pour him a tall glass of his favorite whiskey. And enjoying her own tall glass of spirits is Colleen, who Janet now allows to drink at home to keep her out of dive bars. Colleen looks terrible, and I imagine her drinking may be what finally forces Tommy to see how destructive booze really is. (Not that he shouldn't have learned by now anyway). Also: Tommy is super jealous to learn that Franco has been spending a lot of time at Janet's place helping out while Tommy was laid up.

"Guess what? He wasn't bulletproof and neither are any of you." — Feinberg

Meanwhile, back in the real world, Feinberg informs the men of 62 Truck that the mayor is looking for a firehouse to close because of the recession. Tommy's shooting has brought his house to the top of the list, despite their excellent response time and high call volume. So, Lou decides to throw a cookout to rally community support, in hopes that will sway the mayor's decision. Bad news: The Westside Wildmen, aka the other house in jeopardy, have the same idea.

"His father ain't here. His father only shows up in home movies and your god---- fever dreams. Screw his father's legacy -- I am interested in my legacy!" — Sheila

After Tommy's visit at the firehouse gets cut short by a call, he kicks back on the sofa, only to get a visit from Jimmy. He's been worried sick about how Tommy disappeared from the hockey rink, and after hearing what Tommy saw, he has sick feeling about Tommy's eternal prospects. "You got do something to turn this around, brother. I suggest stocking up on some prayer."

Sheila pops up at the firehouse, and she is just as crazy twisted as ever. Although she snuggles up next to Tommy, seemingly content to pick up where they left off, she instead bites him. Oh, and she recounts a story about how she visited him in the hospital with the intent to pull the plug on his respirator. (I love crazy Sheila!)

Her visit has one purpose: She wants Tommy to get Damian out of the FDNY once and for all. She doesn't care how he does it, but she says Tommy owes her at least that much. "How do you get the balls big enough to think I owe you that?" Tommy asks. "You're still breathing, ain't ya?" she snaps back. Touché.

"Go to hell, go to heaven. However it plays out is up to you." — Teddy

Tommy has had enough, so he heads over to the bar where he was shot, which is now being run by his cousin Eddie. (Franco, Garrity and the guys had to legally sign it over to him to avoid charges for the shooting.) Tommy asks for a vodka and he gets a water. Eddie tells Tommy he has to pay for his drinks now, so maybe he should pose for pictures as "the guy who got shot." There's even a chalk outline on the floor. Tommy begrudgingly agrees, but before he can take his drink, he sees Teddy at the other end of the bar giving him the stink-eye.

Tommy steals a bottle of whiskey, bolts out and goes to the only place he has left to go: church. The final scene is in haunting silence as Tommy battles the urge. He finally gives in, setting off a vision of Tommy sitting on the altar, lighting his cigarette with the candles. This alt-Tommy salutes the real Tommy as he sits in the pew drinking quietly. The choice is as clear as Teddy said: Heaven or Hell, life or death. Unfortunately, even after staring death and Hell in the face, Tommy can't keep the bottle out of his hands.

A few other thoughts:

• This episode was light on laughs, compared to most episodes of Rescue Me. I don't mind the tone getting more serious, but I do hope the show mines the darkness for some dark comedy as well. (See: Breaking Bad.)

• One of the few laughs was Garrity's talk of sleep dancing. The mental image is priceless.

• I know it's a TV show, but shouldn't Teddy be locked up for attempted murder? The fact that he's still hanging around pointing a gun at Tommy just makes me a little uneasy.

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In the Season 6 premiere of Rescue Me, Tommy briefly dies after being shot by his Uncle Teddy in the closing moments of Season 5. Before being revived, Tommy sees a terrifying vision of the afterlife that forces him to re-evaluate his life once he's out of the hospital. There's just one problem: Tommy's friends and family have pretty much had it with him, leaving him alone to sort through his troubles.

"Something that you saw scared the sh-- out of you, and I want to know what that was. Did you go to Hell?" — Lou

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Premiered: July 21, 2004, on FX
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Premise: This gritty New York-based drama revolves around an alcoholic firefighter who is haunted (quite literally) by ghosts of family and friends, some of whom he lost on 9/11. A superbly acted series with a raw energy (and considerable dark humor), it caught fire early and became a hit with critics and viewers in its rookie season.

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