"I just hope he doesn't fall off the wagon," Johnny says of Tommy at the reception after Connor's funeral. "I wouldn't blame the poor bastard if he drove the wagon right through the liquor-store window and drank the entire inventory," replies Uncle Teddy. And honestly, I wouldn't blame any of us watching, either. I mean, I love this show, but I think I'm going to need a bottle of something good by my side just to make it through the next hour. Luckily, Sean and Mike are here to provide some comic relief as they try to comfort Tommy's daughter, Katie, telling the little girl her brother's now in heaven. Until she drops the bomb that there is no heaven or God, that human beings made those things up to feel special because we're scared and need to believe something else is watching over us, and that we "come from dirt and go back into the dirt." Smack: The well-meaning dolts run face-first into a brick wall of metaphysics, solidly erected in front of them by a child. Owie.
There's a certain amount of latitude you have to give the grieving, but Sheila getting in Janet's face to tell her she has a good man, doesn't know it and never has? Uh, this woman just lost her son, and you were having an affair with that good man, so step back, hon. Back to the smiles, as Sean fleshes out his vision of Paradise, where you can play all the video games you want and the mere thought of Mountain Dew fills your mouth with it. (Note to those of you who don't watch this show: Sean's a grown man in theory and stuff like this is why we love him.) But overall, I wish the Rescue Me folks would dial back on the pathos just a bit; they've been hosing us down with it these past couple weeks, and aren't letting up as the season ends. Tommy schemes with his dad and Uncle Teddy to shoot the drunk driver who killed his son; Mick's revealed as the AA spy (even though I agree with him when he explains why he did it); Janet's leaving again; the chief drops his wife off at a home in a heartbreaking scene (her "Goodbye, Jerry" went right through me); Laura transfers out of the house; Lou gets ripped off for thousands by Candy and then Tommy arrives too late to stop Uncle Teddy from firing the gun. Jeez... think it's too early to pick up a case or two for next season?