RESCUE ME “Jeter” Review

RESCUE ME “Jeter” Season 7 Episode 7 – Another episode, another week closer to the series finale of Rescue Me, and it’s been a relatively rough final season, with moments of true brilliance like last week’s episode, which, for emotional punch, I’m put against the best of a lot of quality shows out there. This week the show teetered yet again as Lou reads the letter Tommy gave him, for real this time, and is emotionally inspired to spread the love, literally, by giving Tommy’s death letter to his family, who are, as usual, pissed at him.

Why are they pissed at him? Oh, a myriad of reasons too stupid and contrived to really get into. This week they seem to be steamed about the fact that he read Sheila’s death letter from Jimmy, and this leads them to believe that he’s a volatile drunk in waiting, ready to go out and get polluted at any given moment, which leads Colleen to ban him from her wedding, or at least walking her down the isle.

The main plot thread was simply not as powerful as last week. Watching Lou run around to Sheila and Janet and talk about how rough it’s been for Tommy and how he deserves just some understanding on their part was the height of hypocrisy – what the hell are either woman still doing associating with a man as arrogant, violent and vile as Tommy if they aren’t consistently lending him their belief that he is, at his heart, a man deserving of umpteenth chances. I did appreciate, and I thought it was a great technique on the writers’ part, to resist giving the letters a false poetic flair. The letters were written by Tommy, granted, at his utmost gooiest, but by Tommy nevertheless. Still, I’m not sure what the hell the symbolism for vodka on fire was meant to stand for.

Colleen and Black Shawn’s dinner was pretty unfunny, and it mainly served to let Tommy and Lou have it out, yet again, with Denis Leary’s facial expressions going ninety in a pretty anticlimactic scene at the end of the episode featuring little development and contrived emotional moments which left my cynical heart cold after last week’s episode had me dabbing my eyes.

The subplot involving Lou and Franco felt, despite the build up over the past few episode, weirdly rushed, as Franco screws up his very first real fireman test and goes for the glory instead of the win. He proves himself to be a great organizational man, but when it comes to actually getting the job done and getting the strategy out quick and fast and under pressure, he cannot match Lou. This might have been an awesome turning point for the show’s supporting characters, but it was ultimately rushed, unfocused and left little room to do what we’ve done all along: doubt Lou’s capabilities as a leader.

Where this entire show is heading with Tommy’s story is pretty hard to decipher, especially after this episode offered no forward momentum to push a single definitive arc through to the last two hours of the show.

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