Quick Take: Rescue Me, "Jeter"
Tommy gets railroaded into quitting the department at Colleen's rehearsal dinner.
Review: Rescue Me, "Jeter"
(S0707) I have to be honest. All the lead up to this wedding is leaving me fairly underwhelmed. I get it. Weddings are crazy and the father of the bride has to go through a lot of crap to make it go right. It's a lot like that movie. What's it called? They remade it twice with Steve Martin. Oh, I remember. It was Cheaper by the Dozen, right? In any case, Hen parties and lectures on being a father are not why I started watching this show. That's part of the problem with a series that's been on for seven years. The kids grow up and need their own story lines. Clearly we haven't learned anything from Joanie Loves Chachi.
As far as things in this episode that were overdone, add Lou's (John Scurti) speech to Sheila (Callie Thorne) to the list. I understand that she's hard to reach but did he need the eternal flame to make his point? Moreover, did he need to make the speech a second time? Janet's (Andrea Roth) reaction was not only appropriate, it was the most real moment in the episode.
After the little demonstration, things definitely picked up. The rehearsal dinner was really well done. It makes sense that Lou would give out all the letters. Rescue Me just doesn't feel right unless Tommy (Denis Leary) is behind the eight ball for one reason or another. He now faces his hardest challenge: trying to live up to his “promise” of quitting the department while still being who he is.
My biggest criticism for this episode would have t be Franco's (Daniel Sunjata) short tenure as Lieutenant. His exchange with Tommy and Lou was hilarious and I really wanted to see more. I felt cheated that he didn't get his five days.
With only two episodes left, I suppose I can withstand a less than stellar episode before what promises to be a historic finale.