Soap Opera Weekly: Read at Joe’s 6/24/09

Last week, I half-seriously lamented the lack of fires on RESCUE ME. This week’s episode opened with a harrowing, slow-motion escape from a collapsing, blazing corridor by several of firefighters, including Tommy, Lou and Sean, set to Duffy’s bluesy, dreamy song, “Syrup and Honey.” That tense drama was followed by comatose Sean (recovering from his kidney operation) dreaming another song-and-dance routine that gave Steven Pasquale a chance to warble a tongue-in-cheek ode to being in a vegetative state.

As twisted as that opening was, it was almost outdone by grim closing tableau: As Sean lay in a coma following his kidney operation, Tommy sneaked into his room to be alone with his booze and watch sad old home movies (including scenes of Tommy’s dead son, Connor) on the room’s TV. When Sean’s mom came in, she misinterpreted Tommy’s presence as concern for her boy. And when she spotted his liquor, she demanded a belt — straight from the bottle! Then led him in an awkward prayer over her inanimate son. I didn’t know whether to cringe or laugh, so I did both.

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