One thing that you can never say about this Emmy Award-winning series is that it is dull. There is always something happening and it is almost always occurring in Tommy Gavin's (Dennis Leary – Ice Age, Wag the Dog). Sometimes I don't know how he keeps it all together. Between him and his ex-wife, his co-workers, his daughters, and his dead friend's wife who is always trying to get him in bed, Tommy barely has the time to do his job as a firefighter. Actually, almost everyone in this series is falling apart. But it is very entertaining.
Episode 1: Devil: Tommy is having trouble accepting his divorce, trying to quit smoking and drinking and most of all his son's death. At the same time he has to take care of his father (Charles Durning – Spy Hard, One Fine Day) and his uncle's (Lenny Clarke – Fever Pitch, Rounders) trouble with the law.
Episode 2: Discovery: Both Sean (Steven Pasquale – appeared in episodes of Six Feet Under) and Johnny (Dean Winters – from television's Oz) try to keep some upsetting information from Tommy. It is Tommy's dad's birthday.
Episode 3: Torture: Tommy is still upset that Johnny is dating his ex, Janet (Andrea Roth – appeared in episodes of Murder She Wrote and Law and Order). He also tries to get his nephew's (Michael Zegen – The Girl Next Door) science teacher (Paige Turco – Invincible, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III) to stop sleeping with him.
Episode 4: Sparks: Sean tells Tommy he is dating his sister, Maggie (Tatum O'Neal – The Bad News Bears, International Velvet). Sheila (Callie Thorne – Sidewalks of New York) pressures Tommy to deposit some of his sperm into a sperm bank so the Gavin family legacy has a chance of continuing.
-Behind the Smoke
-Rescue Me Comedy Short
Episode 5: Chlamydia: Tommy uses his ex-sister-in-law (Marisa Tomei – Wild Hogs, Anger Management) in order to make Janet and Johnny jealous. Franco's (Daniel Sunjata – The Devil Wears Prada, Melinda and Melinda) new girlfriend (Susan Sarandon – Thelma and Louise, Dead Man Walking) kidnaps his daughter.
Episode 6: Zombies: An accidental overdose causes Sean to sleepwalk.
Episode 7: Satisfaction: Tommy is depressed due to survivor's guilt while Sheila is plotting to get revenge on him because he slept with Angie.
-Being Dennis Leary
-Going to the Gay Place
Episode 8: Karate: Sean proposes to Maggie. Tommy has troubles juggling the three women in his life.
Episode 9: Pieces: Tommy begins to worry when he finds out that some of his co-workers are leaving.
Episode 10: Retards: Sheila tries to bribe Tommy with a Cadillac in order to get him to marry her. Mike's (Mike Lombardi – appeared in an episode of The Job) transfer is jeopardized when he comes out.
-The Bravest Traditions
-Fighting Fires in a Vertical City
Episode 11: Twilight: Lou (John Scurti – War of the Worlds, Mona Lisa Smile) starts dating a nun. The pressures of caring for his father are getting to Tommy.
Episode 12: Hell: Tommy's father has a stroke and then his brother is murdered.
Episode 13: Beached: After Johnny's funeral, Tommy wonders about marrying Sheila and supporting his family.
-Rescue Me Season 4 Preview