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'Rescue Me': Are you watching this season?

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After last week’s terrific change-of-pace episode of Rescue Me (the saga of Denis Leary’s Tommy and Andrea Roth’s Janet going to their daughter’s boarding-school play will live forever in the Rescue Me Hall of Fame), tonight we get back to business. Which for Rescue Me means drinking business (Tommy’s on the sauce again, in a hallucinating, black-out kinda way) and family business (Tommy’s recent visions of his dead cousin have brought on new burdens of guilt).

This show remains more than just an exciting comedy-drama is by finding ways to dramatize the fact that swaggering, macho Tommy actually considers himself a 9/11 coward: Although we know he has nothing to be ashamed of, he thinks he should have done more that day.

But all is not brooding soul-searching and slobbering drunkenness. We have Lou offering us the image of “rats the size of Michael Moore” (eeek!), a nice subplot being set up for Franco to start boxing for money, and a great moment when Tommy blasts a shotgun.

My questions: Are you watching? Do you agree with me that this has been one of Rescue Me‘s best seasons?