Rescue Me: Season 2 (2005)

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Season 2
Rescue Me

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Rescue Me's second season plunges Denis Leary's avatar of traumatized rage down past new, unfound levels of rock bottom, forging achingly funny television in the process.

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Critic Ratings: 10

91%

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User Ratings: 25

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Air date: Jun 21, 2005

Tommy has trouble adjusting to the mundane life at his new firehouse and takes out his frustrations on street vendors hawking Sept. 11 memorabilia. Later, he has a confrontation with Johnny. Meanwhile, Sean plays a crude joke on Laura that backfires on him.

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Air date: Jun 28, 2005

Tommy finds out his wife and kids are living in Ohio, so he joins his firehouse's barbershop quartet, who happen to be traveling there for a singing competition. Elsewhere, Mike flies off the handle after Theresa breaks up with him; and Lou tries to get Tommy transferred back to 62 Truck.

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Air date: Jul 5, 2005

Chief Perrolli agrees to let Tommy come back to the station on one condition: The crew must vote unanimously to trade Sully for Tommy. Elsewhere, things heat up between Franco and Laura; Theresa files a restraining order against Mike; and Tommy's dad remarries.

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Air date: Jul 12, 2005

Lou faces heat from headquarters for using a derogatory term to insult Laura. Meanwhile, the guys try to convince her that name-calling is part of the job. Meanwhile, Tommy injures his hand when he has another dispute with a cop over a parking ticket; and Johnny Sr. wants to become a plus-size model after he learns that Uncle Teddy is making a fortune.

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Air date: Jul 19, 2005

With Colleen's help, Tommy gets another chance to find the kids and bring them back to New York. Also, Jerry needs his son's assistance when his wife's condition gets worse; and a priest tells Tommy and Johnny that he is part of their family. Peter: Neal Jones.

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Air date: Jul 26, 2005

Tommy finds out about Sheila's miscarriage and reacts badly. He later gets a visit from Jimmy, who orders Tommy to get her pregnant again. Also, Sean learns his new girlfriend has a suspicious past; Jerry has trouble communicating with his son; and Tommy gets kicked out of his apartment.

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Air date: Aug 2, 2005

Franco goes to support-group meetings to get help for his addiction to painkillers; Lou runs into Sondra and lies about his love life; Jerry meets his son's life partner (David Alan Basche); Tommy and Johnny meet their half sister (Noelle Beck); and Mickey has an uneasy feeling about Father Murphy (Scott Winters).

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Air date: Aug 9, 2005

Jerry forces the crew to attend a birthday party that his son is throwing for his boyfriend. Meanwhile, Tommy makes a move on Mariel (Noelle Beck) after she tells him she might not be his half sister after all; Franco asks Laura to move in with him; Sheila tries to make Tommy jealous by showing off her new girlfriend.

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Air date: Aug 16, 2005

Tommy discovers that Janet is taking antidepressants, and he decides to take some for himself. Elsewhere, Sean tries to make things right between Franco and Laura, but he only makes things worse; and the crew questions Mike's sexual orientation after a gay guy stops by the station looking for him.

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Air date: Aug 23, 2005

Tommy, Mickey and Johnny confront Father Murphy about his suspicious relationship with Ricky. Also, Lou meets with Candy's pimp to tell him she's quitting; Jerry looks into hiring a nurse to care for his wife; and Laura pressures Franco to write another poem.

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Tv Season Info

Season two opens with Tommy (Denis Leary) getting used to his new firehouse on Staten Island, while his replacement back on 62 Truck, Sully (Lee Tergesen) has become the new golden boy. However, when a routine call results in an embarrassing secret about Sully coming out, it looks like Tommy might win his old job back.

Critic Reviews for Rescue Me Season 2

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (6)

Its humor is as brittle and brutal as its intense scenes, and, like everything here else, is memorably credible.

Dec 11, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

[Denis Leary] and co-creator Tolan have taken the issue of our time and turned it into gripping, thoughtful drama. For that startling feat, Rescue Me deserves to be mentioned with the best hour series in this golden age for drama.

Dec 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Leary's character, the abrasively witty New York firefighter who is blunt to friends and a liar to lovers, has few redeeming qualities... That's the beauty of Rescue Me. Tommy is simultaneously loathsome and likable.

Dec 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Rescue Me's greatest strength may be in showing the terrifying, confusing situations that firefighters encounter every day.

Dec 11, 2018 | Full Review…

This is what a great TV series does -- it mines difficult emotional ground. It's willfully complex, putting popularity at risk. It avoids convention and takes irregular dramatic steps.

Dec 11, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

It's not a nice show, but it's so damn good.

Dec 11, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

While season two could be chalked up as a disappointment for many fans (this reviewer included), it delivered the kind of build-up that could make season three one hell of year for the show.

Dec 11, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An engrossing, character-driven series.

Dec 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Thanks to the nimble Leary, ever riveting as TV's most nuanced antihero (sorry, Tony Soprano), Tommy's tenuous struggle for sobriety is even more rewarding than last season's harrowing downfall.

Dec 11, 2018 | Full Review…

For all its smart-ass observations about the difficulties of living up to expectations, the series is most interested in how the firefighters survive the mundane details of their lives. And that is what makes Rescue Me resonate.

Jun 21, 2005 | Full Review…

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