Rescue Me: Season 5 (2009)

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Rescue Me changes tone this season in a drastic and wavering turn from grim to buoyant, yet still maintains its edgy approach to human tragedy.

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Critic Ratings: 20

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User Ratings: 21

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Air date: Apr 7, 2009

In the fifth-season opener, Tommy deals with his father's death and a new man (Michael J. Fox) in Janet's life. He also finds that Chief Feinberg, who has initiated a Section 8 procedure against him, is being surprisingly nice to him. Meanwhile, Sheila finds a new way to handle her problems; Colleen has a new boyfriend; and Sean, Franco and Mike devise a surefire way to gain riches and plenty of sex from the money Mike inherited from his mother.

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Air date: Apr 14, 2009

As Tommy awaits his Section 8 hearing, he's coerced by Mickey into taking an AA sponsor and picks a fight with Janet's new boyfriend. Meanwhile, a French reporter interviews the guys about 9/11; Teddy, still grieving for his brother, goes into a funk; Sheila becomes a Big Sister; and Mike buys a bar.

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Air date: Apr 21, 2009

After learning of Colleen's relationship with Bart, Tommy decides that it's time for a talk with his daughter about the birds and bees. Tommy also decides to meet with the French reporter (Karina Lombard) who's writing a book about 9/11, and issues raised by her book lead to friction between Franco and Mike. Meanwhile, Mike hits on a new theme for his bar; Sean seeks out treatment for his bad back; and Tommy meets Sheila's psycho-dramaturge (David Pittu).

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Air date: Apr 28, 2009

Lou wants to cooperate with Genevieve (Karina Lombard) because he's interested in her. She's interested in Tommy, who isn't particularly interested in her, but he does watch some 9/11 footage she gives him, and what he sees is very disturbing. Meanwhile, Mike's bar opens; Sean's back still hurts; and Sheila's psycho-dramaturge tells her to "purge" herself of Tommy.

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Air date: May 5, 2009

Lou sees the same thing on the 9/11 tape as Tommy did -- and so does Sheila. Meanwhile, Sheila has a talk with Damien about his plan to join FDNY; Tommy gets to know Janet's boyfriend; Sean gets the results of his medical tests; and Colleen and Bart discuss the parameters of their relationship.

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Air date: May 12, 2009

Tommy takes Genevieve on a tour of Ground Zero and tells her why the 9/11 footage of Jimmy Keefe was so haunting. And Franco's 9/11 conspiracy theories come under attack. Literally. Meanwhile, Mike's bar proves to be a success; Sean learns that he'll have to quickly come up with $12,000; Tommy and Lou have a falling out; and Janet tells Tommy why she sent Katy to an upstate boarding school.

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Air date: May 19, 2009

Tommy and Janet drive upstate together for a weekend at Katy's boarding school, and Teddy and Maggie surface in Maryland, where they are volunteers at a VA hospital. Back in New York, Franco gives Lou love tips, and Sean has a new health issue.

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Air date: May 26, 2009

Tommy is haunted by ghosts of 9/11 -- and other ghosts, including his dad (Charles Durning), his brother Johnny (Dean Winters) and his cousin Jimmy (James McCaffrey). Meanwhile, Sean's health continues to deteriorate and black Shawn is still missing; Needles and Lou try to talk Franco into entering a FDNY boxing tournament; Mike befriends Damien; and a nervous young man enters the bar just after closing time.

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Air date: Jun 2, 2009

Tommy takes heat from both Needles and Dwight (Michael J. Fox), and receives offers from Janet and Sheila; Sean tells his mother (Kathleen Chalfant) about his illness; black Shawn sees Colleen again; and Franco's boxing skills are tested.

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Air date: Jun 9, 2009

Tommy and Mike must patch up their differences at work; Sheila uses her leverage with Tommy to try to control his drinking; Lou must relive an unpleasant memory; Franco gets back into the ring; and Sean finally has his heart-to-heart talk with his mother.

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Tv Season Info

The fifth season finds Tommy (Denis Leary) and Lou (John Scurti) competing for the love of a woman writing an article about 9/11 (Maura Tierney), leading to an in-depth flashback exploration of the events leading up to the attacks and the surrounding experience for all of the men on 62 Truck.

Critic Reviews for Rescue Me Season 5

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (17)

The writing remains top-flight -- as good as anything, anywhere on TV -- while the acting remains superb. These characters seem so real and vivid that you can almost see their bodies tumble off the screen into your living room.

Dec 12, 2018 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

It returns to its former glory after an unfortunate fourth-season slump.

Dec 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Rescue Me has always offered an impolite and rarely decorous combination of anger, politics, psychotherapy, comedy and melodrama. Maybe that's why it's never been easy to explain why it worked or, this season, why some things don't work quite so well.

Apr 7, 2009 | Full Review…

[FX's] Envelope-pushing signature series.

Apr 7, 2009 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

Rescue Me has lit a new fire under both the man and his show.

Apr 7, 2009 | Full Review…

Both poignant and hilarious.

Dec 12, 2018 | Full Review…

I wouldn't expect this seat-of-the-pants series to deliver finely crafted perfection in its finale, but it went out true to form

Dec 12, 2018 | Full Review…

This show started as the only acceptable form of soap opera watching for men and it went out just like that. And we couldn't have asked for anything more.

Dec 12, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a true ensemble drama, one that finds as many worthy plotlines in the supporting characters as it does in the main stories.

Dec 12, 2018 | Full Review…

A wonderfully adept conclusion to a series that, in and of itself, has been nothing short of a masterful rollercoaster of emotional intrigue through the life of one brilliantly troubled mind and his family, friends and co-workers.

Dec 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Every day that a firefighter wakes up could be his last and the strength of Rescue Me is how expertly the show has taken that unpredictability and made it dramatically rich television.

Dec 12, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Though the firefighting scenes are exciting, the strength of Rescue Me is that the characters' problems and crises are all very believable.

Apr 7, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rescue Me: Season 5

  • Jul 03, 2017
    got sick of it. only fully watched the first four episodes. after that i just skipped over the drama parts, which was most of it. i only watched the fun and funny parts with the whole crew. basically 5-10 minutes per episode to finish the season (1 viewing)
  • Sep 11, 2014
    One of the greatest shows ever made and an excellent parable of modern manhood and heroism.

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