Tom R. - Sr. Staff Writer
Rescue Me is another great example of the FX Network’s sense of balance. Damages is set among the skyscrapers of New York; Rescue Me covers the city streets and blue-collar firehouses. Nip/Tuck shows people trying to be beautiful; Rescue Me doesn’t seem to mind the fat, goofy and out of shape. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia deals with crude, politically incorrect morons; On Rescue Me…well…ok, but at least they try to be a little better.
In the show’s opening scenes in 2004, Leary’s celebrated NYC firefighter Tommy Gavin makes it cleat to a group of new recruits that he’s not a hero. He celebrates his fallen brothers, including his cousin, Jimmy Keefe, who lost their lives at Ground Zero. In the next scene, we find him literally haunted by Jimmy, as well as an ever-increasing group of people he was not able to save. Tommy continues to battle his alcoholism as he bounces between the women in his life.