July 22, 2009By Joe Diliberto Posted: Jul 22, 2009
RESCUE ME's Tommy Gavin has turned the corner from being merely a self-destructive guy who causes a lot of collateral damage to a self-destructive guy who takes others down with him. This week's episode culminated in Tommy leading (most of) his family back to drinking. The extended clan had gathered to stage an intervention to make Tommy stop drinking, but he turned the tables in a big way. But the intervention was probably doomed from the moment it was decided to conduct it in a bar. (Good thinking, Maggie!) Defrocked Mickey was able to keep the faith and resist the lure of the demon booze, but Tommy's siren song got to everyone else. This episodes deft mix of the deadly serious and seriously childish — the subplot about Needles' mail-order Russian bride was a juvenile as it was funny — just makes last week's Emmy snubs all the more difficult to take. RESCUE ME totally deserved an outstanding drama nod, and Denis Leary should have been nominated in the lead actor category. At least Michael J. Fox landed his richly deserved guest-actor nomination. So it wasn't a total washout.
It's not in the same league, dramatically speaking, but I am liking Syfy's new WAREHOUSE 13 more and more each week. Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly are fleshing out their characters with some fun quirks (ice skating helps Myka think; Pete is obsessed with cookies) and Saul Rubinek is getting a grip on exactly what kind of lovable eccentric Artie will be. I am especially impressed with the way Myka is proving to be a very vulnerable character, rather than the "tougher-than-any-man" stereotype of a fed. Her mixture of guilt and barely suppressed hostility dovetail nicely with Pete's boyish enthusiasm.