The Best Episodes of Rescue Me

Last Updated: Nov 7, 2018

From the creators and executive producers of The Job comes Rescue Me, a drama/comedy that centers on the inner workings of Ladder Company 62, a New York City firehouse, and the personal and emotional battles of its members in a post-9/11 world. The show focuses Tommy Gavin, the senior fire-fighter whose life is in turmoil as he copes with the stresses and fears of his job as well the separation from his wife Janet. Tommy moves into a house across the street from her to stay close to their three children and keep an eye on her. The stresses and fears of his job are manifested through conversations with his dead cousin Jimmy Keefe, a former fire-fighter, as well as the haunting memories of people he has watched perish on the job. The remaining heroes of Ladder 62 include Chief Jerry Reilly who, despite being called "The Good Chief," has a serious gambling problem and bets on everything, even Tommy's divorce. Sean Garrity is a young, handsome guy who is easier to look at than hold a conversation with.

Yaz

#1 - Yaz

Season 4 - Episode 13

In the fourth-season finale, Sheila learns that Jimmy's ghost has been spotted on several occasions, so she investigates. Meanwhile, Colleen blames Tommy for her failed relationship; Franco and Natalie come to an understanding, as do Lou, Cousin Mike and Latrina; and Tommy spends time with his father.

star 8.43
47 votes
Directors: Jace Alexander
Writers: Denis Leary, Peter Tolan, Evan Reilly
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Justice

#2 - Justice

Season 2 - Episode 13

Tommy copes with a tragedy. Jerry must decide what to do when his wife's condition worsens. Sean has a crisis of faith. Lou learns some shocking facts about Candy. And the crew responds to a multi-level building fire with people trapped inside.

star 8.40
60 votes
Directors: Peter Tolan
Writers: Peter Tolan, Denis Leary
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Drink

#3 - Drink

Season 5 - Episode 22

Uncle Teddy appears surprisingly stoic after a staggering personal loss, but finally bursts at the seams and has the gang cornered. Janet and Sheila's plan goes haywire and leaves a trail of destruction in its wake.

star 8.38
48 votes
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Play

#4 - Play

Season 5 - Episode 7

Tommy and Janet attempt to survive a weekend together at Katy's new prep school. Meanwhile, Lou sees Tommy's absence as a way to move in on Genevieve. Teddy and Maggie receive vulgar propositions and Sean's stomach pain acts up at an inopportune moment.

star 8.28
54 votes
Directors: Peter Tolan
Writers: Denis Leary & Peter Tolan
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Vows

#5 - Vows

Season 7 - Episode 8

In the tradition of the Gavin family, Colleen's wedding is an emotional if not debaucherous affair. The high spirits quickly fade, however, when the guys tackle the mother of all fires.

star 8.26
53 votes
Directors: Evan T. Reilly
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Happy

#6 - Happy

Season 2 - Episode 12

Tommy's sister suddenly shows up in town when their dad is about to inherit a million dollars. Tommy and Janet decide to renew their wedding vows. Meanwhile, Mike is worried when he finds a lump.

star 8.24
62 votes
Writers: Denis Leary, Peter Tolan, Evan Reilly
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Menses

#7 - Menses

Season 7 - Episode 2

The guys go stir crazy waiting to catch a job. Lou fakes his physical, a news team memorializes Jimmy, and Tommy is saved by an unfamiliar face.

star 8.22
43 votes
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Head

#8 - Head

Season 7 - Episode 5

Tommy has his badge revoked when his latest tirade goes national. But Sheila’s two-pronged attack hits Tommy’s critics where they least expect it, vindicating Tommy and clearing the Gavin family name.

star 8.22
49 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
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Wheels

#9 - Wheels

Season 5 - Episode 14

Franco has his first FDNY-tournament fight, and he and Carla (Tawny Cypress) have an encounter outside the gym; Candy cooks dinner for Lou; the guys have a surprise for Sean when they visit him in the hospital, and he has one for them. The guys also plan an outing for the kids in the cancer ward.

star 8.20
53 votes
Writers: Evan Reilly
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Sanctuary

#10 - Sanctuary

Season 1 - Episode 13

The hockey game rematch between the NYPD and the FDNY is right around the corner and Tommy must figure out a plan to save himself from being pummeled by the cops who have it out for him. Tommy's relationship with Sheila is discovered by the guys and they must adhere to tradition to handle it in their own way. When Tommy is visited by his demons during a fire, Franco comes to his aid... with devastating results.

star 8.14
72 votes
Directors: Peter Tolan
Writers: Peter Tolan, Denis Leary
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Rebirth

#11 - Rebirth

Season 2 - Episode 9

Tommy starts taking Janet's antidepressants. When Sean meddles in Franco and Laura's troubled relationship he makes things worse. After a gay visitor, the crew wonders about Mike's sexuality.

star 8.13
61 votes
Directors: Jefery Levy
Writers: Denis Leary, Peter Tolan
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Reunion

#12 - Reunion

Season 2 - Episode 6

Tommy seeks the truth about Sheila while trying to get his kids back; Lou does not like the person he has saved through a bone marrow donation; Franco's addiction puts those he loves at risk; Sean's new girlfriend habitually dates firemen.

star 8.12
67 votes
Directors: Peter Tolan
Writers: Denis Leary, Peter Tolan
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Discovery

#13 - Discovery

Season 3 - Episode 2

During a night out, Franco and Tommy meet two women. Tommy is finding himself bribing his daughter Colleen before she tells their mother about his indulgent treatment of her sister Katy. Jerry visits his wife Jeannie in her expensive nursing home and soon goes to Lou for financial help. Meanwhile John Sr. insists on having his 83rd birthday at a restaurant that no one else likes.

star 8.12
63 votes
Directors: Peter Tolan
Writers: Denis Leary, Peter Tolan
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Sheila

#14 - Sheila

Season 5 - Episode 5

After a run in with Janet's brash new boyfriend, Tommy grows concerned about Katie's whereabouts. Sheila is finally able to come to terms with Jimmy's death as Damien makes the decision to follow in his father's footsteps.

star 8.10
52 votes
Writers: Denis Leary & Evan Reilly
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Commitment

#15 - Commitment

Season 4 - Episode 3

Tommy encounters Colleen's boyfriend and sparks fly; Jerry learns he flunked his physical and is given a desk job; Uncle Teddy, hiding from Ellie, breaks into prison guard Lenny's apartment; Sheila goes out with the man who pulled her from the beach house, while Tommy keeps avoiding Nona (Jennifer Esposito), the volunteer firefighter who rescued him from the blaze; and Mike seeks Tommy's advice on how to deal with his dying mother's request that he kill her.

star 8.08
57 votes
Directors: Jace Alexander
Writers: Evan Reilly
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Harmony

#16 - Harmony

Season 2 - Episode 2

In an effort to get more time off to search for his wife and kids, Tommy joins the new firehouse’s Barbershop Quartet. Meanwhile back at the old station, Lou and Chief Reilly conspire to get Tommy back, but the rest of the crew has grown fond of his replacement.

star 8.08
69 votes
Directors: Jace Alexander
Writers: Peter Tolan, Denis Leary
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Babyface

#17 - Babyface

Season 4 - Episode 1

Janet has given birth to a baby boy---whom she fears prefers Tommy to her. But Tommy has a bigger problem: He's suspected of starting the beach-house fire. Meanwhile, Jerry's son asks him to be his best man at his commitment ceremony; Richie wants Franco to marry Natalie; Lou and Theresa get distracted in church; and the volunteer firefighter (Jennifer Esposito) who rescued Tommy from the beach house takes an interest in him---and isn't shy about letting him know.

star 8.07
54 votes
Directors: Peter Tolan
Writers: Denis Leary, Peter Tolan
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Balls

#18 - Balls

Season 2 - Episode 3

Tommy's fate in the firehouse depends on vote by the crew. Tommy reunites with his dad. Franco and Laura's relationship grows.

star 8.07
71 votes
Writers: Peter Tolan, Denis Leary
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Ashes

#19 - Ashes

Season 7 - Episode 9

In the aftermath of the fire, the members of 62 truck struggle to pick up the pieces and look towards the future. Down at The Rock, the new probies receive a familiar speech and stand before a new leader.

star 8.07
57 votes
Directors: Peter Tolan
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Jump

#20 - Jump

Season 5 - Episode 21

Franco steps into the ring with one of Carla's friends;Tommy tends bar after a failed rescue leaves the crew in the dumps.

star 8.07
45 votes
Directors: Peter Tolan
Writers: Peter Tolan & Denis Leary & Evan Reilly
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Sensitivity

#21 - Sensitivity

Season 2 - Episode 5

Tommy has a chance at finding his kids with help from his oldest daughter. Chief Jerry asks his son for help when his wife's condition worsens.

star 8.07
60 votes
Directors: Peter Tolan
Writers: Denis Leary, Peter Tolan
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High

#22 - High

Season 4 - Episode 10

The Gavin family AA group's first meeting doesn't go exactly as planned. Tommy bribes Colleen for information on Janet. Franco learns the truth about Natalie from Richie while Lou contemplates revenge on Cousin Mike.

star 8.06
51 votes
Writers: Denis Leary, Peter Tolan
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Brains

#23 - Brains

Season 2 - Episode 10

When Tommy, Johnny, and Mickey confront Father Murphy it results in tragedy. Sheila needs Tommy's help with a domestic issue. Jerry decides it's time to get a nurse to care for Jeanie. Lou offers to help Candy out with her situation. And Laura discovers the truth behind Franco's poetry.

star 8.05
65 votes
Directors: Jefery Levy
Writers: Mike Martineau
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Keefe

#24 - Keefe

Season 4 - Episode 12

Tommy plays hero in someone else's uniform, confusing the crew; Colleen finds a new reason to get upset with Tommy; Natalie asks Franco for a favor; a rift between Mike and Black Shawn nearly leads to blows; and Tommy makes a move on the chief's daughter. This does not please the chief.

star 8.04
51 votes
Directors: Jace Alexander
Writers: Denis Leary, Peter Tolan, Evan Reilly
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Brownies

#25 - Brownies

Season 7 - Episode 4

What starts as a controlled interview takes a turn for the worse, ending in a full-on brawl. The beef continues even after the guys survive a harrowing scenario at a call.

star 8.03
44 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
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