When last seen, at the end of season five, Rescue Me's Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary) was bleeding to death on the floor of his bar, shot by Uncle Teddy (Lenny Clarke) for various sins.
Season six finds the aging charmer hero, an alcoholic, 9/11- surviving New York firefighter, continuing to pay for his sins, in every possible hell imaginable.
"You ain't a rebel," Cousin Mickey (Robert John Burke) scolds him after treating him to a high-speed thrill ride they somehow survive. "All rebels die young."
Attempts to set Tommy straight - be it by semi-estranged wife Janet (Andrea Roth), danger mistress Sheila (Callie Thorne) or any other friend or relation - never seem to take. Tommy walks through hell, or hells, with a shoulder-chip in place. Judge for yourself the scene in the church in the season six opener, "Legacy." Seems pretty rebellious to me.
Peter Gallagher joins this season as a priest providing Tommy with theological guidance.
The sixth season of FX's Rescue Me bows on June 29 at 10 p.m.
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