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A gruesome accident has the guys fighting to stay strong. When Tommy is the only one to remain stoic, he seeks a violent outlet for his emotions.


John Fortenberry


Peter Tolan (created by), Denis Leary (created by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Denis Leary ... Tommy Gavin
Adam Ferrara ... Chief 'Needles' Nelson
Michael Lombardi ... Mike Silletti
Steven Pasquale ... Sean Garrity
Andrea Roth ... Janet Gavin (credit only)
John Scurti ... Kenneth 'Lou' Shea
Daniel Sunjata ... Franco Rivera
Callie Thorne ... Sheila Keefe
Larenz Tate ... Bart 'Black Shawn' Johnston
Lenny Clarke ... Uncle Teddy
James McCaffrey ... Jimmy Keefe
Tatum O'Neal ... Maggie Gavin
Dean Winters ... Johnny Gavin
Charles Durning ... Michael Gavin
Kevin Chapman ... Terrance


A gruesome accident has the guys fighting to stay strong. When Tommy is the only one to remain stoic, he seeks a violent outlet for his emotions.

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Drama | Comedy




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30 June 2009 (USA) See more »

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Emotionally Profound & Simply Amazing
1 July 2009 | by taysir_t3See all my reviews

I'm not usually one to comment on TV shows or even movies for that matter, but after having watched this episode I was left in complete awe. The episode deals with, in part, an expose of Tommy Gavin's soul and it is done in such a beautiful way that when the closing credits rolled, I think I'll be depressed for a few days. At the very least I'm not going to be watching another tragedy-style anything for a few weeks.

Perfect is not a word I throw around much, but this episode was exactly that. The only reason I gave this a 9 instead of the full 10 is because of the scenes dealing with the supporting cast. Don't get me wrong, those scenes are good, but the real meat here are the scenes featuring Tommy Gavin. The supporting cast scenes are interwoven within the Tommy Gavin scenes so they tend to take away some of the emotional effect of Tommy's scenes. Although in retrospect, if I had to watch all the scenes about Tommy back-to-back without the other scenes to serve as small intermissions, I doubt I would be able to handle the emotional consequences.

Watch this show. If for nothing else, but to understand the full background for this episode. Amazing.

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