Last night's "Rescue Me” was one of the darkest, and thus best, episodes I've seen in a while. Titled "Blackout," Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary) sets out a bender that turns destructive and when he wakes in the morning he's got no memory of the damage left in his wake. He can’t even remember spending the night drinking with his daughter and she’s now gone missing. This is what “Rescue Me” does so well—showing the tragic flaws of its characters without the drama being too hyperbolic. There’s some pretty humorous moments sprinkled in as well.

I won’t go into too much detail about the episode because A.V. Club’s TV critic Todd VanDerWerff has taken a novel approach to reviewing this season of “Rescue Me” by undertaking each episode on a scene-by-scene basis. It’s a must read and I agree with most of his observations, except that last night’s episode let Tommy’s off the hook because the bottle of whiskey he was drinking had been laced by his cousin and uncle. It was a brilliant episode of guilt and regret until Tommy got a pass, once again, for his wicked ways.