Lee Tergesen played a firefighter named Sully in the first three
episodes of the second season of the FX cable TV show "Rescue
The show's star and co-creator, Denis Leary,
plays firefighter Tommy Gavin. The second season opened with him
assigned to a Staten Island firehouse. Sully is the firefighter who
fills Tommy's spot at his old firehouse in Manhattan.
Gavin's life is in
turmoil as he copes with the stresses of his job, the aftermath of
Sept. 11, and separation from his wife. Estranged from his old
crew, Gavin winds
up "stalking" his old firehouse, which now includes
Everybody loves Sully. He can cook (lamb shanks were on the menu
in the first episode), he's a prankster, and he's good on the job.
But, some of the firehouse veterans think he's too good to be true.
The third episode hilariously reveals his darker side.
Lee's friend and former "Oz" co-star Dean Winters (Ryan O'Reily from
"Oz") plays Gavin's brother Johnny, a New York City police
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ME" EPISODE GUIDE: Lee-centric summaries
2.1 Voice Mail (June 21, 2005)
The first episode of the second season is set
three months after the events of the first season. Tommy Gavin
(Denis Leary) has transferred to a boring station house in Staten
Island, but he's been keeping an eye on his old firehouse in
One day, Lou (John
Scurti) climbs in Tommy's truck to
fill him in on what's happening. Tommy asks how the new guy's doing.
Lou tells Tommy how great Sully is, what a great cook he is and how Sully saved Franco (Daniel
having a wall cave in on him during a fire. That's the first glimpse
of Lee, in a flashback to the fire scene.
When Lee first has a scene with dialogue,
he's in the kitchen at the firehouse, looking adorable in a
backwards baseball cap and cooking up lamb shanks for the crew.
Laura (Diane Farr), aka "the girl" firefighter, comes in
with a camera, taking snapshots to send to her folks back home. When
she sets the camera down, Sully goads Sean (Steve Pasquale) into
taking a picture of his cock. Sean starts to unzip, but Sully
exclaims, "Don't take your cock out in the kitchen!" It
was his mother's rule, he says, with a great giggle. (Sound
In a later
scene, Sully informs Sean of how much trouble the picture could get
him into. Sully says he checked with a pal who said it was illegal
to have pornographic photos developed commercially. Although Laura and Sean escape trouble with the law, she
retaliates for the prank by posting the picture on a gay Web site
along with Sean's phone number.
In summary: Lee is cute, he's funny,
and in far too little of the show.
2.2 Harmony (June 28, 2005)
Lee's scenes were even shorter than in the
first episode. But the previews for the third episode hold promise
for more Lee, when the secret of Sully is to be revealed.
Sully and his too-good-to-be-true quirks are
shown as Lou talks to Tommy on the phone about "the new
guy." Lou has his doubts about Sully, but everyone else has
taken quite a shine to him. First of all, he can talk to anyone
about anything -- cut to Sully talking to Laura about her hairstyle.
Suggesting perhaps a Dorothy Hamill cut. Laura wonders if the short
style would make her look took "dyke-y." Sully flirts,
"Oh, you could never look dyke-y." Laura takes that as a
compliment and pats his knee, "Oh, Sully!"
Then, Lou "complains" that Sully can
cook like a freak. There's a montage of Sully presenting dishes that
include salmon cakes and haricots vert. But wait! There's more.
Sully turns out to be part owner of a paintball range, where he took
the whole crew for a great time. Lou fears there will be no getting
rid of Sully so that Tommy can come back.
There's two more brief flashes of Sully. In the
first, he's entering the firehouse announcing, "Sully's famous
banana bread! Come and get it!" Much later in the episode, he's
in firefighter gear as the crew pulls up to a smoky apartment
|2.3 Balls (July 5, 2005)
pretty much says it all. But here's a description of the
action in this episode:
The first scene
after the credits opens with Sully giving a mind-blowing massage
to a moaning Sean in the locker-room. When Franco asks what's
going on, Sean encourages Franco to give it a try, because he's
the one with a sore shoulder. But Franco declines, saying he
only gets massages from chicks and only when the massage is not
the main event.
"Are you saying I'm gay?" Sully protests.
"No," Franco says, "but there's a first time for everything and
rubbing your hands all over another guy is sort of an obvious
trigger for setting it off."
"I don't think so bro," Sully explains "I learned this from a
chick I was banging a couple of years ago. She was a
professional massage therapist and she taught me everything she
Meanwhile Sean continues to moan. "It just feels so good. I feel
like one of those deer in the meadow."
Franco finally gives in and accepts the massage on one
condition. "Your hands stay from the nipples up."
Meanwhile, Lou is angling to get Tommy back on the squad. The
chief says if the whole crew chooses to Tommy over Sully, he'll
sign the transfer. He's confident that it would never happen.
Later, Sully offers girlfriend advice to Mike, the young "Probie,"
"You having trouble with the knob polisher?" Sully inquires,
When Mike tries to say no, Sully dismisses him.
"Don't lie to Sully. Sully has seen it all, Sully has done it
all, Sully has done it all done to him. Spill."
Mike then confesses that the girlfriend has dumped him,
prompting Sully to launch into his macho advice. "We're talking
about love here, son. Love's a war. You gotta get in there and
fight. Take no prisoners. I mean other than her. Because in this
case she would be a prisoner. So forget that last thing. Are you
going to be a man or not?"
Soon after, Lou calls the crew in to take a vote on whether to
accept Tommy back. Franco's still angry that Tommy endangered
him during a fire and doesn't want him back. Sean, Mike and "the
girl" pick Sully too, following Franco's lead.
Later, Sean enters the kitchen where Sully is slicing a squash.
Sully mentions he's off that night because he has a doctor's
appointment. Sean is surprised that his doctor would work at
night. Sully explains that his doctor is "holistic." Sean says,
"So... something's wrong with your hole?" At first Sully thinks
Sean is kidding. But, no, he's just dumb. Sully explains, "No,
holistic means natural. Alternative."
Sean accepts this answer and then mentions
his back hurts and asks for one of Sully's super backrubs.
"Yeah, no problem. Take your shirt off." Sean's hesitant. Sully
explains, "It's just easier." OK, the shirt comes off. Sully
goes to work on Sean bare shoulders, digging into the knotted
muscles. Sean feels good, and tells Sully, "If you were a chick
I'd marry you."
Later, the squad answers a call to a basement fire where there
might be people trapped. They quickly find people collapsed in
what turns out to be an underground sex club. Lou finds one
chained up, gagged, and wearing a leather mask, corset and
miniskirt. The crew carry the victims outside and line them up
on the sidewalk.
Lou is concerned about the person he rescued. Sean and Mike
assure him that "she's a little hairy, but breathing." Shea
tells them to take the hood off and prop her up to help her
When they do ... they see ... it's Sully! He's got some
explaining to do!
"Guys, lemme explain. ... I uh, well..." He starts to giggle.
"Oh, who am I kidding, right? I like to dress up like a chick,
OK? I like to wear panties and high heels and rough sex."
Needless to say, the next vote that's taken back at the
firehouse, Tommy gets voted back on the squad. The chief tells
Lou that he has signed Sully's transfer out. "I don't know what
you guys did to him, but he said there's no way he's ever coming