Mike's Christmas spirit gets dampened when Ryan (Nick Jonas, guest star), the father of Kristen's baby, unexpectedly comes back to town after a long absence. Kristin's boyfriend, Kyle, also doesn't know what to make of Ryan's return. Meanwhile, Ed hires Mandy as an elf at Outdoor Man, where she tries to unionize the other elves to get better perks.
While plotting to get revenge for the beating he received from Roger's friends, Tommy tricks Sean into making a date with a beautiful woman who is really a transvestite. Much to Tommy's delight, Sean responds by betting that he can get her in bed by the end of the week. And as psychologist Dr. Thompkins presses Lou to read his poetry, Franco asks Tommy for help finding the foster home of his daughter, Keela. Meanwhile, with Johnny's help, Tommy has Roger arrested at Janet's house. And while Janet doubts that Roger could be responsible for the assault, Johnny convinces her that he's about to confess. Pressed to admit that he's interested in something more than just the easy sex, Tommy gives Lauren a less-than-heartfelt gift to honor the anniversary of the day they met. After Lauren asks to be invited over, Tommy comes home to find her waiting for him and reluctantly agrees to let her stay. But when Janet shows up to discuss reconciling their broken marriage, Tommy is in deep trouble after a showdown between the two women reveals that he doesn't even know Lauren's name. Meanwhile, as Franco kidnaps Keela from her abusive foster father, Lou is stunned to learn that none of the members of Dr. Thompkins's 9/11 survivors support group were even at the World Trade Center. Telling Jerry that he knows the truth about the "woman" he's been dating, Sean says that he's now going to turn the tables on Tommy by telling him that they are getting married. As Franco seeks help in avoiding an arrest for kidnapping Keela, once Johnny assures him that foster parents will never complain as long as they continue receiving their check from the state, he stashes the little girl at his mother's house for now. Finally, after his house is firebombed, Tommy learns that it was Lauren who started the blaze.
In the wake of Billy Warren's death, NYPD Detective Timo Gavin reluctantly fuels his brother, Tommy's, quest for vengeance by pointing him to the homeless teens who were saved from the blaze. And after one of them admits that the fire started when she was forced to fend off some unwanted sexual advances, they tell Tommy where the homeless crack addict is staying. Meanwhile, as a bad tip causes Jerry to lose big on a baseball bet, the firefighters learn that a woman is being sent to replace Billy. And as he and Janet continue to disagree over their daughter's lesbian romance, after finally admitting that he feels better about Colleen having sex with girls instead of boys, Tommy encourages her to invite Jennifer over to his house. While Lou is surprised at Billy's ex-wife, Sondra's, sudden interest in his poetry, a discarded pregnancy test found at Janet's house sparks a confrontation between Tommy and Colleen that, even though she isn't pregnant, causes problems with Jennifer. Told that he must settle up his gambling losses by the end of the week, Jerry is furious to learn that his wife, Jeannie, accidentally threw out his hidden cash. So, with Jerry forced to scrounge around for $5,000 to keep his bookie off his back, despite being uncomfortable with the interest that Paula's daughter has shown in him, Mike is lured into having sex with her. Meanwhile, as Lou digs in to resist taking on a female firefighter helping an elderly woman escape a dangerous gas leak allows Jerry to surreptitiously pocket her diamond ring and hidden money. As Lou tries keeping Sondra at bay, a showdown over the pregnancy test has Tommy thinking that a baby might help patch up his broken marriage. Then, with Sean and Franco along to help, he tracks down and nearly kills the drug addict he holds responsible for Billy's death. Finally, once Paula sends Mike packing after learning of his affair with Nicole, after giving in to Sondra, Lou isn't sure what to do next. And as Jerry guiltily returns the stolen ring and money, news that the pregnancy test was mistaken forces Janet to admit that even a new baby could never reunite her and Tommy. So, after Tommy uses sex Sheila to ease his pain, Jerry and Lou are disappointed when no one wants to help freeze out the new female firefighter after all.
Now that he's having sex with Sheila, Tommy cannot shake his visions of her late husband's ghost. On top of dreaming about Jimmy, the shaky finances that have him owing Janet four thousand dollars have also led to some angry and reckless driving that gets him cited by a vengeful cop. At work, female firefighter Laura Miles has made it clear that Jerry is in no position to deny her request for a private bathroom. And as Tommy offers to help reunite Colleen and her girlfriend, Jennifer, Andrew apologizes for the beating he gave Mike following their failed three-way with his fiancée, and then insists that he move in with him now that Geneva has left. While an encounter with the new firefighter convinces him that she's interested in something more than a professional relationship, before Tommy can act, a fire provides Laura with her first test -- one that she fails after trying to keep Tommy from risking his own life to save a young girl, and then becoming overcome by smoke as she and Franco are inside the burning building. And while Laura insists that it will never happen again, Jerry warns her that she won't have many more chances. Meanwhile, as Tommy intervenes on his daughter's behalf with Jennifer, he hopes to avoid another encounter with Jimmy by asking his brother, Timo, to arrange for a hotel room where he and Sheila can meet. However, after their sexual escapade, Tommy is unnerved when Sheila suspects that he's seen her late husband's ghost. Once Mike settles in for a drunken night at his new apartment, Andrew's alcohol-and-drug-fueled efforts to force him into bed are met with a baseball bat to the head. Seeking refuge with Tommy after losing his house in Atlantic City, Uncle Teddy attempts suicide. But after failing leaves him feeling invincible, Teddy parlays his remaining cash into a bundle at the racetrack, leaving Tommy with the money he needs to pay Janet. Finally, Laura gets a chance to redeem herself when the crew is sent to stop two gay men who are having sex high in a tree.
Fighting nightmares about Franco's injury, Janet's selling the house and leaving with their kids, Sheila's pregnancy, and even premonitions of his own death, New York City firefighter Tommy Gavin is now living alone in an illegal East Village sublet after being transferred to Staten Island. Far from the action at his old Manhattan firehouse, 62 Truck, Tommy realizes that he is going to have to get his life back on track and calls Father Mickey to ask about returning to an AA meeting. With his parking tickets piling up, he then turns to his brother, Johnny, for help getting them dismissed before asking him and their lawyer-cousin, Eddie, to find Janet. But Johnny finally has enough of his out-of-control behavior and takes his brother to task after he's arrested for a drunken attack on some street vendors working at Ground Zero. Now that Lou finds being divorced and available has made him unattractive to his girlfriend, and Jerry struggles to cope with his wife's Alzheimer's, Sean is goaded into secretly taking a pornographic picture with Laura's camera. But after innocently trying to get the pictures developed nearly gets her arrested, Laura turns the tables and exacts revenge on Sean. As Franco nurses the wounds he sustained while rescuing Tommy, and Mike discovers that incompatibility has doomed his relationship with Teresa, the one person still willing to stand by Tommy's side, Sheila -- catches him drinking and bolts. While doing his best to try and cover it up, Tommy cannot disguise his unhappiness with his Staten Island assignment and tells Lou that he would love nothing more than to be back at 62 Truck. Although Lou wants to help, he insists that Tommy give up drinking and call to square things with Franco. So, after calling to arrange to meet Mickey at an AA meeting, Tommy places a call to Franco, only to have him refuse to talk. As a result, after a difficult phone call with his kids, a drunken Tommy comes within inches of killing himself before finally showing up at the AA meeting with Mickey.
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