Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Shameless: Season 2, Episode 8 “Parenthood” (B+)
It’s hard to find another show on television quite this depraved, which would depict someone suffering from cancer whose impending death was both hoped for and then celebrated. In her final hours, Grammy actually managed to be nice on occasion, apologizing to Sheila for being so awful to her before she tried multiple times to kill her, succeeding finally with a pillow held over her face. Now that his mother is dead, Frank will have to worry about assassination by Mickey, who seems willing to do anything to ensure that his father doesn’t find out that he’s gay. Lip’s going off the deep end, trying high school for only a few hours and managing to get expelled thanks to his throwing of a chair through a window. Fiona taking the GED makes sense, thought it doesn’t look like she’ll pass, but she’s going to have plenty more to worry about now that she’s kicked the eldest Gallagher son out of the house, eliciting a dramatic cry from Carl and a stunned reaction from everyone else. Steve’s frequent presence is welcome but it’s hard to see where it’s headed, though I do enjoy having the subtitles for his wife, who’s completely clueless about what’s really going on in the Gallagher home. Steve makes for a decent football coach, and having him stick around to try to woo Fiona is a positive thing, though now that she’s gotten to calling him Jimmy just like Deb, she has little patience for his shenanigans.