Wednesday, March 28, 2012

What I’m Watching: Shameless

Shameless: Season 2, Episode 11 “Just Like the Pilgrims Intended” (A-)

It’s hard to find another show so capable of balancing comedy with drama, and the closest one I can currently think of is another Showtime Sunday night offering, “House of Lies.” Monica’s presence has always been spiked with seriousness, but it took on a whole new meaning in this hour as she was completely lifeless until Frank took her to his brother’s house to try to extort money from him. Her return to the Gallagher home sent her back into her depressed state, and the sight of her lying with her wrists slit in the kitchen was horrifying, and quickly erased memories of carving bald eagles. And of course the Gallaghers, big extended family unit that they are with Kev, Veronica, and Steve in tow, head right up to see Karen’s new baby, who turns out to very much not be Lip’s, which is sure to send him spiraling even more, something which previously seemed impossible. The fact that he ditched clingy Mandy while her brothers were holding up a store and he was the getaway driver won’t help either, and the Gallagher brothers need to learn to stay away from that family. In the midst of all this, Sheila and Jody seem to have found some happiness, and Ian might also with his one-night stand with a random guy from the club. After avoiding certain death at the hands of a jealous Marco, Steve may just have come up with the perfect plan to get rid of his old life and win back Fiona.

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