Wednesday, February 12, 2014

What I’m Watching: Shameless

Shameless: Season 4, Episode 5 “There’s the Rub” (B+)

Things reached an irreversibly bad point on a few fronts in this hour, and it’s going to be hard to recover from them. Fiona’s relationship with Mike ended swiftly and decisively, and it was especially tragic that it happened in the middle of a perfectly pleasant evening at Mike’s parents’ home and right a sweet birthday surprise Mike had planned for Fiona. It’s good to see that Mike is at least professional about the end of his personal relationship, and that Fiona’s career at the company is far from over. Unfortunately, Robbie’s visit to the Gallagher home, which found Fiona making the first smart decision she’s made in relation to him, left a residual gift that ended up sending Liam to the hospital and Fiona to jail. Lip came home at a good time to bail out more than one of his siblings. Following Mandy’s clues to Ian and finding him blissfully working at a gay bar with no recognition of his surroundings was disturbing, and it seems to have really upset Deb. Carl’s not doing much better, mad that Frank is seeming more into his newfound relationship with Sammi than with him, firmly believing that he can right the parenting wrongs he did before and actually be a solid parent for once. How Joan’s new boyfriend got roped into building a sweat lodge to heal Frank is beyond me, but that’s just how this show works. It was fun to see Jimmy’s father Lloyd again, who most certainly has a very distinguishable type.

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