Wednesday, March 12, 2014

What I’m Watching: Shameless

Shameless: Season 4, Episode 8 “Hope Springs Paternal” (B+)

As has been the trend recently, this show continues to shift gears into dramatic territory, with a heartbroken Fiona wandering her house and lamenting the absence of every member of her family. Getting drunk and burning dinner was not a productive follow-up to her stint in jail, but Lip punishing her for it was especially harsh. It’s not as if his circumstances were much better, since Liam and Carl ended up right in the middle of some pretty adult games in Lip’s hallway while he studied the whole night. The excitement and the middle-of-the-night intrigue he witnessed seemed to have motivated Carl to try hard in school so that he too can go to college and get crazy drunk every night. I’m not sure which direction Frank’s epic speech moved him in, but it was pretty terrific to see a burst of life and energy in Frank again as he woke up to tell bullies that how they were being treated was a favor to them. It’s a true Gallagher attitude, and the most lucid we’ve seen him in a long time. I loved seeing Sammi and Debs bond, though it’s becoming clearer and clearer that Sammi really is a Gallagher too, embroiled in housing cons and so loyal to her family that she doesn’t care who else she has to screw over. Kev having to give up one of the babies to his mother-in-law was hard to watch, and I do hope he doesn’t get too entrenched in this gun obsession. Though Ian is still not in great shape, it was surprisingly endearing to see Mickey actually acknowledging his feelings for Ian and letting his guard down in friendly territory.

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