Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What I’m Watching: Shameless

Shameless: Season 4, Episode 9 “The Legend of Bonnie and Carl” (B+)

This episode was full of romance for nearly every Gallagher character, though it’s hard to find a healthy relationship among any of them. Lip’s go-to babysitter has taken it upon herself to program his life so that he can be on a schedule she finds fitting, which often includes sex act breaks, but also made for the perfect opportunity for Mandy’s giant, furious boyfriend to track Lip down after he found out that she lied about being at his house. Domestic violence is a topic more serious than this show usually likes to address, so let’s hope Mandy is able to escape her relationship soon. Mickey is doing a relatively good job of steering clear of his newborn child, though being with Ian may ultimately cost him. For the time being, he was just an irritating unexplained houseguest at the Gallagher home, the latest in a neverending series of random long-term visitors. Opting to take Mandy’s violent advice over Sammi’s overexuberant counseling wasn’t a great idea for Debs, who may be in over her head with a similarly deranged foe. Sheila skipped right past the anger phase as soon as she got home and went right to completely deranged, hoping to marry Frank before he dies, a certainty which seems to get further and further away each hour. Fiona’s situation continues to be immensely heartbreaking to watch, particularly her visit to her old office, and let’s hope she catches a real break soon. The best part of the episode was inarguably Carl misspelling his own last name to do right by his dad and get back into detention to be with the girl of his dreams. They’ve escalated to armed robbery rather quickly, but hopefully they’ll be able to have some fun before they get arrested.

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