Thursday, March 27, 2014

What I’m Watching: Shameless

Shameless: Season 4, Episode 10 “Liver, I Hardly Know Her” (B+)

Frank really is like a cockroach who won’t die, unable to be killed despite being on at death’s door for most of this season. Sammi did learn quite easily about how it would be possible to buy a liver for $25,000 for a foreign doctor working currently as a cab driver, and it’s no surprise that it was a scam. It turns out it’s quite a productive way to get a kidney, and, shockingly enough, it was the removal of one of Frank’s vital organs that bumped him to the top of the list so that he might benefit from another. The Gallaghers, including Ian and Debbie, rushing to the hospital to be there for his wedding slash funeral for once actually seemed like a family. The other families on this show aren’t doing too well, as Kev chose the wrong time to cross Mickey and accidentally set off a gun in his home with his two twin daughters around, scaring Veronica enough to get him in serious trouble. Mickey isn’t happy with how Mandy is living her life, but it’s Ian who nearly got himself beaten up by her abusive boyfriend. Sheila is certainly not equipped to handle all of the drama surrounding Frank’s recoveries and relapses. Bonnie’s home life is even more lamentable than the Gallagher family’s, but at least she and Carl have found each other. And then there’s Fiona, who spent the night at Robbie’s house and did ecstasy. Fortunately, she’s smart enough to face up to this mistake, and she might even be able to talk herself out of a major penalty.

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