Thursday, January 29, 2015

What I’m Watching: Shameless

Shameless: Season 5, Episode 3 “The Two Lisas” (B+)

This was a pretty transformative episode that had a few big blowups that, as usual, get taken in much more stride than they would in a normal situation. The Gallagher family war sponsored by Frank against the two lesbian Lisas and executed by his children is going decently so far thanks to the successful overnight de-gentrification of the neighborhood, and I’m glad to see that one of the Lisas is not going to be intimidated, which should bring those two characters into greater focus. Debs’ party wasn’t particularly great, even with Milk of the Gods as the drink of choice, and though I thought at first that she tricked Matty into thinking they had sex, it seemed like they actually did. Only on this show would Debs be upset about raping someone and have her brother trying to defend it by saying that many guy would be lucky to be raped by her. Carl’s nickname was pretty legendary, and I do wonder how long this wheelchair-bound stage will last since he’s not managing to get into as much trouble. Fiona reacted pretty competitively to the news that her rocker romancer had a live-in girlfriend, and she may have just found herself a good musician after all. Frank trading his daughter for alcohol creation supplies was typically heartless, and it’s going to be hard to appeal to either of the main women in his life now that he chewed both Sammi and Sheila out pretty cruelly. The house exploding was a perfect literal complement to everything that’s been boiling over recently.

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