Wednesday, February 11, 2015

What I’m Watching: Shameless

Shameless: Season 5, Episode 5 “Rite of Passage” (B+)

I’m not sure what to start with here – the intensely dramatic or the completely depraved comedy. I think it’s better to get the ridiculous stuff out of the way first, namely the latest situation in which Frank has found himself. He went over to the home of his donor’s parents simply because he wanted something to eat and somewhere to sleep, and what he ended up with was an immensely manipulative relationship with David’s father who saw his son in him and a sexual tryst with his mother. He did enough damage to his own family, and now he’s managed to mess that couple up for a while after spending just one night under their roof. Debs made a big leap from fighting in the ring to working with her brother to take bets on catfights which essentially just involve her beating up her former friends. Sammi’s attempts to hit on Mickey at the bar epitomized her obliviousness to the world around her, and now that her father has officially let her down, it will be interesting to see how she picks herself back up. On a more serious note, it’s a shame to see Mickey realize that Ian is sick and then have him run away, and he picked the wrong time to try to teach Lip a lesson that has prompted him to head back to school early. Kev’s attempts to get even with Veronica as ordered by her failed at first and then worked well, but it revealed a much more serious problem: that Veronica just isn’t equipped to deal with the pressures of parenthood and not getting to put herself first. Jackie’s overdose was a harsh hit of reality, and while Gus was there to swoop in and be protective and safe for Fiona, it’s only fitting that Steve would choose this moment to show up and wreak havoc on Fiona’s life.

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