Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What I’m Watching: Shameless

Shameless: Season 5, Episode 6 “Crazy Love” (B+)

There’s no beating this comedy’s ability to be absolutely gut-wrenchingly devastating when it wants to be. Steve’s return, or Jimmy, if you prefer, wasn’t terribly melancholy, but it did cause Fiona great anguish that wasn’t satisfied by a square punch to the face. Having the whole Gallagher clan watch Fiona make a bad decision by giving in to the impulse to sleep with Steve when she knew it was a destructive one underlines the way in which this family recognizes just how predictably depraved they are. Sammi taking on a maternal role in the home is peculiar, but that’s definitely not something Fiona is fulfilling anymore, particularly with the husband she didn’t get the proper chance to tell her family about. Kev and Veronica splitting up is terrible, but it doesn’t look like they’re going to find sympathetic ears for their issues, and I suspect that they’ll end up reconciling before doing anything they really can’t take back. Lip is a pretty hilarious RA, though he is at least trying to stay on top of his responsibilities. This episode was dominated by Ian’s psychotic break and Mickey’s heartbreaking concern for him, a far cry from the hateful brute we originally met. It’s a relief that nothing happened to the baby, but Ian’s future does not look bright, and I think it’s going to affect the rest of the family, who will have a tough time recognizing that one of their best and brightest has inherited something from their mother that they’re hopeless to be able to combat.

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