Thursday, March 19, 2015

What I’m Watching: Shameless

Shameless: Season 5, Episode 9 “Carl’s First Sentencing” (B+)

Leave it to this show to send two of its youngest characters to prison and have it not be a deathly dramatic development. Chucky really is out of the loop, and Sammi is making for problems for him than she is helping. Carl, on the other hand, ignoring Fiona’s advice and instead directly insulted the judge before telling her that he’d make better decisions about how to sell drugs in the future. Now that he’s officially in the clear as far as his boss is concerned, he’s going to be running juvy pretty soon, and hopefully poor Chucky won’t have too hard a time. Prison isn’t easy for anyone, as evidenced by Sean’s current state, literally frozen in place so that he won’t make a mistake he regrets because of the news that he can’t leave the state and go with his daughter. Ian’s new dishwasher job may be just what he needs, and could help him achieve some good stability. Kev’s legendary status as the Rape Walker was an entertaining way for him to realize that he needs to patch things up with Veronica, and getting confronted by a bunch of guys angry that he was making seducing the ladies harder for them was funny. Frank taking a cancer-diagnosed doctor on the ride of her life was actually quite sweet, and this could be the start of a decent friendship rather than just a petty theft. I was thrilled to see Sasha Alexander, from “Rizzoli and Isles” but who got her big start in the original incarnation of “NCIS,” as Lip’s new professor who finds him quite appealing. His student loan may come without strings attached, but his new romantic situation is definitely a bit more complicated.

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