Thursday, March 26, 2015

What I’m Watching: Shameless

Shameless: Season 5, Episode 10 “South Side Rules” (B+)

It’s a pity we didn’t get to see any of Carl ruling juvy in this episode, but this was another one of those devastating hours that went from comedy to drama in an instant without any warning. Watching Ian and Mickey beat each other senseless and then make up made the subsequent development, Sammi calling the army to come claim their deserter Gallagher, all the more heartbreaking, and that’s one harsh feat that Fiona and the family won’t let her come back from, no matter what role Carl had in incarcerating Chucky. The other big moment was Lip springing into action to bring his tripping resident to see Helene’s husband believing him to be a medical doctor rather than a doctor of theology, which resulted in Helene giving Lip a stern lecture about the real world and doing what actually matters rather than what might be expected of him by his peers. There’s a magnificent contradiction in Debs’ proactive plan to go on the pill to prevent teen pregnancy and her dismissal of Derek’s responsible presentation of a condom despite having been told expressly that the pain takes a couple of days to work. That’s a disaster just waiting to happen, and I’m truthfully worried about how she’ll deal with it. Frank trying hard to win Bianca’s affections seems surprisingly sincere, and it’s sweet that he’s putting so much effort into connecting with someone who really needs to live every day like there’s no tomorrow and she has nothing left to lose.

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