Monday, March 28, 2016

What I’m Watching: Shameless

Shameless: Season 6, Episode 10 “Paradise Lost” (B+)

This show has always ventured towards drama on occasion, and this episode featured a few small serious moments couched within a greater ridiculous narrative. It was inevitable that the Gallagher family’s time on the commune couldn’t last forever, and to me the most poignant moment was when a panicked Debs called Frank “Daddy” and begged him to take her away. Giving birth in the Gallagher home was a great way to bring Debs back into the family again. Before they left the commune, I finally identified Jeff Kober, who played Jacob Hale on “Sons of Anarchy,” as Jupiter, the man who ended up wrestling naked in the mud with Frank until his opponent got the upper hand, so to speak. The other less comedic moment was Lip learning about what happened when he got drunk and blacked out, a harsh and deafening confirmation that his drinking problem has gotten totally out of hand, which stung most when his mentor and boss told him he had to wake up and start acting like an adult. Ian’s relationship continues to be full of pleasant surprises, like his boyfriend’s quick acceptance of his many sexual partners and encouragement of the idea to lie and not put on his application that he’s ever been in a mental institution. For once, Fiona is doing fine, and I like that her bachelorette party involved Kev and the guys from the bar stripping on stage, and it all went well until Kev found out that Veronica and Svetlana had gotten married without trying to see how his plan worked out. Carl going on a ride-along with his girlfriend’s cop father was a treat, and I love that the experience has inspired him to want to become a police officer, something that I imagine will present more than its share of obstacles.

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