Saturday, January 6, 2018

What I’m Watching: Shameless


Shameless: Season 8, Episode 8 “Frank’s Northern Southern Express” (B+)

Say what you will about Frank Gallagher: he just made a whole bunch of people really happy, offering them as pleasant as possible an illegal immigration experience across the border to Canada. Starting out by saying “Just because you look like terrorists doesn’t mean you are terrorists” seemed like more of the same absurd behavior for him, but he wanted to play road games and make them feel terrific once they finally made it to those fabled falls. I’m not sure how long his business will operate, especially if he underpays his top associate Liam. Carl’s having his own work woes thanks to his hyperactive girlfriend who wants to be with him even when he’s trying to be serious at the wheel for his Uber customers. It’s fun to see Kev taking his newfound dominant nature to work with him and exerting some control over Svetlana, an enterprise that may not play out as well as it has with an extremely turned-on Veronica. Lip interviewing new sponsors was entertaining. I recognized Jack McGee from “Rescue Me” as one choice, but I’m happier that he went with Lea DeLaria from “Orange is the New Black,” who has no interest in listening to any of his sob stories. Fiona wasn’t pleased to hear that she was complicated from Ford when he didn’t kiss her back following their idyllic day of touring architectural Chicago, and she got her revenge when she found out that he was the father to no less than five children for different women. It’s good to see Ian targeting his energy away from Fiona and to a cause much closer to his heart: taking on those who make gay kids think that there’s something wrong with them and that they need to be fixed in order to be saved. So far, he’s off to a great start.