Wednesday, September 19, 2018

What I’m Watching: Shameless

Shameless: Season 9, Episode 2 “Mo White for President” (B+)

This show has tackled gentrification and racism before, and I’m surprised it took this long to officially get to politics. Frank was a perfect candidate to be paid to take signs down for one politician and then put them right back up for the other, though of course he was chastised for taking the job away from perfectly qualified Hispanic people in the process. Organizing everyone at the Alibi to recruit a retired politician, played by Dan Lauria, to run to represent the white men of Chicago was an entertaining start to what’s sure to be an absurd but very watchable storyline. Fiona employed newly school-less assistant Liam to tremendous effect to score herself a major win, even if it means that the confidence in Ford’s reliability is shaken. Kev and Veronica having their two daughters pretend to be one person is going to be fun, though I can’t imagine it’s going to last long. Debs made a surprising new friend who will show her how to get by in one way that she didn’t previously expect, and I’m curious to see what it will do to her newly-ignited activist spirit. Lip may not be able to take charge of the kid he’s trying to mentor, but he can probably do some good with his first official sponsee. Ian really was doing fine on the inside, performing mass gay marriages, and even if his behavior was a bit fervent, he’s now going to be difficult to control as he feels the walls closing in on him following the exponential growth of his movement while he was inside. Naturally, Carl would be a fitting choice to help put dogs down, but his newfound compassion is going to drive everyone crazy and likely isn’t going to help with his military aspirations.

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