Tuesday, September 25, 2018

What I’m Watching: Shameless

Shameless: Season 9, Episode 3 “Weirdo Gallagher Vortex” (B+)

It’s only a matter of time before Frank got tired of his latest scheme, but for now he seems to be sticking with it despite a certain hiccup related to Mo’s past. Coupling his illegal and inappropriate relationship with Kev trying to combat the Alibi being the “rapiest” bar on the South Side is this show’s own way of tackling current events related to sexual harassment and allegations of misconduct. It would have been weird for it to play out in a wholesome way, so I suppose it will just have to run its course until something truly abhorrent or absurd happens. Ian’s exploration of different religions didn’t get him far, and Debs boiled down what he’s going through pretty fantastically, even if he doesn’t seem at all ready to hear it or to consider her potential attraction to women. Carl has found his surprising calling helping terminal dogs to die in a peaceful way, but now, thanks to Veronica’s past as a dominatrix, he seems to be headed straight to West Point with his new recommendation. Lip is in dangerous territory trying to hold on to his unofficial guardianship of Xan, crossing a definite line when Brad refused to indulge him and he ended up breaking Xan out of the hospital because DCFS was on its way. I love that Liam refused to leave his tie at home for his first day of public school and quickly saw a great opportunity to find himself some protection and put his intelligence – including his mastery of “curly writing” – to great use in his new surroundings. Fiona isn’t doing so bad herself, and it looks like Ford might be realizing just how talented the woman he’s with is when she wants to achieve something.

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