Thursday, February 14, 2019

What I’m Watching: Shameless

Shameless: Season 9, Episode 10 “Los Diablos!” (B+)

Well, Fiona finally encountered an irreversible implication of her worsening state, getting fired after making way too many mistakes at the diner. She didn’t even get a warning, but that’s because she’s been told by so many others that she’s in bad shape and didn’t want to do anything about it. Responding by going right home to fish the alcohol out of the trash could have been a truly regrettable step, but instead she found another cause right away in the form of the discrimination against Liam’s lemonade stand by the new neighbor. Throwing a traditional block party to “welcome” her to the neighborhood was a typical Gallagher move, though she did take it one step further by hopping the fence and punching her out. I doubt she’ll actually serve time, but this will be a big wake-up call to her that something has to change. Lip and Tami are getting very cozy, and the way that she responded when Xan showed up makes it seem like they really could last. Carl’s past career is getting in the way of his current sign-twirling, but leave it to him to somehow succeed even with a job meant to be the lowest on the totem pole. Debs taking such an active role in trying to repair the house is entertaining, and I wonder if her pantsless rescue by Kelly is going to cause friction in Carl’s relationship. Randy showing up with Dr. Kwan to go “all North Korean” on Ingrid suggests that this sextuplet birth is going to be derailed in a whole lot of ways. I love the casting of Luis Guzman’s as Frank’s primary rival for the Hobo Loco competition, a hilarious and increasingly disturbing process that’s so right for this show.

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