Saturday, November 23, 2019

What I’m Watching: Shameless

Shameless: Season 10, Episode 2 “Sleep Well My Prince for Tomorrow You Shall Be King” (B+)

I’m glad that we’re seeing Ian again after actor Cameron Monaghan left the show and then returned almost right away, and it’s very entertaining to watch him fight with Mickey over who gets to stab someone so that they’ll get sent to solitary and can take a break from their now-toxic relationship. Carl selling his military gear to some poor kid who didn’t expect a lecture on what his future might not hold was funny, and I like that he got his old job back and found a side business that can help give a lost Liam a sense of purpose in his community. Debs’ return scheme sort of imploded, but she made a guy who wanted to exploit her for a sex act question his entire existence, and then got her own talking-to from Mikey, who meant “Who’s your daddy?” very literally. It’s sweet that he and Frank have developed a real friendship, and they unfortunately chose the wrong two Uber drivers to try to con. Kev embraced his newfound light criminal activity thanks to the Amazon delivery guy who nearly killed himself during autoerotic asphyxiation, and I think that’s just going to be the beginning of his entrepreneurial dreams. Lip smoking with one hand in a glove so that he wouldn’t get anything on the baby rather than quitting smoking was both clever and absurd, and he appears to be in for a rough transition to parenthood, especially as he’s doing it all by himself at the moment.

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