Friday, November 29, 2019

What I’m Watching: Shameless

Shameless: Season 10, Episode 3 “Which America?” (B+)

I’m glad to see that, despite a first visit that ended with a shotgun blast aimed right at Frank, Liam has managed to find himself a good black role model to help him learn more about his heritage. Mavar seems like a nice enough guy, though his quick denial of his homosexuality hit Kev the wrong way, prompting this absurd exercise to try to find Veronica a new best friend who was a woman and far less harmful to the state of his manhood. It may have worked, even if he got a whole lot of people mad at him for wasting their time when he wasn’t actually looking for someone to date. If there’s one positive instance of friendship on this show, it’s the one that’s formed between Frank and Mikey. There aren’t many people Frank would value over himself, taking them to get medical attention and sticking by them throughout the entire process. If only they had nobler aims than stealing all of the stuff that Debs had bought to later return, screwing her up completely, a situation that only got worse when Debs showed up to find a union protest started that could last for months. She went from being on board with all the potential benefits she could get to eagerly asking how she could apply to be a scab very quickly. Mickey letting Ian go was an entertaining and ultimately sweet process, and no one else had to get stabbed in the process! It’s no surprise that Carl is dealing with the same sexual harassment from his boss that used to happen, but his desire to start a relationship with Anne while he’s already dating Kelly is all on him, a very Gallagher sort of self-sabotage. Even if she struggled to hold the baby because she was in so much pain, it was good to see Tami again, alert enough to reassure me and other viewers that she’ll be in this with Lip.

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