Thursday, December 5, 2019

What I’m Watching: Shameless

Shameless: Season 10, Episode 4 “A Little Gallagher Goes a Long Way” (B+)

It’s so interesting how Frank is the one who tends to get the most serious plotlines about devastating loss. Mikey really has become a great friend for him, and the way that they put on suits, blurted out random financial terms, hopped into someone else’s Uber, and then got as much SWAG as humanly possible at a convention was actually pretty touching. Deciding that he needs to go back to prison so that he can get free medical care feels like the right move for him, and I imagine Frank is going to find another project to distract himself from the loss of his best friend. Debs running into her friend, played by Dylan Gelula from “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” has now set her mind on getting benefits from the widow of Franny’s deceased father, and I can’t imagine this is going to lead anywhere good. Both Lip and Carl are getting cozy with other women, and it was awkward to see both Tami and Kelly show up at the end of the episode, not eager to learn who they hadn’t yet met. Carl has gotten himself in way over his head combating ICE, and, as long as Kelly’s not jealous, she may actually prove helpful. While Kev is dealing with an apparent crackhead who won’t leave him alone, Veronica is in better shape, ready for a new career using some of her natural skills and potentially improving global black-Asian relations. Liam doubting the goodness of his new relative Mavar was indeed very Gallagher, and I like that he’s grown a real personality of his own.

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