Sunday, January 10, 2021

What I’m Watching: Shameless

Shameless: Season 11, Episode 4 “Nimby” (B)

Parts of this episode felt a bit too formulaic and forced, and were really only worthwhile for the place they eventually got to. That’s truest of the Little Miss Southside pageant, where both Debs and Veronica gave in to their competitive instincts and ended up cancelling each other’s chances out, but it might have all not been for nothing since Veronica, despite being named as a drug dealer onstage, could have an unexpected political future as a result of her charged speech. The Milkoviches moving in next door to spew their racist views is probably something that should attract the attention of all the Gallaghers, but they seem too distracted for anyone other than Frank, Liam, and Kev to actually focus on that threat. Mickey and Ian getting hired to make weed deliveries is a smart plan, even if Mickey was able to seem like a military man by bragging about wiping out a village since he had no clue what conflicts were still ongoing when he was asked if he had served. I don’t know what exactly to make of Carl having to watch Leesie mistreat people and plant evidence, but at least he’s coming to terms with what he can do to make up in some small way for that general abuse of power. I was worried that Lip meeting Tami’s teacher who she was clearly still into would make him out to seem jealous, but instead Tami got to realize how wrong her situation was while Lip got the rare chance to be right. I was trying to figure out how I knew the actor, and seeing his name in the end credits reminded me that British actor Phillip Rhys was a part of one of the shows I first watched regularly, “24,” back in season two.

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