Monday, February 22, 2021

What I’m Watching: Shameless: Hall of Shame

Shameless: Hall of Shame: Episode 5 “Go Fiona on Them” (B+)

I’ve been wondering since this slate of special episodes started whether we were going to get one about Fiona, and I’m very glad that we did. It did feel a bit odd that Fiona herself wasn’t featured in its framing, and it seems like a foregone conclusion that Emmy Rossum won’t make a return appearance for the finale since this reality show contest storyline doesn’t scream ambition. This did serve as a formidable reminder of just how great she was on this show, and how lamentable it is that she barely got any critical recognition for her performance. A good chunk of this hour wasn’t actually about Fiona but instead about the siblings she raised and about how terrible a role model Frank was until he turned out to be a whole lot like her, but it’s always good to see the ensemble featured if I and I’m sure many others would love to have Fiona come back to see all of her siblings off when this show ends in just six weeks. What these retrospectives have done more than anything is to make me want to go back and watch the whole thing all over again, since I vaguely remember Steve/Jimmy and Sean but didn’t have any recollection of Gus. More vivid in my memory, for obvious reasons, are the more recent times when Fiona was a landlord and got involved with Ford, who ended up being just as duplicitous as the rest of them. Next and last up is Frank, whose montages are sure to be memorable, before this show airs its final four episodes, which I eagerly look forward to and dread at the same time.

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