Monday, March 8, 2021

What I’m Watching: Shameless

Shameless: Season 11, Episode 7 “Two at a Biker Bar, One in the Lake” (B)

This episode felt a bit more cringeworthy than usual because it wasn’t just our favorite characters making depraved decisions but instead doing things that were absolutely stupid and sure to have very problematic consequences. Kev wins that prize for this hour, looking at the bike with the full knowledge that he shouldn’t take it for a spin and then getting pulled over, which might have been problematic enough without the cop being intent on buying the stolen bike. I’m not sure why cell reception seems to be so bad that Kev and Lip couldn’t get through to each other at any point, but this last-ditch effort to cobble together enough money to avoid living with Tami’s family falling through was enough to push Lip to the edge. Debs was already riled up by Sandy’s lack of desire to be a mother to her son, and Lip showing up with a sledgehammer seemed to really scare her. The police couldn’t have come to question Lip at a worse time, and I hope that his family, both the Gallaghers and Tami, will be there for him. It was good to see Liam taking a stand for himself after some guidance from Veronica, while Carl managed to mess his situation up in a major way by accusing the latex-averse Tish of plenty of things that she hadn’t actually done. Watching Frank wander around Chicago so impossibly lost produces complicated feelings, because he was using his newly-diagnosed dementia as a way to con others until he lost sight of where he was, deserving of compassion but also unlikely to give it to anyone else under similar circumstances.

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