Shameless: Daddy Issues

Shameless Season 2 has drawn a convincing parallel between 21-year-old Fiona and 12-year-old Debbie as Fiona has handed off her parenting duties to her younger sister. In "A Beautiful Mess," that decision came back to haunt Fiona when she finally realized the burden she'd asked Debbie to bear. Debbie developed a nasty rash on her arm from the stress of running the family's summer daycare service and perhaps worse, she's missed out on having friends her own age, resulting in one of the saddest sleepover parties ever.

Fiona, for her part, has used her free time to get herself into trouble, which has resulted in a series of attacks from the enraged wife of her high school crush and most recent fling Craig Heisner. The combined guilt of her actions finally caused Fiona to break down, and in her weakness she called Steve to invite him to come over and see Debbie (even though he's halfway around the world). The biggest question of the season so far is whether Fiona will adjust her priorities to help her family get through the summer. In one of the best moments of the show so far, Fiona found herself under a table with Frank, realizing she's become him, much to Frank's enjoyment.

Just like Fiona, Lip's had an emotional summer, searching for ways to break up Karen and her odd, often naked (but seemingly harmless) boyfriend-turned-fiance Jody. This week finally brought the truth to the surface as Lip nearly came to blows with Ian while discussing what was best for Karen. With his family against him, Lip's decided to find or manufacture some dirt on Jody. But when a background check and his own efforts both failed to produce anything worthwhile, he sent a willing Mandy to attempt to seduce Jody. Predictably, this also failed, and brought on Karen's wrath in the form of some swift kicks to the mid-section and a bombshell revelation: She warned Lip to stay away from her, from Jody... and from Jody's baby.


Questions:

... Whose twisted love life is more likely to turn out okay—Fiona's or Lip's?

... Will Fiona's call to Steve bring him back to Chicago?

... Unless Jody has a baby from a previous relationship, will Lip end up being a father?


The Gallagher Family Crib Sheet

– Sheila finally made it 500 steps outside in the slowest-moving plot line ever. Frank was back to his old self, desperate to scare Sheila away from her outings. It's funny that he had no friends at The Alibi—they all said they'll betray his behavior (especially sleeping with Karen) to Sheila. Time is running out.

– Looks like single mom Ethel will finally be getting a meaningful storyline, as she's started to fall for another single parent in Malik. I enjoyed Kev and Veronica's conversation on the subject, when Kev accused Veronica of becoming a "Momma Bear" for caring about Ethel.

– Jasmine is getting increasingly out of control as we move steadily toward an inevitable Fiona/Richard outing. This time it was cocaine in the Gallagher kitchen at 8am after having lied to her husband about her whereabouts the night before.

– Carl reminded us this week that he might be the Gallagher who's most in danger of growing up to be a convict. Hanging out with a true juvenile delinquent in Little Hank, he has clearly become the problem child. That said, it was hard not to laugh at his Megan Fox cut-out shrine on the roof of the van.

Emmy Rossum has had a very strong season playing Fiona thus far, and this episode's breakdown will hopefully be sent in for Emmy consideration.

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yeah but wouldnt it be fun if it was franks???
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Definitely agree that Sheila's story line is one huge snooze and they need to have her move on from Frank. I'm sick of them together already. And If I have to watch her take any more mind numbing steps around Chicago I might gauge my eyes out. But on a lighter note, loving Fiona and love how Veronica is becoming the moral compass of the group. Pretty awesome review!!
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What was written on the brick that came through the window in last nights episode
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'Home Wrecker'

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If they keep following the storylines in the british shameless series then Lip is gonna be a father, only differance is that it will be with a different girl.
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Booooo. Cmon man, no spoilers!
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One thing though, was pretty obviously Lip's kid not Jody's. For several reasons, the most obvious being Jody and Karen havent had sex
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i agree it was pretty obvious...
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I thinking that Lip is actually the father of Karen's baby.... For me that was the most unexpected thing that happened. I'm sure Steve will be back, but not before some Fiona/Richard, I'm kinda interested to see what can actually happened between them..... The whole Craig's wife being mad at Fiona, is boring me now, it was a bit much, just get over it already. Seriously loving this season, even better than the first.
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Totally agree on the Craig's wife storyline. There was a ton of it for a single episode - the initial slap/chase, the milkshake toss, the brick through the window, the spray painted door and the final (I hope) reconciliation.



I'm ready for the Richard storyline or even the return of Steve/Tony the Cop.
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Yea. what happened to that guy? (tony the cop)
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As far as we know he's still living next door.



Lip mentions that Tony got him a background check on Jody so he's still willing to do favors for the family.
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This season just keeps getting better. I don't think Carl is going to end up a convict, I think he is going to end up a crazy serial killer. Lip's love life will turn out terribly. Frank was right, Karen is a beautiful mess; things will not go well with her. And of course Steve will be back; Fiona's life can't keep going how it has been. I'm seriously addicted to this show.
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First I want to state that I love this show. Second, this review sucks!!Did you even wathc the show or just he previews??? The plot line with Shelia, way slow moving has been grat. Why not mention the airplane wheel that almost fell on her, I think Frank will try to figure out a way to get some money out of that. Also I think Karen implied and everyone understood that the baby is Lip's. This will be an interesting story line to follow as the writers are making links to how much the kids (Fiona and Lip) are becoming like Frank. Frank even stated that Karen reminded him of his wife, and remember last season when the professor told Lip not to knock up Karen as it would ruin his chance to get a better life. This season has set up some great stroy lines and I can not wait to see what will come next.
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I agree with you! Does this guy even watch the show? He made glaring mistakes in the first 2 reviews of the season, and his tone seems like he barely even cares about this show. Can we get a new reviewer??
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Sheila's agoraphobia storyline has been continuous for 16 episodes, so for me it's getting a little stale. As for the airplane, a fun coincidence for Frank, but I'm assuming it won't solve his Sheila problem entirely.
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II can't even begin to describe how much I love this show! The pace of it all, the interaction between the characters, the smart lines that just keep coming...wow! I can easily watch an episode from the beginning to the end without pausing it for a second. All the scenes are significant for the story in some way, I haven't been bored once. And I like the darker turn that this season has taken. Last season was pretty much just crazy stuff happening all the time, but now they have added the plot lines with Ian wanting to go to the military, Fiona's and Lip's heartaches, and Debbie's teenage angst. Instead of writing all this, I could have used only a one word summary: excellent.
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There's been a huge upgrade in storytelling this season. Season 1 was great, but the antics have really been amplified and im finding myself sorta stunned by the character's choices, everyone on this show is clearly a fuck-up.



Emmy Rossum should've won that Emmy last season, her breakdown point in this episode was just saddening to watch. You could just tell she was wishing more than anything that she had taken off with Steve when she had the chance. And in a way you can see she's noticing that she is in fact, not necessarily needed as much as she thought. Her siblings are coming into their own and could manage without her.



Many LOL moments in this episode, from Ethel and Malick, to crazypsychobitch wife of Craig trying to kill Fiona. I LOVE this show, its so brutally wrong in the most hilarious way.
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I think you missed a beat. The implication wasn't that Jody is the father, but rather that Lip is the most likely candidate. Jody and Karen still haven't slept together, or if they have, it's only been a week (if that) seeing as right up to her engagement, Karen insisted that she and Jody weren't yet ready for that step.
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Great catch and much appreciated. I've adjusted the final question - my assumption had been that Jody had a baby out there from a previous relationship, but I doubt that's right.
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Time's not running out for Frank anymore, didn't you catch the mid-credits scene at the end? What looked like an airplane wheel landed right in front of Sheila as she prepared to go to The Alibi.
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I'm assuming it won't truly be the permanent solution to Frank's problem as it felt far too easy! (Usually the writers are better than that)
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Yeah, you're right. Something else could easily happen, but I personally think that's a pretty good relapse for Sheila!
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