Shameless: Hitting Rock Bottom

Shameless S02E05 Father's Day
Shameless S02E05: "Father's Day"


This week's episode of Shameless celebrated Father's Day as only Shameless can—with the body of Karen's father, Eddie Jackson, being discovered in Lake Michigan. Unlike episodes of CSI that begin with a dead body, we already knew every detail of what had transpired. Thankfully, the show's writers have a knack for remembering the loose ends we thought might have been forgotten. This time it was Frank and his drunken, forced sexual encounter at the hands of Karen, posted to a video blog in Season 1 and now discovered by the detective investigating Eddie's suspicious death.

Shameless is at its best when Frank is on the run, and we saw that again this week as he took off, beer in hand. But unlike in past episodes, Frank's ability to summon some Gallagher ingenuity to escape failed, leading to a great twist when he got home expecting Sheila to send him packing.


Shameless S02E05 Father's Day


While still scrambling for his alibi, Frank had some time to offer a bit of advice to another potential father, Lip: "The best gift you can give ... neglect." But with the chips down on the table, Lip decided he's not destined to turn out like Frank. Lip is at a turning point: He's willing to do the right thing and be there for Karen should the baby be his. And as Fiona reminded him, he's the odds-on favorite.

The problem is Karen, who's already run off and married Jody and is determined for Jody to believe the baby is his, even if it's not. This led to Lip finally hitting rock bottom, and it wasn't pretty—especially not the fight with Ian, whose readiness for the military was quickly apparent. His reluctance to smash Lip's head into the bathtub might have been the most mature act by a Gallagher this season.


Shameless S02E05 Father's Day


Ian's not the only Gallagher concerned about his future. Debbie is still too eager to grow up; once again she enlisted both Holly and Mandy in her attempts to impress little Hank. Wearing makeup early is one thing, but here's hoping she doesn't get in too deep with her juvenile delinquent crush, as she's already had quite a rough summer. Fiona has, too, but this week she was blissfully unaware of her family's issues, whisked away on a wedding date by potential sugar daddy Richard. Their interactions were surprisingly sweet; she reminded us of how crafty she can be, carrying on a lie about attending Princeton with confidence, and Richard clearly enjoyed it. When Fiona opened up to him and revealed that she really lives on the South Side, his response was charming—it reminded him of where he grew up. But Fiona's never allowed an uncomplicated life, so just as Richard took off in his chauffeured ride, Steve returned, casually stepping down from Tony the Cop's porch as if he never left Chicago. This literally rendered Fiona speechless, but their minute of awkward interaction made it clear the chemistry between Fiona and Steve remains.


Shameless S02E05 Father's Day


What do you think: Is Steve back for Fiona's heart or just to get even with Tony?


The Gallagher Family Crib Sheet:

– As predicted, Carl got very creative in order to make some money for the family. He's found the most disgusting prostitute in Chicago's South Side to pay room and board and to bring her clientele with her.

– I loved Kev and Veronica's plot this week. The mere hint of betrayal sent Veronica to the dark side, ready to maim Kev for his infidelity. Thankfully he's only learning to read, which should come in handy if he decides to revisit ownership of The Alibi.


Shameless S02E05 Father's Day


– The writers are clearly ready to expand on Ethel's character, as they've now removed the barrier preventing a relationship between her and Malik. It was quite a misunderstanding that led to Clyde's death—"taking care of my husband" certainly did not mean a shiv in the shower.

– I would love to see the investigation of Frank stretch out over several episodes, and I may get my wish: Frank met up with his detective at the neighborhood BBQ, and she vowed to catch him.


Shameless S02E05 Father's Day


– I took some flack in the comments last week for my lack of interest in Sheila's character, but I'm never a fan of an act of God (an airplane wheel falling from the sky) as a solution to a season-long story arc. Sheila's agoraphobia has had her stuck inside the house for far too long now, and it would be nice to let Joan Cusack spread her wings a bit. Here's hoping her hint of marriage to Frank could move things forward for her.

– It was nice to see Karen's human side, as she shed a few tears over her father's grave being dug. Of course, she came around during the credits, as we saw her urinate on his gravestone. Always classy, that Karen.


Please, no spoilers from the UK version of Shameless in the comments!

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I loved Veronica's story. It was nice to see her playing Momma-hen to Ethel a bit instead of Fiona, and the jealousy was hilarious. Garden shears! The moment Fiona said she wasn't taking care of another kid said alot more about the character than just a few words too. Last season see was fighting to keep Henry, because he was one of "hers" ; but now that she has a little freedom to act like a young woman, she isn't looking to give it away, even if it is Lip's kid. BTW I think having Jody sniff at an open BBQ grill that was turned on was just a quick way to point out he is stupid, the deaf card in his wallet may have meant something,, but this was just proof he is simple.

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one of the best episodes so far.
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This comment is from filmstu2005... I accidentally clicked "delete" when I ment to click "more." thankfully I was able to hit my back button and copy it somehow. Sorry about that, filmstu2005!



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Another great episode, I feel overwhelmed by the time it ends, it just goes by so fast and we're given so much content, so much happens within the 50 minutes of airtime. Sheesh.

is it just me, or did Steve sort of remind anyone of Ryan Gosling in Drive. It was his whole demeanor, trying to play it cool, which is funny cause I really thought he and Fiona would jump into each other's arms and reignite the flame (if hadnt already been reignited)

I'm really enjoying the Ethel/Malick storyline. If you think about it they're lives really aren't that different, just flip sides of a coin. Both have children. Both come from large families with multiple "baby mamas." Both havefather figures in jail. I think they're romance is highly unconventional, very sweet, but its a socially conscious experiment that goes to show just how similar our realities really are.

Lip is starting to frustrate me a lot more now, almost as much as the Karen character, whom I despise whole-heartedly and wish would just get killed off. If she were a real person I'd piss on HER GRAVE
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No problem dude.
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Did anyone notice Jody sniffing propane at he was trying to light the grill? Is this a subtle hint at some kind of addiction he may have?
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Or perhaps that he's just incredibly stupid and might light himself on fire by accident in the near future...
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i also thought that he was going to burn himself^^
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Macy may be a great actor, but as Frank in the U.S. version of Shameless, he's a disaster. Do us a favour, and watch the UK version, it's way better and it's funnier.



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Are you kidding me?? Macy is fANTASTIC as Frank. He really has no shame in his portrayal of his character. He gives it his all. Sure, Frank himself is written as a disaster. I tried the UK version. I couldnt get over the weak direction. Especially the first few seasons. The production just looks horribly...bad.
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A few people have said as much. Does the UK version make Frank more redeeming? Give him more screen time?



What else would make the performance so much better? I ask because I think Macy is quite good.
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shiela suck in US version compared to the UK
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I'm with you on that "feeling overwhelmed" part. There is so much happening for everyone, and none of the separate story lines feel boring or redundant. Personally though, I like all characters, even Karen. They all have their place in the story, with flaws and all.
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