Shameless

Season 3 Episode 7

A Long Way From Home

17
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 03, 2013 on Showtime
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Fiona goes to great lengths to become her siblings' custodian, but Frank doesn't want to give up his paternal rights.

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  • Team Fiona

    10
    For some reason I haven't reviewed any of the episodes of Shameless yet, but I just need to say that Emmy Rossum portrays Fiona Gallagher like a Goddess. The perfect amount of emotion and vulnerability and strength - she is the rock of this show and this episode just proves that.
  • A Long Way From Home

    7.5
    This had the makings of a great episode, but it was the court room scene that really stood out as strong here. Both William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum gave outstanding performances with their monologues, really delving into what motivates their characters Frank and Fiona, and it was just truly compelling television. This show can be funny, but it is the dramatic moments like this one that stand out to me.moreless
  • This show really is one of the best in TV!

    10
    Kudos to the actors! Emmy & WHM, esp. Always looking forward to the next episode.

    The British version has nothing on the US version.

    Emmy Rossum should have won the Emmys since Season 1!
  • An Emmy for Emmy!!!!!!

    10
    If this episode doesn't get Emmy Rossum an Emmy nod, I don't know what else they're looking for, because Nurse Jackie and The Good Wife are simply not pulling their weight compared to this show. I know this is an American adaptation of a Brit show, and in many respects that is in character name only. And this episode is a great example of that. Seeing Fiona break so many laws to stop Frank from ruining the kids lives anymore than he already had was fun. Seeing the look on her face when she cut off the toe of the corpse she was using as an Aunt Ginger sustitute after seeing that Debbie was going hungry in foster care was brilliant. Kick-ass momma bear.

    This show can sometimes make her character come off as a self sacraficing saint, and this episode was one of those, but there's always enough of the Gallagher DNA in her to see how easy it is she crosses over to the darkside/Frank side.

    Frank had a good couple bits in there, not a fan off seeing how easy he swayed a recovering alcholic back to drinking in one little speech, it felt a bit too muck like and Aaron Sorkin moment, and his character isn't one who anyone holds in any respect. So it felt a little unbelievable. But having him steal 30 and 60 day recovery chips like it was just a game, and being so relieved that Fiona would have all of the responsibility was just classic. And not for nothing, but in the cold open, where he says you didn't miss much last week because he was a little light in the episode (where he holds clean urine in his mouth to pass a drug test) had me laughing from the get go.

    Karen is back and that makes the Lip/Mandy story more intersting, especially when she shows that she is devoted tto helping him get to take the SATs and get him into college like she promised in the earlier episodes.

    And Jimmy/Steve's antics are just getting more and more desperate. Not just with Estefania and his bodyguard-keeper. Though I predict the next pregnancy is theirs. But also with him clearly feeling trapped in a family not-of-his- choosing with Fiona. He wants her for a fun and sexy relationship, but the qualities that drew him to her are also what have her make decisions for her kids that he doesn't like. And since I can't imagine an American version of this show surviving without the two of them to counterbalance Frank's chaotic disfunction, I am looking forward to see how the Fiona and Jimmy story moves forward. And come Emmy time, Ms Rossum better be on the list of nominees.moreless
William H. Macy

William H. Macy

Frank Gallagher

Emmy Rossum

Emmy Rossum

Fiona Gallagher

Justin Chatwin

Justin Chatwin

Jimmy Lishman / Steve

Ethan Cutkosky

Ethan Cutkosky

Carl Gallagher

Shanola Hampton

Shanola Hampton

Veronica Fisher

Steve Howey

Steve Howey

Kevin "Kev" Ball

Ryan Bittle

Ryan Bittle

Steven Redel

Guest Star

Mike Doyle

Mike Doyle

Lanier

Guest Star

Barry Shabaka Henley

Barry Shabaka Henley

Judge

Guest Star

Laura Wiggins

Laura Wiggins

Karen Jackson

Recurring Role

Stephanie Fantauzzi

Stephanie Fantauzzi

Estefania

Recurring Role

Bernardo De Paula

Bernardo De Paula

Beto

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Jimmy: (to Fiona, after answering the phone) It's Veronica. Says she's got a dead body for you?

    • Judge: Ms. Gallagher, you want to tell me why your father should be declared unfit?
      Fiona: We were living out of a car once. Uncle Nick had kicked us out. We couldn't find anyone else who'd take us in. Lip and Ian and me were sleeping in the backseat when Frank pulled over. Middle of the night. Think it was Halstead. Told me to take the boys and sit on the curb and he'd be right back. I was six. Few hours later, we're still sitting on the sidewalk and Ian's head is burning up. He's hysterical. I don't know what to do. So I ran down the street, Lip under one arm, Ian under the other, trying to flag down help. It would have been easier scoring crack than a ride to the clinic. I finally made it on foot. They said Ian had a fever of 104. Another couple hours later, who knows. I didn't find Frank until a couple days later. First thing he asked me, was how much money I had on me. Wish I could say that was the only time, but it was just the first. My mother is bipolar and my father is an alcoholic and an addict. He takes what he pleases and he offers nothing. No money, no support. I've done what I could to help raise my siblings. I wish I could've done more. I'm not asking for your pity or your admiration. I just want to be able to give these kids everything that they deserve because they're great kids. And they deserve better.

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