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Shameless S04E06: "Iron City"


Oh boy, Shameless. We leave you unattended for a few weeks, and all of a sudden everything's turned upside-down. Knowing this show always saves a bit of its best drama for the middle of the season, we expected that the relatively upbeat Season 4 premiere was but a mirage, and we were right. 

Around this time last season, the Gallagher clan was spread out across Chicago's foster-care system. But when Fiona stepped up and took over for Frank as the family's legal guardian, the threat of the authorities realizing the true extent of the Gallaghers' dangerous situation was finally eliminated. Or, so we thought. In her new role, Fiona would have to walk the straight and narrow.

And this season, Fiona's done anything but "behave," as part of a rapid downward spiral. She lost her good-looking (if boring) boyfriend Mike by sleeping with his addict brother Robbie. And then, to celebrate her birthday, she doubled down by diving headfirst into the cocaine that was left behind as a parting gift from the affair. Last week's tragic reveal that her three-year-old brother Liam found his way into the drugs as well was earth-shattering, and this week we were treated to the results.

Liam was rushed to the hospital with acute cocaine toxicity and seizures threatening his future development. Just the thought of a child suffering to that degree was painfully sad, but the actors who make up the Gallaghers really nailed their moments of terror and made things more than a bit dusty in my household. In particular, Jeremy Allen White once again turned in an award-worthy episode, displaying a complicated mix of anger for his older sister, fear for his younger brother, and even pride in himself when a B+ term paper was delivered to the hospital.

Fiona got the full County Jail treatment, and it wasn't pretty. Shameless smartly took its time showing the painful process, allowing Emmy Rossum to earn her paycheck as each embarrassing moment—from the strip search to her arraignment to being bailed out by her ex—hit home. While we've often thought of Fiona as smart, brave, and responsible over the course of the show's run, she's also proven many times over to be very much a Gallagher. She's partied too hard, slept around recklessly, and ruined great opportunities and important relationships alike. Despite having seen time and again how drugs have hurt her family, in the moment, Fiona didn't think twice about her cocaine pop-up party. She crossed a fine line between letting loose and taking a risk beyond the pale.


As a result of Fiona's carelessness, the Gallaghers are once again at odds. Lip's steely silence indicated that Fiona may have screwed up one time too many to re-earn their trust. Lip's brief run as a parental replacement wasn't pretty, but in the end, he got the job done. Drugged-out Frank showed up just in time to claim Liam from the hospital, and Carl and Debbie eventually made it back to school. Adding intrigue to the shuffle was the near first meeting between the family and their long-lost older sister Sammi (Emily Burgl), who spent the episode helping Frank realize the truth of his failing health. That led to a fun moment where the family realized Debbie's boyfriend is much older, and Sammi realized Liam is black.

Frank had nearly died in his attempt to improve his failing liver a sweat lodge, sending him to the ER for his 56th visit—he's now only two trips away from taking the crown as the hospital's "most decorated frequent flyer ever." Frank's ER doctor was great, reminding me of Mad Men's Roger Sterling in his bedside manner as he chased a joke with a straight, serious message: "Given your four decades of stumble-down, hammered-in-the-gutter commitment to pro-level alcoholism, I think you owe your liver a condo in Boca, and some shuffleboard... You know you're dying, right?" Finally, after an even more sobering visit to a hospice to scope out his future, Frank realized what he's up against. Will Shameless without William H. Macy really happen? According to the doctor, it's looking likely: "Order the flowers and decide between urn and a casket soon." But something tells me there may still be a miracle liver replacement in his future.

"Iron City" will go down as one of Shameless's very best episodes, forcing us to question our trust for Fiona just as we have the show's other characters. In fact, her refusal to give up Mike's brother for providing her with the cocaine could be read several ways. Was she being loyal to Mike in the hopes that someday, he'll find a way to forgive her? Was she being selfish, doing the right thing for her reputation instead of looking out for her family's wellbeing by getting her potential sentence reduced? Or was she purely wanting to take the full punishment for her actions, no matter how ugly it might be? Regardless of how you see it, Fiona's final scene, returning home to an empty house, clutching her shirt like a child, was as heartbreaking as anything the show has delivered.



NOTES & QUESTIONS

– This episode did an amazing job adding a beat of silence at two important moments. The first was when Lip took seemingly forever to accept Fiona's collect call from jail, and the second was when Fiona waited as long as she could to enter her "not guilty" plea in the courtroom.

– Financial details always matter to Shameless, and the show again did a masterful job portraying just how hard it is to be dirt poor in America. While Kev wanted the very best legal help for Fiona, the Gallaghers could only ever dream of affording more than a public defender. And while everyone wanted to keep Fiona out of jail, without Mike's final moment of generosity, she would have been locked up for quite some time. 

– Was this Sheila's goodbye? If so, kudos to this season's great, if substantially quieter, work from Joan Cusack. I've had my fill of her character several times over now, but the writing this season has done an excellent job of providing her with a romantic interest and hope for a family of her own again. 

– Kev and Veronica played an important role in this episode, providing assistance to the family while thinking about their own fast approaching parenthood. 

– Kev on his future children: "They're going to be happy and smart. And play for the Bulls." 

– The Gallaghers now rely quite a bit on Carl's ingenuity, giving him important responsibilities like keeping watch at the hospital and counting on his knowledge of Frank's whereabouts. 

– Carl was an efficient arsonist. His seemingly haphazard use of gasoline to burn down the sweat lodge that nearly took Frank's life somehow avoided taking Sheila's house with it. 

– Will Lip go back to school? He was more than willing to drop out if it meant keeping custody of Liam, but the look of satisfaction on his face after seeing his grade on an essay showed that he may finally be hooked.

– I can't say I'm on board the Lip and Mandy train. They may keep each other out of trouble, but it's hard to see them staying together if Lip plans to stay in school. 

– Stay strong, Shameless 'shippers. Ian's still out an island, and possibly still drugged out of his mind as he tends bar at a night club, but we know he'll have to come back to Mickey eventually. Hopefully, the reunion won't be interrupted by the Army dragging him back to base for faking his identity. 

– The city social worker's great final line: "This family's home visit needs to get scheduled soon. Very soon."


What did you think of "Iron City"?


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Emmy Rosum's acting in this was A+, possibly her best ever. She did such a great job of portraying the full emotional weight of everything she was feeling being locked up, but without going over the top into campiness.
Also loved the end scene when she returns home from jail, excited to see her family again, only to find the home empty...just the look on her face ahh you could really just feel it so intensely (and I also thought it was a great choice to use Sydney Wayser's "Geography" during that scene, it really added to the mood).
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Wow! This episode was so tough to watch. Very few moments of comedy, although Carl is always good for at least a smirk.

The acting is absolutely spot-on, every single actor brought it in this episode and really embodies the best and worst of their characters, from Lip's confusion and sort of repulsion about his old life, craving for the stability he now sees is possible with his new life and inability to tolerate the destructiveness of his family; to Kev trying to be supportive of everyone; Debby desperately trying to find some stability anywhere, and maybe finding some in a very unlikely place; Sheila having a moment of total epiphany about herself and what she needs to be fulfilled; Frank finally realizing what the consequences of his actions will be and that it looks like this time he cannot evade them; and of course Fiona--a tour-de-force of emotional turmoil. Emmy Rossum deserves several awards.

It seems like the chickens are coming home to roost for the Gallaghers. I suppose when you are writing a show like this you almost have a moral obligation to show the consequences of continued seriously irresponsible behavior. Frank is dying and deserves to be, and as much as I love to watch William Macy work and enjoy seeing him on this show, I think if the writers want to keep it real he should die.

It's from Frank and his wife that the problems of this family stem. Fiona has tried to do right by her family and taken on burdens that no kid should have to,but she has a serious self destructive streak and need for drama, and that is so true to someone who grew up in a wildly unstable household like the Gallaghers. So again, I have to give the writers credit for keeping it real although it's much more fun as a viewer to watch the pop up parties that have no real consequences other than a hangover than what happened in this episode.

Part of me would just like to see the Gallaghers continue on their path of drinking, fighting, f@#$in, and loving each other the best they can with none of this serious stuff, but that's not how it happens in life and with a quality show like this you know it's gonna get real.

I was totally yelling at the screen BTW when Fiona didn't at least tell Mike it was Robbie that provided the coke, even if she didn't tell the police. I will be very interested to find out what her motivation was and how that plays out. I am on pins and needles with my fingers crossed for this family but a feeling of dread has taken over...
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Let's be realistic , as a show , Shameless is a great show but telling me that you are rooting or you have sympathy for anyone of the Gallaghers !
They are totally fu*ked up and none decent would justify what the hell they are doing in their life .
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Oh, surely you must have a soft spot for one of the Gallagher clan, no? Don't you want Lip to land a great job someday? Or Carl to... not become a serial killer?
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I was kinda like the innocent Debbie Gallagher but Man!! In this season , they fu*ked her up ! Hanging out with these stupid girls ,Geez she become totally Dumb !
At the end , this show has its moments but if this family is real , i don't think anyone would get near of them :P
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I am constantly amazed by this show. It's one of the best currently on television, and this episode was the best of the season thus far. I just wish there were weekly reviews on here!
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They are now doing weekly reviews of seemingly all of its competition in the 9:00pmEST hour 'Revenge', 'True Detective', and 'Walking Dead' are all covered here. 'Revenge' has sucked since the end of season 1 and 'Walking Dead' has sucked since it just became a glorified artistic and design product that occasionally tries to tell a story and fails. Patrick Sullivan has one of the best voices when it comes to reviewing this show - he's a better writer than 2/3 of the column writers that post here - his weekly reviews should all go up.
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I really appreciate it! I'm a Product Manager on the site (I work with the engineers to build the site features and kill bugs), but I love Shameless, so volunteer my free time to cover it when I can. I'll definitely be back to write at least one more post for the season finale as I did last season, but it's quite time consuming!

Appreciate the vote of confidence and really excited to see our Shameless audience is starting to grow!
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I dont want Frank to die.
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This show has been set up kind of perfect this season. Seeing Emmy Rossum absolutely wonderful performance each week is one of the best parts of Sunday night. The boring waste of time 'Walking Dead' may get the coveted ratings in this time slot for cable Dramas but this story about the Gallagher family from Chicago is just superior to it in every imaginable way. You don't get any crappy child actors here like you do on 'Walking Dead' - no acting black hole (every scene looks like bad audition footage) like Chandler Riggs anywhere to be found in this cast. Even Debbie's newly introduced friends and (wonderful addition of Emily Bergl) Sammi's son are interesting. The reason Debbie's story has been so painful/wonderful is the performance by Emma Kenney as a teenage girl trying to grow up. Jeremy Allen White has been unbelievably good - when 'Lip' is quiet and you can see so much more going on behind his eyes in every scene is the best. You could see the light in his eyes in his last scene getting his graded assignment back and it was something we hadn't seen the entire season and you became as uplifted as Lip did after that dark episode. His scene with Mandy, also really good - I like White and Emma Greenwell together (obviously the actors really like one another as well) in scenes. The two seem to bring bring out the best from one another. Hopefully Mickey gets locked up for a while.

Is this the end of Sheila? I was worried about this character as mangled Karen and Jody (Zach McGowan got a good part in 'Black Sails') drove off. I'm glad they didn't take the easy route and just spiral her into depression when she was left to her own devices. Its taken since the beginning to completely get her out of her home and this was some good stuff. Her and her new boyfriend and her falling for his kids and they for her (they were teasing her but it wasn't being mean, you could tell they all really liked her and she loved playing along) Any happiness whatsoever was a long time coming. Go Sheila! Hopefully not the last time we see her but if it is, at least she finally got to be happy.

Frank's story has been great as well. Emily Bergl as the next in the line of characters that fall under the spell of Frank Gallagher has been perfect. That role could have been grating by now but with Bergl and the lovely chemistry she has on screen with Bill Macy has really elevated that story. Can't wait to see how it changes when the real Frank appears. I've been wondering if its all been part of his con or if he is really starting to care about Sammi?

I'm thinking Frank's 'miracle' is going to involve Fiona being found out to be a compatible donor. (Carl grabbed someone else's tampon out of the garbage and they never really tested Fiona.) Just a thought.

Emmy Rossum is just wonderful. You cannot name 5 better female performances in a leading role on a drama on television. Just for comparison - Robin Wright's 'Claire Underwood' is a stereotypical, thinly drawn 'politicians wife' character. Watching 'House of Cards' you wound never even realize she is the lead female character. Rossum's 'Fiona Gallagher' is the real deal. She is unquestionably the lead female performance. A character written exceptionally well that has someone as wonderful and talented as Rossum to breathe life into. Rossum is more than up to the challenge and you get work like in this episode that makes you feel emotion toward a fictional character. The performance is brilliant. Go ahead now name 5 better female lead performances? (just to see how I compare them - my top 5 this year would be Emmy Rossum, Tatiana Maslany (easiest assumption to make), Keri Russell (we know 'Americans' isn't going to skip a beat and the critical world is going to again ignore how good she is), Ivana Milicevic (Carrying on her fantastic work from the first season on 'Banshee'; now that 'Carrie' is finally home should be getting more soon), and Adelaide Kane - (Cause that young girl is the real deal playing Mary Queen of Scots.)

As per usual, loving this season of 'Shameless' and watching Fiona embrace her inner Frank has been as wonderful as it has been painful due to the actress. This show remains fantastic.

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REPLY TO ASPIASU'S REPLY:

Maslany's is sort of ground breaking so - agreed - eagerly anticipating what that crew has in store this year. So nice seeing her at the Golden Globes and every interview she did showing how she was more interested in the work (and getting back to it) than getting dressed up and going to the party. Her exclusion from the Emmy broadcast made me finally just completely give up hope that that award actually mattered. (Her shooting days must be endless but the work never showed that over-work affected ANY of her performances.) This year though just watching Fiona flailing after putting so much on her plate last year has been so outstanding - seeing her almost self immolating her success. Maybe she never gets nominated because she is actually a young woman from a great family making it as an actress without being noticed by the press for being an idiot? Everything about this young woman is impressive. She's someone young actors should aspire to be like.

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Tatiana's work is still the more impressive of the two, I believe, but Emmy Rossum is definitely a strong number two! Though I'd have to give number three for the last year to Elisabeth Moss for Top Of The Lake.. Excellent performance by her!
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Once again Shameless hit hard. I was waiting for drama to enter in the middle as it always does in previous seasons. It is like tradition already) But it was sudden as always. One second you laughing hard and happy for characters then some crazy shit happens. I hope we see Sheila's routine in reservation with kids. They are funny. I bet she'll take some kids with her and crazy fun stuff'll continue. Also it's great to see Native American character. Also that nephew, Sammi's son, is funny as hell. "Who's that guy watching a porn in our house?" "Our nephew". LOL
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I really like this show, but the neverending misery just got boring and I gave up. Ill probably marathon it later.
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I know, right?. Kinda becomes depressing after watching all these stuff especially this seaons. To be honest i want to see Steve but not going to happen.
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It was kind of funny seeing Scott Grimes as Frank's doctor. Being that this show is set in Chicago, he could have been easily reprising his role as Dr. Morris from ER. And don't forget that William H. Macy was on that series in the first few seasons as Dr. Morganstern. But I don't think it was an actual reunion between them since Grimes was only featured in the last few seasons of that show.
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What is going on with this show? I'm a huge fan of Shameless but it's so depressing now! I don't laugh and think they are crazy anymore. I just say "What?" I hope they bring back a lot of the characters that have left.
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Out of curiosity, which characters that have left are you thinking about?
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I second MarlboroMagpi in saying it's nice to see a Shameless review and an excellent one at that.I don't know what the machinations are for what shows do and don't get reviewed,but it seems flawed because some top shelf shows go wanting while some awful crap gets reviewed.
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Reviews for quality shows unfortunately don't always find an audience on our site. We do our best to balance reviewing critically acclaimed shows, fan favorites, and new ones with potential, but we have a small staff, so we can't possibly cover everything.

That said, we've built Communities for more than 300+ shows to allow users to write reviews as well, and we're regularly promoting the best long-form posts to the homepage. Shameless is one of those great shows with a smaller audience, so you're more than welcome to take a shot at writing something up in the next few weeks!
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I had not considered the fan favorites factor and understand that a lot of the most popular stuff sucks.As for me writing something I would not want to inflict that on the fine folks who gather here.When all is said and done the staff here does an excellent job and I thoroughly enjoy the site.
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I feel bad for saying this, but I really hope Frank dies. Macy's been great, but the character's plot seems like an after thought or a separate show as of late. And he's a irredeemably horrible person.
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I kinda wonder about that, seeing as in the UK version, Frank is about the only original character to stay on, heck, most of the original cast is gone by season 3 and its up to something like 10 seasons now, and not the usual 6-8 episode standards of UK either!
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I am very excited TV.com is doing a shameless review again! Hooray !

This must be one of the saddest episode of Shameless since the episode when the mum cut herself.

Usually an hour of shameless would give you laughter and tears but this one was pretty much just tears. It does not mean I do not like it but I really hope we see Fiona coming back strong.

Just went Lip finally seems happy to stay in college,this is happening. I guess the Gallaghers just cannot catch a break.

I do hope Frank die sooner rather than later but I doubt he will as this show is very much about Frank and unless the show is ending soon, I do not think they will killed him off.

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Our dear fellow TV.com readers have so many creative ways :-)
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We always make sure to check in on Shameless, especially when an episode is as good as this one. I probably won't do another full review until the season finale, but I'd love to jump in on any conversations that continue in the Community.

Agreed on Frank. The show has fooled me into thinking he'd change his behavior in the past, so I don't see that happening. They do seem intent on pushing his health to the very brink though. Any ideas who might provide his miracle liver? Carl was never able to test Ian's blood type...
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Keeping Frank alive may be the only way to keep Liam with the family. I think Fiona may reconsider and donate her liver out of desperation.
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Carl took a tampon out of the bathroom garbage, assuming it to be Fiona's, to blood test (remember that scene of him dropping it at the hospital?) because she was still refusing to be a candidate that came back no match. I'm thinking he may have grabbed someone else's (Vi or Sheila's perhaps??) and Fiona may come in to actually be Frank's savior.
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I have a feeling they'll pull a black-market transplant stunt and there will be a ton of complications, but in the end Frank will pull through. Seems that's the only foreseeable case right now, unless they come up with something from left field and surprise us.
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There is always the possibility of Frank's twin. Or possibly his other brother. Granter, neither of which we've seen for 2-3 seasons, and neither likely to offer to piss on Frank were he on fire.
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Does anyone else have the feeling that Ian inherited his moms bipolar disorder. I think he is about the age where it usually sets on.

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The scene where Lip and Debbie find him bartending at the nightclub was a scary one... he was obviously drugged up, but here's hoping it's not a long term problem.
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This season of Shameless along with the new Good Wife season are quite the renaissance. Already few seasons old but now at their peak. This episode was incredibly great, although I do miss Ian a lot.
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I have never seen this show, but I have read articles and reviews..So, with storylines and events like these, how is this a "comedy" show?
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It is not. But it's a dramedy, you cannot really consider it a pure drama.
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With a story like this, it must be a real black comedy...I was juat a little confused by reading it's genre as comedy (and drama), and the storylines where kids go through several form of mental abuse, rampant drug use, mostly absent father (who may die very soon), and I remember there was a episode (i read the review) where someone died or almost died in front of a dinner table or something...
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The show gives you emotional whiplash in the best way possible. It's definitely a dramedy because when it's funny, it's hilarious, and when it's sad, it's a ball your eyes out tear fest.
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You're absolutely right that the show leans more towards the dramatic side of the spectrum. Is it funny at times? Very, but the show treats the family's finances too realistically for things to stay upbeat.

Each of the main characters has a season long arc, as you'd typically see in a drama. Plus episodes are an hour long, which is unusual for a comedy. The Emmys have figured this out, as Joan Cusack has been nominated the last few years for Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series.
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This show does a wonderful job balancing its polar opposites, you can be laughing almost to tears at a horribly offensive series of events one scene, and then crying some of the most heartfelt tears of sadness and despair the next scene. One could almost view Shameless as the quintessential series for manic-depressives.
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Even though life really lays into the Gallaghers I can't help but feel like they usually deserve it. Take everything with Fiona right now for example, she's a very empathetic character and I want to feel bad for her but shit, she should have known Liam was there, she shouldn't have been doing drugs around him, and she shouldn't have been boning her boyfriend's brother. I find it hard to feel bad for them sometimes, no Kev, it didn't just happen, somebody could have stopped it, it's temping to tell someone that it's not their fault when bad things happen to make them feel better but more often than not that's not what they have to hear, if you give them an out they'll take it, they have to realize that what they do has consequences.
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Yeah, Fiona is definitely spiraling. I know accidents happen, but this isn't the kind of situation you can just brush off. I can understand Kev's stance of trying to be supportive because as he said, none of them noticed, but I'm glad Lip took the opposing stance. To his knowledge, Fiona is living the straight and narrow so for this to happen NOW when she has guardianship, a full-time job, and the family is doing relatively well, is a harsh pill to swallow. This whole season we've witnessed Fiona's descent into boredom. Adjusting to day to day adult life can be hard, but running back to that wild, crazy lifestyle doesn't work. She's an adult, not a teenager. She needed a reality check, it's just sad it had to be such an unforgiving one.
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Beside the fact that Lip was pissed about what happened to Liam, I think he is also pissed that now he have to deal with all the problems especially when he decided to stay in college. He and viewers should not forget that it was mostly Fiona who kept the family together in the earlier years. Now Fiona is in trouble, Lip should step up. Its being a family. Sometimes we do not get a choice.
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True. There's also the fact that Lip and Fiona don't BS with each other. Lip's taking the difficult stance because that's how their relationship has always worked. When one screws up, the other one tells them how it is whether they want to hear it or not. There's no babying between them. They have to give each other tough love because they were the only responsible ones.
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I do not want to blame it all on the parents but upbringing and environment plays a big part in influencing how we make decisions.

If we have Frank and the missing mum as our parents, we might be even worse than them.
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I can see both sides of this argument and it's probably the biggest question Shameless presents to the audience. At the moment, I want to blame Fiona for her stupidity, but I've also felt terrible for her along the way.
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As I was watching this episode, I felt the most pain and sympathy towards Lip. I'm sure the writers wanted to make us sympathetic towards Fi but how can you? She has been totally absentee in the house. She has no clue what is going on around her. Of course she wasn't watching Liam because she hasn't been for months. What happened to Liam not only wrecked her life, Liam's and most of all Lip's. His emotions during the whole episode (fantastic acting) were not about his worry for Liam but also about himself. I am totally convinced he will drop out of school to now care for the house. Which he will hold over Fi until the end of time.
I absolutely love this show and it's ability to pull off these very complicated and heartbreaking stories. It needs some awards recognition for the beautiful performances.
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I love this show for this very reason! You sympathize with someone new every week, and sometimes that sympathy is reluctant, but they manage to squeeze it out of you anyway. Example: I actually felt bad for Frank when he was at the hospice. What is happening?!! Frank is horrible and yet I couldn't help it. The concept of a slow, agonizing death is just hard to ignore. The acting is just superb in this show all around. I've turned so many people on to this show and will continue to do so. 4 seasons in and everything is still amazing!

Like you, I was definitely more on Lip's side. I understand where Kev and everyone is coming from with the worry, but Lip's taking the tough love approach and I really appreciate that. Between this and seeing Debbie's boyfriend, his anger is completely warranted.

I've wanted to shake Fiona since she started this downward spiral with Mike's crazy ass brother. His personality is far too reminiscent of Frank's in my opinion and while I'm sure Freud would have a field day with this, Fiona should have known to steer clear. She doesn't even like him as a person...This behavior, combined with her absence as you mentioned, has been hard to watch. Not because I hated or was turned off by it, it makes sense in the realm of the show, but I just wanted her to be better than this.
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Yes yes and yes! I felt sorry for Frank as well! I didn't want to but I did! I didn't even touch on that or the reaction to Deb's inappropriately aged BF! Which no one has really asked about or even tell her that it's ok to wait or don't grow up to fast. But in true Gallegher fashion every sweeps emotions and feelings into drugs or alcohol and just figure everything will work itself out. I'm actually really upset/ love Debs story. If Fi wasn't wrapped up in herself (like all of them) she probably would have put a kabosh to that, instead of I was just like you once BS little pep talk! I know we had issues with Stimmy (Steve/ Jimmy) but at least he helped Fi with the House and tried to ground her!
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He really did and I'm not surprised things in the house fell apart without him. It's hard looking after that many people by yourself and once you have help, reverting back is even worse.

I have a love/hate relationship with Debbie's storyline too. Can someone tell that girl she needs new friends? Jeez, those girls are terrible!! Thank God the guy is a voice of reason in this situation (didn't see THAT coming lol), although the fact that he kept talking to her was weird...but at least he didn't take advantage. I thought Lip was going to have a real talk with her last episode, but I got the feeling the convo was more awkward for him than anything. Plus he was still feeling the burn about his stupid run in with Mandy (fail), so I don't think he was a in a good place to council her. Now though, I think he'll have plenty to say about the importance of waiting lol.

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Oops I meant to say that Lip was not ONLY worried about Liam but himself too! :) Also please keep reviewing the episodes Patrick!
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Yet another episode that will be ignored by the Emmys.
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Sad, but likely true. This season may be Jeremy Allen White's strongest to date.

And as I've mentioned in previous reviews, it's criminal that Emmy Rossum's work has yet to be nominated for a major award.
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Much as I absolutely love Shameless, I understand promoting it and awarding it, especially given the frequent amount of nudity, drug and alcohol use, typically underage drug and alcohol use at that, and seemingly glorification of poverty make it an especially hard show to throw nominations behind. What we should really take from this is people love escapism, not a reminder of the cold hard reality around them. Sure, this show may sensationalize it a bit, but you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn't know of, live with, or is related to someone like the characters on the show, if not the whole family.
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Brilliant episode. Shameless and Emmy Rossum truly deserve Emmy nods after this season. It is by far the best one yet, and it is only half way through.
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Incredible episode especially done by Jeremy Allen White (reasons listed above) and Emmy Rossum but I believe it was a mistake to get Fiona out of jail on bail considering the show is about a poor family with many issues, that Mike supposedly wanted to help even though he likely hates (for now) his brother as much as Fiona. An upcoming trial still left for her but time means that they will likely get some dirt on a judge, steal some valuable and sell to afford a good lawyer etc..

Also, they shouldn't kill off Frank but preferably forcing him to change at the last moment possible when he realizes he wants to live and then slowly will be ready to make changes in his life.
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I don't think they're gonna kill off Frank, but i think it's a cop-out to make him learn the errors of his ways and change his life. Frank is a horrible person and has been for more than half of his life without the slightest bit of regard to anyone around him. Him being so close to death hasn't changed that and at this point I feel like it wouldn't be true to how life sometimes is to make him all of a sudden change. (He fooled around with his daughter for a kidney)

Him being in the hospital at the end of last season, everything Carl has done for him, should have changed him. Frank isn't a redeemable character and I don't think they should try to make him one.
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You're mistaking me for hoping Frank to change out of what life has to offer, but because Frank has always been sort of a survivor and that will kick in when he realizes he should do something.

Basically he'll find a way to leverage some poor schmuk (like a family member) to find a liver and then he'll be in a hospital until he can get out to do whatever it is usually did.
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Agreed. I thought they were going somewhere with this at the end of last season, but then we see he's the same old Frank this season, so I wouldn't accept a complete change now. It wouldn't be believable.
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Emmy Rossum is one of the most underrated actresses in the business. Her acting is incredible and spot-on nearly every episode. And Shameless is underrated too, I wish it was reviewed weekly. I keep wondering about the show's end game, even though that's probably quite a few seasons from now. Will they kill off Frank? Probably not. Will the Gallaghers ever be truly be happy/financially stable? It should be interesting to watch. I just wish this show would get more recognition than it does.
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can't give 100 thumbs up, but I want to
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I thought it was a really good episode.
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Fiona is in some deep shit.
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