Shameless

Season 1 Episode 12

Father Frank, Full of Grace

5
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 27, 2011 on Showtime
8.6
out of 10
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Steve wants to leave town with Fiona who is busy getting Ian and Lip released from jail and Frank and Karen's secret comes to light.

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  • Season Finale

    7.0
    Shameless has been a very original show in its first season, so how fitting is it that it ends in a very cliched way at an airport? Fiona did not go with Steve, obviously, but there was no need for this romantic comedy here even in the season finale. It was a well-done show tonight all around that brought the funny, as well as those emotional moments. Great end to the first year of the new Showtime series.moreless
  • Shameless' first season comes to a close.

    8.7
    While I may have had my issues with the way the writers brought us from beginning to end, overall, I'm pleased with how insane the finale was. There was at least one death, plenty of humiliation, degradation and some somewhat tumultuous events. It also leaves me wondering who's returning next year and what in the heck they're going to do with these characters next. The plots this season were sort of here and there, appearing for a few episodes before disappearing completely. The show needs to figure out a long-term idea, or it'll lose it's novelty pretty quickly.



    The Frank/Karen plot was super random and only made sense because Karen's already seemed like a runaway train for most of the season and we already know Frank doesn't think before doing anything. Lip and Karen's father finally learn about what happened, and one of them is successful in their revenge and the other is not. I'm not sure if there's anything more sad than watching Karen's father tie a cinderblock to his feet and throw himself into an ocean. It's a particularly horrific end to a plot that was horrific to begin with. And I mean horrific in the traditional sense, as in scary and eerie and strange.



    And Lip, of course, gets plenty of revenge, trying to run his father over with a car, beating the crap out of him, and in one of the season's best cathartic and hilarious moments, pees on his head while Frank stands there, defeated and destroyed. What is a father to do when he screws up his life and everyone else's?



    Then there was a lot of stuff going on with Steve.. Steve has been a character that feels like it could've been interesting (it certainly was appearing that way towards the end) but as we approached the finale, it appears that he won't be around next season, which squanders a perfect opportunity to make him more interesting by having Fiona discover his secret. But whatever.. the core cast of the show is what makes it tick, and I'd rather have Kev and Veronica around more (even their weird polygamist foster kid) then him.



    But all around, Season 1 was fun, if not flawed. William H. Macy did an incredible job, as did Emmy Rossum and the actors who played Lip and Ian.. and I would be hard-pressed to say that Deb was right up there too.. and for me, if they used Kev more then they did, I'd have him right up there in my top three or four favorite characters.. my only wish for next season is that they tighten up the writing so that we're not getting all kinds of random crap thrown at us and instead get a single major plot line that carries out.. also, make William H. Macy a character that's a bit easier to like. I'm not saying make him a likable guy 100%, but at least make it so we can believe that this man cares about anything besides alcohol.. let us into their past! Let us see what it was like for him growing up.. right now, I'm not believing that anybody could be this dysfunctional without a horrific backstory.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

Jeremy Ratchford

Jeremy Ratchford

Detective Bernero

Guest Star

Stacy Hall

Stacy Hall

Sergeant

Guest Star

Julia Duffy

Julia Duffy

Candace Lishman

Guest Star

Tyler Jacob Moore

Tyler Jacob Moore

Tony Markovich

Recurring Role

Amy Smart

Amy Smart

Jasmine Hollander

Recurring Role

Joel Murray

Joel Murray

Eddie Jackson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Steve tells Fiona to meet him at O'Hare, but "Midway International Airport" it is clearly visible on the wall when he is shown waiting at the airport.

  • QUOTES (0)

  • NOTES (3)

    • Featured Music:
      "Breakout" by iZLER
      "Clandestine" by Brooklyn
      "The Luck You Got" by The High Strung
      "Every Day Blues" by Freeplay
      "Indie Dreams" by The Diner
      "BJs" by John McCarthy
      "Faster than Light" by Tyler Jon Tyler
      "Habitual" by Bosshouse
      "Win Park Slope" by Gomez
      "Sick Love" by Scanners
      "Get Excited" by Saturn Missiless
      "Survive" by The Moog
      "All The Birds" by Ana Egge
      "Tear It Up" by White Demons
      "Long Time" by Cake
      "Sun and Soil" by The Diner
      "Littlething" by Jimmy Eat World

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: September 8, 2011 on More4
      Germany: April 9, 2012 on FOX

    • Joan Cusack (Sheila) is credited as special guest star.

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