Shameless

Season 1 Episode 7

Frank Gallagher: Loving Husband, Devoted Father

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 20, 2011 on Showtime
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Frank gets into trouble with two goons he owes money. Fiona asks Sheila to take care of Liam while she spends a night with Steve, and Ian tries to stop Mickey from bullying Kash.

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  • Frank Gallagher: Loving Husband, Devoted Father

    6.3
    I'm sorry, I've watched every episode of Shameless, and while all of them have been enjoyable, this was just stupid to comprehend. Like they would buy him faking his death, and then not take the extremity when that is usually their policy? Come on now.

    And the way the family responded to him averting danger was unrealistic too. They obviously don't want him dead, but it seemed like a loving family at the end, not the Gallaghers we all know.moreless
  • Frank fakes his death to avoid people he owes money to.

    7.7
    First off, I want to say that I like this show a lot, I like the characters a lot and I'm willing to forgive any missteps that it takes. However, I won't overlook them. I was never a fan of the whole "Frank owes people money" plot, and that's probably way this episode didn't entertain me as much as the last few weeks. There was a whole lot of stuff going on here in each character's life, things I'm not sure I cared a whole lot about and things that were just so insane that it made me wonder how anyone could actually write such ridiculous things.



    I'm not even sure where to start with the episode. Besides Frank trying to escape death, the family also has the following to deal with: Ian has to deal with Mickey, the brother of the girl he's dating, since he keeps hurting and robbing Cash.. he sneaks into their house and finds Mickey and learns that he too is gay they jump into bed together and are nearly caught. First off, it seems ridiculous and completely unbelievable that Mickey would be gay almost as ridiculous as on Glee, where Kurt learns that the football player bullying him actually likes him. I don't want to tread on any toes about the topic, but it just seems like a contrived bit of writing, something that's supposed to seamlessly tie things together, and it doesn't work that well.



    Also, Cash's wife finds out about Ian and Cash's affair, and what began as a shocking and uncomfortable confrontation turned into a ridiculous "aw shucks, that's hilarious!" moment when his wife said he can continue having an affair with Ian as long as he gives her another baby. That just seems stupid.



    Meanwhile, the rest of the plots were slightly more interesting. Steve is slowly becoming more interesting, even if he does come on a bit strong and the plot where he tries to get Fiona to enjoy a night with him is nice. There's still not a lot we know about his character (on second thought, do we know anything about the Gallaghers besides the fact that the mother left and that they're dysfunctional? They're dysfunctional with no reason for it...) but he's a bright light in Fiona's dim life.



    And although I've been irritated with Sheila's plot lately, I liked her babysitting session with Liam. It seemed out of place at first, but it allowed her an opportunity to go outside for the first time in forever. I like that they're slowly giving Joan Cusack more to do, and despite the way the writers seem to shoehorn her into scenes randomly, I think that she's becoming the most believable and intriguing character right now. Of course, all of that is for naught unless they give us a reason why she is the way she is. That goes for all of these plots. Some explanation is needed, otherwise, the characters are missing key pieces of personality that would make them even more three dimensional than they are.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

Robert Knepper

Robert Knepper

Roy

Guest Star

Timothy V. Murphy

Timothy V. Murphy

Vlad

Guest Star

Tim Thomerson

Tim Thomerson

A.B. Fisher

Guest Star

Noel Fisher

Noel Fisher

Mickey Milkovich

Recurring Role

Jane Levy

Jane Levy

Mandy Milkovich

Recurring Role

Marguerite Moreau

Marguerite Moreau

Linda

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The pool location Fiona and Steve have sex in, is the same as the one used in the movie Cruel Intentions.

    • The Meat truck robbery is originally part of the Season 2 Christmas Special in the UK series, but most of the story elements where dropped leaving it as an odd bit in this episode. The meat was originally on its way to be analyzed as part of a military game which lead to the quarantine or "Chatsworth council estate" of the neighborhood the Gallaghers lived in the UK series.

    • Donny Maguire, the UK version of Mickey Milkovich, is not gay in the series.

      There was never any gun involved in the UK series, the events between Kash, Ian and Linda happen regardless.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Frank: (the two goons put Frank's head in the toilet) This is no way to treat a veteran!
      Goon: If you didn't run away, we'd have flushed first.

    • Roy: Today is put-your-head-in-the-toilet day. You know what that makes tomorrow, Frank? Put-your-head-in-the-trash-compactor day.

    • Cashier: $35.
      Frank: $250.
      Cashier: $35.
      Frank: The hell? You're supposed to negotiate! The phrase "Jew me down" only works if you take the fair price I start with and you slowly jew me down to an unacceptable number. You can't bottom-line some rip-off from the get-go. Now give me a number.
      Cashier: $35. And my ancestors and I take full credit for crucifying that Christ putz.

    • Frank: Give me the money. I've got a gun.
      Old Woman: Frank?
      Frank: What? No. I'll use it!
      Old Woman: For what, to jack off?

    • Sheila: Look after Liam? I'd love to! I can keep him in my room until Karen goes to college.
      Steve: Just for one night.

    • Kermit: Is Frank here?
      Fiona: Only when there's a check coming. Who are you?
      Kermit: I'm his friend Kermit.
      Fiona: Frank doesn't have any friends. Only people he hasn't pissed off yet.

    • Drug Dealer: Zombie drug. Need a week.
      Veronica: Well, need something now.
      Drug Dealer: Roofie get the job done?
      Veronica: I don't want to rape him, I just need to knock his ass out.

    • Veronica: Just give me the horse tranquilizer. Enough to knock out a Clydesdale. Frank's a professional. You're gonna want check his pockets before you go.

    • Linda: (shows her husband the security tape) Does anything look different to you?
      Kash: No.
      Linda: You don't see the camera? It's like it moved just a little bit. There.
      Kash: Register matches inventory.
      Linda: Yeah, you're right. I should probably shut it off. But then I'd miss the part where you take it up the ass from a teenage boy. Here it is. Billy cornholing the father of my children. Must be big, judging from the grimace on your face.

    • Frank: (handing the sales clerk his son's credit card) Mr. Gallagher? Is my dad here? Call me Liam.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Featured Music:
      "Breakout" by iZLER
      "The Luck You Got" by The High Strung
      "See You On The Other Side" by Saturn Missiles
      "Mele Na Pepe" by Bosshouse
      "Irish Drinking Song" by The Mudmen
      "Twinkling of You" by Roger Neill
      "Five Little Rooms" by Menomena
      "You Turn It On" by Laura Dawn
      "Tears In My Beers" by Mean Jeans
      "Man of The People" by Middle Distance Runner
      "Inch of Dust" by Future Islands
      "The Restless Money Love Blues" by Choo Choo La Rouge
      "Abide With Me" by APM
      "Not Gonna Play By Your Rules" by The Diner
      "Are You Ready" by The Fonzarellies
      "I'm Gonna Change" by Starboard Green
      "Family Tradition" by Chartbuster Karaoke
      "Beneath Mt. Sinai" by The Stone Foxes

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: August 4, 2011 on More4
      Germany: March 5, 2012 on FOX

    • Laura Wiggins (Karen Jackson) is credited, but does not appear.

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

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Mrs. Bergdoll's comment about Carl having headlice is a reference to the UK series' Carl who had to keep his head shaved because he was prone to getting nits/headlice.

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