Shameless

Season 1 Episode 6

Killer Carl

5
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 13, 2011 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

Lip is caught taking the SAT for other students. In the meantime, Ian and Kash fail to stop Kash and Grab being robbed and Fiona receives a letter from Carl's teacher.

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  • Killer Carl

    7.0
    Definitely one of the best episodes thus far. The principal was hilarious and the interactions with Fiona and Steve were perfecting. Frank getting beaten up in a classroom, and showing up to parents night for a different kid, just shows how this program can go from funny to heartfelt in a matter of moments.



    Great episode of Shameless here. They really have me hooked now.
  • Carl is close to getting expelled at school, while Frank deals with a couple of guys he owes money to.

    8.6
    Every time that I think Shameless if giving an episode that is lame, unbelievable or just flat-out uninspired, I'm surprised at how the writers are able to turn it all around and make me remember why I love these characters so much in the first place. For just a few moments, I wasn't sure how much I would like the episode. For some reason, it bothers me with how dysfunctional this family, along with Sheila and Karen's family is. Dysfunction exists but not to this extent.



    However, the show somehow manages to make me forget all that. I remind myself that this is a fictional show, not meant to show a realistic portrayal of poverty stricken dysfunctional families and the result is a highly entertaining, funny, dark and (very occasionally) touching show. With this episode, we somewhat get into the mind of Carl... I still am not sure he's as interesting as the other characters, who are a bit more three dimensional than him, but I did enjoy the little torture montage they had. Meanwhile, while Fiona attempts to prevent Carl from being expelled, Frank is forced to deal with a couple of guys to who he owes six thousand dollars. There's a lot of running on his part, and nothing really exciting happens.



    As for Lip and Ian, things are starting to build up a bit. Lip gets caught cheating on the S.A.T tests for a student, but an Educational Officer realizes that Lip is really a smart student and offers him a spot at the University of Chicago. It should be interesting to see how this plot unfolds.. I'm not really sure, now that I think about it, what exactly Lip's relationship is with Karen.. but that's a random thought for another episode. Ian, on the other hand, learns that Cash is letting the store get robbed because of his fear of the guy doing the robbing. Based on this episode and the preview for next week, Ian's little tryst with Cash may be close to getting caught.



    All in all, it was another solid episode from Shameless. Besides that ridiculous Canada episode, I've been a huge fan of the show and will definitely be sticking it out for however long it's around. There are moments in the show that reassure me there's a heart to the show. For this episode, it was when Frank and Sheila were laying in bed. Frank has been such an awful human, parent, father, everything... but there are genuinely nice moments where he opens up and shares kindness with somebody else. Hopefully the show can keep letting these characters evolve.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

Steve Howey

Steve Howey

Kevin "Kev" Ball

Emma Kenney

Emma Kenney

Debbie Gallagher

Brent Jennings

Brent Jennings

Mr. Monroe

Guest Star

Robert Knepper

Robert Knepper

Roy

Guest Star

Lily Mariye

Lily Mariye

Malaya

Guest Star

Dennis Boutsikaris

Dennis Boutsikaris

Professor Hearst

Recurring Role

Noel Fisher

Noel Fisher

Mickey Milkovich

Recurring Role

Marguerite Moreau

Marguerite Moreau

Linda

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: Steve's depiction of boosting a car is specifically impossible. The car he stole is a BMW 5-Series (F10 Chassis = 2010 & newer). Even if he could've opened the door as shown, the alarm can't be disarmed by cutting a single wire, especially not one that does not exist in that car, and finally all his efforts should've been in vain without the key or a cloned key making all the work shown unneccessary/unsuccessful.

  • QUOTES (0)

  • NOTES (4)

    • Featured Music:
      "Not Gonna Play By Your Rules" by The Diner
      "The Luck You Got" by The High Strung
      "The Usual Chords" by Slow Runner
      "Make Me Happy" by The Moog
      "Play The Game" by Freeplay Music
      "Blood And Whiskey" by Dropkick Murphys
      "Fire Of God" by The High Plane Drifters
      "Alagy Rohi" by 5Alarm Music
      "Say Go" by White Demons
      "Loved You All Along" by La Strada
      "Panic" by Instrumental The Moog
      "Hometown Fantasy" by The Wooden Birds
      "Years" by JBM
      "Mr. November" by The National
      "The Hard Light" by Mere Mortals
      "Waiting List" by The Fonzarellies

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: July 28, 2011 on More4
      Germany: February 27, 2012 on FOX

    • Shanola Hampton (Veronica Fisher) is credited, but does not appear.

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

  • ALLUSIONS (0)

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