It’s been a crazy few weeks for Showtime’s Shameless. Fiona got arrested for Liam getting into her coke stash and almost killing himself. Note: the coke wasn’t hers Mike’s douchebag brother brought it over when he tried to wish Fiona a happy birthday. Now everyone is dealing with the aftermath of her arrest. Her public defendant advices her to plead guilty and get away with only three years of probation.
Before we get into that, let’s start from the beginning of the episode. First off, I was really hoping to see Mike, he did bail Fiona out which means he might still care about her, but he didn’t make an appearance last night. Ian did make an appearance, finally Mickey decided to do something about his ex-secret boyfriend. He shows up at the club Ian’s working at and tells him he needs to go home. Mickey waits for Ian outside the club, when Ian’s about to leave with a much older man, Mickey beats the guy up and tells him to f off. Ian’s all drugged up, Mickey picks him up off the ground and takes him to his house. While Ian’s lying asleep on his bed, Mickey is just looking over him, Mickey’s pregnant wife appears at the bedroom door and it’s obvious she knows what her husband is really about. Mickey is such a tough character to gage, you never know when he’s going to care and you never know when he’s going to blow up. Obviously he loves Ian but it took him a long time to accept that and to actually do something to save him.
I really don’t have a single favourite character on this show, they’re all so amazing and brilliant. I love this transformation Lip has gone through. He’s really stood up and taken the role of ‘man of the house’. He’s going to school, and he does see the importance of that, he’s just had a ton of drama to deal with at home. He expects Fiona to sort of keep up with her side of the bargain while he’s doing his thing at school, so when she screws up he’s extremely disappointed. He takes Liam with him to school, Fiona tells him she’ll take care of him but he doesn’t let that happen. Lip’s roommate’s girlfriend offers to watch Liam while Lip’s in class. Definitely a different side of her we haven’t seen, she’s always clashed with Lip, now that she sees a different side of him, we see a different side of her as well. Love that.
Debbie’s just Debbie. I love her but I don’t get how she’s friends with those girls. The pregnant one shows off her scars because she’s been cutting herself. She’s all about cooking dinner for Matt but when he gets home he reminds Deb that they’re not boyfriend and girlfriend. They can’t be, she’s way too young and he can get into a lot of trouble. He drives her home and tells her he still wants to be friends, she brushes him off by playing it cool but when she gets home she tries to cut herself! I don’t think it actually works because she just screams out in pain.
Carl is dealing with the Hanson brothers making fun of Liam. They’re calling him retarded and blaming Carl for having a retarded brother. I guess everyone knows that Liam had a coke overdose. Carl is an amazing kid, I cannot wait to see where they’re going to take his character in the upcoming seasons. He punches the Hanson bros in the face and walks off. Later, he watches Liam carefully to see if he’s actually retarded. It was the funniest thing ever. Liam is not retarded, thankfully nothing serious came out of that overdose.
V has a doctor’s appointment, for once Kevin doesn’t make it because he’s held at gunpoint and all his saved up cash is stolen. The doctor tells V that she’s lost one of the baby’s…this usually can happen when there’s a few babies, the stronger ones end up basically eating the weaker one. Sounds friggin’ crazy right? Later when V tells Kev, he doesn’t know how to feel. It’s sad but at the same time they’re now a baby down which will definitely make things easier for them. They literally have no money.
The only thing Frank has right now is his daughter Sammi. She’s all about taking care of him which means she’s totally okay with feeding Frank drugs to numb his pain. She gives him heroin while she goes to pick up her kid from school. Carl notices Frank on the floor of the bathroom, he pooped his pants and is unfortunately…still alive. Lip freaks out at this, at any moment the social services worker could show up and if they see Frank drugged up…it’s just won’t be a good situation. He yells at Sammi that this is all her fault, they don’t need Frank in their lives anymore, he’s her problem now. He tells her to get out of his house, Fiona agrees, and Sammi’s left dragging Frank all the way home. Later, they break into Sheila’s house (she’s away at the indian reserve) and Sammi spends the rest of her night trying to wash her dad in the shower because he can’t even stand up on his own.
Fiona, oh Fiona. This final scene of the episode where she’s in court was just done brilliantly. Fiona was debating if she should plead not guilty and go for a trial. Lip said she was crazy no jury was going to deem her innocent after hearing her story. It didn’t matter if she was innocent or this was her first criminal charge, she’s Liam’s guardian and she almost got him killed. Her lawyer said the same thing, it was too risky to leave that decision in the hands of a jury, and if she lost she would have to do 5 years in jail. On the other hand, if she pled guilty, she would have it all on her record, she would be a felon and basically the judge reads through all of these restrictions while Fiona just soaks up what her life will be like for the next 3 years.
What did you guys think of the episode? Will Frank make it to the end of the season? Will Fiona change her mind and demand a trial? Is it too late for that?