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Highlights from Shameless - Season 4, Episode 3 - "Like Father, Like Daughter"

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 11:35 PM

By Farid-ul-Haq


(Editor’s note: I’ve never seen Shameless since I don’t get Showtime, but I can now stream it via Netflix. I’ve always had a bit of a thing for Noel Fisher, who plays Mickey, and from what I’ve read the gay plotlines on the show are not the same old thing. Farid is a fan of the show, and will be contributing commentary whenever he feels inspired to do so.)


Last week’s episode brought another Gallagher into play: Frank’s oldest daughter Sammi, from whom he needs a liver. Episode three had good plot development, even if one of the storylines went towards the “creepy” side.


Frank and Sammi


The episode showed Frank finding his oldest daughter, who also has a son. She doesn’t know her relationship to Frank, and that’s where the “creepy” came in. She ends up falling for Frank, and the scene where she tries to sleep with him is just wrong (well, that’s Shameless for you!). However, things turn out in Frank’s favor and she agrees to give him a piece of her liver. I’m interested to see how Frank plays this one, and if Sammi finds out he’s her father.



Frank (William H. Macy)


Frank and Carl


Carl is the only one who’s showing sympathy towards Frank. While it’s heart-warming to see what the kid is willing to do to help his father, it kind of made me uncomfortable because I know things will end badly for the boy. Frank isn’t the type to feel anything for someone. I just hope Carl wakes up before it’s too late.


Fiona and her downward spiral


Fiona feels out of character to me this season. In season three we saw her fight to become the legal guardian of her siblings. But three episodes into this season she is still on the track to self-destruction. She doesn’t seem to care about the kids either. Sheila is the one taking care of the house while Fiona spends most of her time with her boyfriend. She even cheats on him with his brother. Maybe she just can’t handle a normal relationship and likes to complicate things? I was happy to see her get a nice job last season but seeing how things went this episode I’m certain we will soon see the Gallaghers fighting to make ends meet…again.


Mickey and Ian



Ian and Mickey (Cameron Monaghan and Noel Fisher)


It’s good to see the show not shying away from the gay content. Even if Ian hasn’t appeared, the show seems to be trying to make up for it by developing Mickey’s character. His story is something a lot of young gay men can relate to. He deeply misses Ian, and we get a scene where he hooks up with a woman who is similar to the Gallagher he likes. Even if Ian does show up (and I know he will; the Army not realizing the I.D is fake doesn’t make sense), I don’t think Mickey will be able to openly express his feelings. It would be interesting to see the dynamics if Ian has “moved on” and Mickey is still unable to confess his feelings and come out the closet.

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2 Comments

Reply TempestRaven
5:22 AM on February 5, 2014 
Yiannis says...
Very nice recap Farid! I too believe Ian will soon be back. He's still in the credits and in the "Shameless" official site http://www.sho.com/sho/shameless/home they even have a special column "Private Gallagher on Tumblr": it's supposed to be a kind of diary for Ian's army days. His thoughts on Mickey:

"Had a few too many drinks tonight with the guys and one super tough lesbian who's always punching me in the arm and telling me she looks better than I do with a shaved head (she's not wrong).

Problem with downing a few shots is that I always wind up thinking about HIM. And I don't get why?He only ever had a way of making my bad days worse. Like the time I found out he was getting married and then when I confronted him about it and he beat the s**t out of me. But sometimes that dumbass smile of his gets stuck in my head. I'm not even sure anymore if I want to kiss it or punch it. Probably both? but definitely punch it first.

Lip always says there are other fish in the sea (and he would know). There are a few cute guys in my squad. Including a set of twins. I accidentally walked in on them. Making out. WITH EACH OTHER. I was like, WTF?! I was laughing so hard and all I wanted to do was snap a pic to send to Mickey. It made his family look like the Brady Bunch. He would have appreciated it.

But I didn't because my mission is moving on and moving forward. Be all you can be, and all that other cliché bulls**t. But for today, it feels like "all I can be" is a little bit lonely. Does that make me sound like "a bitch"? Oh well.

Ian

P.S. Someone bring me an Advil and a Gatorade ASAP."


I am following those Tumblr posts! It was good to know that Ian still thinks about Mickey. I know the ID scam won't last. I just don't want Ian to return too bitter (there's a chance he will be permanently banned from joining the army ever again) and probably spell more disaster for Ian/Mickey.
Reply Yiannis
11:16 AM on January 31, 2014 
Very nice recap Farid! I too believe Ian will soon be back. He's still in the credits and in the "Shameless" official site http://www.sho.com/sho/shameless/home they even have a special column "Private Gallagher on Tumblr": it's supposed to be a kind of diary for Ian's army days. His thoughts on Mickey:

"Had a few too many drinks tonight with the guys and one super tough lesbian who's always punching me in the arm and telling me she looks better than I do with a shaved head (she's not wrong).

Problem with downing a few shots is that I always wind up thinking about HIM. And I don't get why?He only ever had a way of making my bad days worse. Like the time I found out he was getting married and then when I confronted him about it and he beat the s**t out of me. But sometimes that dumbass smile of his gets stuck in my head. I'm not even sure anymore if I want to kiss it or punch it. Probably both? but definitely punch it first.

Lip always says there are other fish in the sea (and he would know). There are a few cute guys in my squad. Including a set of twins. I accidentally walked in on them. Making out. WITH EACH OTHER. I was like, WTF?! I was laughing so hard and all I wanted to do was snap a pic to send to Mickey. It made his family look like the Brady Bunch. He would have appreciated it.

But I didn't because my mission is moving on and moving forward. Be all you can be, and all that other cliché bulls**t. But for today, it feels like "all I can be" is a little bit lonely. Does that make me sound like "a bitch"? Oh well.

Ian

P.S. Someone bring me an Advil and a Gatorade ASAP."