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Shameless HIghlights: "Strangers On a Train"

Posted on February 5, 2014 at 12:30 AM

By Farid-ul-Haq


I enjoyed this week’s episode. Yes, Ian hasn’t returned but the other characters are still holding my interest.


Frank and Samantha


It was fun to see how Frank decided to get the $150,000 needed for the liver transplant with the help of Carl, and how Samantha didn’t turn out to be a viable donor in the end. I wasn’t expecting her to find out about Frank being her father so soon. I also wasn’t expecting her to be warm towards him after the revelation. I think the writers have something in store for us with their relationship. I’m waiting to see when she’ll be introduced to the rest of the Gallagher family, and how that will affect her acceptance regarding Frank. I don’t feel sorry for Frank one bit. Even if he seems to care for Samantha and Carl, I just know he will leave them as soon as he finds someone else to use.


Fiona and her downward spiral…continues


Fiona seems to be craving chaos in her life. Now that she can’t get it from home, she seems to be attracting it from the outside and cheating on her boyfriend/boss with his brother is giving her just that. I just know Robbie and Fiona aren’t going to last. Robbie seems to be the kind of character who is trying to find a way to hurt his brother and he isn’t hesitating to use Fiona for his own gain. I just hope Fiona sees sense and tries to mend things before it’s too late.


Debbie and Peer Pressure


The season has given Debbie a lot to work with, and the actress is handling the material successfully. I feel the writers have done a good job trying to get a message across through Debbie’s character. Maybe it will tell other young girls not to have sex just because they feel pressured into it by their friends or the media. I let out a breath of relief when I saw Debbie realizing that she wasn’t ready to lose her virginity just yet.



Mickey Milkovich (Noel Fisher)


Mickey’s new business


Last episode was quite dark for the gay character Mickey. It really showed how much he missed Ian. That’s why it was good to see him busy with other things in this episode. I enjoyed watching him rally his wife and her prostitute friends away from their pimp because they weren’t getting paid enough. Mickey also struck up a partnership with Kevin, who runs the Alibi Room and ended up being responsible for a group of prostitutes. As long as it keeps Mickey away from falling into the deep end and internally hurting himself because of missing Ian, I am fine with anything he does.


Lip also had a brush with some military officials this week. Here’s to hoping the fake ID thing comes to an end and we get to see Ian again!

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4 Comments

Reply TempestRaven
10:56 AM on February 6, 2014 
Yiannis says...
Like "Teen Wolf" (as you yourself correctly stated in the recent roundtable), I believe "Shameless" too is character-driven rather than plot driven: Ian's absence is not only detrimental to Mickey and the gay viewers, but also to Lip, as these two characters bring out the best of each other (Ian would certainly be more helpful than Fiona was to Lip's troubles in college). By the way, isn't it a little peculiar that nobody's showing any concern as to Ian's fate? The Gallaghers have a million faults, but they take care of their own. For all they know, Ian may be lying dead somewhere.

Another character whose absence is showing is Jimmy/Steve. It seems that he was the one keeping Fiona sane. Her downward spiral is worrying, especially in the way it could affect the younger children.

The Frank/Samantha storyline is another "Shameless" naughtiness that's handled very well. The actress is very sympathetic, I remember her from "Desperate Housewives".

Indeed, Debbie and Carl get juicier plot-lines this season. I too sighed with relief at Debbie's eventual decision (lol dialogue: - I can't do it. - I think I already did). Pretty soon, Liam will have a storyline too.

P.S.: I'll be very pleased if you continue with the recaps. They're very intelligent and eloquent.


Thanks for the very kind comments and yes, i will continue ^^....you are right, the show is character driven and that's what makes it enjoyable...it would've been annoying if they had a 'problem of the week' kind of thing and new characters coming in every episode just for the sake of it without us knowing much about the main cast...*cough* Teen Wolf *cough*...

The family not mentioning Ian really comes across as weird...the previous seasons have always emphasized how the Gallagher kids stuck together.....Jimmy is something the writers want to forget, i think....and not mentioning Ian can be deliberate as well, making the viewers wait, but it's still very weird and OOC
Reply Yiannis
3:30 PM on February 5, 2014 
Like "Teen Wolf" (as you yourself correctly stated in the recent roundtable), I believe "Shameless" too is character-driven rather than plot driven: Ian's absence is not only detrimental to Mickey and the gay viewers, but also to Lip, as these two characters bring out the best of each other (Ian would certainly be more helpful than Fiona was to Lip's troubles in college). By the way, isn't it a little peculiar that nobody's showing any concern as to Ian's fate? The Gallaghers have a million faults, but they take care of their own. For all they know, Ian may be lying dead somewhere.

Another character whose absence is showing is Jimmy/Steve. It seems that he was the one keeping Fiona sane. Her downward spiral is worrying, especially in the way it could affect the younger children.

The Frank/Samantha storyline is another "Shameless" naughtiness that's handled very well. The actress is very sympathetic, I remember her from "Desperate Housewives".

Indeed, Debbie and Carl get juicier plot-lines this season. I too sighed with relief at Debbie's eventual decision (lol dialogue: - I can't do it. - I think I already did). Pretty soon, Liam will have a storyline too.

P.S.: I'll be very pleased if you continue with the recaps. They're very intelligent and eloquent.
Reply TempestRaven
5:18 AM on February 5, 2014 
Hue-Man says...
The Lip storyline is a reminder of how the deck is stacked against lower class students succeeding at college, regardless of their academic brilliance. (Two of my siblings who attended college didn't make it through freshman year, one drawn to the party scene and the other couldn't see any value even if he graduated.) It was a nice touch to have Kev deliver the wake-up call.


I agree. I really want Lip to succeed in College and make something of his life!
Reply Hue-Man
1:17 AM on February 5, 2014 
The Lip storyline is a reminder of how the deck is stacked against lower class students succeeding at college, regardless of their academic brilliance. (Two of my siblings who attended college didn't make it through freshman year, one drawn to the party scene and the other couldn't see any value even if he graduated.) It was a nice touch to have Kev deliver the wake-up call.