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Shameless Highlights: "Iron City"

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 10:25 PM

By Farid-ul-Haq


Things kind of settled down in this week’s episode. We saw the Gallagher clan retrenching and trying to decide what to do after the traumatic events that have recently happened to them.


All about Lip and Fiona


Almost all of the episode was about those two, and rightfully so. Fiona and Lip are the oldest, and are responsible for what happens to the young members. Lip and Fiona have fought each other before and I was waiting for Lip to blow off on her again. We didn't see that in this episode, but Lip's demeanor was a clear indication that he wasn't happy with his big sister. To prevent social services from taking Liam away, Lip set out to find his father (more on that later), and he didn't have time to listen to the pleading Fiona.



Lip in a pensive mood


Emily Rossum really shone this week. The actress has great acting chops, and I hope the Emmys acknowledge the talent on the show. Her scenes in the prison were heart wrenching. Even if I wasn't liking her character at the start of the series, I have since started to feel sympathy for her. I hope this latest experience opens her eyes and she tries to set things right for the family. The scene where she broke down on the phone was quite strong. Lip just listened to his crying sister and how much she loves Liam, but he hung up on her when the doctor called. I feel a big fight coming between those two.


He also had a scene where Kev tried to defend Fiona, but Lip wasn't interested in listening to how “what happens to Liam wasn't anyone's fault.”


Frank and Samantha


I don't if the show is going to kill Frank. His condition doesn't look good. It's not as if I will feel sorry if he dies. It's just that he has been a constant antagonist of the kids, and they know how to fight him. If he dies and a new threat arises, defeating him or her won't be easy for the Gallagher clan.


Samantha is still taking care of him. I don't trust her. Why is she showing so much concern? Maybe she wants to claim the insurance payout from his broken leg?


Ian and Mickey (looking ahead)


There was no Ian this week…sigh! However, I watched the previews for the next episode, and it appears that Mickey will confront Ian at the gay bar where he is working. Here's to hoping he knocks some sense into Ian.

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5 Comments

Reply Yiannis
8:21 PM on February 23, 2014 
Hue-Man says...
Shameless reminds us of the financial disaster that is hovering over most Americans every day and the Gallaghers are near the bottom rung of that ladder. (On the other hand, very few have a Richy Rich standing by to bail them out.)

"...nearly half of households ? equivalent to 132.1 million people ? are ?considered ?liquid asset poor,? meaning they lack the savings to cover basic expenses for three months if unemployment, a medical emergency or other crisis leads to a loss of stable income.?" www.washingtonpost.com/business/most-americans-found-to-be-unprep

ared-for-financial-emergencies/2013/03/12/cc6cc5ce-8b4a-11e2-9f54

-f3fdd70acad2_story.html

Compared to the UK original, these are hopeless, unhappy, distressed people with only one obvious way out of abject poverty - crime and Jimmy/Steve's disappearance doesn't make this a long-term solution. What income inequality? Just buy more lottery tickets...


Thanks for the very interesting comparison of the Gallaghers' situation to the ecumenical financial disaster that we've been facing for about 5 years now and it just keeps escalating... Believe me, things in Europe are as bad as in the US. An alarmingly large number of middle-class people find themselves jobless and often homeless. Much worse for the working class.
Reply Yiannis
8:12 PM on February 23, 2014 
TempestRaven says...
I like Sheila too...i don't want her to leave the show though...season 5 has been confirmed so here's to hoping she doesn't leave permanently


Great news concerning season 5. We're not quite ready to abandon the Gallagher family just yet.
Reply TempestRaven
9:42 AM on February 23, 2014 
Yiannis says...
Quite right about Lip and Fiona... And there's always Kevin and Veronica who usually restore the disturbed balance, either practically or emotionally. I was surprised that Fiona's boss/ex-boyfriend would post bail. I wonder where's that storyline going to? As for Sheila, does her departure mean that we'll be seeing less of her? I'm very fond of her particular brand of crazy...


I like Sheila too...i don't want her to leave the show though...season 5 has been confirmed so here's to hoping she doesn't leave permanently
Reply Hue-Man
4:07 AM on February 21, 2014 
Shameless reminds us of the financial disaster that is hovering over most Americans every day and the Gallaghers are near the bottom rung of that ladder. (On the other hand, very few have a Richy Rich standing by to bail them out.)

"...nearly half of households ? equivalent to 132.1 million people ? are ?considered ?liquid asset poor,? meaning they lack the savings to cover basic expenses for three months if unemployment, a medical emergency or other crisis leads to a loss of stable income.?" www.washingtonpost.com/business/most-americans-found-to-be-unprep
ared-for-financial-emergencies/2013/03/12/cc6cc5ce-8b4a-11e2-9f54
-f3fdd70acad2_story.html

Compared to the UK original, these are hopeless, unhappy, distressed people with only one obvious way out of abject poverty - crime and Jimmy/Steve's disappearance doesn't make this a long-term solution. What income inequality? Just buy more lottery tickets...
Reply Yiannis
11:36 PM on February 18, 2014 
Quite right about Lip and Fiona... And there's always Kevin and Veronica who usually restore the disturbed balance, either practically or emotionally. I was surprised that Fiona's boss/ex-boyfriend would post bail. I wonder where's that storyline going to? As for Sheila, does her departure mean that we'll be seeing less of her? I'm very fond of her particular brand of crazy...