Happy Monday TV fans! In the spirit of Valentine’s Day this week, I am going to be recapping and ranking the top 5 moments featuring my absolute favorite couple from Shameless season 8, Carl and Kassidi. Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the full season yet. Kassidi and Carl first meet when he is running his junky detox program for money and Kassidi suggests they try shooting a ransom video for extra cash. Although extreme and slightly psychotic, Carl’s girlfriend, Kassidi, played by the brilliant Sammi Hanratty, falls head over heels in love with him. Kassidi is wild and passionate, thinking with her heart above her head in most scenarios, which borders on a fatal attraction in some instances. Carl is not completely scared off by this, however; as he points out to the rest of the Gallagher family that they all suck at relationships and he is going to give it a try. This leads to a roller coaster type relationship, as Kassidi becomes crazier with each new episode, her love for Carl never fading. Things get complicated, however; when a promise ring is misinterpreted as a proposal and when Kassidi wants Carl to give up military school for her. My top 5 moments featuring Kassidi and Carl from Shameless season 8 are:
Carl records a ransom video. (Moment from Season 8, episode 7)
Carl is on his way to securing all of the tuition he needs for military school, but is short by $3527. One of his junky rehab customers tempts him with a new proposition, which is hard for him to ignore. The girl, Kassidi, suggests that he shoot a harmless ransom video and that her dad will put up the cash without a problem. As soon as Carl hits play, it’s clear that Kassidi is no amateur. She begins screaming with a hood over her head to Carl’s surprise. When he goes to retrieve the money, Kassidi’s dad approaches Carl and requests that she just come home and go to Tiffany’s party. When Carl relays the message, Kassidi explains that she has no interest in going back and reveals her romantic interest in Carl. While it seems like Kassidi is calling the shots, Carl did get the money he needed without dealing with the stress of being an uber driver or a detox specialist. And so their love story begins…
“All Carl’s.” (Moment from Season 8, episode 8)
In episode 7, we were introduced to Carl’s new love interest, Kassidi who proved that she was not afraid to record a ransom video to black-mail her parents. Seems like this could be an indicator of her emotional well-being, right? Unfortunately, Carl is distracted by her other “charms” and is very welcoming to her as his new girl-friend. The family seems to approve as well, when she orders KFC after Deb’s failed attempt to get dinner. She even sports off some new panties with…you guessed it, “All Carl’s” written across the front. Perhaps she is just really enthusiastic about her new-found love for Carl. Everything seems to be going well until Kassidi gets in the way of Carl’s Uber or “Ubber” business, however. After Kassidi tells of a customer, Carl begins to have second thoughts about how fast their relationship is moving, but continues on with it for now, desperately trying to avoid another melodramatic melt-down.
Carl proposes by accident…(Moment from Season 8, episode 9)
Carl’s girlfriend, Kassidi, starts out the episode making a video scrapbook for her beloved, not wanting him to abandon her and ship off to military school. Seems like a sweet idea, until she begins adding in some tasteless photos of her and some interesting recordings. Carl seeks out some advice from Kev and the guys on what to do, realizing that he needs to prove his commitment to Kassidi. Unlike most girls, Kassidi has an interesting perspective on love. She thinks of their “boning” as “uniting our souls” and tells Carl that he is “mutilating her effin heart” when she is convinced there will be tons of girls at military school, even though he repeatedly explains there are literally no women at the school. Carl takes the plunge and purchases a promise ring, staging a romantic re-creation of the day they first met…handcuffs and all. The sentiment is actually quite sweet, until Kassidi mistakes it for a marriage proposal and eagerly shrieks “yes!” Looks like these two are in it for the long haul after all.
Kassidi and Carl get married. (Moment from Season 8, episode 10)
After Carl’s promise ring was misinterpreted as an engagement ring, his girlfriend, Kassidi, enthusiastically accepts. She provides the Gallagher family with engagement presents and explains that she will be “the best effin wife,” cooking Carl dinner every night with an interesting dessert menu. While it seems harmless at first, Kassidi then shows off her present for Carl, which is a vile of her own blood for him to carry around. Channeling her inner Angelina Jolie, Kassidi insists that they carry each other’s blood around to be closer to one another. When their wedding is delayed by a day, Carl begins to have second thoughts and his family members warn him that Kassidi is kind of “psycho.” He reveals his doubts to her, hoping that their love can be enough for now. However, Kassidi takes this to the extreme, refusing to not get what she wants. Carl walks in to his love, Kassidi, hanging on a noose and rushes to her side. While she explains it was more of a test for Carl, she reveals that all she wants is to get married. Carl agrees and the two tie a very different kind of knot…fake ids and all.
Kassidi goes on a trip down memory lane with Carl. (Moment from Season 8, episode 11)
After Carl’s rash decision to get married to his crazy girlfriend, Kassidi; she insists on knowing everything about him which includes visiting some dangerous places around the city. When they come across a dead body, Kassidi explains that “she needs to see the face of death” so she can “story the shit out of it” on Snapchat. She takes some interesting selfies in front of the dead body, including one of Kassidi comically pretending to choke herself out in front of death to give her followers the real experience. After visiting the former corner that Carl sold crack at, they get shot at to the excitement of Kassidi. Even though they seem to be connecting, Kassidi is still fearful of Carl going back to military school.
In the season finale, Carl manages to escape and successfully gets on the bus to military school to the dismay of Kassidi. While Carl does love Kassidi, he is not about to completely dismiss his other love for military school and he has the chance to really become someone to be proud of. Will their marriage survive this? Will Kassidi track Carl down at school? Something tells me that the love between these two crazy kids is not over yet. After all, giving someone a vile of your own blood proves total love and commitment. Perhaps we can all be inspired by Kassidi and Carl this Valentine’s day…or may we should just stick to some jewelry and a box of chocolates instead as a token of our affections.
I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and comments on Shameless below. Happy viewing!
Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl