Ranking the top 5 moments from “Shameless” season 9 episode 2: “I’m going to eat every one of your goddamn bread sticks!”

Happy Sunday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 9 episode 2, I brushed up on my vocabulary and used “artisanal” in a sentence.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “Mo White!” Fiona is looking to invest in commercial property and enlists the help of her new intern, Liam, to close the deal.  Meanwhile, Ian is looking to return his get out of jail free card, Frank gets involved in politics, and Debbie comes up with a creative new slogan to get her point across about equal pay for women.  My top 5 moments from Shameless season 9 episode 2 are:

5

“I don’t eat pie.  Now you do.”

During the episode, Lip is preoccupied by Xan’s actions, but is stunned when someone asks him to be his sponsor at his AA meeting.  Initially Lip says he has to think about it and explains that “Gallaghers don’t sponsor.  They get sponsored.”  At the end of the episode, Lip has a change of heart and offers to sponsor the young man in need, recognizing that it is time to give back.  He tells him that they can get pie after the meeting and talk, but it looks like his new sponsee is not going to get a choice on the menu.  While Lip continues to grow closer to Xan, this new sponsor/sponsee relationship could be something truly significant for him and it’s absolutely a step in the right direction for Lip.

4

“I am a proud welder with a vagina.” 

After learning that she is making less than her male co-workers, Debbie continues her research on the subject and is shocked by her findings.  Debbie takes baby Franny with her to different construction sites and puts her megaphone skills to good use, trying to recruit other female employees to jump on board and fight the good fight.  Debbie’s slogan is definitely catchy, as she calls out, “I am a proud welder with a vagina!”  To Debbie’s disappointment, she doesn’t run into any female workers to recruit, but is surprised when someone pays her a visit at her home later on in the episode.  Debbie discovers that an employee she thought was a male is in fact a female and has been disguising herself at work.  Debbie doesn’t want to be rude, but does say, “You really look like a dude,” but it seems like this new potential friend doesn’t mind her brutal honesty.  To the shock of Debbie, she asks her out for a drink and tells her it’s a date.  I guess her speech was more inspiring than she realized.

3

“You’re both named Amy now.”

Kev and V are excited to explore preschool options for their energetic daughters and are absolutely impressed with the first place they see, which includes bunnies for all and princess costumes galore.  Kev even says, “This is where I want to go when I die.”  Unfortunately when they get to the paperwork, Kev is stunned by the number he sees and hilariously asks, “Is that a year in the future?”  Kev and V quickly learn that tuition for a month is triple the amount of their mortgage payments.  They begin researching some more “budget friendly” options, which consist of an “imagination area” in a back alley.  Finally, they come across a suitable option at a Catholic preschool, but learn that there is only one spot available.  Kev and V have a sit down with their daughters and explain that they will be wearing the same outfits and can never be in the same place at the same time.  Kev hilariously says, “You’re both named Amy now.  Jemma doesn’t exist anymore.”  The two girls nod in compliance, but it will be interesting to see how this unfolds since they don’t really follow directions too well.  Either way, Kev and V love Amy and “fake Amy” and are excited to enroll them into preschool.

2

“I like to cut things and watch them bleed.”

Carl is determined to get into West Point, but realizes that this will not be as easy as he initially anticipated.  He learns that he needs to complete community service and that his time served in juvy does not count.  When asked about his special skills, Carl enthusiastically explains that he has a “steady hand with a knife” and that he likes to “cut things and watch them bleed.”  The recruiter surprisingly has a recommendation for him and sends Carl to “Soothing Horizon.”  When Carl arrives, he learns that he will be putting dogs to sleep and is shocked to see the “gas chamber” van option the retired vet has in place.  When he meets one of the service dogs, Carl is not able to go through with this and decides to take all of the dogs home with him.  He tells the dogs that “the Gallagher basement beats the murder van” and I absolutely agree, as I was not sure I could watch Carl go through with this as a dog lover and owner myself.  Carl makes all of the dogs feel at home and when one dies naturally, he even goes all out to provide them with a traditional military funeral, but perhaps he should wait until everyone wakes up, as he decides to have this performed at 5am outside the Gallagher home.

1

“Where are we going?  To take what’s ours.”

During the episode, Fiona expresses an interest in investing in commercial real estate.  Irish Ford cautions her against this, but Fiona is determined to prove that she can excel here.  Fiona recruits the help of Liam who was expelled from school because of Frank’s actions.  “The sins of the father” and all that.  Liam shows off his own skills and helps Fiona quite a bit, proving to be an excellent intern with helpful information.  Liam helps Fiona negotiate over properties and she even works in some flashy lingo as well to show that she is a “savvy” business woman.  After being shown several properties, Fiona realizes that she wants to partner in on “Sunset Brook,” which is the new building for senior care in her neighborhood.  Fiona explains that she knows the neighborhood and the people here and that she would make an excellent partner and investor, but is initially turned down and obnoxiously hit on.  Fiona does some research at home and finds out that there are still partner spots available and crashes the investor’s dinner to prove that she means business.  Fiona doesn’t back down and tells him that she has 50K, or make that 100K, to invest.  She stands in front of the entire table and threatens that she will stay there and “eat every one of your goddamn bread sticks.”  Fiona closes the deal and is in business and I have to say that I absolutely love the partnership between her and Liam.  After all, they crushed it!  Now let’s hope that Liam can enroll in another school without an issue.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts on Shameless below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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5 Reasons why you should watch “Outcast” on Cinemax: “Fireflies can see other fireflies.”

Do you love movies and shows about demonic possession?  Sure, who doesn’t?  However, it seems like television series centered on this are fading left and right.  Shows like Ash vs Evil Dead, The Exorcist, and Constantine have all been canceled.  South of Hell hasn’t aired a new episode since 2015 either, which leaves us with one flickering light to submerge us back into the darkness…OutcastOutcast is currently airing season 2 on Cinemax and there are only 2 episodes left this season.  You still have plenty of time to binge-watch seasons 1 and 2, however.  The show is created by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and is based on the comic series of the same name.  It follows Kyle Barnes, played by Patrick Fugit, who is surrounded by misfortune, as his close family members are possessed by demons, leading him on a path toward self-discovery and justice.  Kyle soon discovers that he has the ability to exorcise demons with merely his touch.  There has been a gap of time since we have seen new episodes, as season 1 aired on Cinemax in 2016 and season 2 just started airing in summer 2018, which can sometimes lead to a slower pace or a need to refresh our memories on who’s who in the demonic possession game.  However, the show does have many redeeming qualities and is definitely worth a watch and hopefully a pickup for season 3, which has yet to be determined.  Please note spoilers are ahead.  My top 5 reasons to watch Outcast are: 

5

Kyle Barnes is a hero you can truly relate to.

One of the things I love about Outcast is that the character of Kyle Barnes seems like an everyday guy that you would actually meet and want to be friends with.  There is nothing truly extraordinary about him and he has a humble presence.  Kyle always tries to do right by his family and frequently visits his mother in the hospital.  He also has a wife and young daughter who he loves very much.  You can immediately detect that Kyle is genuine and a good person.  This makes you truly sympathize with him when we see the people in his life getting possessed by demons.  To make matters worse, it seems like the blame always comes in his direction.  Even when Kyle discovers his abilities with the help of Reverend Anderson, played by Philip Glenister, Kyle is still the same man he has always been.  Only now, he is able to exorcise demons with merely the touch of his hand.  This is definitely more of a burden than a blessing, as Kyle realizes that he will continue to attract the attention and focus of those lurking in the darkness, targeting his family as well.

4

There is a formidable villain.

Meet Sidney.  While we still have a lot to find out about him, it appears that Sidney is the big bad on this series.  Whether he is the devil himself or something else, I’m not entirely sure, but he is always at the center of any darkness in town and sets his sights on Kyle and the Reverend, recognizing them as potential threats to “the merge,” which would give the demons a permanent home in the human vessels they are currently residing in from my understanding.  Part of what makes Sidney such a great villain is that he is so mysterious.  You are immediately drawn in and want to know more.  In season 2, Sidney is shown as more vulnerable, as his human host begins to fail on him, but Sidney is not someone to be taken lightly.  He is responsible for carving a pentagram into Reverend Anderson’s chest to demonstrate his power over him and he is fixated on shifting Kyle over to his side to use his abilities to further his own agenda.  If we think about the classic idea of good vs. evil, Sidney definitely embodies the epitome of evil.  Has he finally met his match with Kyle, however?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out, but this is a battle I am absolutely looking forward to.

3

Strong female characters refuse to sit on the sidelines.

Even though a lot of the show is centered around Kyle and the Reverend, the strong female characters on the show don’t merely sit by and let them steal the spotlight.  Kyle’s wife, Allison, played by Kate Lyn Sheil, ends up attacking her own daughter when she is possessed, which is horrifying to watch.  In season 2, Allison is in some kind of psych ward or rehabilitation center and is being told that she needs to accept that she had some kind of psychotic break and that only she is responsible for what happened to her daughter while in a “dissociative state.”  While Allison initially seems weak and vulnerable, she has now become a supporting force to both her daughter and husband.  When Kyle is taken away in the hospital, she demands to see his body and refuses to let other people tell her what to do.  It’s about time Allison found her voice and inner strength.  Rose Giles, played by Charmin Lee, is the wife of the Sheriff and ends up witnessing quite a lot about demonic possession, as her husband joins in on the fight and is possessed himself in season 2.  In season 2, Rose takes matters into her own hands and lures in people who were possessed so that she can eliminate the threat herself.   Finally, let’s talk about Megan, played by Wrenn Schmidt, the foster sister of Kyle.  Megan was possessed at the end of season 1 and in the beginning of season 2, it’s like she is completely broken and a shell of her former self.  She completely blames herself for her husband’s death and even jumps into the water, contemplating drowning herself.  While under the water, Megan has a change of heart and realizes that she needs to live.  We soon learn that Megan is pregnant and some view her unborn child as a potential threat, recognizing that the seed of the demon could still be present.  While I’m interested to see how this story plays out, Megan is trying her best to believe in and support her brother and be strong for her family.

2

Megan’s possession.

Since the show is on Cinemax, we get to see quite a bit of blood and gore along the way, but the scariest moment of the show for me was when Megan was possessed at the end of season 1.  The vacant stare in her eyes was so convincing and creepy.  She killed her own husband and her actions afterwards are so incredibly disturbing.  Megan begins peeling the skin off her own hand and then starts pushing on Mark’s eyeball with no reaction, which is something that still haunts my nightmares.  This is the scariest possession on the show for me and it also created a major cliffhanger as well.

1

Amber steals the show.

The best part of the show for me is Kyle’s daughter, Amber, played by Madeleine McGraw.  It’s safe to say that Amber has been through quite a lot.  Her own mother tried to kill her and she watched her father be accused of pretty much everything.  She also witnessed her Aunt Megan’s possession, which is enough to send her straight into years and years of therapy.  But Amber is not afraid and turns out to be an outcast herself, revealed in season 2.  Amber has the same ability as her father, but she is a lot less timid with it.  While Kyle tends to warn the demons, Amber just goes right up to them and burns them, proving that she is courageous and strong.  When they are told that her father is dead in the hospital, Amber keeps looking for him, refusing to listen to these lies.  She is the one who finds Kyle and tells him that “fireflies can see other fireflies.”  Amber has a lot to learn about her own abilities, but it seems like she may end up more powerful than her father.  Kyle knows that he has a huge responsibility and burden already, but he needs to ensure Amber’s safety at all cost.  Either way, Amber is a character you can absolutely root for, constantly reminding us just how capable and strong she is.  Ready to watch?

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When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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