Ranking the top 5 moments from “Shameless” season 10 episode 4: “Money Sandwiches with Gravy on Top”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 10 episode 4, Frank reminded us that sometimes you have to “look the part,” but it’s important to still recognize who you are at the end of the day.

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.

In last night’s episode, “A Little Gallagher Goes a Long Way,” Frank helps Mikey embrace his dream for the day.  Meanwhile, Lip and Carl grow closer to their new friends, but how will Tami and Kelly react when they return?

My top 5 moments from Shameless season 10 episode 4 are:

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“Look at you two.  Like two friends from that old show…Friends!”

“Only no black friends or Asian friends,” as V and Mimi kindly point out to Kev, but it looks like this is the start of a beautiful friendship for these two and possibly a business partnership? 

V and Mimi are getting along quite well and don’t seem to be too bothered when they throw insults back and forth, but Mimi is beyond thrilled when V comes up with an idea to help her with her business.

Mimi asks V to come and work for her as a side hustle of her very own, but it’s dangerous to mix business and friendship…

Either way, at least Kev has his own side hustle going on still!

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“Oh shit, you’re serious.”

While dealing with the strike at work, Debbie suddenly realizes that she needs to find another way to make money…fast.  She runs into an old friend, Megan, at the supermarket and learns that Megan is doing just fine, even though she has a lot of kids.

Megan explains the importance of collecting child support and Debbie decides to knock on Derek’s door, but finds out from his wife that he is dead.

Debbie tries to collect the death benefit for Franny, but discovers that nothing was left for her.  All is not lost; however, as Megan introduces Debbie to her lawyer, Patti, who seems up for the challenge.

Debbie has experienced the good life with her She Shed and it doesn’t look like she is going to let up here until she gets her money.  Just don’t forget about Franny’s future college fund…

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“I know who I am.”

Liam begins to have his doubts about Mavar, even though he has been very welcoming to Liam.  After talking it over with Kev, Liam starts to wonder if Mavar is in a cult.

It looks like Liam’s quest to find himself has ended; now finally realizing that he knows who he is and he’s happy with it.

I guess you’re a Gallagher after all, Liam!  Welcome back!

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“This is a safe space.”

Lip decides to join the safe space for new moms and the female members are extremely enthusiastic to have him join.  Lip starts to bond with his new friend more and more, learning that baby Freddy should be self-sufficient.

I think perhaps his new friend has a point, but I’m not sure baby Freddy or Lip are ready for swim lessons just yet.

There definitely seems to be a vibe here, but Tami walks in at the end of the episode to break up the party, along with Kelly, so both Lip and Carl may need to figure out where their hearts truly lie…

I have to say that I think Carl and Anne are adorable though!

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“We’re the wish granters!”

Mikey reveals his dream about becoming a businessman and Frank decides to make his dream come true, although he takes quite a few shortcuts to make this happen.  Frank explains the importance of dressing for success and it seems like they are in for quite the adventure, but Mikey realizes at the end of the episode that he needs to go to prison so that he can get quality healthcare.

It looks like this is the end of our favorite partnership for now.  I have to say that this may be one of the only times I have ever seen Frank truly connect with someone.  He shows glimmers here and there that he can be caring, but his friendship with Mikey seemed to spark his potential for goodness.

Although, I have a feeling that Frank will return to his old ways as soon as drama comes knocking on his door and it looks like it is going to in the next episode.  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!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Shameless” season 9 episode 12: “You’ll Know the Bottom When You Hit It”

Happy Sunday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 9 episode 12, I realized that “people do crazy shit when the power goes out.”  However,  Frank reminded us that “you just gotta stay creative.”  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “You’ll Know the Bottom When You Hit It,” Frank uses the city blackout to make a quick profit and decides to show Fiona the ropes.  Meanwhile, Lip says goodbye to Xan, Debbie and Carl continue fighting over Kelly, and Kev deals with a “ticking time ball.”  My top 5 moments from Shameless season 9 episode 12 are:

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“Nobody likes a clinger.”

In this episode, Carl feels that Kelly is being distant, but he becomes almost obsessive when he finds out that Debbie is constantly texting her.  This leads to an ongoing fight over Kelly’s affection, as both Gallagher siblings seem unwilling to give up.  Later in the episode, Kelly breaks up with Carl for being too clingy, but does this mean that she will explore some potential feelings for Debbie?  I’m thinking so, based on the preview for next week’s episode.  Maybe Carl’s former girlfriend, Kassidi, can come back from the dead?  Or maybe she’s not really dead?  You never know on Shameless.

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“She needs to hit rock bottom.”

Lip has a lot going on in this episode, as Xan exits in the beginning, but not before giving Lip a friendship bracelet she made him, which is adorable.  Later on, Tami finally has a talk with Lip and they decide that they are going to give parenthood a try, which I am so excited about.  While they admit that they don’t know what the future holds for them, I really think that Lip will make a great father and will support his child no matter what.  This is an important step in Lip’s life and it looks like things are finally coming together for him.  However, Lip is still extremely worried about Fiona and even throws out her stuff to make his point.  Later on, Lip has an important talk with V, explaining that if she is really Fiona’s friend; she won’t let her stay with her.  Lip understands that Fiona needs to truly hit rock bottom so that she can finally get some help.  It’s not always easy to turn your back on someone you love, but sometimes it is necessary to save them.

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“Gallagher’s Blackout Supply.”

The entire city is dealing with a blackout and no one is happy about it…except Frank.  Frank is known for his get-rich-quick schemes and he takes full advantage here, as he has been preparing for a possible blackout for quite some time.  Frank officially welcomes Fiona to the “ranks of the unemployed” and decides to show his daughter the ropes.  They negotiate over her cut and Fiona explains that “Frank’s Blackout Supply” will be renamed “Gallagher’s Blackout Supply,” which definitely has a better ring to it.  Fiona is actually really “creative” with her sales skills and the two of them have a line down the block, as they sell ice, batteries, flashlights and all other necessities during this time of panic.  Sure, their prices may be a little outrageous, but they absolutely have a demand for their products.

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“We found the true power of the South Side.”

It seems like everyone is taking Frank’s advice in this episode about being creative, as Kev decides to have a cookout at The Alibi so that the steaks V purchased don’t go bad.  It seems like a great idea and a lot of the neighbors show up, but they also learn that the rest of Chicago got their power back.  Fiona starts a protest march for the South Siders, which consists of some catchy slogans such as:  “What the f*ck Chicago?  Should’ve had power hours ago” and “South Side is where it’s at.  We’ll f*ck you up with a baseball bat.”  Power is finally restored and everyone celebrates at The Alibi, as Kev takes a minute to comment on how everyone came together and had a great day.

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“We get exactly what we deserve.”

Fiona’s drinking has gotten worse and even Frank tries to intervene at this point, as he tries to tell Fiona that she is a bad drunk, but she doesn’t want to hear it.  Later on, when everyone is celebrating at The Alibi, Fiona still can’t be happy and she takes it out on everyone there.  V makes a strong decision by informing Fiona that she cannot stay with her and Fiona says she understands.  Fiona ends up sleeping in her abandoned apartment building and wakes up, recovering from her drinking.

As Fiona walks down the stairs, she comes across an old copy of “Business Reviewer” magazine addressed to her and finally hits rock bottom, realizing that she no longer recognizes the girl who used to subscribe to that magazine.  The girl who was so motivated and talented, but she is still in there somewhere, as we finally get a glimmer of hope.  Fiona ends up joining Lip at a meeting at the end of the episode.  They exchange glances, but don’t say anything, which is extremely powerful.  It looks like our girl, Fiona, is finally going to get the help she needs.  It’s about time.

Overall, this was one of the best episodes I have seen in a long time.  There was as lot of fun throughout it, but my heart went out to Fiona.  Emmy Rossum’s performance was so real and heartbreaking and I still don’t know how I will be able to deal with her exiting the show, but this episode truly touched me.  Stay tuned!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Shameless” season 9 episode 11: “The Hobo Games”

Happy Sunday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 9 episode 11, I realized that you may train and train for your moment in the spotlight, but you should never underestimate the power of social media.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “The Hobo Games,” Frank makes it into the final round of competition to become the Hobo Loco Man, but Ingrid tries to make him choose between the game and her.  Meanwhile, Fiona’s behavior does not improve, Carl gets promoted at work, and Debbie grows closer to Kelly.  My top 5 moments from Shameless season 9 episode 11 are:

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“I’m pregnant.”

In this episode, Tami keeps Lip at a distance and even blows him off when she is supposed to take him and Xan to their meeting.  Lip finally tracks Tami down and she reveals that she is pregnant, which shocks Lip.  Lip has a lot of things going on in his life right now, but he would absolutely be there to support Tami.  But does she want his help?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out, but I’m really hoping that Tami doesn’t shut Lip out because these two are adorable together.

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“Why is that my scrotum’s fault?”

An excellent question, Kev.  V wants Kev to get a vasectomy, especially since their two children are threatening any other kids that live in their home.  Kev is hesitant about this and even calls “bullshit on vasectomies,” but V means business.  After hearing another patient screaming, Kev decides to pretend that he had the surgery and ends up spending the day “masturbating” and “learning the dance in Fortnite,” while high on his pain medication.  V gets a call at work and finds out that Kev never had the surgery and she reminds him that he will be going back there to complete it.  I guess it was worth a shot, Kev.

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“Girl’s day!”

Debbie begins to grow closer to Kelly and explores her desires further.  Carl is not pleased by this, as he is not looking to compete over his girlfriend with his sister.  Debbie and Kelly have a fun water fight outside that Carl’s new co-workers are impressed by, but Carl reminds Debbie that Kelly is not a lesbian.  Will she give up on her new crush?  We’ll have to wait and see, but the “girl’s day” was a blast to watch for sure.

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“I’m not quitting this!”

Frank and Mikey O. make it to the last round of the Hobo Loco Man competition and Frank is ready to win his $50,000 grand prize.  After testing his blood alcohol content, he is told that his “blood is basically jet fuel,” but Frank has been training for this moment for quite some time.  In the end, Frank is slightly distracted when Ingrid tries to get him to leave and Mikey O. and him both miss jumping on the train.  Frank assumes that he will still get a prize, but we learn that the default winner is chosen by how many social media fans someone has and Gloria takes the top prize.  I mean, she did end up going topless for her fans, which shows dedication and commitment.  Ingrid also makes the decision to leave with Randy, so it looks like Frank is left with nothing.  Sorry Frank, my money was on you!

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“I want you out of this f*cking house.”

In the beginning of the episode, Fiona wakes up in a random hotel room and stoops to a new low, when she steals some Oxy to make a few extra bucks.  We find out that Deb did pay her bail to get her out of jail, but Fiona still needs to pay her fair share.  Later in the episode, Fiona is caught off guard during an unannounced home check to determine if Xan can stay there.  Lip is upset and Fiona tries to track him down to make things right, but she ends up having a drink and talking about her problems with Lip’s sponsee, Jason.  Fiona pours him a drink, which causes Jason to call up his dealer, ending his 100 days of being sober.  Lip is beyond angry at Fiona.  Fiona tries to explain that she didn’t know, but Lip tells her that she simply didn’t care to and that he wants her out of the house.  Fiona is shocked and hurt by Lip’s words, but will it be enough to help her get back on track?  There are only three episodes left this season and I am still wondering how Fiona will leave the show.  I’m really hoping that Jimmy comes back to take her away and help her, so that we get a happy ending, similar to Ian being reunited with Mickey, but there are endless possibilities.  Stay tuned!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Shameless” season 9 episode 10: “Welcome to the South Side, Bitch!”

Happy Sunday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 9 episode 10, I realized that merely saying you are “turning a corner” does not always mean that you will.  You may be off to a good start, but it doesn’t take much to set you off on the wrong path again.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “Los Diablos!” Debbie continues to panic about running the Gallagher household and Liam tries his best to pay his fair share.  Meanwhile, Fiona winds up in a dangerous situation, an old friend of Lip’s returns, and Frank realizes that he has some steep competition in the search for the next Hobo Loco Man.  My top 5 moments from Shameless season 9 episode 10 are:

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“So should we like hold hands or something?”

In this episode, Lip and Tami continue to grow closer, as they decide to take their relationship to the next level and actually hang out.  Lip tags along while Tami volunteers at a senior center and gets more than he bargained for when one of the old ladies gets a little “handsy” with him.  As Lip said, “no means no!”  Later on, Lip is in for a huge surprise when Xan shows up on his doorstep.  Xan’s mother has abandoned her again and Xan is clearly traumatized.  Tami actually handles this situation very well and is there for both Lip and Xan, proving that perhaps she is the one for Lip after all.  After watching the preview for the next episode, it looks like Lip is going to try and apply to foster Xan again, but I’m not sure if this will work out for them just yet.  Either way, I was happy to see the growth of the relationship between Lip and Tami.

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“You know you really can’t put drug dealer or gun runner on your West Point app.”

Great point, Carl!  Carl is excited to get a new job opportunity, but it involves him being a sign spinner for popcorn shrimp while wearing a very festive pirate costume.  Carl is not thrilled about the job opportunity, especially when he gets jumped on the corner, but he is trying to stick it out as much as he can.  It looks like Carl’s new boss is a little “handsy” herself, so he may wind up in some trouble here, but we’ll have to wait and see how this pans out since it’s all hands on deck at the Gallagher home.  Savvy?

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“Bad people wanted to turn them into sex slaves and gang members.”

“Kev, please stop talking!”  I agree, V, as Kev puts forth a valiant effort to teach his daughters a valuable lesson, but I’m not sure that they are ready to fully comprehend this subject matter.  During the episode, Santiago’s sister arrives and they explain that they will be returning back to Guatemala.  Kev is slightly disappointed, as he tried to bond with Santiago and even dressed him like him.  Kev and V’s daughters seem more than excited; however, as they drew some interesting pictures depicting Santiago’s violent death, which Kev and V might want to be slightly concerned about.

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“They’re looking for someone with no purpose in life.”

I mean, if this is a calling for anyone, it’s for our guy, Frank Gallagher.  Debbie even hilariously points out that if it involves alcohol, they should just give the prize to Frank.  Frank is beyond excited to participate in the competition to become the next Hobo Loco Man, but he quickly realizes that he is not the only one with some pretty impressive skills in the group.  I’m not really sure that we can classify this as healthy competition, as some of the activities involve eating food out of a dumpster and chugging endless amounts of Hobo Loco and alcohol.  The Hobo Loco man is trending everywhere, but my money is still on Frank winning it all.  Place your bets now!

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“Welcome to the South Side, Bitch!”

In the beginning of the episode, Fiona winds up in a dangerous situation when three men show up late at night at Patsy’s Pies.  Fiona is unsure if they want to rob her or hurt her, but ends up closing early and calling the police.  While Fiona had a right to be scared in this situation, her drinking problem has become quite routine and others are taking notice as well.  Fiona is ready to “turn a corner,” but is fired for her behavior, which only drives her right back to the alcohol.  Fiona has no job, but she tries to stay positive.  While Fiona may be out of control, at least she is not “having a tea party with stuffed animals,” like Ingrid.  Seriously, that comment had me laughing hysterically.  Later on, Fiona is beyond upset when she finds out that her new neighbor called the cops on Liam when he was trying to sell lemonade.  Fiona rounds up the troops and they throw an intrusive block party to officially welcome their new neighbor to the South Side.  Only Fiona takes it a little bit too far when she jumps the woman’s fence and punches her straight in the face.  While the woman may have deserved it, Fiona winds up getting arrested, so things are only going to get crazier for the Gallaghers.  Stay tuned and congrats to Shameless for being renewed for season 10!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Shameless” season 9 episode 8: “I’m A Fun Person!”

Happy Sunday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 9 episode 8, the apple may not fall far from the Alibi, but it’s great to have the Gallaghers back with new episodes.  Will the Gallagher family be able to help Fiona recover from her downward spiral, however?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Alibi,” Debbie tries to pick up the pieces and pay for the bills while Fiona continues to hit rock bottom.  Meanwhile, Carl starts a new business venture with Kelly, Tami tries to convince Lip to get his own place, and Frank contemplates fatherhood…again.  My top 5 moments from Shameless season 9 episode 8 are:

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“Is Jabby grumpy this morning?”

In this episode, we learn that Lip and Tami, played by Kate Miner, are still moving forward with their new relationship, only they are having a difficult time finding a space that is truly suitable for some quality time together.  Tami’s roommates are extremely intrusive and Lip’s living situation is an adventure in itself.  After hearing an unidentified scratching in Lip’s walls, I’m not really sure that Tami can adjust to the Gallagher lifestyle, but we’ll have to wait and see what’s next for these two.

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“I love surprises.”

Well sure, Frank, surprises can be fun.  However, I’m not sure that even Frank was ready for his girlfriend, Ingrid, played by Katey Sagal, to announce that she is now ready to finally be a mother.  This doesn’t scare Frank off; however, as he is on board to fertilize Ingrid’s eggs and bring us a whole new “menswear line.”  Frank soon realizes that he is down to a lone swimmer; however, and decides to take Carl’s “sample” to ensure that they have the best possible chances.  And just when I thought that Frank couldn’t hit a new low.  Well, perhaps fatherhood will finally agree with him this time around.

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“OK whatever the f*ck that is.”

It seems like love is in the air, as Carl continues to flourish in his new relationship with Kelly, played by Jess Gabor.  I have to admit that these two are absolutely adorable with their romance and they even work in their military training as well.  We know how much Carl loves new business ventures and he can’t help himself when he sees an opportunity in front of him with public scooters.  Carl and Kelly begin taking as many scooters as possible and “renting” them out to make some quick cash.  After a woman threatens to call the Better Business Bureau on Carl, he hilariously says, “OK whatever the f*ck that is.” 

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“No one’s playing soccer.”

During the episode, Kev and V are beyond excited to meet their new foster son, Santiago, or “KJ Ball.”  While Kev is hoping that Santiago is into baseball over soccer, they soon realize that their new son does not speak any English, but he does have a lovely singing voice and can sing “The Star Spangled Banner” quite well.  After Kev and V finally get someone to translate, they learn that Santiago has been separated from his family and realize that they need to help him reunite with them because it’s the right thing to do.  Although Santiago definitely “brought the heat” when it came to his curve ball.

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“I’m a fun person!  I like to have fun!”

Well sure, Fiona, we know that you like to have fun, but I have to say that I am quite concerned about your recent behavior.  During the episode, Fiona continues on her downward spiral, as she hits even lower than rock bottom.  Fiona has been drinking way too much and even tries out her graffiti skills to make her point, but it doesn’t seem like she is keeping it together at all.  At work, she insults customers and focuses on the disgusting gum under the table, rather than deal with the disaster of her own situation, but I’m hoping that her family can intervene and help get her back on track.  Based on the previews for new episodes, it looks like Irish Ford will make another guest appearance, but is Fiona finally ready to face him?  Stay tuned!

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