Ranking the top 5 moments from “Shameless” season 9 episode 5: “Going Fiona is Not a Thing”

Happy Sunday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 9 episode 5, I learned that labels do not really matter when it comes down to it and that “you like what you like.”  While some of the Gallaghers have trouble defining who they are, others come to an epiphany at just the right time.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “Black-Haired Ginger,” Fiona has trouble letting go and insists on getting involved in Ian’s trial.  Meanwhile, Lip finds himself restless when he gets an unexpected day off work, Liam has an encounter with a “trashy girl” and Carl meets a new potential girlfriend named Kelly, who will possibly have him saying Kassidi who?  No seriously where is Kassidi?  Is she really dead?  My top 5 moments from Shameless season 9 episode 5 are:

5

“I got nothin.”

After Frank passes out in the bathroom at the Alibi, Kev and V escort him to the hospital and he learns that he needs medication for his liver.  Frank doesn’t have insurance and is willing to compromise on most of the side effects of the cheaper medication option like temporary blindness, but has second thoughts when he hears that erectile dysfunction is one of them.  Frank panics and even runs up to a lingerie store window and screams out, “I got nothin!”  He tries watching porn on his phone and even fails to get it up with a prostitute.  V reminds Frank that he needs to make the right choice:  his liver or his penis and hopes that he makes the right one.  As fate would have it, Frank meets a woman at the hospital and he is back in business after helping her escape.  The mysterious woman is played by the absolutely fabulous Katey Sagal and I am excited to see her return next week.  Could she be a new romantic interest for Frank?  Here’s hoping!

4

#TimesUpMySisters

Kev is impressing quite a lot of people and is now pretty much known as “the vagina safe guy.”  A lady representing the women’s equality and empowerment march pays him a visit and explains that they are very impressed with what Kevin is doing and that they would love for him to give a speech at the march.  Kev is absolutely honored to do so, but starts to realize that his speech has nothing on the women speaking before him, who are courageous enough to speak out about some of their traumatic experiences.  Kev begins to put things into perspective and even sings his daughters a “stay away from men” lullaby.  V tells him to cut it out and gives him a pep talk, but it looks like Kev is starting to finally get the big picture, as he truly sympathizes with everything these women have had to go through.

3

“You make me want cock again!”

In this episode, Deb is determined to win Alex back and prove that she can stick with being a lesbian.  She tells Alex, “I know I may be a new lesbian, but I think I can be pretty good at it.”  Fast forward to eight hours later after Alex has been talking non-stop about her “feelings” and Deb can’t take it anymore.  She hilariously yells out, “You make me want cock again” before she leaves Patsy’s Pies with Franny, completely frustrated.  Debbie later goes to visit Fiona’s lesbian tenants and asks them for advice.  Mel decides to make things very simple for Debbie and takes off her robe and asks her how she feels and then proceeds to kiss her and Debbie doesn’t mind whatsoever.  They then further explain to Debbie that “you like what you like and none of the rest of it matters,” which is actually spot on advice.  Be you Debbie!

2

“Going Fiona is not a thing!”

Fiona can be overbearing sometimes with her family, but that’s because she cares so much about them and wants what is best for them.  Only now they are almost all adults and perhaps she can finally let go a little bit.  Fiona goes with Ian to meet his lawyer and promises, “I’m just gonna listen,” but then proceeds to yell, “Are you kidding me?” when she hears something she doesn’t like.  Fiona wants Ian to plead insanity and doesn’t care how this impacts his “Gay Jesus” image.  She further explains that “nothing is bigger than family” and proceeds to go all Fiona on Ian’s supporter.  Debbie sheds some light on the situation and Fiona tries to say that “going Fiona is not a thing,” but starts to really think it over when Lip basically says the same thing to her.

1

“Whatever you want to do…I’m with you.”

After Fiona stands up Ford when she was preoccupied with looking for Ian, she starts to realize that maybe she does need to let Ian make his own decisions, even if she doesn’t necessarily agree with them.  Fiona clearly wants to still feel needed by her family and in a touching moment Ford asks, “Would it help if I needed you?”  Is anyone else shipping these two?  Ford may not be Jimmy/Steve, but he is being so supportive of Fiona and seems worthy for sure.  After dyeing his hair black and grabbing his clothes in a moment of panic, Ian realizes that he needs to face his crime head on.  When he comes downstairs before the trial, everyone is there to fully support Ian, even though they absolutely hate his hair.  Fiona finally lets go enough and tells Ian that she is with him no matter what he decides to do and Ian happily accepts her support…as long as she keeps her mouth shut of course.  During the trial, Ian takes full ownership of his crime, but also eloquently explains why he did what he did and ends up pleading guilty by insanity since he was off his meds.  I have to say that I was very proud of Ian in this moment and hopefully he can handle two years in prison.  Even though Ian may face never-ending days of boredom like Mr. Milkovich warned, at least he has his entire family waiting for him and always supporting him no matter what.  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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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Shameless” season 9 episode 3: “S&M is not like Riding a Bike”

Happy Sunday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 9 episode 3, I realized that it’s sometimes necessary to update your image.  Whether that means updating your wardrobe to a pant suit, turning your bar from “rapey” to “Certifide Vagina Safe,” misspelling intended, or dusting off your red leather boots to help a friend in need, Team Gallagher is ready for a makeover to help make a difference.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “Weirdo Gallagher Vortex,” Fiona and Irish Ford clash after she closes her business deal, Liam goes to public school, and Lip tries to protect Xan.  Meanwhile, Ian tries out some new religions, Debbie experiments with a woman, and Frank continues to help Mo White with his campaign to make some cash.  My top 5 moments from Shameless season 9 episode 3 are:

5

“We need more dick.”

During the episode, Debbie grows closer to her new friend and they bond over welding their dick creations to the cars of men outside a strip club.  Debbie enjoys spending time with her new friend, but starts to question her own sexuality when she has a moment with her and makes out with her in the bathroom.  Even though Ian tells Debbie that she is not gay, she can’t ignore these new feelings surfacing.  Will Debbie explore these feelings further?  Is this a new possible relationship for her?

4

“Stop trying to save the world and save yourself.”

After getting out of jail, Ian is having a difficult time adjusting, no longer wanting to embrace the “Gay Jesus” title.  He tries to listen for “shim” or God, but is getting a busy signal.  Frank tells Ian that he needs to stick to traditional religions in order to find his enlightenment and Ian decides to give it a try.  After trying out Buddhism, Judaism, and Catholicism, Ian doesn’t find the answers he is looking for.  He is focused so much on hearing the words of “shim” or God and he doesn’t possess much patience when looking for his own “enlightenment.”  Later in the episode, Debbie sets Ian straight and tells him to “stop trying to save the world and save yourself.”  Will Ian take her advice?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out, but I think it’s time for Ian to find a new calling.  Maybe one of a lesser power.

3

“So now you want a relationship?”

Fiona is beyond excited to sign off on her new business deal with Max, but Irish Ford reveals his jealousy over the situation.  Fiona is initially confused by his behavior especially since they don’t really have a label on their relationship and have been “hanging out.”  Fiona’s dog, Rusty, makes a special guest appearance and keeps her company while she eats her cheeseburger, while Irish Ford eats at the table alone.  After speaking with V, V reminds Fiona that “people get hurt when you leave your options open.”  She further explains that she initially told Kev, “you’re my man, I’m your girl, and if you’re not happy with that…I’ll kill you in your sleep.”  While I’m not sure that Fiona and Ford need to go to this extreme, perhaps it is time for them to take their relationship to an official level, especially since Ford seems to have gone above and beyond to get his “apology” right for Fiona.  Will Fiona’s new business partner threaten her relationship with Ford?  Ford has openly expressed not liking Max, but is there more to the story here?

2

“Bitch I’m not asking.”

Carl is continuing to change lives one dog at a time, but is still determined to get into West Point.  He later discovers that V knows Congressman Ubberman, who used to be one of her former dominatrix clients.  Carl asks V if she can help him at all since he needs his recommendation, but V hilariously explains that “S&M is not like riding a bike.”  After going through some of her old clothes, she finds her whip and “Lenora” is back and better than ever.  V shows off her dominatrix skills and gets Congressman Ubberman to agree to recommend Carl for West Point.  Mission accomplished!

1

“They made a list of the rapiest bars in the South Side and the Alibi is number 1.”

During the episode, Kev and V discover that they were included on this list.  While they are initially shocked, they begin to look around and notice all of the posters and art that glorify sex and objectify women.  Kev is determined to make the bar less “rapey,” to bring back female customers and more importantly, because “rapey is wrong,” as V gently reminds him.  Kev reminds everyone that they should not refer to women as “chicks” and should perhaps try out “vaginal enterprises.”  V is not amused and he goes with “women” instead.  Kev tries to make sure the television programming is friendly for women, drinks like “Sex on the Beach” will now just simply be “The Beach,” and he even creates consent forms as well to ensure maximum safety.  Kev begins tracking his process and creates a chalk board sign on the back of the door that says, “Hours Since Last Rapey Talk.”  Kev is excited to start off with 2, but quickly has to change this back to 0 after Mo White reveals the truth about his past and an underage girl.  Kev is determined to make women feel safe in the bar and finally places his sign on the window, which says, “Certifide Vagina Safe,” complete with a drawing of what I can only assume is a vagina with boxing gloves.  While spelling has never been Kev’s strong suit, he is definitely putting forth a lot of effort to make everyone feel safe at his bar.  I guess it’s the thought that counts.  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

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

If you enjoyed this blog, I would love it if you would click the follow button on your way out to subscribe.  Thanks for your support! 

I am so excited to announce that my book, The Search for Alice, is now available!  If you enjoy fairy-tale retellings, paranormal romance, horror, and mystery, then this might be the book for you or someone you know!  Thank you for taking the time to check it out and I appreciate any feedback as well.  I hope you enjoy!

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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