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:

5

“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.

4

“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.

3

“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.

2

“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.

1

“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 9: “I’m The Hobo Loco Man!”

Happy Sunday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 9 episode 9, I realized that having a vision board will not solve everything, but it’s not a bad place to start and you might even end up surprising yourself with what you discover.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “BOOOOOOOOOOOONE!,” Debbie takes on some more responsibility and decides that everyone is going to pay up or be left out in the cold.  Meanwhile, Irish Ford pays Fiona a visit, Liam bonds with Santiago, and Lip meets Tami’s ex-boyfriend.  My top 5 moments from Shameless season 9 episode 9 are:

5

“We’ll do 3.”

In this episode, we learn that Ingrid is pregnant, but there are already six embryos present.  The doctor explains that she will need to terminate some of them so that Ingrid has a safe and healthy pregnancy, but Ingrid is not ready to let go.  After first agreeing to three babies, she decides that she will be keeping all six.  Frank does the math and realizes he will need to start saving up over a million dollars, but our guy Frank always has a scheme in the works.

4

“I didn’t make the name up.”

While Kev and V try to track down Santiago’s uncle, they also make time to prepare some drinks for the “Hobo Loco Man Competition.”  The drink by itself is beyond disgusting and Kev tries to mix it with some cocktails so that he can win the competition.  Some of Kev’s drink ideas include:  “Hobo Rita,” “Napalm Gut Rinse,” and “Death,” which is a full shot of Hobo Loco with 4 ounces of Baileys.  While I love the creativity here behind the Hobo Loco cocktail names, I’m not sure that anything can make this drink appetizing.  However, Frank is inspired when he learns that he could potentially become the Hobo Loco Man spokesperson and earn $50,000.  After all, Frank is pretty much the only one who can actually drink this, so I guess it’s worth a shot.

3

“I don’t want to mess your future up.”

After Kelly’s father threatens Carl with a gun, Carl begins to have second thoughts about their relationship, but not for the reasons you may suspect.  Carl genuinely cares about Kelly and tells her, “I don’t want to mess your future up,” which is selfless and really sweet.  When working on the vision board, Kelly realizes that she has been living her life for her father and that it’s about time she stands up for herself and what she wants.  She tells her father that she does want to go to his dream school, but that she will do it on her terms, which include dating Carl and having sex with him in her bedroom.  It looks like Carl may have found the one, but I’m still wondering if Kassidi may rise up from the grave anytime soon.

2

“He’s the guy kissing your chick.”

When I saw the name of the episode, I was slightly startled, but then I understood it when Tami’s ex-boyfriend, Boone, walked in the door.  Lip initially feels out of place and unsure of what to do next when he finds out that Boone made a promise to marry Tami.  After working out some of their issues, Lip and Tami realize they are ready to move forward with their relationship together and that it’s OK to show their feelings every once and a while.  I have to say that I am liking this relationship so far, but let’s hope that Tami can treat Lip with love and respect because he deserves it.

1

“I don’t need anything from you!”

Poor Fiona is continuing to spiral out of control in this episode and it doesn’t help when Irish Ford walks in the door to ask for his tools back.  Fiona tries to tell him that she doesn’t have his tools and that she hasn’t thought about him in weeks and Debbie and the Gallaghers have Fiona’s back when Debbie ominously says, “We thought about you though,” while holding a knife.  Later on, Fiona’s anger continues to get the best of her and it even impacts her work.  She later tries out boxing to see if she can channel her aggression, but this seems to only prove that Fiona is very capable of defending herself.  After all, she is from the South Side.  After getting a little bit of satisfaction from throwing Ford’s tools through his window, Fiona ends up on her front porch with Liam.  Liam promises her that he will never disrespect women, even though he is currently keeping his options open, which is beyond heartwarming.  Debbie decides to let Fiona and Liam back in even though they still owe her money, but hopefully Fiona will begin to “turn a corner” and pick up the pieces.  Stay tuned!

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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!

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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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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Shameless” season 8 episode 12 season finale: “Time to Go Gallagher!”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 8 episode 12 finale last night, I am certainly going to miss watching my favorite dysfunctional family for a while.  While new episodes will return later this year, I am happy that every member of the Gallagher family made the right call after being faced with a difficult decision.  Whether they were tempted by taking the easy way out or making someone else happy, each one of them ultimately found their way, reminding us that doing the right thing does pay off in the end.  Now Frank on the other hand is another story.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Sleepwalking,” Fiona seeks out the help of “Pyro Paulie” to go full Gallagher on Rodney and his family, refusing to give up what she has worked so hard on.  Lip is finally back together with Sierra, but is he ready to get sucked back in the drama all over again?  Svetlana pursues her American Dream to get married while holding Frelania hostage and Kev embraces his new role as “father of the bride.”  Meanwhile, a warrant is out for Ian’s arrest, Carl attempts to make it to military school, and Liam is faced with the dilemma of making his father happy or betraying his new friend.  My top 5 moments from Shameless season 8 episode 12 are:

5

Liam does some recon.

Liam’s new friend, Dylan, is more than rich.  After Frank pays Dylan’s father a visit and does a quick scan of his assets, he enlists the help of his youngest son to do some full recon and obtain the alarm code.  Liam does a great job taking the pictures for Frank and even comes up with a brilliant plan to get the alarm code.  He sets off the alarm with Dylan as a prank on the maid and then zooms in on the code:  6197.  After he discusses everything with Frank, Liam begins having second thoughts.  While this may be the root cause of his sleepwalking, Liam decides that he wants to keep his friendship with Dylan and of course enjoy some much deserved “yachting” and relaxation.  Liam gives Frank the wrong code, which leads to a hilarious escape from the police, ending with Frank jumping into the portable toilet.  Not just the stall…but the actual toilet.  Frank manages to hold on to a few items and walks into the Gallagher home in victory, covered in blue dye and sewage.  I guess he’ll take this one as a win.

4

Carl attempts to get to military school.

Carl’s wife, Cassidy, actually has her named spelled with a “K,” which I learned in this last episode when she explains that all of their 6 children will have names starting with a “C” or a “K.”  Sorry Kassidi.  Either way, Carl’s girlfriend…wife, Kassidi played by the brilliant Sammi Hanratty is not about to let him leave without a fight.  Carl strategically jumps out the window when Kassidi is showering to buy new gear for military school.  He avoids her as much as possible and even brings her flowers as a decoy, but this is no match for Kassidi’s obsession.  She hand-cuffs him to the bed and refuses to let him go.  When Carl spots Debbie, he begs her to get the keys, but Debbie takes this as an opportunity to test out her brother’s listening skills, refusing to get involved in the middle.  After all she does love Kassidi’s waffles.  With the help of Liam’s habit to steal keys when he sleepwalks, 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 be able to survive this?  Will Kassidi resort to even crazier methods to get him back?

3

Svetlana gets married.

Svetlana’s plan seems to be going well when she kidnaps her former Russian friend, Frelania and keeps her held hostage at Kev and V’s home.  After realizing that she has the chance to successfully steal her husband and obtain the American Dream of becoming a rich trophy wife, there is no stopping her.  Kev and V are on board to help her and Kev fully embraces his new role as the “father of the bride.”  However, when Svetlana explains that if Frelania “tries anything you cut her face,” he is a little hesitant to put the machete to use.  Svetlana explains that the next part of their plan involves keeping Frelania’s mother, Zlata distracted, as she is the only person who will be able to recognize Svetlana at the wedding.  Kev hilariously dresses up as a chauffeur, complete with ripped sleeves underneath the suit jacket, and displays a sign at the airport reading “Zlata…super long last name” with an arrow.  Zlata is known to have a “taste for human flesh,” so Kev and V decide to try out her appetite for vodka to keep her as far away from the wedding as possible.  Everything seems to be going seamlessly when Svetlana walks down the aisle in a gorgeous wedding gown, only for Kev to find out that there is a Prenup.  Just as he reveals this to V, Svetlana says “I do.”  One can only imagine what she will do when she finds out the truth next season.

2

Lip finally makes the right decision. 

Lip seems to be getting everything he wanted.  He’s sober, he has a job, and now he even has Sierra back.  Everything should be fine, right?  After witnessing Sierra and her former boyfriend, Charlie arguing in the street, he realizes that he is about to get sucked up into a whirlwind of drama all over again.  Has Lip learned from his past mistakes?  Yes!  Lip walks away from Sierra and tells her that he’s not sure how he feels and he thinks she should give Charlie another chance.  At the end of the episode, Lip decides to help out Eddie’s niece and offers for her to stay with him until everything is sorted out with Eddie and her mom.  The little girl is beyond delighted that someone actually cares enough about her not to abandon her and happily helps Lip with his motorcycle.  Lip finally realizes that love doesn’t have to be romantic or messy.  The friendship and bond he has with Eddie’s niece goes beyond this and is the best thing for him right now to maintain his sobriety and his sanity.

1

“Time to go Gallagher.”

After Fiona talks with her lawyer, she is horrified that Rodney and his family are actually demanding custody of her dog, Rusty…or “Sparkles” along with 3 million dollars.  Her lawyer explains that her best option is to sell the building and to declare bankruptcy but Fiona is not ready to give up on her hard work just yet.  After consulting with a few others, Fiona realizes that she is going to take back what is hers.  She meets Frank’s friend, “Pyro Paulie,” who provides her with instructions on how to smoke out Rodney and his family…literally.  After they vacate the building, Fiona gives them an offer on her terms.  She says she will pay them a few thousand now for them to leave and never come back and that she will continue paying them $500 a month after that.  Rodney’s wife refuses the offer, which prompts Fiona to begin lighting cash on fire to show them she means business.  Rodney realizes that a lawsuit can take a very long time before he may see any money and takes the deal.  Fiona is able to keep her building and now has a new relationship with Irish Ford to look forward to.  Things are looking up for Fiona after all.

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