Ranking the top 5 moments from “Shameless” season 9 episode 1 season premiere: “Isn’t that just the cost of being a Gallagher?”

Happy Sunday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 9 episode 1 season premiere, I am beyond excited for the return of my favorite family on television.  The season premiere helped us catch up with all of our favorite characters and had us quite concerned about others, but it’s all in good fun.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “Are You There Shim?  It’s Me, Ian,” Fiona focuses her attention on getting an appraisal done on her building to help come up with the bail money for Ian, but becomes distracted when she learns that Irish Ford may be hiding something from her.  Meanwhile, Debbie is outraged when she finds out that she is not being paid the same as the men in her field, Frank gets intimately involved with the PTA, Lip shows off his dance skills, and Kassidi enthusiastically cheers on her man.  My top 5 moments from Shameless season 9 episode 1 are:

5

“You’ll have to handle your personal issue.”

Carl is working hard and is determined to be promoted to Cadet Lieutenant, but his commanding officer reminds him that he will need to handle his “personal issue” first.  The personal issue is of course Karl’s wife or girlfriend, Kassidi, who is camped out on the base holding up countdown signs until they can be reunited once again.  Kassidi reminds Carl that she is practicing her kegels and that she loves him, but decides that this isn’t enough to show her love and devotion.  She ultimately breaks out a cheerleader outfit and puts a creative spin on a classic cheer when she calls out, “Carl Carl, he’s our man, if he can’t f*ck me, no one can!”  While I give her props for maximum effort, Carl realizes that Kassidi may be standing in the way of his promotion.  Before Carl can come up with a suitable plan, one of his trainees takes it upon himself to handle the situation and tells Carl that “no one will ever find the body.”  Does this mean what we think it means or is there another explanation?  I absolutely love the role of Kassidi, played by the incredible Sammi Hanratty, and thoroughly enjoyed her obsessive relationship with Carl.  That being said, perhaps he is finally off the hook now?  We’ll have to wait for further confirmation.

4

“That’s a playpen.” 

Kev and V are having a difficult time controlling their daughters, realizing that Svetlana scared them so much that they didn’t really act out before.  With her absence, it is up to Kev to get creative so that he can get some quality time with V.  While in the bar, he keeps the girls in cages, but he hilariously reminds the patrons that it’s a playpen.  However, perhaps a dog cage was not far off, as Kev decides to resort to playing fetch in the street with his two daughters to burn off some of their energy.  While in the park with the girls, Kev and V spot a line of children who are so well behaved and are excited to see a real potential solution right in front of them…preschool!

3

“U ever coming back?  I still have Xan.”

When we first see Lip again, he is on Eddie’s social media page and discovers that she is apparently having fun in the sun without a worry in the world.  Lip messages her and reminds her that her ten year old niece is still with him.  While at his boss’s wedding, he meets the maid of honor, Tami, and has a brief fling with her after showing off his “nerdy dance moves.”  I have to admit that Lip doing the running man was absolutely epic.  After taking his boss’s advice, he goes to see Tami about asking her out to dinner, but is harshly rejected and his sex game is insulted as well.  While this may not be the right lady for Lip, it’s about time he finds someone truly worthy of his affection. 

2

“I’m the guy who supplied your wives a service.”

After Liam spoils Frank’s plan to make some quick cash, he decides to involve himself more deeply with the PTA.  Of course for Frank this means having an affair with four of the women and stealing silverware on his way out.  It seems like everything is going according to plan, until an “epidemic” of STDs is brought to the attention of the PTA and all of the affairs are out in the open.  While everyone is initially angry with Frank, he reminds them that he did them a service and uses this as an opportunity for the couples to talk about their feelings and issues out in the open, proving once again that Frank is literally able to get out of anything.

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“Isn’t that just the cost of being a Gallagher?”

During the episode, Fiona tries her hardest to obtain the bail money needed for Ian, but Ian doesn’t seem that worried about it.  Ian is busy leading strikes in jail and praising “Shim,” since he doesn’t know if God is a man or a woman.  While Fiona is nervous that Ian is off his meds, she still decides that she needs to get his bail money together to help him.  Irish Ford is not so sure this is the best plan and Fiona tells him that it’s like talking to a wall with him, insulted that he is judging her family.  Fiona is already having mixed feelings about Irish Ford when she discovers that he has a second cell phone, but Irish Ford comes clean and explains that it is for international calls to his mother, Patty.  Before Fiona gets a chance to test this theory and answer the phone, she hilariously drops it in the toilet by accident and is completely unapologetic about it to Irish Ford.  While it seems like these two are still in the clear, I’m not sure that Irish Ford is the one for Fiona.  While we know that Emmy Rossum has announced that this is her last season on the series, I’m still waiting for Jimmy/Steve to come in and sweep her off her feet.  Fingers crossed!  Are you ready to experience more crazy adventures with the Gallagher family?  Stay tuned!

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Ranking the top 5 moments featuring Kassidi and Carl from “Shameless” season 8

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 KassidiPlease 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:

5

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…

4

“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.

3

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.

2

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.  

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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

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