Spoiler-Free Review of “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” on Showtime: Evil Looks Good on Natalie Dormer

**This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!**

“Until not a soul is left…are you ready?”

The sequel spin-off of Penny Dreadful may not be connected to the original show, but it does present us with a different kind of evil in a brand new time and setting with Natalie Dormer’s Magda at the very center of it.

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels premiered on Showtime on April 26th 2020. It will feature weekly episodes (55 minutes in length). It stars Natalie Dormer, Daniel Zovatto, Nathan Lane, and Lorenza Izzo.

While the show has been long awaited by fans of the beloved Gothic horror series, Penny Dreadful, there will be no crossovers or Easter Eggs to the original series, even though it seems like this could have been done.

The show takes place in Los Angeles, 1938 and follows several groups of characters as the demon, Magda and Santa Muerte clash on their involvement in mortal affairs.

The show certainly has a lot of possibility, but can it live up to its predecessor? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Natalie Dormer ignites the screen.

I am already a fan of the Game of Thrones alum, but I have to say that Natalie Dormer was born for a role like this. While it will certainly not be easy to live up to the breathtakingly magnetic, Eva Green in the original series, Dormer is taking on a new character and is embracing her dark side with style.

The opening scene leaves you wanting so much more and reveals just how manipulative and powerful Dormer’s character can be.

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Exceptional cast and gorgeous setting.

The sequel is set in pre World War II L.A. The setting is absolutely gorgeous and I appreciated some of these smaller moments where we got to witness dancing in the street, beautiful outfits, and serene backdrops of the bluffs, transporting us back to a different time and place seamlessly.

The rest of the cast is talented as well, which should work in their favor, as they have the potential to really light up the screen with character dynamics and relationships.

The Cons:

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A storyboard of ideas can get confusing…

After watching the premiere episode, there are already so many characters and sub-plots, which makes it difficult to keep up. I’m all for a slow burn type of reveal, but I think that some of these plots are going to get lost in the void. The premiere episode acted like a storyboard of ideas rather than a full developed plot, which could be problematic.

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Don’t bench your best player…

Natalie Dormer is the best part of this series right now and yet she is taking a back seat in the premiere episode. While I understand that the show is focusing more on her whispering in the ears of men to convince them to do evil, she honestly deserves more than this.

I love seeing her take on different characters as she hides her true identity as the demon, Magda, but it seems like we are stifling a major asset on this series and I just honestly want to see more of her. Let her shine!

Not enough supernatural elements.

The original series did a fantastic job of transporting us into a world of Gothic horror as we met familiar characters from literature with a unique and dark spin. While I understand that the show is going in a new direction, I don’t want it to lose that supernatural spark. There are a lot of elements in history to explore during this time, but let’s tell a new story filled with legend and magical possibility.

So am I in or out?

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Right now, I’m honestly about 50/50. The show has the potential to be something extraordinary. We get this interesting clash between the demon, Magda and the legend, Santa Muerte, which could really help the show find its own entertaining path, but I have a feeling that a lot of things will get lost in the midst of an over-complicated plot.

I’m going to give the show a few more episodes because Natalie Dormer honestly deserves it, but I really hope that this slow burn mystery can just start lighting things on fire already.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Penny Dreadful: City of Angels in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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My performance of the week ending 3/7/20 on TV goes to…

Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison on Showtime’s Homeland season 8.

As I continue to watch the final season of Homeland, it’s important to recognize and celebrate Claire Danes for her brilliant performances week after week. She has done so much more than merely becoming Carrie Mathison…she IS Carrie Mathison and she will forever be a legend because of it.

**Please note some spoilers are ahead if you are not caught up on the series.**

Homeland is always jam-packed with quite a lot each episode and you really have to be in the right frame of mind to watch the show, but it continues to captivate my undivided attention and if I start to drift off for even a moment, Carrie Mathison brings me right back. 

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While Carrie has displayed a million emotions over the seasons, I really prefer the Carrie who wants to get to the truth. Her board of theories and her drive to analyze every angle is beyond inspiring. She risks it all for her country, but she also has quite a few layers and blocks in her memory that make her even more of a dynamic character.

Sometimes Carrie is unsure if she can trust herself, but we know that her intentions are typically good. Does she get carried away sometimes? Absolutely, but I think it is a constant struggle for her to balance all of her intense emotions. She uses that intensity to be a major asset at her job, but it also takes a toll on her, as the rest of her emotions spiral out of control…especially when she is off her meds.

Each episode in season 8 has been absolutely fantastic so far. In season 8, episode 4, Carrie risks it all to help a woman in trouble. She doesn’t stress about following protocol or getting approval. She simply makes a decision based on her gut, understanding that doing the right thing doesn’t always follow the rule book.

What’s next for Carrie? Well, I imagine quite a lot after that major cliffhanger at the end of episode 4. It looks like she is going to have to put her theories to work to find out what is really happening and I’m assuming we will also start piecing together her missing memories to unlock those secrets.

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I’m intrigued to find out how it all ends. As much as I want a happy ending for Carrie so that she can be reunited with Franny, it’s somewhat unlikely that both she and Saul will make it out of this alive. A sacrifice will most likely be made and I’m not sure that I am prepared for it just yet, but I’m confident that Claire Danes will continue to deliver extraordinary performances for the remainder of the season.

I can’t wait to find out how it all ends!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Shameless” season 10 episode 12: “Gallavich!”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 10 episode 12 season finale, we knew it was going to be a stressful day, but the Gallaghers refuse to let hate win, reminding us that true love can conquer all…even Mickey’s dad.

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not watched the latest episode yet.

In last night’s episode, “Gallavich!” Ian and Mickey prepare for their wedding day, but things get complicated when Mickey’s dad decides to burn down their venue.  Meanwhile, Lip tries to get through to Tami, Liam works his magic with Frank, and Julia gets punched in the face.

My top 5 moments from the Shameless season 10 episode 12 season finale are:

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“You got game son.”

Liam tries to come up with the perfect present for Ian and Mickey and decides that he wants to get them a honeymoon car without spending money, which is where Frank comes into play.  Liam tricks Frank by telling him that they are selling the house, which gets one of Faye’s cars in the right place at the right time.

Frank is impressed with Liam, but tells him he’s not going to the wedding.  Liam reminds him that they don’t expect him to show up to much and actually talks some sense into his father, as Frank arrives to show his support…and to reunite with an old flame.

I thought it was nice that Ian spoke to Debbie about missing Monica, but no mention of Fiona not attending?

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“You got another mask?”

Tami is furious at Lip for renting the house in Southside without talking to her first and tells him that she is going to take Fred to Milwaukee without him.

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Lip is beyond heartbroken and resorts to drinking at the wedding, but luckily he shows up at Brad’s door and tells him he needs to find a meeting.

Tami has a change of heart and decides to move in with Lip after all.  I’m not the biggest fan of Tami, but I don’t want Lip to be separated from his son.  We’ll have to see how this all plays out in the final season, but it’s clear that Lip is destined to be a great father and now he’ll get the chance to prove it.

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“Welcome to the Southside, Julia.”

Julia’s back and now she claims that she is moving in with Debbie. 

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Sandy has other ideas after her own intimate night with Debbie and punches Julia…right in the face.  It’s not like she didn’t have this coming.  Nice Sandy!

Julia continues to argue with her mom and stirs up some more drama, but it looks like she is moving on to Carl...at least for a casual hookup.  At the end of the episode, the police show up looking for Debbie, charging her with statutory rape since Julia is not 18 yet.  Our girl Debbie Gallagher makes a run for it, but it looks like her love triangle fiasco is now catching up with her.

Run, Debbie!

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“Ask me fool!”

Kevin Ball’s Keg Zone is really making some impressive progress, as Kev begins to save a stash of money.  He doesn’t initially tell V about it, which makes her suspicious, but we later find out he was saving to buy V…an engagement ring!

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Kev asks V to marry him after Ian and Mickey’s wedding and it’s about time!  So happy for these two!!!!!!

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“At last!”

After Mickey’s father burns down The Bamboo Lotus, Ian and Mickey are out of a venue.  Debbie suggests that they “white trash this shit” up, as they pool together their resources.  Eventually, they settle on The Polish Doll, but the owner is not a fan of the LGBTQ community.

Luckily, Lip and Debbie get creative, as Debbie wears a wedding dress, claiming to be the bride.  She keeps the owner distracted with her wedding day jitters while the real wedding takes place.

“At Last” is the perfect song choice, Ian!  We finally get to witness Gallavich earning their first step toward happily ever after as these two tie the knot!

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The wedding is romantic and perfect and I teared up quite a bit, but we also get some true Gallavich adventure at the end when Mickey’s father tries to shoot up their honeymoon.

It’ll never be quiet for these two, but at least they have each other!

Stay tuned for the final season of Shameless!!!!!

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 10 episode 11: “Livin’ on a Prayer”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 10 episode 11, Kev reminded us that “the longest part of a journey is always the first step,” and if you don’t believe him, check your fortune cookie.

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not watched the latest episode yet.

In last night’s episode, “Location, Location, Location,” Debbie gets caught in the middle of Julia and Claudia’s drama while looking quite dapper in her tux.  Meanwhile, Lip has second thoughts about moving, Liam attempts to track down Frank, and Ian and Mickey discuss wedding plans.

My top 5 moments from Shameless season 10 episode 11 are:

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“So we’re not the good cops?”

Carl continues to work undercover to prove that the sanitation department is dirty even though his boss reminds him that he’s not undercover and perhaps he should stop telling people that he is.

Carl is definitely loyal to the cause and reminds his boss that he “took a shit in someone’s house” to keep up appearances, but it looks like he certainly is going to make a great cop one day.

Although, he might want to figure out what side he’s actually on…

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“I found my calling.”

Kev comes to the realization that he needs a thing, now accepting that he won’t make it into the NBA.  V hilariously reminds him that he was never going to play for the NBA, but Kev is still determined to write his letter of retirement.  I mean, “Dear Basketball” is a great start!

Kev is anxious to discover the next chapter of his life, but V points out that “retirement is for rich people.”  After the husband from the school auction shows up to cash in on his personal training session with Kev, this inspires a new calling, as he decides to train people with…“keg lifts.”

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It seems like it’s working so far so perhaps Kev has found his thing after all!

3

“Remember, you’re desperately in love with me.”

How could Debbie forget?!  Debbie continues to web a lie of deception, agreeing to go to the homecoming dance with Julia, but of course, Claudia’s birthday dinner is on the same night!

Debbie is convinced that she can swing both and even learns how to tie a bow tie like a champ from Sandy Milkovich, but it’s only a matter of time before she gets caught…

After starting off with an impressive run back and forth, Claudia notices the boutonniere on Debbie’s jacket and of course she recognizes it…since she bought it for her daughter’s date.

Debbie is caught in the middle of this mother-daughter drama and decides to leave them to their rich people problems while she ends up having a blast with Sandy Milkovich.

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It looks like Debbie is moving on to Sandy, but what will happen when Julia shows up on their doorstep next week?

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“The other path also led to addiction…”

Well, Frank may be honest here, but at least he’s out of the woods and out of rehab!  Frank is ready to find his next scheme, but he runs into Faye, who tells him that she is going back to Puerto Rico for the winter.

Faye still seems to have some lingering feelings here, but Frank is not about to pass up a new scheme, as he decides to break into Faye’s house and enjoy some relaxation by himself.

Liam eventually tracks him down and Frank reluctantly agrees to sign his paper so he doesn’t get kicked out of school, but Frank now starts to think that Faye’s house may really be haunted after all…

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After a few close calls, Frank runs into the “yard guy” and they realize that they are both staying there without Faye knowing.  They strike a deal to both stay there and it looks like this may be the start of another beautiful friendship for Frank…

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“Can’t we just be Ian and Mickey?”

After Mickey’s father threatens him, Mickey is ready to pull out all the stops for the wedding, but Ian just wants things to go smoothly.  Mickey has quite a few thoughts about flowers and song choices, but don’t mess with him when it comes to selecting the perfect chairs…

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Ian recognizes that Mickey is on edge because of his father, but he tries to be as supportive as he can while reminding Mickey that he does love him.  In a truly romantic moment, Ian gets the guitar player to perform “Livin’ on a Prayer” for Mickey, which seems to get these two back on track.

It looks like we’ll be seeing the wedding in next week’s season finale, but I’m sure we will have to deal with a lot of obstacles along the way.  Well, at least Lip isn’t moving anymore, although this may put a dent in his relationship with Tami…

Stay tuned Gallagher fans!

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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My Ship of the week ending 1/18/20 on TV goes to…

Ian Gallagher and Mickey Milkovich on Showtime’s Shameless, also known as Gallavich!

Shameless may be coming to an end after season 11, but it looks like Gallavich is destined for the happily ever after they deserve.  Oh and “save the f*cking speech you Pussy.”

**Please note some spoilers are ahead if you are not caught up on the series.**

Over the years of watching Shameless, there have been three couples to really stand the test of time for me:  Kev and V, Fiona and Jimmy, and Ian and Mickey.  Kev and V continue to keep the laughs coming while being there for one another unconditionally, but after Jimmy’s heartbreaking departure, I was truly worried about the fate of Gallavich.

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Fear not, as our favorite couple was reunited in season 9 when Ian was sent to prison.  I mean, it must be true love if someone is willing to get thrown in jail for you.  After Fiona’s departure at the end of season 9, Ian became a season regular again in season 10, providing us Gallavich fans with a lot of fantastic and swoon-worthy moments.

It seemed like Ian and Mickey transformed into an old married couple while in jail, but luckily they both returned to Southside to start over.

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After Ian’s initial hesitation about marrying Mickey, I was slightly worried that we would have to wait too long for them to come to their senses, but thankfully we were given the episode we have dreamed about with season 10 episode 10, “Now Leaving Illinois.”

Ian hilariously attempted to make Mickey jealous, but ended up overhearing Mickey’s new boyfriend, Byron, talking about him behind his back.  Ian defended Mickey’s honor and we witnessed a fist fight followed by a romantic proposal…Gallavich style, as Mickey hilariously told Ian to save the speech, agreeing to marry him.

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It’s about time, Gallavich!!!!!!

What’s next for Gallavich?  It looks like we will get a lot more screen time for these two for the remaining episodes of season 10, as they now have to deal with planning a wedding.  I’m sure that this will go smoothly.

Gallavich proves to be a ship that never fails to touch our hearts and souls.  They never compromise who they are and they are loyal to one another until the end, reminding us what true love is all about.  I can’t wait to see some more crazy adventures with them during the final season of Shameless!

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P.S. Shameless writers, if you want to pull out all the stops for the final season, please let Fiona and Jimmy get their happily ever after too!  Fingers crossed!

What are YOUR thoughts on Gallavich?

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The 2020 Mid-Season TV Premieres I am most looking forward to: Bring on the new episodes!

Greetings TV Fans!  As we approach Mid-January, some of our absolute favorite shows will be returning with new episodes and we can also look forward to some brand new shows as well that have a lot of potential.  Looking to find out when they all start?  You came to the right place!

While some of our favorite returning shows already have 2020 premiere dates announced, others are still giving out a TBD 2020 response, as I vigilantly keep checking to see when they will be premiering.  It looks like we have several new shows with a lot of potential and some of our returning favorites seem very promising as well.

Without further delay, the 2020 Mid-season TV premieres I am most looking forward to are:

The Outsider

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Premiere date:  January 12th 2020

Where to watch:  HBO

Based on Stephen King’s novel, this series will follow the murder investigation of a young boy, which leads a seasoned cop to question everything after discovering some supernatural forces and threats along the way.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Part 3)

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Premiere date:  January 24th 2020

Where to watch:  Netflix

Sabrina Spellman is back and we can’t wait to see what she does next!  Will she finally find a balance between being a mortal and a witch or will she lose herself to dark magic completely?

The Stranger

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Premiere date:  January 30th 2020

Where to watch:  Netflix

Adam Price seems to have it all.  That is, until a stranger approaches him one night and reveals a shocking secret that will change his life forever.  This new mystery thriller looks binge-watch promising for sure!

Katy Keene

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Premiere date:  February 6th 2020

Where to watch:  The CW

A spin-off of Riverdale Yes please!  Oh wait and it stars Pretty Little Liars’s Lucy Hale?  I’m in!

Locke & Key

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Premiere date:  February 7th 2020

Where to watch:  Netflix

Based on the graphic novel, this show follows a group of siblings who move into Keyhouse after their father is murdered, which leads to some creepy findings of their own.

Homeland Season 8 (Final Season)

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Premiere date:  February 9th 2020

Where to watch:  Showtime

It seems like it’s been quite some time since we’ve last checked in with Carrie Mathison, but it’s about time.  I can’t wait to see how it all ends!

The Haunting of Bly Manor (The Haunting of Hill House Season 2)

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Premiere date: TBD 2020

Where to watch: Netflix

The second season of The Haunting of Hill House already looks extremely promising based on the premise.  Much like the AHS anthology, we will see several of the stars return from season one as we are welcomed into a new story, which will loosely follow The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.  Can’t wait!!!!

Cursed

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Premiere date: TBD 2020

Where to watch: Netflix

A fresh take on the Arthurian legend starring 13 Reasons Why’s Katherine Langford?  I’m definitely in!  This show is based on Frank Miller’s novel and will center around the Lady of the Lake (Nimue) story in a re imagined way.

Lovecraft Country

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Premiere date: TBD 2020

Where to watch: HBO

A Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams team-up seems too good to be true, but that’s what we have here for this highly anticipated horror drama.  Based on the novel by Matt Ruff, this story follows Atticus Black, who is searching for his missing father.

Westworld (Season 3)

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Premiere date: March 15th 2020

Where to watch: HBO

Season 3 will bring us into a whole new world and if Aaron Paul is around for it, I’m in!

Little Fires Everywhere

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Premiere date: March 18th 2020

Where to watch: Hulu

Starring the talented and amazing Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, this limited series will follow the fears of suburban mothers, which may give us some Big Little Lies and Desperate Housewives nostalgia for sure.  I’m in!

Stay tuned for reviews, recaps, and top five moments!  I don’t know about you, but I am very excited for new episodes to return and I am really looking forward to exploring these new promising shows!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post the shows you are looking forward to premiering in 2020 in the comments below.  I always love discovering new shows and that’s where you come in!  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Shameless” season 10 episode 7: “Citizen Carl”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 10 episode 7, I realized that the Gallaghers may not always have it all together, but they do pull off some pretty impressive plans along the way.

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not watched the latest episode yet.

In last night’s episode, “Citizen Carl,” Carl decides to become an active citizen to clean up the streets of Southside.  Meanwhile, Tami and Lip have a shitty adventure, Debbie and Megan go out to celebrate, and Frank meets an interesting new stranger.

My top 5 moments from Shameless season 10 episode 7 are:

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“Big score.  Fresh dead guy.”

After a customer named Billy is found dead at The Alibi, Frank sheds quite a few fake tears while taking his wallet and keys.  Frank is quite the actor, but he ends up trying to steal as many things as he can from poor dead Billy while giving quite the inspiring eulogy.

Meanwhile, Frank meets a beautiful stranger played by Orange Is the New Black’s Elizabeth Rodriguez.  It looks like she is a woman of mystery herself, but has Frank finally met his match?

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“We killed Billy…”

After the coroners take Billy away, Kev and V start to wonder if they are responsible for his death since they continued to serve him alcohol.  This guilt lasts for only about a minute, as they start to realize a real problem…that Billy was a major part of their revenue.

Kev and V realize that they will need to bring in some new customers to make up for Billy and stoop pretty low, posing as “Teronica and Tevin” at an AA meeting.  V starts to feel really bad when some of the members actually show up, but the money seems to be rolling in for now.

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“Here’s your demon child.”

Debbie’s plan works like a charm, as Peppa drops off Fake Franny (Bella) and the check, claiming she never wants to see her again.  Debbie takes some time for herself to celebrate by going out for drinks with Megan.  Megan explains that they need to find some new potential baby daddies with a lot of cash to prepare for when the money runs out, but Debbie is not really feeling it.

Rather, she meets a female stranger at the bar and they really hit it off.  Only Debbie is mistaken for a prostitute and is left a rather large tip in cash on the dresser.  Did Debbie just find a sugar mama or could this lead to a potential relationship?

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“Little domestic bitches…”

Ian and Mickey (Gallavich) continue to be absolutely adorable together, but it’s time for Mickey to try out his new job…in retail.  Mickey actually rocks the headset and polo shirt with class and even runs after a shoplifter, asking her why she stole such an “ugly piece of shit,” which was probably the funniest part of the episode for me.

Ian’s crazy PO, Paula, makes an arrangement; however, and now Mickey is working for her too.  It looks like Ian and Mickey are going to be dealing with some crazy stuff together, but at least they have each other.

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So much for Mickey’s future in retail…

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“Shit’s gotta change.”

After meeting an elderly woman named Esther at the bus stop, Carl gets on his bus, but witnesses her get mugged and shot.  The bus refuses to let him off to go and help, but Carl is not going to forget this anytime soon.

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Carl is outraged that the city won’t replace the streetlights at the bus stop and decides to recruit Kelly and her high maintenance friend so that they can get the city to pay attention.

Apparently Anne moved?  OK…moving on.

Kelly and her friend shoot an Insta story while Carl pretends to mug them and the plan is a success, as the city now replaces the streetlights.  Good job, Citizen Carl!  Esther would be proud.  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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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Shameless” season 10 episode 6: “I’m Glad I Didn’t Sell You”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 10 episode 6, Frank reminded us that “there’s no room for sentiment in business,” but perhaps one should change the rules when it comes to your own children.

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not watched the latest episode yet.

In last night’s episode, “Adios Gringos,” Frank and Liam work together to obtain the highest bid for Ingrid’s baby.  Meanwhile, Tami and Lip continue to argue, V forgets the electric slide, and Carl leads Anne’s family to victory.

My top 5 moments from Shameless season 10 episode 6 are:

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“What are you doing here?”

Luckily, Ian and Mickey don’t have to be separated for too long, as Mickey gets released from prison as well.  Mickey has Larry as his parole officer and he initially jumps off his bus thinking he is being followed, which was beyond hilarious.  Later on, we get a nice reunion between Ian and Mickey.

Meanwhile, Ian tries to help a pregnant woman in need of medical help, which goes against the rules of his insurance scam job.  His parole officer is not too pleased and almost offers Ian’s privates up as a snack for her dog, Biscuit.  Ian makes it out of there OK, but will he really be able to stay on the sidelines without helping people in need?

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“Apparently I’ve raised a great kid.”

Deb is not giving up without getting her check, but she doesn’t want to hand Franny over to Peppa without a plan.  Debbie asks Franny to be bad, but Franny tries to tell her mother that she is a good girl.

Debbie realizes that she will need to find a stand-in for Franny to play the part and meets two sisters, Bella and Stella, who need Foster parents.  Stella blackmails Debbie, but she goes for it, realizing that she is desperate.  Peppa falls for it and the “new Franny” begins to wreak havoc and even sets a fire, so it looks like Deb’s plan is working like a charm.

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“I’m glad I didn’t sell you.  You’re fun.”

Frank teams up with Liam in this episode to find the highest bidder for Ingrid’s baby, but Frank actually begins to bond with both Liam and his grandson.  Liam has to take over, reminding Frank about his own business motto, but it looks like they are both out of luck when one of the couples actually kidnaps the baby.

I’m not sure if we will circle back to this plot or not, but hopefully the baby is all right!  Either way, I enjoyed the screen time for Frank and Liam and perhaps we will get to see more business schemes from them in the future, but maybe they should stick to goods rather than people.

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“I almost passed my battle strategy class.”

Well, I guess that makes Carl an expert on war, as he tries to help Anne’s family when some cowboy competitors show up to steal their tamales.  I almost felt like we were in the wild wild west at one point, but Carl does his best to motivate everyone, even though his plan falls through.

In the end, they are able to make some serious cash serving meatless tamales in a boujee part of town, but things are also heating up between Carl and Anne, as they finally kiss while making tamales.  It’s about time!

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“I think we’re together.”

Tami continues to struggle with motherhood, but she also gets extremely jealous of Lip and Sarah and decides to even the score.  Tami has a meltdown and tells Lip that she feels like she can’t breathe in their house, which inspires him to get an RV for them in the backyard.

At least it’s a start and these two finally admit that they are together, so we’ll have to see how this relationship goes, but baby Freddy is adorable so hopefully this will give him a calmer environment!

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 10 episode 5: “Hopefully It’s The Last Welcome Home From Prison Party We’ll Ever Throw”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 10 episode 5, Debbie reminded us that “when there’s money involved, a Gallagher’s got nothing but time.” 

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

In last night’s episode, “Sparky,” Ian returns home from prison, but is slightly confused when he walks into his old home.  Meanwhile, Tami adjusts to motherhood, Kev has a disturbing reunion, and Debbie refuses to back down when it comes to Derek’s death benefit.

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

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“What’s with you and J. Lo?”

Kelly has returned for 48 hours, but she is already attempting to claim her territory, recognizing that Carl may have feelings for Anne.  Anne doesn’t seem too bothered by what is going on, reminding Carl that she is no one’s side piece.

After discovering that Kelly has been with a guy named Mitch and is now in some serious need of Penicillin, Carl has an honest talk with her.  Kelly doesn’t say that she wants to break up with Carl, but it looks like he is free to take some time to see how things go with Anne.

Personally, I think Anne is the better choice, but we’ll have to see how this goes.

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“I like your style.”

V has definitely discovered a hidden talent, rocking her power suit with pride when she goes off to her new side job to “deal drugs,” as Kev hilariously says.  V is quite convincing and comes up with one sob story after another to compensate for her lack of knowledge about the medical drugs.

When V meets with the last doctor of the day, she can see right through her bullshit, but tells V that she likes her style and invites her to the cookout, which will be the ultimate place for V to connect with even more doctors.

It looks like V is on her way to fast success and she deserves it!

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“Share the joy.”

Ingrid’s ex-husband returns with Frank’s babies and he tries to make a run for it, now finally admitting that the babies are actually Carl’s.  Anne’s family hilariously hangs on to every word, turning this into a real life telenovela, translating that it is “an immaculate conception and the stupid one is the father.”  I’d say that is a fair recap for sure.

After trying to escape this burden, Frank has a change of heart and suddenly sees dollar signs, recognizing that he can sell one of the babies on the black market.

After all, ‘tis the season to share the joy…Gallagher style!

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“You’ve been served, bitch!”

Debbie is extremely motivated to obtain Derek’s death benefit, but her lawyer, Patti, who turns out not to be a real lawyer, but she did pass most of her classes, says they are having trouble serving Peppa with the papers.

Debbie attempts to deliver the papers to Peppa, but Peppa continues to outrun her, which forces Debbie to get some backup in Megan and Farhad.  This leads to an eventful high speed chase, where Debbie finally serves Peppa the papers, stuffing them in her mouth.

Only it looks like Peppa is not ready to be fooled, hiring her own military lawyers.  She explains that she will give Franny her portion of the death benefit, but now she wants full custody of her.

Watch out, Debbie.  Money isn’t everything…

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“Welcome home Ian!”

When Ian first returns home from prison, he is thrown off by Anne’s family in his home.  After having some interesting adventures as “Sparky” during his new EMT job, it looks like he may have some adjusting to do, but his family comes through for him in the end by throwing him a worthy welcome home party.  They even light a burning van on his cake!

With Fiona’s absence, Ian’s presence is really important here, but it looks like he is in for his fair share of drama, as Mickey may be breaking out in next week’s episode?  After all, love knows no bounds.  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 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!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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