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

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

5

“So should we like hold hands or something?”

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

4

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

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

3

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

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

2

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

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

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“Welcome to the South Side, Bitch!”

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

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Shameless” season 9 episode 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:

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“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.

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“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!

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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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 9 episode 4: “Knock Off That Golden Daffodil Sh*t!”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 9 episode 4, I learned some valuable lessons from the Gallagher family such as:  what a duel is, that every vote can be bought, and that loving waffles doesn’t necessarily mean you’re ready to move in with someone.  Perhaps some of the Gallagher gang need to pump the breaks a little bit, but we are definitely along for the ride.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Do Right, Vote White!” Debbie begins to fall for her new girlfriend, Alex, and is excited that they enjoy the same breakfast meal.  Meanwhile, Liam gets a FastPass to the sixth grade, Kev discovers his new talent as a consultant, and Fiona gets involved in politics.  My top 5 moments from Shameless season 9 episode 4 are:

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“I love waffles!”

I also love waffles Debbie, but I’m not sure that means I’m ready to move in with you just yet.  During this episode, Debbie and Alex begin to take their relationship to the next level.  They quickly discover that they both like a lot of the same things, but jump into moving in together rather quickly.  When talking about their past relationships, Debbie starts talking about some of the men she has been with a little too much and Alex has second thoughts.  Alex asks Debbie to leave, fearing that she is going to fall in love with a straight girl again and make the same mistake.  Debbie is confused, but has literally been gay for maybe two days or hours?  When Debbie comes home, she blurts out that she is upset about the breakup and Lip unintentionally offends her by asking who Alex is.  It looks like Debbie’s brief encounter with her lesbian side may be over, but hopefully she will realize that baby Franny is the most important gal in her life right now.

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“I’m not a traitor to my class.”

Fiona gets surprisingly over involved in politics and throws her support toward Ruiz initially.  Irish Ford is surprised by her choice and Fiona reveals that it is mostly because of rent control.   Fiona becomes passionate about who is she is backing and even takes down Mo White posters hanging in Patsy’s Pies while customers are sitting there.  She offers free pie to anyone who will wear a Ruiz button, proving her theory that “every vote can be bought.”  While Fiona may have a point, she soon realizes that she needs to change her tune and vote, but not before she punches one of Frank’s “white men” at a riot to get her point across.  Glad to see that you haven’t turned your back on the South Side, Fiona!

3

“Are you the vagina safe guy?”

Kev turns his small “vagina safe zone” drawing into a large sign and is ready to get the Alibi off the “rapiest bar” list.  Kev and V have put in a lot of effort on this and Kev even invites Beth from the “South Side Beat” back to “reinspect” the bar.  Kev is thrilled when they are off the list and are now known as a “female friendly dive bar.”  Progress right?  Either way, female customers are walking through the doors and a new business opportunity comes Kev’s way when another bar owner on the list approaches him and asks for his help and expertise.  Kev embraces his new talent as a kind of “vagina safe zone” consultant and even wears a suit to show that he means business.  Go Kev!

2

“What the f*ck is a duel?”

Carl is slightly worried that he may be losing his “homicidal mojo” and seeks out some help to get it back.  He is hilariously challenged to a duel after he takes someone’s spot at West Point, but he is having second thoughts on taking out the competition.  Carl and his competition end up at a standstill after taking their 20 paces, not really feeling right about shooting the other one.  Carl’s competition hilariously shoots himself in the leg and reveals that his father wants him to go to West Point and that he would rather go to school to be a poet.  After showing off some of his material and reciting something about the “golden daffodils,” Carl has had enough and shoots him again as requested so that he is too injured to go to West Point.  Carl is happy to have his mojo back and his competition hilariously calls out, “Thanks man!” but maybe he should get to a hospital…like right away.

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“I want her back.”

During the episode, Lip meets Xan’s mother, who has come back to retrieve her daughter.  Lip is hesitant to let Xan go back to her mother because she is a junky and unreliable.  Lip doesn’t want Xan to get hurt and decides to take things further when he follows Xan’s mother and discovers that she is also “hooking” for some fast cash.  Lip later approaches Xan’s mother and offers her ten thousand dollars if she will relinquish her rights as Xan’s mother and designate Lip as Xan’s legal guardian.  Before they can go any further, Xan has followed Lip and is so excited to see her mother.  She runs into her mother’s arms and Lip realizes that he cannot possibly separate Xan from her mother, even though she has made so many mistakes.  In a heartbreaking moment, Lip leaves the envelope of money and runs away, trying so hard to do the right thing for Xan.  While it’s clear that Lip cares so much for Xan, he understands the importance of family and wants Xan to grow up loved.  Will Lip be able to move on with his life without Xan?  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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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 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:

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“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!

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“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!

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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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