SHAMELESS “Frank Gallagher: Loving Husband, Devoted Father” Advance Review

SHAMELESS

SHAMELESS “Frank Gallagher: Loving Husband, Devoted Father” Season 1 Episode 7 – For every bit of good (or illegal: potato/potahto) luck the Gallaghers get, they get at least as much bad, usually courtesy of Frank, as “Frank Gallagher: Loving Husband, Devoted Father” clearly shows. I’ve previewed this episode of SHAMELESS and it’s a busy one with developments on several fronts.

Frank is as charming as ever, making friends wherever he goes. Or, you know, the exact opposite of that. The guys to whom he owes $6,000 are back and unwilling to take no for an answer, leading to Frank to scramble in his usual inept fashion. William H. Macy has really grown into this role and I love his style of entitled ranting.

Kev and Veronica are the best friends the Gallaghers could ask for: the kind of friends who don’t ask questions when told to show up somewhere with a crowbar or who tell Fiona to get over herself when she needs to hear it. Plus, their chemistry and charisma is infectious and they add oomph to each scene they’re in. The seeds of their new storyline are planted tonight, and it should be a fun one to watch.

It’s a more lighthearted episode for Fiona than we’re accustomed to, as Steve tries to take her out for a night. It’s a drama-filled one for Ian when Mickey once again goes after Kash and on the other end of the spectrum, Sheila finds some pure joy after suffering some sheer terror. A couple minor characters have major moments and there are great scenes of the family and the neighborhood coming together for two very different reasons.

With so much going on, the episode feels a bit scattered and the action comes to a screeching halt with a beautifully shot but mostly filler Steve and Fiona scene, but it’s still a fun and fast forty-five minutes that stands well on its own while also setting arcs that will resonate for some time to come.

A taste of the episode:

“If you didn’t run away, we would have flushed first.”

“Where are the knives? CARL!”

“You know when a plane starts going down and they tell you to put your mask on first? Put your mask on, Fiona.”

“You’re a liberal.”

“She’s my last chance at happiness and that’s more important than video games and masturbation, right?”

“Which one do you like better-the baby or the whore?”

“I won’t look like a lady.”

“Show of hands: Who of you, at one point or another, have wanted to see me dead?”

One problem with having watched UK Shameless is that I know to expect certain plot developments, so I miss the element of surprise. That goes with the territory of watching a remake, but the show has so far done a good job switching up the timing to fit better with the longer American season and the cast is more than up to the challenge of giving their arcs a slightly different flavor.

After you’ve watched Shameless on Showtime tonight at 10pm eastern/9pm central, I hope you’ll post what you thought. Which new storyline are you most interested in?

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