Shameless Season 3 Review “May I Trim Your Hedges?”

I thought that the characters on Shameless had already hit rock bottom but this week’s episode, ‘May I Trim Your Hedges’, just proves that there’s always a lower place for the Gallaghers to fall to. In an episode filled with pedophiles, homophobes and perverts, Frank still comes out with the ‘worst person’ trophy, which is saying something.

The Gallagher patriarch is still swindling Sheila for all she’s worth, posing as Nanny Frank just so he can get handouts from an unquestioning source. It’s too bad that the money is for important things like shots and groceries, as a quick pin prick to the arm and some more narcotics on the lips creates the perfect cover story. Not content with spending health care money on tequila, Frank also cooks up a scheme to get free sports memorabilia (to sell on EBay) by having Carl pose as a terminal cancer patient. He thinks he has a brain tumor now, but at least he gets to go to summer camp.

V and Kev are still dealing with their unexpected visitor, and it turns out that the young boy in tow isn’t his kid. He’s not even her kid; a revelation that leads to one helluva a bitch-fight at the end of the episode. Kyle does provide a source of comfort of Deb, however, as she’s left reeling from a creepy encounter on the city bus with Fiona. The appearance of a pervert in their neighborhood leads Lip and Ian on a witch hunt, but all they find is a former teacher who had been jailed for sleeping with her eighth grade student. What happens next doesn’t bear repeating, but I don’t know how Lip didn’t notice the Nair on his area.

Ian and Mickey are continuing their disastrously destructive love affair, as Mickey is still prone to giving any homosexual (other than Ian, of course) a beating right there and then. I’m not quite sure what Ian was doing following Mickey on the run from the cops, but it’s safe to say he might have permanently damaged the most stable (if you can call it that) relationship he’d found thus far. Speaking of, Fiona and Jimmy are continuing on their game of hide and seek, and it’s heartbreaking to hear that Fiona feels she can trust him when all the while he’s sneaking around with his secret wife.

What did you think of the episode? Do you think Jimmy will ever come clean to Fiona? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.