Shameless “Tell Me You Fucking Need Me” Review (Season 5 Episode 7)

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So, all along, maybe Jimmy’s return to Shameless had been about Fiona the character, rather than Fiona/Jimmy the ‘epic’ love story. Their story, once and for all, is defined here as definitely not epic, but as a fleeting stage in Fiona’s life and, just like that, Jimmy rode off into the night like an apparition – a living, breathing metaphor for Fiona’s growth and maturity. Let’s hope it sticks.

It’s surprising in the best way, this being the ‘darkest before the dawn’ portion of the season, and I one hundred per cent expected the storm of ex-boyfriend drama to ruin the good, solid thing Fiona had built for herself. Ever since she rushed to get married, we were all waiting for the other shoe to drop but, even if the marriage doesn’t work out and Gus decides his new bride’s baggage is too much to handle, this is still a positive step for Fiona.

Much of the episode is about the Gallagher’s taking responsibility for themselves, whether that’s Fiona and her love life, Lip and his education or Ian and his mental health. Lip’s story is slowly devolving into a tragic one while no one’s really looking, as he’s forced to effectively take out a $12,000 loan via a fistful of student credit cards, all because the Gallagher’s aren’t very good at keeping track of their mail.

Meanwhile, Ian and Mickey’s storyline is kept to a minimum – probably a good thing given how much of a focus they had in the previous episode – but the small moments spent with each character are just as heartbreaking as you’d expect. Ian is still in denial about his possible bipolar while Mickey is struggling to cope with the distance the illness has created between them, choosing to get drunk and sleep with Ian’s jacket after a particularly traumatising and confusing visit to the hospital.

Their pain is almost too much to bear, and that’s saying something on a show as intense and emotionally unforgiving as Shameless.

But there are always things in these episodes, no matter how great they otherwise are, that irritate. Nine times out of ten those things have to do with Frank, and we can add Sami to the pile of characters it’s okay to fast forward through. I’m not sure of the point that shooting scene was trying to make, other than to gross out the audience and make us worry for Chuckie’s wellbeing even more, and it’s resolution was lousy on a whole new level.

What did you think of the episode? How much do we hate what’s going on with V and Kev? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.