Shameless Review: "It's Time To Kill The Turtle"

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There’s nothing quite like a TV crossover.

In “It's Time To Kill The Turtle,” we had a nice little taste of Big Love, sprinkled in with our weekly Shameless meal. Due to the inclusion of Steve’s alleged polygamy and Kevin and Veronica’s foster kid, I had to double check what I was watching for a moment. In all seriousness, I actually did have to rewind the scene when Steve, or shall I say Jimmy, went to his family’s home.

Veronia and Kevin

We all knew there was something shady about that guy; specifically Fiona, who thought it was too good to be true. I know I said last week that she should cut him a break, but since when is my judgment great when it comes to guys?

Fiona was right in keeping her guard up and now I just feel bad for calling her out. Good thing she has Debbie to do the sleuthing for her. If it weren’t for Debbie, she probably never would’ve found out about “Candace” or had any inkling of suspicion.

Okay, so who is Candace? Was she the blonde who greeted Steve with a kiss? What could’ve been so urgent at home that he literally ran out mid-sex? Not to mention, Steve apparently comes from a wealthy family and probably doesn’t need to steal cars for a living. So what gives? Justin Chatwin’s character just got a helluva lot more interesting.

Back in Shameless-land, Kevin and Veronica are prepping for their new foster child. Kevin really wants the whole Daddy experience, but Veronica only wants the money. I think it’s safe to say that they were more than surprised when a Mormon, child-bride, sister-wife, 13-YEAR OLD GIRL showed up at their door. She was depressed when she didn’t have chores to do and she thought “playtime” meant Kevin wanted to have sex with her. The poor innocent girl laying on the bed for Kevin was just a killer.

I know this scenario was thrown in to be comedic, but I ended up feeling really bad for this girl. She’s just barely a teenager and it seems like she’s already been so taken advantage of. Veronica may only be in it for the cash, but I think she and Kevin really ought to give this girl some semblance of a different life. Even it’s filled with their usual ridiculous shenanigans, this could be an interesting change for all parties.

Kevin and Veronica might not be what social services consider typical “role models,” but that’s what I love about them. They can be boozy nymphomaniacs who also care deeply for the people in their lives and know how to be supportive.

Then we have Frank. Two whole weeks sober for 3G? Sorry, but there’s no way. In real life his withdrawal symptoms would probably lead him to a seizure. It’s sad that his own family prefers him drunk because at least then they know what to expect from him.

Frank didn’t even get the best monologue of the episode. That award goes to the professor trying to woo Lip. The whole bit about him “accidentally” knocking up Karen and not making it to assistant manager at Best Buy had me cracking up. I agree. Lip can do better than Karen, who definitely still hooks up with other dudes behind his back. It’s also clear that he’s very intelligent and the professor’s offer is not something to shrug off.

It looks like my previous complaints about lack of backstory will finally get touched upon next week. Looking forward to more from Steve’s family and the Gallagher’s mother.


Editor Rating: 3.0 / 5.0
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woops. sorry so many posts!!! it wasn't seeming to work..wonder how closer the writer of this shows life was to the series..its based off a family he knew?wow

C f ohara

He and Deb meaning Frank and Deb not Kevin. Sorry bout that.

C f ohara

Nice write up Leigh. You mentioned last week i think how despite his drunken ways, Frank actually is rather intelligent as seen in his rants and raves. We saw that again this week as he exclaimed how Pluto got demoted like St. Christopher. We saw the educated and cultured side of him yet again when he sat down and began playing the piano. I guess we know no where Lip got the smarts from. Speaking of Lip, I loved how when Karen asked him why he was throwing pebbles at her window instead of just using the door he said he thought it was more romantic and because he wasn't sure if she had another guy up there or not. I agree with the comment made above that he is too good for her. Maybe he will meet some hottie at the university so we can have our own Shameless version of of the Matt Damon classic. Good Lip Hunting if you will. He is a closet romantic and nerd to boot. Love him and the way he protects the younger kids from the harsh realities of life even if they go looking for them. Loved when Kevin told Veronica that being a dad brings out the best in him. Favorite scene was when he and Deb got high on sugar in the van. Frank got all emotional and talkative as he let the sugar to the talking. Keeping Dad busy was entertaining but you are right Leigh, his DT's would have kept him from being able to ball let alone walk down the street. The mickey mouse pancakes were a nice touch though.


y do i keep coming back to this website??? oh yeah, the well written reviews =)


Great article. Love your writing style. This show takes you places not everyone can handle, which means it is actually true. Maybe not the same names, but the same situations. The Morman thing is foreign to a lot of people, but it really happens. Good intel by the people who make this up. JT


Love the write up, thank you for making it so enjoyable.


Thank you so much -- I pride myself on the fact I can find even the most distrubing of scenarios as comedic; However the sexually abused mormon 13-year-old was totally disturbing. Veronica and Kevin's antics are so absurd, they crack me up. You totally captured my feelings towards them. I'm dying to find out more about Steve's family and background. Every Sunday when I tune-in I say a little prayer that the tv guru's at Showtime will throw me a bone - can't wait for next weeks episode and the next review.


I agree, Steve is totally shady.


Good article! Spot on!


I feel so bad for Fiona. That poor girl.

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Shameless Season 1 Episode 8 Quotes

I haven't had a drink for two days...well granted I was unconscious.


Well you're hot, but it's been awhile since I've been with a dude... nevermind two....