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Shameless Review: How Low Can You Go?

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The basis of Shameless is that the Gallaghers put the fun in dysfunction. But "I'll Light a Candle for You Every Day" took their dysfunctional antics to a whole new low, while simultaneously showing us a rare remorseful side of the family.

How low can Frank or Fiona sink before their conscience begins to feel heavy? For Frank, who knows what the answer is, but consider: we basically saw him sex a woman to death this week.

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There's really no PC way to talk about what happened between Frank and Dottie (aka Butterface). Last week, she told him that she can't have sex because her heart would explode. This week, after realizing she wouldn't be getting a new heart, she asked Frank to make love to her. That's certainly a Hell of a way to die! 

Of course, what Dottie didn't know was that there was a heart for her. Her new sham of a fiancee Frank heard the beeper go off and told the service that Dottie had already passed. Then he proceeded to go on a rant at The Alibi about how people shouldn't get a second chance with organ transplants. 

It's hard to believe that Frank can keep topping all of the messed up things he's done before. I still want to puke that he slept with Karen, but this was the worst. He let a woman die. Plain and simple. Sure, she asked him to take her to her death bed, but still.

There are just some things that are a bit too disturbing. Fiona sleeping with a married man and stealing the contents of a purse were obviously morally wrong, but in the spectrum of this episode it wasn't that bad. Besides, we see Fiona remorseful for her actions. She at least tried to pay the purse woman back, until obscenities were tossed left and right. By the way, Lip, you are too smart to think the bag could've only gotten $200 on eBay. Step up your game, man.

Lip gets a pass this week since Karen is going to marry her weird random boyfriend. I feel bad for him, but it's also a blessing in disguise because Karen is off her rocker. 

Did anyone else just plain laugh during the sex scene with Fiona and Craig? Talk about the fantasy being way better than the reality! Taylor Kinney is one hot piece, but after seeing those faces he made in his minivan I'm not sure I will ever feel the same way about him. Fiona was blinded by rage when she made that decision and completely regretted, it as evidenced by a certain call she made right after.

Well, hello, Steve, it doesn't look like you're missing Fiona all that much. What a d-bag and what a fake green screen he was standing in front of. Fiona is just struggling to keep it all together and you know her heart is still broken. When I spoke to her before the premiere, she mentioned a major transgression in episode that for which Fiona would end up paying. 

I'm sure we'll see the fallout from her fling with Craig on next week's installment. So... what did you all think? Were you as horrified by Frank's actions as I was? Did you think Veronica was too hard on Kevin about buy the bar?

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Also the violent acts Mickey and Mandy have done against people is just sick and to have them involved with the Gallaghers intimately is just stupid. This Milkovich focus is a direct result of too many immature teeny boppers watching this show who cant see/hear things past what their own brains are thinking and the writers giving them what they want. I wish I hadn't watch season 3 at all it was such a let down. And the garbage they gave Veronica and Kevin this year was awful. I would have rather not seen them at all than to see them with this stupid threeway with mom storyline. Shanola was naked more often than clothed this season. Cheap thrills for the idiot class. With the exception of Fiona and the foster system nightmare she went through which was only 2 episodes she was non existent. And Frank being gay and Frank facing death was also brilliant and lasted for only 3 episodes. The rest was unbelievable awful and unrealistic teen drama romance.

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The US version has completely bombed. Emmy and William should leave the show. They are way too good for this ridiculous ass-fucking obsessed series. What the hell happened? It is sophomoric and completely lost its sharpness. The writing is sloppy as hell. It seems as though this show has been tossed to the tweens. Everyone hates Karen but if anyone paid any real attention you will see that the writers had Karen push Lip away and marry Jodie in an effort to save Lip from making the mistake of staying on the southside with her and not go to college. But it was never really brought to light, it was a very selfless and loving act on her part. Instead it went in a whole new direction with that gross Mandy Milkovich who, because she filled out Lips college applications, she is the one who cares more. And Ian has been faking a relationship with Mandy to hide his homosexuality but when Mickey marries someone to hide his homosexuality, Ian cries and runs away. Also the violent acts Mickey and Mandy have done against people is just sick and to have them involved with the Gallaghers intimately is just stupid. This Milkovich focus is a direct result of too many immature teeny boppers watching this show who cant see/hear things past what their own brains are thinking and the writers giving them what they want. I wish I hadn't watch season 3 at all it was such a let down. And the garbage they gave Veronica and Kevin this year was awful. I would have rather not seen them at all than to see them with this stupid threeway with mom storyline. Shanola was naked more often than clothed this season. Cheap thrills for the idiot class. With the exception of Fiona and the foster system nightmare she went through which was only 2 episodes she was non existent. And Frank being gay and Frank facing death was also brilliant and lasted for only 3 episodes. The rest was unbelievable awful and unrealistic teen drama romance.

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I meant. Confirm a denial of an organ without confirmation.

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Also, BTW...I doubt the waiting list for an organ would take a real confirmation before passing them by on the list.

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If you REALLY watched the episode, Frank was feeling remorse. When he was in the bar after he fucked her to death and took the money and the ring, he was saying everything he could to justify what he did to ease his guilty conscience. If he truly was shameless, he wouldn't have said anything.

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The bar owner is Jack Carter....89-year-old Jewish comedian

Lilie

To be shameless just means to be shameless. Frank thinks the way he thinks, and he lives by it.. what ever it is. His drunken conversation with kevin actually makes sence. Who knows if the person that got that heart really didn't need it more.. yes its horrible what he did but he is shameless. no one should feel bad for him.. just enjoy watching it. Sometimes some people get the short end of the stick and some times they don't. This show is showing everyday lives that people might look down on and instead sit back and laugh because no one is perfect.Enjoy watching it.. sitting back and laughing at life because it really does kick people in the ass

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.......as for Frank's character, it passed the point of irredemable when he told answered the pager and reported that the transplant heart wouldn't be needed......but, then, Frank being an ultimately dispicable character is the point of this series.......and at the root of why his children are forced to live the existence they do. Frank is lifelike in his dispicability, men like him really exist......and as a comedy, the goal is to cast his dispicable nature in light of it's humor.....something the series has done well.

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I found the episode disturbing and the death scene as disturbing on a fundamental level as anything i've seen on television...If the goal was to provoke a strong response, the writers scored beautifully. There was an attempt to paint it as darkly comedic, but the result was really an extraordinarily tragic pathos....and one that made me very uncomfortable to watch.....and yet, on some level, it was as real a death scene as any i've seen on television, made more awful by it's mundane nature......a life there one men, then gone the next.....no dramatic transition, just a very real and lifelike death

C-f-ohara

Miranda I'm with you the Green Screen used in Steve’s scene was terrible as was the mystic tan they used to make it look like he was living the life of Riley. I think it's important to remember that this is just the second season of the U.S. version of Shameless. It is still subject to the sophomore slump curse just like any other show. That being said, i still shamelessly enjoy it. While Frank has certainly hit new lows I think they did a good job in the scene where he was as drunk as we've ever seen him rambling to Kevin about who deserves organ donors. Frank can be so comedic at times that we forget that he is a drunk who abandons his family on a weekly basis. The best part of this season has been the increased number of scenes featuring Kevin (Steve Howey). His line this week about going to the "loan store" to pick up some forms was great. "You mean the bank?" Veronica has also been amazing.
My favorite scene was Fiona: How do I look?
Veronica: Like me...
Fiona: Oh sh-t!

Shameless Season 2 Episode 3 Quotes

Fiona: Does everything have to be an ass shake with you?
Veronica: Sometimes it's a boob shake.

Dead people poop themselves.

Debbie
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