Shameless Review: The Butterface

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The fact that Frank is a depraved lunatic is an accepted fact on Shameless. In "Summer Loving," he was off on his latest misadventure of cozying up to a dying woman in order to get her pension when she finally kicks the bucket.

From there, though, you find out that he's letting a pregnant immigrant seek refuge by giving her a room to rent in his house. Is there a tiny heart in there after all?

Frank and Carl

I'm going with a big resounding NO. Mainly because Frank would never do a good deed if there wasn't money involved. We all know just how far he will go for the cash, as evidenced last week when he let a bunch of old guys pleasure him.

Now he's moved in on "butterface," an old regular from the Alibi who everyone describes as having a bangin' body but busted face. Ouch. Frank would totally blow off Sheila and her recovery to try and get with a dying woman so he can get his hands on her pension. I don't even know if there's a word for how awful he is.

Can we just take one minute and talk about the fact that Dottie literally cannot have sex? If her blood pressure goes up too high her heart will explode. As she put it, "if we f*ck, I die." But Frank is determined to hang in there. 

But fear not, Shameless isn't without it's good guys. Veronica taking the nursing home people to the park warmed my little heart. I'm glad V is going to draw the line at the booze cruise idea, though. I just love V, Kev and their house guest Ethel. But why is she shaving V's legs for her? Awkward.

Only slightly less awkward then having to share a room with your three-year old brother who is constantly yanking on his boy parts. Poor Debbie! She needs her own room. I've seen a lot change in Debbie this season in only two episodes. She is definitely hitting that age where she's going through changes. She's growing up and can't go with the flow as easily anymore. I think it's time for Frank to give up his room so the kids aren't so on top of each other.

Fiona is holding strong as the ruler of the house. She refuses to give in to Jasmine's offer of finding her a sugar daddy, no matter how hard Jasmine pushes. Even though I think a lot of this is about how much she still love Steve, we all know deep down Fiona tries to do the best she can when it comes to morally questionable situations.

That said, everything might change next week when the gorgeous Taylor Kinney stops by as her high school crush Craig. I'm not going to lie, I was cracking up with Carl read her journal during "storytime." Come on, who didn't spy on their older siblings and snoop around a bit?

As for the rest of the Gallaghers, do you think Lip is set to get his heart broken by Karen? What about Ian and Mickey, could it turn into something more? Hit the comments and stay tuned!


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Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 (24 Votes)

I think Kevin’s comment to the kid trying to buy a beer was pretty funny, they said they only sell to people 15 and older, the part about the armpit was just a joke. I’ve been stuck on this show since the first episode, and that goes for my wife as well. We both really enjoy Emmy Rossum, probably for different reasons, and we also can relate in some way to each character. This is easily our favorite show to watch together, my wife says that she even enjoys it more now that we have it in HD with our DISH service. Actually, working fro DISH I know that they’re offering the HD Free For Life feature still, don’t miss out.

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I'm with Charky, Lip is still one of the best characters on this show. It's nice to see he actually cares about something. I loved the interaction with him and Jodie last week when they were both wearing the black tank top. It was like one of those "Windows 7 was my idea" commercials. Sheila is amazing as was Frank's look of terror when she showed him the footlong eggplant. For all his funny quips, Frank is a terrible person and void of any good intentions. His confrontation with Carl showed us just how dark and evil he is inside. He continued to put the moves on Butterface even after she told him it would kill her. Loived when Mickey made him pay up the twenty dollars he owed Ian. He was great as the security guard but I also think he did it because he didn't like Ian being pushed around...that's his job.


Guys! It's been TWO episodes. There's 10 or 12 left from here, right? Lip is in love and suffering for two episodes and you guys are bored? Insanity. Look at every Showtime series... They're in three parts. 3-4 episodes to open the season, then new story arcs get explored for 3-4, then shit gets real for the last 4. Steve is on his way back... Karen's gonna lose it when they find her dead dad and she realized she caused his suicide (this is when Lip gets in her good graces again)... I love this show. "Bored" lol. Ya'll crazy.


Yeah I'm kind of with Joe on Lip, which is interesting because I thought he was the most intriguing character from season one. This story with Karen is getting old quickly. It's been done many times before, and it's been done much better.


I think the best part of the episode was the interaction with Mickey and Ian, they're always entertaining to watch and I'm glad Mickey's getting more lines. I loved watching V with the older people. I don't care for Jasmine and I want Steve back. I'm liking Debbie more, I'm finding Lip not that interesting, I love Fiona, and I don't know how I feel about Carl. I also love Frank. But most of all, Sheila.

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Macy's character is most always super annoying,
But the rest of them make up for that hiccup.
Pay cable, AMC, PBS..... The only place to be on
Sunday nights !!!!


I find Kevin's standards for what illegal actions he'll take interesting.. wouldn't sell beer to a kid who didn't have hair in his armpits.. as he said (paraphrase) "We do have standards".. I also liked Frank's recognition that he might be the male "butterface" in the Alibi..

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Shameless Season 2 Episode 2 Quotes

I can't share a room with someone in constant state of arousal! I'm going to be a woman soon.


Sheila: Do you know what this is?
Frank: An eggplant?
Sheila: Liberation!