Shameless Review: Endings and Beginnings

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After last week's really heavy episode of Shameless, "Fiona Interrupted" brought us some resolutions to all the chaos.

The two biggest developments were Karen having her baby and Monica attempting suicide in front of her children on Thanksgiving. While Karen giving birth was set to be a semi-joyous occasion - despite the fact that she was giving him up for adoption - things went awry. The baby was Asian, so it turns out Lip was NOT the father, which was devastating to him but obviously not devastating enough considering he went back to watch Karen sleep.

Shameless Season 2 Finale Scene

Hasn't Lip had enough? She's a heartless sociopath. I know there was some confusion as to whether or not the baby has Down Syndrome and the answer is yes, he does. The adoptive parents changed their mind and, as we know, Sheila and Jody stole the baby from the hospital.

Karen referring to the baby as a "thing" and calling him retarded was revolting. I'm not surprised that when given the ultimatum between her a-hole of a daughter and newborn grandson that Sheila chose her grandson. I'm sorry, but Karen has just taken it too far this time. As awesome as Laura Slade Wiggins is in playing her role, I hope that Karen is gone for awhile.

Sheila and Jody as parents should be interesting. I'm glad Tony and the other cop looked at Karen like she was ridiculous when she asked them to cart away the baby. Someone just needs to remind Sheila that hiding a baby in the dryer is not a fantastic idea. Jody with the fake nipples reminded me of Meet the Fockers when Robert De Niro put on the fake boob to breast feed. Needless to say, I was very entertained by that. 

The best part about everything that went down with Karen was that Lip finally came home. He was so missed by everyone, it was a welcome sight to see him walk through those doors. Lip is smart and loyal and has so much potential. Ian must've been happy to have his partner in crime home. 

Ian probably brought the biggest shock of the episode. It turns out the suave doctor that he slept with last week after the club is none other than Steve's father. Imagine realizing you slept with your sister's boyfriend's father? Awkward! I like that he tried to confide in Fiona a few times, even though he was interrupted. It shows growth in Ian over the past season.

I'm also glad he stood up to Frank, who sadly got played by Monica again. When Estefania hit Frank over the head with the frying pan I thought he was dead for a minute. Then I remembered that Frank is a Gallagher and can survive basically anything. Speaking of Estefania, I'm glad to see she didn't hinder the reunion of Fiona and Steve. We only waited an entire season for them to consummate their relationship again! I'd say Steve has more than proved how much he loves Fiona.

Will Estefania and Lip hook up? Were you glad to see Karen go? Were you surprised that Monica ditched Frank for yet another woman?

I was not surprised at all. Monica needs help and maybe she was right when she told Debbie that the kids were better off without her. Look at the track record here; Monica insisted she needed to take care of her health and then a few days later let her husband bail her out of the psych ward only to run off with her new lesbian lover Jenna Elfman. I mean if that's not fickle... I'm not sure what is. 

Chloe Webb brought a lot of entertainment to this season and though I was not surprised, I was sad to see her go. Luckily for us all, Shameless has already gotten the green light for Season 3 so who knows what guest stars may be returning?!

Overall, I thought this season was fantastic and outshone season one. Weigh in on the Shameless finale below and don't forget to check out our Shameless quotes of the week! 


Editor Rating: 5.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (76 Votes)

This show just breaks my heart!


Does anyone with an IQ of over 15 watch this show?


Best show I have ever seen, I have watched it over and over again , and still laugh.


when is the next season, or episode?


Shameless is one of the best shows to come along in a long time. Sometimes the depictions of life on America's edge are so real I can barely watch. While veteran character actors like Wm Macy and Joan Cusack deliver every week, the children in this show are phenomenal. Some of the best acting from young people I have ever seen. Lip breaks my heart - a brilliant kid with no blueprint for success. Karen and Fiona are two sides of the same coin - achingly vulnerable one minute and steel backbone the next. I have been Fiona at times in my life (as a single mother in poverty) the actress hits so many nuanced notes - brilliant. whoever writes this knows the alcoholic dance intimately and is fearless. Thank you to all involved in this amazing show. I cannot wait for next January!


Im sorry but I would have done the same thing as Karen did, aside from calling it a thing and leading Lip on like that. I wouldn't want my mom keeping around a child that reminded me of a terrible time in my life, a guy I had casual sex with but no longer spoke to, and had special needs to boot. She's traumatized. Yes, she's a bad person in a lot of ways, but I also know that she's going through a lot of pain as well.


I am so sorry to see this season come to an end. Mind-blowingly good television. I will be jonesing til January for the return of the Gallaghers. Now, TV Fanatic, how about a dedicated "Shameless Music" page, like you have for Sons of Anarchy? These two shows have the best music beds of any shows on television.


I don't think Monica and Karen are gone for good, especially if this show is going to have several more seasons. For better or worse, Monica will keep turning up like a bad penny every once in a while. Karen is still the love of Lipp's life, now matter how despicable her actions. There is a soft spot for each other that won't go away. Why did Lipp still visit Karen in the hospital otherwise? Or go to her home. He was there when she walked away, and there was a longing in his eyes. For all the women that have come before and will come in the future in Lipp's life, there will always be Karen in background. She is too good a character for this show - don't forget the title - for her to disappear for good. Think of the drama that will ensue is she should return sometime in the future. Poor Lipp.


Just amazing this show! Thanks for this and can't wait for next season!


And they lived happily ever after......until next season.

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Shameless Season 2 Episode 12 Quotes

I'm where I need to be, okay?

Monica [to Frank]

Fiona: Jesus, these poor kids.
Steve: Don't worry they're already pretty fucked up.