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Debbie Gallagher MVP.

Never before have we seen such a performance from the younger Gallagher sister! In "The American Dream," Debbie gave it her all when Frank finally went too far, violated her room and broke her reenactment of Abraham Lincoln's log cabin.

Frank as a Mess

Debbie has always been the one sibling who was supportive of Frank no matter what. But every Gallagher has a breaking point. After everything Debbie has done for Frank, for him to come home with gross dudes from The Alibi, take over her room and let one of them pee in the corner was disgusting. When he broke her model home it was a pillowcase of soap bars to the face. Sorry, Frank, but you've pissed off your last kid!

Then calling child services? I agree with Kev's bartender. That was really a low point. Especially when child services should be arresting him! Let's talk about his "baby whispering" tactics for a second. I've heard about back in the day when people would rub a little whiskey on their children's gums if they were teething, but rubbing a little Valium in there? I'm not a doctor but I'm gonna assume that can't be good. Then again, if you're choosing to trust Frank with your baby...well, good luck.

Everyone knows the real caretakers in the family are Fiona and Lip. Lip is pissed that Fiona took the last thousand bucks she made for the property tax and rightfully so. She has the right to try and be entrepreneurial and better their situation but she has to do that with extra money or money she sets aside for that. The property tax was the priority and the other kids made it their priority too. 

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I think it's a good thing that Fiona has dreams. Lip thinks there's only one way to make money when you're poor: steal it or scam it. I think they both work hard at making money any way they can whether it's legal or not; bottom line is that if they're caring for a family then certain things need to be prioritized. Lip still took care of the property tax even if he gave Fiona a hard time about it. She also worked her ass off getting that club night together.

It sucks that two of the most important people in her life couldn't be there, but those were some crappy situations as well. First of all, Kev has a wife? I feel like this was maybe mentioned in Shameless season 2 but nothing was ever made clear. Either way, V is not OK. 

Then we have Jimmy who is being stalked by Maroon 5 loving Brazilian mafia man. I said it in my review of the Shameless season 3 premiere: the longer Jimmy keeps it a secret from Fiona the worse the fallout is gonna be. I did notice, however, that whenever Fiona catches Jimmy doing something shady like burning his clothes or showing up with a broken finger, it makes her very frisky. Is she turned on by the bad boy side of him? We know she's not into his Mr. Mom side. And she's definitely not into him taking a dump in front of her. 

Mickey's back and Ian is desperate to know if he has "that look." Mickey will probably never have that look because Mickey is not comfortable with himself and he's a troublemaker in general. I'm interested to see what happens when Mickey crosses paths with Jimmy's dad and all of that craziness ensues.

This week's episode was a lot better than last Sunday's and I'm excited to see this season on the upswing! What did you think of the latest episode? How long can Jimmy keep this secret from Fiona? What will happen with child services? Does Fiona have a future in club promoting? 

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Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Leigh Raines is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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... continued JWTucker ... (Fiona does) something about their unfortunate position in life. And Deb's unleashing her fury onto her Dad was really sad. She's young and naive enough to still have feelings for Frank, but that has gone out the window now. "Shameless" still continues to push the envelope a little, but not quite as shocking, as some of these overused scenes tend to halt character development.
A few scenes have fallen back to the usual misfitted moments of plugging stuff in just to overuse the character's negative tendencies, i.e, the public gay sex scene under the bleachers, with Ian and another guy we have no clue is. Of course, bring in Mickey ... who, no doubt, still feels the need to bully (didn't learn much being in juvenile prison?). And it is not just that particular scene, too: Frank at the Alibi ... Frank always drinking ... getting old. Would like to see more, somewhat positive development. Doesn't mean you can't have drama.

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The writers of "Shameless" want to keep poor people poorer. Lip's stuck in a weird position, and in real life, a guy like him would never stay there. No matter how much pride and love you have for your family, at some point, you take that chance to better yourself. Of course, leaving what he knows and the environment he grew up in, is easier said than done, especially for a kid who believes college is for wimps or preppies. He's sitting on a lotto ticket that he won't cash, and relishes in scamming or stealing from others instead. His flawed character makes for good drama, but far from reality. Maybe Lip will finally use his gifted brain and make his life better, and that may be what eventually happens when the series ends in a few years. I did like Fiona taking a chance with her last paycheck (hell, if I had to vacuum up sewage for $14 an hr, better believe I would treat myself to something nice). Not sure I would risk it on the nightclub, but she's the only one I think who really does something about their unfortunate position in life. And Deb's unleashing her fury onto her Dad was really sad. She's young and naive enough to still have feelings for Frank, but that has gone out the window now. "Shameless" still continues to push the envelope a little, but not quite as shocking, as some of these overused scenes tend to halt character development.
A few scenes have fallen back to the usual misfitted moments of plugging stuff in just to overuse the character's negative tendencies, i.e, the public gay sex scene under the bleachers, with Ian and another guy we have no clue is. Of course, bring in Mickey ... who, no doubt, still feels the need to bully (didn't learn much being in juvenile prison?). And it is not just that particular scene, too: Frank at the Alibi ... Frank always drinking ... getting old. Would like to see more, somewhat positive development. Doesn't mean you can't have drama.

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I like Mandy for Lip too, at least she's good to him. But I didn't appreciate her instigating between him and Fiona. She is new, and she has no right to disrespect Fiona in her house. That being said, Lip needs to let up. He had every right to worry about the property tax, but Fiona can't exactly engage in the same activities as Lip, she, and the family for that matter, can't afford for her to get arrested or develop a record. At least she's trying to be legit, it'd be better for her family.
And poor Debbie broke my heart, but I'm glad she finally dropped Frank. I hope this doesn't change her for the worst.

Fatin

I love Lip and Mandy together too. She's surprisingly good for him.
I feel bad for Fiona, she tries so hard, and it always falls apart.
Frank, I..I just hate him so so much.
And how did you miss Kev having a wife? They faked a wedding because Kev was already married.
I wish Ian would get more screentime. He's my favourite. I loved the smile he has on when Mickey is beating up that other kid. Looking forward to his two lovers running into each other!
Brilliant acting as usual.

Theblakeness

It was strange tonight while I watched I was thinking, "why hasn't CPS ever been called or notified?" Then Frank called them. I think it is horrible what he did. I was just wondering how it hadn't happened sooner?

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I'm really liking the Lip/Mandy relationship... Here hoping it doesn't end up like the UK version :/ Awesome show, the best one right now on TV...

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Kev mentioned he had a wife in season 1 after he drunkenly proposed to V, he told Fiona first, and then told V about it in the next episode.

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I criticized the pilot for being too over-the-top and not going anywhere, but this episode was thankfully a huge step up.

Shameless Season 3 Episode 2 Quotes

You're like our maid now.

Carl [to Jimmy]

If I don't invest in myself, no one else will.

Fiona
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