Shameless Review: Batting Zero

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Fiona was finally allowed a brief reprieve from her house arrest on Shameless Season 4 Episode 9.

The enthusiasm she had her first morning out quickly dissipated when she realized how hard it would be finding a job with a criminal record.

Frank in Trouble

Fiona came so close to getting that furniture job, if only she didn't have to check that little box on the job application admitting she'd been convicted of a felony. As if her record didn't make job hunting difficult enough, Fiona has a curfew.

With a broken L train and an apathetic cab driver, Fiona found herself running home 10 blocks barefoot in the dead of Chicago winter.

For those who are saying it's not possible, Emmy Rossum actually did film those scenes and run barefoot a few times to get the shot. She ended up popping all the blood vessels in her feet going from running on ice to the on set transportation where she reheated her feet. Talk about painful!

Fiona is batting zero at this point and I wasn't even surprised that she ended up at Robbie's apartment at the end breaking down. Was I disappointed? Yes. But was I taken aback? No.

That verbal lashing she took when she went back to the cuppers (dumb idea, V) was so harsh that I felt myself wincing for her. 

As for the other Gallaghers, Lip found himself a talkative, bossy, but competent new female friend. I was laughing at his roommate's reaction and how cool he was with it. Roomie was right, Amanda sure does talk! But she's good to Liam and she's helping Lip make things work when Fiona can't really contribute. 

Did anyone else notice Lip's concern for the way Ian's been acting? So we've debated this a lot in the comments. Some people think it's drugs, others think it's just growing up, but Rossum commented in an interview that Ian returned from the army acting "Fifty Shades of Monica."

So will we see some more of the bipolar side come out before Shameless season 4 is over?

In the meantime, Ian and Mickey have teamed up to try and find a way for Mickey to give his kid some child support. Mickey may not even want to know his son's name but Svetlana's threats to out Mickey to his father definitely scare him. I'm surprised of how central a character Mickey has become this season, but I don't hate it.

The younger Gallaghers have become really entertaining. Between Carl falling in love in detention and Debbie's new hormonal rage, they have me laughing which is a rare thing on this drama. I particularly loved the exchange they had in Carl's room.

Debbie: Why do guys care so much about sex?
Carl: Because it feels awesome.
Debbie: How would you know?
Carl: If my hand's anything like the real thing, it's off the chain.

Last but not least, we have the eldest Gallagher to discuss. Frank's health is rapidly deteriorating and, without Sammi's help, he would truly be dead in a gutter already.

Frank has done some truly abhorrent things over the course of the series, but damn if I didn't get a little choked up that Sammi got Kev and the guys to come over and shoot the breeze in a makeshift bar in Sheila's dining room. 

Frank has made this much clear: he will not going out quietly into the night. I wonder if any of the other Gallaghers will see him before the season is out. Debbie sort of has when she had a sleepover with Sammi and Carl had him come to school.

Maybe he will be the one to scare Fiona out of whatever dangerous situation she's about to get into with Robbie. Frank should be the ultimate cautionary tale!

So is this it for Fiona? Has she finally hit rock bottom?


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I feel for Fiona. it is not simply the rejection for the job or the verbal assault of Mike's sister, it is the fact that Liam has nightmere and Lip is there for him, Fiona is second...Debbie doesn't need her as before, Carl is out of control, and Ian...well, he is his in own world! so...I understand the fact that she is broken. She took care of all of them, now they should try to give her some support, no matter how badly she screwed up, she needs that. please someone needs to do something to that big macho who hit Mandy like a punching bag...what a coward, he can't get his hands on Lip and voila', second choice Mandy ...unbelievable!


This is the worst season yet. Every episode is blatantly predictable, the writing is absolutely horrendous, and the acting is just as bad. Can't believe any of you are actually liking this season. They had two episodes that were passable and far better than the rest, but other than that, just completely awful.


This has been the best season of Shameless yet! Frank is going to die in the season finale it seems pretty obvious. I think Sammie is going to take the kids next season so Fiona can get her life straight. Fiona is still neglecting the kids and has no idea what's going on with Debbie and Carl.


"Shameless" news: Emily Bergl (AKA, Sammi Gallagher) signed through Season 5.


That was a fun, well-paced Shameless episode! Did I see in next week's preview that Frank might be getting the liver transplant (sans third-party), underground style? Yikes! If so, means Frank will actually live for a little while more. Kind of hoping the writers wouldn't drag his character out anymore and let him go peacefully with all his kids around after they get their sh@#% straighten out. Technically, I don't see how he'd even live through that because his kidneys would also be failing (the toxins that cannot be broken down by your liver build up in your kidneys). Sorry for the biology lesson but was just hoping they send Frank off right. Let's face it, Fiona just likes the bad dudes and she obviously has a weak spot for them. However, you'd think she'd learn her lesson.


Iam done with Fiona. Only her second day out and she breaks down .Visit to cuppers was bad idea so soon but the verbal assualt wasn't to far off base. Her character has been thru worse but the now spineless Fiona runs right back to one of the big reasons for her big crash. Watching the two of them about to embrace at the end along with previews makes me think she is about at rock bottom.Nice job Fiona,little rejection and bam right back in bed with the devil. Don't worry Lip will take care of Liam an family. Sex,drugs and out she goes. ne big reason for h er recent downfall.

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Shameless Season 4 Episode 9 Quotes

Frank: Take me to The Alibi.
Sammi: The bar.
Frank: I've always been comfortable there.

I try to make it a point of not banging my roommate's girlfriend.