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Shameless Review: Batting Zero

"Shameless" news: Emily Bergl (AKA, Sammi Gallagher) signed through Season 5. http://www.deadline.com/2014/0...

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Shameless Review: Batting Zero

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.

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Shameless Review: Cabin Fever

Good episode! I thought the scene at the Alibi with Kev and Kermit was classic American gun culture. It sure paints a picture of American society with its obsessive nature with guns. Lots of people are like that; scared, having a gun in every room, etc... But in that kind of environment, I can understand, but liked how the show depicted it all. As for Ian ... wouldn't the drugs and tough childhood life mask those same effects of being bipolar? Heck, you can make the case Fiona might be a little bipolar, too.

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Shameless Review: Child Endangerment

I don't blame Lip. Even though an accident, Fiona signed up to take guardianship of the kids. She should know better! That being said, Robbie wouldn't have thought to take that with him seems odd. Makes you wonder if that was a set up to prove his point that we are all addicts to a degree. Of course, Fiona isn't a drug addict, but she opens herself up to it when those opportunities arise.

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Shameless Review: Child Endangerment

Strange how Lip was never caught doing that after going back to campus, when basically a dozen or so saw him smashing the windows. Or campus police catching up to him later.

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Shameless Review: Old Habits Die Hard

Frank, Fiona, Lip, Carl … the Gallagher's are not only self-destructive, but outwardly destructive -- they do things that hurt others by their own poor judgement and actions (Lip only wanting to see Mandy for quick sex without protection). I think what makes "Shameless" interesting and popular is that fact that we all have a little bit of Gallagher inside and can relate. We do things because we have similar issues. The Frank character is over-the-top, of course, and he's supposed to be. I see how careful the show is in treating teens who are minors with adult desires and not crossing the line too much (with the Debbie and Matty storyline). It's too bad Fiona has too much of her own sexual demons to enforce some structure for these kids. Of course, she's blind to that as well, since she didn't have that structure growing up. At one point, it shows Fiona getting arrested. Guessing that she either hit somebody or got arrested for parental neglect? Fun show! Does anyone think that Steve/Jimmy may show up in the hospital as an Intern to help with Frank's liver? Remember, Steve wanted to be a doctor? I don't think he was killed off. I think he comes back at some point.

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Shameless Review: The Kids Are All Right?

Liked EP 1, Season 4 of "Shameless." So many good lines!
"Frank's just like a cockroach. You can spray him, stomp on him, drown him, but he'll still keep crawling out of the toilet bowl." - Kev. Does anyone else see Frank's end coming soon? I think it's time for Frank to go down that toilet bowl. Sad but it's gotta happen. I do think Steve (Jimmy) will make a cameo near the end of the season. I really don't buy into the idea that he died after getting on the boat at the end of Season 3. Love the show! Keep in going SHO!

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Homeland Review: The Sharpie Star

There was really no way out for Brody. If he'd lived, gone back to the U.S., then what? He and Carrie move in together and raise the baby and pay the electric bill? It would not have felt right if Brody had gotten out of there and escaped. I kind of saw that one coming. That said, who's to say that he cannot show up as "dead Brody?" Kind of like Dexter's Dad, being a sort of role model for Carrie. The writers could fast-forward a few years ahead and make it more of futuristic look at terrorism and American politics. Carrie's baby would be a toddler, and the writers can use that a suspense device. A lot of options. I'm all in for EP 4!

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Shameless Review: Horrible Bosses

I have a weird feeling Jimmy's Dad is going to go the way of Karen's Dad from the first season. I don't see this character doing anything else, but maybe I'm being too pessimistic. What else is there for him now? Can't imagine Ian actually being with him, or him hanging around the Gallagher house that much. I see him being killed off in a few episodes. Mandy has taken the place of Karen, and I think we all can bet that Karen will be back at some point (maybe in the final episode to keep the audience guessing and hooked). Good season so far, but not as good as the last two. The whole Jodi and Sheila relationship (freakish sex stuff on Shelia's end) is funny but nothing really important. I would like to see more drama out of this series, something more at stake for the characters -- more resolve among them. I get all the gallows/dark humor and whatnot, and it can be somewhat shocking and funny, but I think Shameless work great when one of the characters decides to really change. We saw it in the first and second season with Karen and Lip, and last season with Fiona going for her GED, but this season just seems like cut scenes with really no aim. It's early yet, so I will give it time. I think it will turn.

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Frank sure has hit new lows using Carl to fake that he has cancer, and also pricking the baby with a tack at the bar. Come on, Frank! And the whole ordeal with Lip & Blake the sex offender was hilarious. Kind of tired of the Mickey character, though. Annoying. Good season so far. Wonder if we'll see Karen soon?

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