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.
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?
... 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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