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James W

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The only one who seems to have a little restraint now is Lip. You would think some of these other characters would see how bad their friends & siblings routinely screw up and wouldn't do the same.

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Season 5 coming to an end... though good, I don't think it topped last season's. I know they intentionally make this show over-the-top and borderline it a black comedy, but I wish they would settle on the darker side and make it a little more serious. They tackled some heavy issues/themes this season, and sometimes when it drifted off into the thin layers of comedy, the show struggled and seemed annoyingly silly (Frank getting his fortune and blowing it all in one night; a young medical doctor who has a later stage of cancer and now wants to live life to the fullest. It's interesting but very unrealistic). The acting is always good on here; I think the girl who plays Debs has blossomed into fine-young actor and it showed this season. The kid who plays Carl was also good, though a bit one-dimensional. Emmy Rossum and William H. Macy are all well-derserving of awards. Jeremy Allen White and Steve Howey all bring it. I look forward to Season 6. I think the British version lasted 8 seasons, and am wondering if the American version will make it that long. Hope so.

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"How Do You Want Your Omelet?"
Ep. 9 "Carl's First Sentencing," had a strange vibe to it. Most "Shameless" fans already knew that Carl Gallagher was headed down the wrong path, but I've never got the impression that he was a total idiot or was on the edge of losing his mind, either. Last season, Carl had feelings for his Dad and, even bought (stole) and necklace for his first crush, who vanished in the van they were living in. Did I miss "why" Carl decided to start selling drugs? That storyline seemed to came out of nowhere. With all the crap going on in our world today, violence among teens and whatnot--watching Carl change into a menacing/drug dealer and a kid who doesn't give a care, sort of mirrors society. It's really sad.
Sometimes "Shameless" seems straight up realistic and mirrors poverty/desperate people of real life, but other times, well--just seems like a TV show trying really hard (Sammi attacking Carl and giving her low IQ son a shank before going off to Juvi!).
I got hooked on the show from the pilot back in 2011, and enjoy its raw sense of reality, good acting and portrayal of the characters. I can't believe there's only three more episodes left! I thought the scenes between Frank and his now cancer-striken doctor was fun and unique. The scene where she yells out, "Freez! I'm a f--- cop!" was great, but the street-corner drug dude wasn't amused. But we all know that Frank doesn't give a crap, eyeing her money, acting like he cares (or maybe he does this time). Strange how Frank was a few days away from meeting his maker a year before, and has beaten GOD and is enjoying streaking naked on the shores of Lake Michigan with his newfound doctor friend who's hurrying to try new things before succumbing to the inevitable of pancreatic cancer. "F-- You cell. F-- you med school!"
Lip's character has been low-keyed, compared to previous seasons. Kev and V... I think they'll be back soon, and it's hard to tell what Mickey and Ian will do. Anyone else think that Angela will be back in the picture? The girl who likes Fiona?