This was really a fantastic premiere. I wasn't sure how I was going to like this show because I am not a fan of Juliette Lewis whatsoever but I have always been a big fan of Ryan Phillipe so I figured I would give it a shot. Thank god I did because I was not disappointed. No I still am not any more fond of Juliette Lewis than I was going in but that's okay. We don't have to like her character. I kind of get the feeling though that she had a child who was murdered. The look on her face when Ben said obviously you aren't a parent said a lot. I know it is probably far too early to be trying to figure out who did it but my main suspect is Christy. She has been helping the police along in their investigation each step of the way. She made a point to say in front of Cornell that Ben had one of those flashlights she showed them, she let the police into the house without a search warrant, she kept sending her lawyer friend who wasn't a criminal lawyer and really wouldn't be much help to Ben and he was the one who advised against giving a DNA sample which ended up making Ben look guiltier. Dave had a point when he brought up how did Scott find out about Ben being Tom's father. That means someone else had to know. My guess would be Christy. Yes we know that Ben just confessed to her about sleeping with jess the night before Tom died but we don't know why he confessed because why would he all of a sudden confess after 6 years? Maybe Christy is the one who brought it up because she found out somehow. Then again I could definitely be jumping to conclusion. My second suspect is one we haven't met yet: Matty's (I think that was his name) brother Tyler. Matty was asking for him and he is supposedly away and the mother said Matty was just confused but what if he isn't? What if he came back from wherever he was and he killed Tom and the mother knows so she sent him into hiding? Just my initial guesses. Great show all around and I can't wait to delve deeper into this mystery.
Alright I am fully prepared to be labeled an awful obnoxious shipper right now but I have to say my peace about this Stimmy situation. I feel like bringing back Stimmy was just a slap in the face by the writers. It felt like (and from what I have read many other fans feel the same) they were sick of Stimmy/Fiona shippers complaining about wanting Stimmy to return so they were like "Eff it. Let's bring him back and destroy all hope of them ending up together. Then maybe they will all finally shut up." The problem is I think they overestimate our ability to let go of Stimmy. Stimmy and Fiona were the heart of the show from day 1. The writers insisted on making him a complete jerk in season 3, probably because they wanted the fans to be okay with him being killed off, but that doesn't erase the first two seasons. Season 1 they were fantastic together. Season 3, let's be realistic, Fiona turned Stimmy into a glorified housewife and wasn't there for him. Yes, he cheated on her but I honestly don't fully blame him. If they were going to just bring Stimmy back to have Fiona reject him then they just should have just had him stay dead. I personally was starting to get used to the fact that he was gone and wasn't going to be coming back, and then the season 4 finale happened and I went right back to my Stimmy/Fiona shipping. In what world would Stimmy have given up as easily as he did in this episode? He wouldn't. If he is really the "selfish jerk" they want to portray him as he wouldn't have honored Fiona's wishes. He would have stuck around, integrated himself into her life and proved he could be the person she needed. But instead he just rides off on his motorcycle without really trying? Come on. The character that was in this episode didn't seem like the same character we saw in last week's episode. Plus the fact that we have no reason to root for her and Gus. Fiona can say she has changed and grown but really, she hasn't. Gus is just another nice guy that Fiona will eventually mess things up with because she isn't meant to be with the nice boring guy. The show is called Shameless for a reason. Okay rant over. On the other side of things: Mickey and Fiona need to have more scenes together because they have fantastic chemistry on screen. I hope once Ian is out him and Mickey integrate themselves into the Gallagher clan more. Love that Debbie is finally getting a real boyfriend that she doesn't have to rape into being with her (her words not mine lol). I just wish they would tone down her roid rage a little though. Sammi. My god she is a nut job. I mean we kind of always knew it but her daddy issues hit a whole new level this week. I am actually a little pleased that she shot Frank. But that scene after where he finally says he needs her and she flips on the crazy creeper switch. Wow. Can they please go back to giving Lip some interesting story lines once in a while. Does anyone really want to spend a whole episode watching him run around sorting financial issues? Really? Come on writers. The actor is so strong and his character has always been great. This season has just has been super boring for him. Now that I think about it so was last season. I get that his arc is about him overcoming his roots and becoming more than just another low life from his neighborhood but does it have to be soooooooooooooooooooo boring?! Can't he become intelligent and successful but still be that guy we knew and loved before. Maybe the problem is that the Gallagher family for the most part has been split up the past two seasons. And really they are better when they are together. I can't even talk about Vi and Kev because I will go into another rant.
I WISH that I could say I was cool enough to say I saw that coming but I was in shock that it was Frank who killed Lila. A friend of mine has been saying it since probably day 1 and I stood my ground and was convinced it was going to be Miss BonBon but Frank was surprisingly shocking, yet satisfying at the same time. It made sense. I honestly have no idea how we all didn't see this coming. Throughout the season Frank has shown time and time again that he is willing to push the envelope and do the shadiest things. Even if maybe we shouldn't have seen it coming that Sam was the one who made him do it, we all probably should have thought that Annalise did. That scene when we finally get to see him kill Lila was complete and utter perfection. The music that was playing, then the slow pan around of the camera from Lila to his face. It was INSANE. I will admit, halfway through the episode I convinced myself that I was going to be disappointed by the reveal, like I was with the Sam one. The writers are fantastic at giving us OMG moments almost every episode but when we learned Wes killed Sam after almost a whole season of waiting I yawned. THIS. MADE. UP. FOR. IT. (Am I the only one who was sorta hoping it would end up being Asher?! I want Asher to have something more exciting to do than just be the funny one, even though he does that job perfectly and is by far one of my favorite characters) I have been wondering recently what was going to be the mystery for next season. How were they going to sustain this phenomenon that HTGAWM has become? I definitely can say that I didn't think they were going to take care of that issue by killing off Rebecca. Rebecca has been someone that I have never known how exactly to feel about. Some weeks I loved her, some weeks I hated her. I never thought that she actually killed Lila though. This week was probably my favorite week of Rebecca all season. All the flashbacks to the night Lila was killed showed such a different, more vulnerable, side to her. I wish that they had done these flashbacks BEFORE tonight though because I really didn't care that she died. Even though I didn't care that she died I am excited to try to figure out who killed her. My money is on my beloved BonBon, again (yes one day I will be right about her being guilty). She was looking awfully guilty this episode with all these strange looks she kept delivering and I was thinking, well more like hoping, that it meant that she was Lila's killer and was worried that they were going to figure it out. However, maybe it was more of a hint of things to come. Bonnie was in love with Sam. Sam died basically as a result of being accused of Lila's murder. If Bonnie thought that Rebecca really was the one who killed Lila she might have blamed her for Sam's murder. Plus the fact that Wes killed Sam trying to save her. The Annalise and Nate situation is fascinating to watch. I wondered how Annalise was going to get Nate out of the situation she put him in. The beating at the prison, the fake story about him and Sam having a physical alteration the night he died. Annalise Keating is a genius. The Keating 5 (or well technically 4 because Asher doesn't know anything about it, despite the fact that he unknowingly has been dragged into it now by Bonnie, Frank and Annalise by using him to set up that judge and get her off Nate's case) are lucky to have Annalise helping them get away with murder. Too bad that pesky prosecutor doesn't seem to be buying her story. I will give it to this new lawyer, it is nice to see her trying to actually find the truth instead of just doing her job and trying to prove Nate is guilty. I am loving this new BA Laurel. Laurel was probably my least favorite character when HTGAWM started but each week she is proving more and more just how awesome she is. Her having Mikayla's ring this whole time and using it to keep her quiet was the icing on the cake. Speaking of Miss Mikayla, wow that bayou trash act that she pulled on Aiden's mom was FABULOUS! Too bad I wouldn't buy her as trash for even a minute. Oliver's storyline is so heartbreaking. I really believed him when he told Connor he was clean. Him having HIV completely caught me off guard. When he was crying I was thinking maybe it was another STD, something curable. I wanted to cry when he admitted the truth. I hope Connor really ends up being Oliver's rock and doesn't run away like he probably wants to. It's gonna be a long wait for season 2 and I really hope Viola Davis agreed to more than 15 episodes for the second season because I need more episodes next time.
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