Will the Gallagher home be able to function without Fiona?
That appears to be the case after Shameless Season 6 Episode 7, but it's pretty obvious that as soon as Queenie inevitably moves on, it will all fall apart.
For the most part, Queenie was entertaining. She wasn't nearly as annoying as Sammi. I'll admit that I was very skeptical of her, but she surpassed all of my expectations.
However, there's no way she's staying under that roof with good intentions. Are we supposed to believe that Sammi hasn't told her mother everything that Gallaghers did to her? She's going to use Frank until it comes to the time that she exacts her revenge on the whole family. It's not going to be pretty.
Sammi is in jail for now, but I shudder to imagine what will happen when the two of them are together causing trouble. Sammi was a good character initially, but she quickly became annoying when she was a little too obsessed with Frank.
Back to Fiona. How will she cope with not being the head of the house? It seems like she's moved out for now, but all roads lead back to that crazy house. It would be nice for her to catch a break for once, but it appears that her family wouldn't mind her absence. That scene near to the end of the episode was a striking one.
She thought Liam was her final go-to person in the house, but he was too busy with Debbie's return and decided to stay the night a way from her. Her reaction was understandable, but maybe it's finally time for her to move on and make a life for herself.
She's spent enough of her time looking after the clan, so she deserves to move on with Sean. I do think she's going to have regrets about having her abortion now. She's spent so much time worrying about the house and working that she hasn't had a chance to think things through.
Elsewhere, we got to meet Caleb's family, and it led to some of the funniest scenes of the season. I didn't like Caleb at first because it meant the end of Ian and Mickey, but he's grown on me considerably.
It's obvious that his father has something against his son being gay, but the rest of the family didn't seem to bat an eye lid. It was hilarious when Ian gave him something to stare at during that big dance routine.
Caleb's a good enough guy and it looks like he'll keep Ian grounded for the foreseeable future. It's good for Ian to move on because Mickey has a long stretch ahead of him and there's a good chance he won't even make it out of prison.
"Pimp's Paradise" was a solid installment that brought all the laughs. The show is taking these characters in an interesting direction and I can't wait to see what's next.
Other tidbits from the episode:
- Is anyone getting a little tired of Lip? He seems to go through a lot of women, but they're all wrong for him. It was mature of him to ignore Victoria, but I can't see him resisting for much longer.
- Carl's story has picked up a lot. It was one of the worst at the start of the season, but now it's one of the best. Did he really feel bad that Nick killed the kid?
- Wasn't Kev and V's hotel room from the same hotel that she and Fiona worked at on Shameless Season 2?
- Chuckie continues to be hilarious. I'm surprised he was even allowed in any schools after his spell in juvie.
- Debbie leading Erica on and ditching her when Frank text her was so funny, but I'm glad she's back home.
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