This season’s opener of Shameless is a recap of what has been going on in the Gallagher’s lives since we saw them last. As usual, its anything but boring. We find the littlest Gallagher, Liam, talking now and attending day care at Fiona’s job. That’s a first for any Gallagher.
Debs is trying to grow up too fast and has turned into a hot mess! She’s wearing Fiona’s clothes and makeup, hanging out at the bowling alley trying to pick-up older guys while dragging little Liam along with her. Her highest achievement has to be trying to sell her virginity online to the highest bidder.
Frank was found by Tony (the cop who lives next door who is in love with Fiona), in a crack house. He’s unconscious and filthy. If you recall from last season, the doctors told Frank if he keeps drinking he will die. Carl talks Fiona into letting Frank stay at the house but only if he takes care of him like a stray dog. It only takes 4 baths and a scrubbing to get him clean. Sheila (Frank’s former lover), finds bugs! Frank talks Carl into getting him supplies to ease his pain. It turns out the supplies are to make an enema bag to deliver the alcohol in a more efficient way.
Carl is his usual delinquent self, peeing out the window and playing with knives. He seems to have a masturbation problem now as in he pleasures himself about 8-9 times a day. Frank informs him that a lube is required or he will be getting blisters. Carl solves this problem by buying a tub of vaseline from Costco.
Lip is off to college on a work-study program where he works in the cafeteria part-time. Not much has changed for Lip. He still smokes pot and drinks and doesn’t put much effort into his school work, but at college they expect you to get A’s. After receiving his first “D” he realizes that college isn’t going to be as easy of ride as he thought it would be.
No one knows where Ian is (he used Lip’s ID and joined the Army), and they don’t seem to be worried. Although Mickey is pining away for Ian he can’t tell anyone how he really feels. Mickey has his own problems. He’s Ian’s boyfriend who married a Russian prostitute that he got pregnant after having forced sex with her when his father caught him with Ian.
This brings us to Fiona. She is doing great at her job with the cup company and is still sleeping with the boss, who takes her to a Bear’s games where she meets his family. She finally sleeps with him and is starting to have delusions that they may have a life together. The hardest decisions Fiona had to make this episode was should she sign up for the 401K at work, but first HR had to inform her what a 401K was.
Jimmy/Steve is still a no-show and we are left wondering if he got killed at the end of last season. Vi is pregnant but so is her Mom with her husband’s baby. Finally we have Sheila who is cleaning the Gallagher house because she’s lonely. Never a dull moment. That about sums up what the Gallagher’s and their friends have been up to. Lots more to come this season and I can’t wait.
Watch the full episode below: