“Shameless” Season 4 Episode 1 Recap

“Shameless” Season 4 Episode 1 Recap

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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.

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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.

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  • kathy fischer

    Anyone else wonder how Carl even was able to get into Costo without a membership ( which I doubt they have) LOL maybe the bar has one Anyway I usually am not that observant of those details but i just happened to think of it Loved the re-cap!!! I do not think Jimmy/Steve is dead

    • Babson_Chick

      good point!!

      • That Lady

        I’m thinking that in true Carl form he probably stole it from Costco. Not sure how but I can’t see him paying for ANYTHING.

        • kathy fischer

          yep stolen

    • julyol1972

      Knowing what thieves the Gallagher kids are, I wouldn’t put it past Carl to join some family on their way in the store, and shoplift the vasaline on his way out.Those kids are truly resourceful!

      • kathy fischer

        all true lol

  • Dr Seuss

    Awesome job Mary!!!!!!

  • Babson_Chick

    Good recap – I just might start watching again. When this show first started I fell off the couch laughing so hard – then it got a little dark – then for awhile I quit watching. (probably couldn’t get enough of Spartacus)

    • http://TVFishbowl.com/ Ed B.

      I might start watching again too. I bailed on the show after season two as well.

      • Babson_Chick

        Might have to compare notes!!

    • julyol1972

      Ummmm, Spartacus! All that hot man-meat on one screen! Lol!

      Now I have the pirate series about to start on Starz, so that should fill my quota!,

      • Babson_Chick

        Hi july!! I’ll have to watch that. Spartacus series was so awesome and explicit (I learned a lot) lol.

  • That Lady

    It did get a little dark season 2 but I just find the show so real. Each character is believable because we’ve all seen train wrecks just like them on the news. The Gallagher’s make me laugh & cry

  • julyol1972

    Whoo, hoo! So psyched that one of my top five is being recapped here!

    Why William H. Macy has never been nominated for an award, is beyond me!

    • That Lady

      You are right! Macy should have at least won a People’s Choice Award ages ago for his role as Frank.

      • julyol1972

        Co-sign!

        • That Lady

          Who thinks Jimmy/Steve is still alive and will show up just in time to ruin Fiona’s new relationship with the boss

          • julyol1972

            Me!!! *waves both hands in the air*

            • That Lady

              Can’t wait to see how he survived that crazy boat ride with his drug dealer father in-law and if he’s still married to the spray tanned crazy daughter. maybe he’s on the run and needs a place to hide. who knows! that who I liiv this show

  • julyol1972

    Me too! Season 2 was really dark. Didn’t like the alternate Jimmy storyline. Hated Lip and Sheila’s daughter together. So happy my joint is back, along with Episodes, and House of Lies. Don Cheadle is the man!

    • That Lady

      Didn’t like Lip and Karen together either. She did him dirty when she lead him believe that baby was his. Now Sheila is a freak…in the bedroom! lol Still up in the air if Jimmy/Steve is really sleeping with the fishes. House of Lies is another great show. Really like Cheadle and Kristen Bell together.

      • julyol1972

        Sheila was the original freak, she put even Frank’s rachet ways to shame. Serve him right for being such a horrible creature. I don’t think Jimmy is dead either. He’ll be back to screw up Fiona’s life, mark my words!

        • That Lady

          I hope Jimmy does return. He & Fiona are a perfect match for each other. He’s good for the kids too.