Warning: This article contains spoilers from Season 7 of Showtime's Shameless.
We were all extremely excited when Showtime's Shameless returned for its seventh season much earlier than usual and so far it hasn't disappointed. Season 7 may have went back to basics, but it has definitely been a season of change as many of the Gallaghers start a new chapter in their lives. Fiona is branching out and discovering what she wants to do with her life, Ian is exploring sexuality and Frank has been trying to become a better parent.
The latest episode saw the return of Monica — the whirlwind woman who just happens to be the Gallaghers' mother. Fiona wasn't having any of Monica's lies, Ian and Trevor had their own differences to deal with and Lip continued his excessive drinking. Elsewhere, Frank is still crashing at the laundromat. Let's take a look at 7 things you possibly missed from "Ouroboros".
1. Hurricane Monica Actually Makes Sense
Throughout the previous seasons of the show, Fiona and the other Gallaghers often referred to their absentee mother as Hurricane Monica and her appearance in the latest episode really summed up how appropriate that name is. Monica showed up and, even though she was trying to do a good turn, she almost sabotaged Debbie's chances at getting her daughter back.
Monica has promised her family that she's here to stay but the revelation that she is dying has left me a little sad. She may be a terrible mother but she is a great character and I really hope she sticks around for a little while longer.
2. Frank Is Still Trying
The last few episodes of Shameless have seen Frank step up his game and make a real effort at becoming a father. In fact, I would argue that he's shown more effort and interest in his children now than he ever has before and if it weren't for him, Liam wouldn't have gotten in to private school.
After Fiona agreed to let him sleep at her laundromat, Frank has continued to earn his keep, taking care of Etta and cleaning up the laaundromat. Elsewhere, he took Liam to school and warned his son to stay away from his mother for his own good. He's still got a long way to go, but Frank is becoming a favourite character of mine.
3. Fiona Is Becoming The Parent Again
Fiona surrendered the parental rights of her siblings to Lip near the beginning of the season so that she could pursue her own career. Throughout the season, she's been a little hostile towards her siblings and left them to fend for themselves, turning their lives upside down.
Howeer, the latest episode saw Fiona taking more of an interest in her parental role and even tried to help Debbie get Franny back. It was clear at the end of the episode that she was upset that Debbie had become attached to Monica — I would even argue that Fiona was a little jealous.
4. Fiona And Lip Are Speaking Again
Fiona and Lip fell out over her decision to buy the laundromat and their relationship has been pretty non-existent over the past few episodes. Their feud extends back to when Fiona put Lip in charge of the family — this didn't help his current college situation and his life fell apart from that moment.
However, the two eldest Gallaghers found themselves communicating again and this time it was on friendly terms. There were no apparent apologies or reconciliation, they simply decided to speak to each other and took things from there.
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5. Lip Is More Like Monica Than He Thinks
Lip showed extreme hostility to Monica in this episode when she kept trying to make amends. I don't blame him, she was never around when he needed her. However, the thing that stuck out for me the most was that the two characters aren't that different from one another.
While Lip does show affection for others and would never bail on his family, he has screwed up opportunity after opportunity and ignored the advice of the ones he cares about. That sounds a lot like Monica to me.
6. Fiona Is Still Using Etta's Money
During last week's episode I was certain that Fiona used Etta's card to purchase the new floor tiles of the laundromat. That was pretty much confirmed this week when she used the old lady's — who's suffering from alzeimers — money to purchase new machines for the laundromat.
The place is now fully operational and looks much better than it has done in previous episodes. Complete with new washer dryers as well as a new color scheme, Fiona's business venture wasn't a fail after all.
7. Mickey's Middle Name
Several months ago, the Shameless fandom went into meltdown when executive producer Sheila Callaghan tweeted her followers, asking what they deemed an appropriate middle name for Mickey Milkovich. The interest in Mickey's middle name sparked rumours that the character was returning to the show, something which was later confirmed.
This week's episode of Shameless — which was written by Callaghan — featured a police officer telling Ian that Mikhailo Aleksandr Milkovich had escaped from prison. At least we finally know what the characters middle name is. This is a huge moment for the show because the return of the fan favourite character is imminent and even actor Noel Fisher took to Facebook last night to tease with our emotions even further. Be still my beating heart!
Check out the preview for next week's episode:
There are only three episodes of Shameless Season 7 left and the entire fandom is buzzing about Mickey's escape. Sunday night's are full of great television but this storyline alone makes Shameless a top priority. With so much to look forward to in the combine episodes, including Monica revealing the truth to her family and Mickey's return, who knows what will happen next for the most shameless family in America.
Check out our previous episode recaps of Shameless here.
Shameless airs Sundays on Showtime. Did you notice anything important in the latest episode of Shameless? Tell me in the comment section below.