Warning: This article contains spoilers from Showtime's Shameless.
Shameless may have premiered much earlier than usual, but the Showtime dramedy hasn't faltered because of it. Having gone back to basics for the seventh season, the show only gets better and better with each passing episode. The Gallagher clan are re-united and set to take on the world — and Frank — refusing to let anything get in their way.
The fourth episode of Season 7 was easily the strongest of the season yet. There is plenty to discuss about the episode and what it could mean in the future so before we get excited for next week's episode let's take a look at several things you possibly missed in Season 7, Episode 4.
1. Emmy Rossum Directed The Episode
You may know her best as Fiona Gallagher but this week actress Emmy Rossum stepped behind the camera for the first time ever. The episode was riddled with beautiful cinematography and great camera shots throughout. Rossum clearly did her research because the episode was magnificently shot.
There were no signs of it being her first time behind the camera at all as it looked incredible — unusual far away shots of Patsy's Pies at night were stunning. There was definitely an evident difference from previous episodes but that wasn't a bad thing — this episode somehow felt special. Rossum's brilliant direction accompanied by Sheila Callaghan's wonderful script provided us with easily the best episode of the season. You may or may not have knew Rossum was behind the lens, but it's definitely something that I hope we see again on future seasons of the show.
2. The Weather Was Significant
Season 7 of Shameless is set during the summer which means that there is obviously going to be scorching hot summer days for the South Side of Chicago and it's residents. However, there was more to the heatwave than that just that — the weather was metaphorically representative of the tension boiling between all of the characters. We saw Fiona and Debbie quarreling, Fiona and Lip quarreling, Fiona and Veronica quarreling and even Veronica and Svetlana were tearing chunks out of one another.
The weather was simmering and everyone was ready to explode until a down pour of rain broke the heatwave. Similarly, during the downpour many of the characters repaired their relationships and sorted out their problems. The tension was resolved when the heat wave broke.
3. Speaking Of The Weather...
This episode of Shameless was titled "I Am A Storm" which refers to a conversation between Svetlana and Debbie where Svetlana told the young Gallagher to be a storm. The statement was referring to a state of confidence in one's inner self.
However, the downpour at the end of the episode was accompanied by a strong storm with severe thunder and lightening. Clearly Callaghan was being creative here with her title. Well played Callaghan, well played.
4. Everyone Is A Storm
Speaking of storms, Debbie may have taken Svetlana's message of empowerment a little too seriously with her pursuit of a life partner, but I found that the title "I Am A Storm" actually applied to many of the characters in this week's episode. Fiona, specifically, worked her ass off to make Patsy's Pies a success — something that she pulled off very well. Moreover, Fiona also encouraged her siblings to take charge of their own lives and not to be solely relying on her. Although she may have been a little harsh in some respects, the advice was certainly admirable.
The other Gallaghers proved their strength this week too. Ian returned to work after his setback in previous episodes and he a lot stronger now. Lip had a bit of a dilemma as he tried to figure out his right path in life, wondering if the obviously illegal situation at his place of work is something that he could benefit from. Frank took a stand against the council when they tried to knock down his homeless shelter. Everybody really proved that they have what it takes to be a "Storm."
5. Ian's Willingness To Learn More About LGBT Issues Marks A Change For The Character
I've mentioned before how Ian has almost been on a journey of self discovery over the past two seasons. While the Caleb romance was more of a learning curve, he realized his potential and became an EMT — something that he's actually proving to be very good at. A couple of weeks ago the character made some ignorant remarks about bisexuality — however, he wasn't trying to be offensive, he just had no idea about the spectrum of sexuality or the whole range of terms that others use to identity with.
This week, Ian met Trevor — a transgender man who works in the neighborhood. Although he was apprehensive at first, Ian proved that he was willing to make a change and learn more about the world outside of Chicago. Ian's scenes with Trevor have proven enlightening for the character — Ian is ignorant because of the environment he was brought up in but it's never too late to change that and learn for the better.
6. House Rule #7 Was Ignored
The folks of the neighborhood weren't too pleased when they discovered the homeless shelter was on their doorstep so in an attempt to make his people a little more friendly, Frank made a house list of rules that the homeless folks had to follow.
The ironic thing is that he never actually mentioned Rule #7 aloud which ended up being the one that got broken. Later in the episode one of the homes children get in to trouble for stealing the air conditioning unit from a nearby home, essentiality rendering the house rules redundant.
7. Svetlana Continues To Prove Why She's The Funniest Character On The Show
One of the best things about Season 7 of Shameless is that Isidora Goereshter's Svetlana has had a lot ore screen time ever since she was made a series regular. The latest episode rpvoed why she is one of the best things about the show, coming out with phrases in Russian that no one else could understand.
She was also recalled annoyed at Veronica and Kevin for calling the police on her father so she made Kevin pretend to be a horse — because that's totally normal in Svetlana's world. Callaghan gave the character some great lines. The more Svetlana we get, the better Shameless is.
Check out a preview for next week's episode:
Shameless continues to soar in its seventh season and the Showtime dramedy shows no signs of old age. More and more people are discovering Shameless though its recent arrival on Netflix which can only mean good things for the show. With so much still to look forward to, including Fiona pursuing her goals and the return of Noel Fisher's beloved character Mickey Milkovich, Season 7 could prove to be the greatest adventure for the Gallagher family yet.
Shameless continues next Sunday on Showtime. What did you think of the latest episode of Shameless? Tell me your thoughts in the comment section below