Warning: This article contains spoilers from Season 7 of Showtime's Shameless.
So far, Shameless has gone back to basics for Season 7, providing us with more humor than any other comedy on cable. This week's episode — entitled "Home Sweet Homeless Shelter" — continued the trend, while still covering the show's trademark family drama. It's clear that the change in Showtime's schedule hasn't affected the series one bit.
Get a taste of Shameless Season 7 in the trailer below:
This week, we saw Fiona realize that being the primary guardian of her siblings is getting in the way of making a life for herself. And outside the Gallagher house, Frank decided to create a new family using people from the homeless shelter. It may have seemed like business as usual on the Soutshide of Chicago, but before we look to next week's episode let's review some things you might have missed from Season 7, Episode 3.
1. Familial Responsibility
Fiona and Frank Gallagher may be total opposites, but in the latest episode of Shameless saw both characters deal with similar issues. Fiona attempted to run Patsy's Pies successfully, but found herself pulled in every direction by her siblings who kept getting into trouble. If she didn't know it already, the difficulties proved it's hard being a parent.
Frank had similar issues with his replacement family. He attempted to get his homeless compatriots food and shelter, something he never really worked at for his own kids. And of course, he couldn't quite get it right. I think it's important that despite the stark contrast between the two characters, both Fiona and Frank are struggling to make ends meet.
2. Everyone Is A Slave To Something
Slavery was a big thing in "Home Sweet Homeless Shelter," and we first saw hints of the theme when Svetlana's father turned up. The man was responsible for Svetlana becoming a sex slave when she was extremely young. Fiona also found herself enslaved to her family as well as her job, struggling to find moment of peace for herself. Ian felt like he was becoming a slave to his bipolar disorder and Lip felt that he was being used like a slave at his new internship program.
I think it's pretty cool that despite the completely different storylines, the Gallaghers and their friends deal with common issues and themes in the same episode. It really connects the characters and makes everything feel cohesive.
3. Cameron Monaghan Deserves An Award
As you guys might know, I'm a huge fan of Cameron Monaghan. He's had many award worthy moments from his TV work, and his best stuff has always been on Shameless. The latest episode found Ian struggling with his bipolar disorder, and again Monaghan was nothing short of awesome. Ian is a well-written character but so much of his greatness comes from Monaghan's acting. From big confrontations with his family to smaller, silent moments contemplating his fate, Monaghan continues to shine as Ian.
It's rather unfortunate that Shameless is constantly categorized as a comedy series for major awards, because if it were a more traditional drama Monaghan would be winning awards left right and center for his portrayal of Ian.
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4. Fiona Out Gallagher-ed Frank
Watching Frank and Fiona bicker in the middle of Patsy's Pies reminded me of why I fell in love with the show in the first place. It was one of the funniest scenes in recent Shameless history, the kind of classic father/daughter argument the show's known for. Fiona looked horrified at Frank's new family, specifically his choice for "new Fiona," and in an attempt to silence the rowdy group told them that she would call the police.
According to Frank's new rule in last week's episode, Fiona's no longer a Gallagher, and she used this to justify ringing the police on her father. Sorry Frank, but Fiona so out Gallagher-ed you this week. That could change next week though, because as fans know Frank is easily the most unpredictable character on Shameless.
5. Lip Is Regretful Over His College Experience
In the middle of his touching scene with Ian, Lip mentioned how he wishes he'd checked into rehab earlier — before he'd been kicked out of college. I thought this was important because the character never really seemed regretful of his actions during Season 6 before.
Now that the internship is proving to be difficult I wonder if Lip would consider attempting to get back into college? It would be a shame for the smartest Gallagher to end up like Frank — he deserves a lot better than that.
6. Frank's New Home Looks Like Sheila's Old House
The house that Frank moved his new family — plus the entire homeless shelter — into looks exactly like Sheila Jackson's house, a callback for longtime Shameless fans. Sheila was one of the show's main for its first four seasons, and the character garnered actress Joan Cusack many award nominations. Cusack departed at the beginning of the fifth season, and we've missed her ever since.
I could be totally wrong, but since Sheila's house was no longer needed, the Shameless team could've remodeled the old set so that they could reuse it for Franks' new home. Either way, the resemblance is uncanny.
7. Ian Wore Mickey's Shirt
In case you missed it, Ian arrived at the breakfast table wearing an old tank top that resembled one of his ex-boyfriend Mickey's shirts. Ian's been on a journey of self discovery after learning his boyfriend Caleb was cheating on him during the season premiere, and perhaps wearing Mickey's shirt is somehow related to this.
Mickey may not be on the scene at the moment — actor Noel Fisher has other commitments — but we wouldn't be shocked to see Ian reminisce about his former love as he comes to terms with life as a single guy. That said, we're hoping to see the return of Mickey sometime soon, because his relationship with Ian was one of the best things about the show in recent seasons.
Check out a preview of Shameless' next episode:
Shameless may have only just returned but the Showtime dramedy shows no signs of going stale as it progresses further into its seventh season. With new beginnings in store for the Gallagher clan, Shameless is set to be more outrageous than ever, an impressive feat given the show's outrageous history. The Gallaghers may be crazy but they are also the greatest family on television and we wouldn't have them any other way.
Shameless airs Sundays on Showtime. What did you think of the latest episode of Shameless? Tell me in the comment section below.