Shameless: Season Two . Granted, one expects to see the stakes raised to a certain degree, but at first glance all of the major characters come across as such cartoonishly exaggerated versions of their former selves that they’re downright difficult to recognize. Deadbeat patriarch Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy), for instance, has never exactly been television’s most upstanding citizen, but the absurd new lows he goes to in his character- defining quest to secure a free ride come hard and fast this season, with barely half an episode passing before he gives up his infant child in a drunken barroom bet, then gives a roomful of slovenly drunken men blowjobs in a filthy bathroom stall in order to raise a little money.
The rest of the clan now operates a full- fledged child labor ring, in which precocious preteen Debbie (Emma Kenney) runs a daycare ostensibly supervised by Fiona (Emmy Rossum), who instead spends the day sleeping off a night of waitressing in an upscale nightclub. Meanwhile, Kev (Steve Howey) puts the agricultural skills of his former- cultee foster daughter to use in a massive grow operation, the product of which he and Lip (Jeremy Allen White) sell to teenagers in the park out of a dilapidated ice cream truck. Even cursory characters like Fiona’s party- fiend friend Jasmine (Amy Smart), who’s become little more than a coke- addled adultress, can’t escape the universal regression. Wouldn’t the aggregate of these operations actually be fairly lucrative? Never mind the fact that one would think Lip, who has scored multiple perfect SAT scores and is being headhunted by the Pentagon while still in high school, could earn more money tutoring than selling drugs and managing teenage combatants in underground fight clubs. Every plot development seems designed solely to raise the show’s sensationalist appeal, to the point where one can’t help but feel a sense of ironic self- awareness when Ian (Cameron Monaghan) pokes fun at TLC’s trashy programming.
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But while it’s easy to marvel at the show’s abilities to regress a bunch of characters that, really, hadn’t made much progress last season anyway, it actually turns out there’s a reason for the differences in the clan this season: These are the summertime Gallaghers. With the kids home from school and ready to pitch in, the family is gathering as much as they can before winter arrives again. Their earnings are even collected in a tin can called the “squirrel” fund, emphasizing the raw, animalistic way in which the family operates, doing whatever it takes to get by.
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In season one we watched the characters trying to survive on the little they had managed to grab for themselves; now we get to see what they’re like in acquisition mode, using summer as an opportunity to cut out a larger piece of the pie for themselves. Season two seems to hint at an exploration of the moral consequences of an ingrained whatever- it- takes attitude once opportunity starts to arise. Fiona worries she’s turning the children into antisocial sociopaths and deals with the consequences of sleeping with a married man and lifting the cash out of a purse she found on the subway.
Lip can’t seem to separate his relationship with Karen (Laura Slade Wiggins), who he’s lost to a new, incredibly well- hung guy (this is Showtime, after all), from his general attitude of using his intelligence and problem- solving skills to take whatever he wants. It’s easy to give Shameless the benefit of the doubt, because, at its best, the show is a lot of fun (try not to laugh when Frank attempts to threaten a man named Kermit by crushing a pickled egg). The cast is uniformly great, and many of the characters are quite compelling, even Lip and Ian.
But like Frank Gallagher himself, Shameless is also prone to some really stupid antics. And maybe this is to be expected from an unabashedly sensationalistic series, but that’s not a defense for some of its most ridiculous and crass plot points. When, toward the end of last season, an Oxycontin- riddled Frank allows himself to be seduced by his girlfriend’s teenage daughter, there’s actually enough humanity left over for the viewers to care about the emotional fallout. This season, Frank commits much worse crimes, seemingly becoming unconcerned with actual human life, and it’s played off as a joke. This is fine if Shameless is only concerned with constantly one- upping itself, but it undercuts the show’s attempts at becoming anything more meaningful.
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So be sure to tune in for our live coverage of Shameless ! While you wait for our recap, hit the comments and let us know how excited you are about the new season of the Shameless? Tonight. Lamar is not happy about the cocaine that Frank snorted instead of delivering. Frank makes a run for it and manages to get away unharmed. Ian comes downstairs and surprised to see that Fiona slept there last night and not at Sean. Debbie and Queenie head downstairs with suitcases.
Debbie announces that she is dropping out of school and going to live at the commune with Queenie . Fiona argues, but its pointless. Frank sees them leaving and hitches a ride to the commune to evade the drug dealers that want to kill him.
Frank, Queenie, Chuckie, and Debbie arrive at the commune . He is creepily excited to have a pregnant teenager at the commune. At the diner, Sean is giving Fiona the could shouler, he is still furious.
He reveals that he and his girlfriend are serious . He asks Fiona to bring the engagement ring he gave her when they meet with their lawyers . She refuses to give him his change back and says it is her tip. Apparently, she picked the wrong guy to treat like crap . And, he knows that she is an illegal. Back at the commune, Debbie is welcomed by the creepy cult.
They all sit around a tent and chant her name. Apparently, Frank didn. Jupiter is thrilled to have the pregnant 1. Afterwards, they move Debbie in to the maternity tent . Meanwhile, Frank and Chuckie are put to work by Jupiter . Fiona only has $5.
She goes to see a divorce lawyer and he is overly ambitious . She finally arrives and says that she is moving to Kentucky so that she doesn.
Kevin offers to marry her . Gay marriage is legal in Illinois, so V decides that she will marry Svetlana so that she can.
While they are drinking, Ian gets a frantic phone call from Mandy. She says that she is in serious trouble and back in town . Ian makes up a lame excuse and rushes out of the party.
The girl that Carl has been chasing relentlessly for months shows up at the diner looking for him. She wants him to record her playing her violin in the studio so that she can submit it to music camp.
Apparently, she likes Carl now that he is no longer a . Her john is dead in the bathroom from an apparent overdose and she is high as a kite. Ian agrees to help her get rid of the body .
Ian tries to talk some sense in to her and convince her to just call 9. She can just say that she met the guy at a bar . Mandy finally caves and agrees to call 9. Back at the sorority party Ian is a hot mess, and outdrinking all of the girls there. And, he keeps striking out with the girls at the party because sloppy drunks dudes that don. She invites Frank to join her in a threesome with two guys who actually manage to be older and grosser than Frank .
Fiona tries to tell him about the engagement ring and her divorce, but Sean doesn. The nurse explains that one of the girls that Lip was sleeping with, Brina, called 9. Lip tries to leave but the nurse says he has to stay there for a few more hours. Meanwhile, Mandy wakes up in Ian. He invites her to breakfast and offers to wash her dress, which is covered in blood, for her. At the diner, Fiona is getting ready to go to her divorce meeting. She and Sean have a huge fight because he is still giving her the cold shoulder.
Queenie says that she needs to masturbate before bed and gives her a huge vibrator. Queenie gives her a few tips and then leaves her in the tent to . Instead, she wants him to take her virginity because she is tired of being the only one of her friends who hasn. She even brought along a condom . He thinks that she called the ambulance on him to get even with him because he forgot her name at the party. Brina says that she really thought that he was going to die, he was passed out in a snow bank, soaked in his own pee, and he wouldn. Lip screams that she should have let him sleep it off and he can.
Lip arrives at the Gallagher house as Mandy is leaving. Carl runs downstairs and borrows a condom from Ian and heads back to the bedroom. At the commune . This is nothing that he thought it would be like, they don.
What kind of a hippy commune doesn? Queenie says she has to show Frank something that will change his mind. But, they do have a green house full of opium that is almost ready to harvest.
At the divorce meeting, Sean shows up unexpected. He tells Fiona he is still upset .
He is the one who bought the engagement ring from the pawn shop, so that she can give it back to Gus and avoid the messy divorce. Then, Sean gets down on one knee and proposes to Fiona right in front of Gus and the lawyers.