SHAMELESS “Frank the Plank” Review

SHAMELESS "Frank the Plank" Season 1 Episode 2 - Frank goes shockingly missing on disability check day, so his kids and the neighborhood try to track him down in the "Frank the Plank" episode of SHAMELESS, airing tonight on Showtime. I was able to preview the episode and it does an excellent job of bringing viewers deeper into the Gallagher world with both laughs and a few more complicated emotions.

While the pilot spent surprisingly little time on Frank, this episode more than makes up for lost time. Where last week we saw a self-involved but mostly harmless drunk, we now get a closer look at the darkness inside the Gallagher patriarch. I admit the casting of William H. Macy as Frank had me concerned he would make the character too likable, but tonight’s episode takes care of that.

One thing you have to know about the Gallaghers is that–with the exception of Frank–it is very much all for one and one for all and I love how this episode shows that in both obvious and subtle ways. Through it all, Fiona is the tough but vulnerable heart and soul of the family–not to mention one hell of a mama bear–and Emmy Rossum again shows she is more than up to the task. Read More...


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