Shameless “A Beautiful Mess” Review

Last week Shameless really went for it in terms of what they could allow Frank to do without becomingcompletely despicable, and it somehow worked brilliantly, in a way that was shocking, poignant, horrifying and a little funny. What really helped were the scenes after Dottie’s death, where Frank went into a spiral of guilt. This week Frank is up and out of that spiral and he’s not changed too much, and maybe for that reason this episode, as enjoyable as it was, is just a fine episode of Shameless, and not a "what just happened" like last week’s episode.

All of the Gallagher children (Liam excepted, for understandable reasons) are really interesting characters. It’s unual that I would actually like to see an entire episode concentrated on any one of them. This week’s episode put much of the focus on Debbie, who broke into a stress rash thanks to all of the responsibilities she’s been taking on, from looking after her own siblings to running the daycare centre. When FIona realizes this, she soon sees to it that Debbie has a sleepover. Only problem now is that Debbie has no friends. The show did a great job of introducing a range of shifty characters for her to interact with – from the girl straight out of Sucker Punch to the lovely boy with chess cred and a busy schedule – and did an even better job with the fallout of the sleepover. Read More... 


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Feb 7, 2012 8:58PM EST

Wow, so this season Fiona is well on her way to becoming the new Frank...does she totally bottom out, and if so, who steps up to take charge of the Gallagher household? I can't believe that Frank will actually get his act together for too long.... Really impressed by the job Emmy Rossum is doing this season, what a great young actress.

Anyway, another great episode, besides the obvious Fiona parts I really loved that scene where Sheila gets her hair done and then Lip warns Frank that it's just a matter of time before Sheila realizes what Frank is really like - just the the facial emotions shown by Lip & Frank there were so perfect, said way more than the script ever could...also loved that they used the song "700>100" by Earlimart during this scene, what a great tune, this show always has the best music 

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