We’re having fun with the Gallaghers again on this week’s Shameless as, in ‘The American Dream’, the family begin to turn on each other over money, unsuitable relationships and, of course, Frank’s continuous unwanted presence in the house. We saw the patriarch of the family return to indifference from most of his family last week, and here he does his best to alienate the only offspring who still has faith in him. Debbie has the ability to break hearts whenever Shameless needs to pull at the strings, and this week she was on top-form.
We begin the episode in a fairly harmonious home, despite the impending doom that comes along with Fiona’s huge gamble last week. Jimmy assures her that everyone needs to invest in themselves in order to be successful, but Lip doesn’t react in such a positive way. The two eldest Gallaghers butt heads in a huge way this week, and it’s hard to decide which one of them is in the right. On the one hand, Fiona is trying to pay her dues in order to make some real money for once, but on the other she’s using the family’s precious money to do so.