Acting completely against their usual nature, the Gallaghers inadvertently help their friends and familyon this week’s Shameless, ‘The Helpful Gallaghers’, as they add another couple of strays to their load. By the end of the episode, Mandy has brought her little sister to stay and Jimmy’s dad has crashed out on the couch, and you know things aren’t going to be peaceful with all of those secrets lurking around the corner.
Frank, usually the worst kind of scum imaginable, doesn’t actually put a foot wrong this week. His reasons for accidently getting Carl into cancer camp were selfish and diabolical (and Carl still thinks he’s dying of cancer), but he actually lets him go and have fun, despite not getting anything out of the arrangement himself. While there, of course Carl makes the best out of the situation, and he actually improves the experience for all of the other real cancer patients at camp. Complaining that the trip isn’t actually any fun, the kids manage to coerce the college-age councillor to flash for them. It’s an important rite of passage for pre-pubescent boys, after all.