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    Rossum and Macy were both fantastic here again. I thought that Dermot Mulroney was surprisingly good too. Not really enthused about Kevin’s story thread on finding his redneck birth parents. I already see this perpetuating stereotypes about “red-state” folks, despite some of this being rooted in actual truth. I was more interested in seeing them tackle male breast cancer, which isn’t seen much on television as a topic. That was unfortunately played up for laughs too with Kevin giving out unsolicited breast self-exams to women. The show has never really known what to do with Kevin and Veronica beyond being Fiona’s BFFs and the later “thruple” storyline with Svetlana.

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    Ugh, i still need to catch up. Only watched the first episode so far. Reading these comments has me excited. Ugh can we give Shameless and Emmy Rossum some SAG awards?!

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    Episode Title: “The (Mis)Education of Liam Fergus Beircheart Gallagher”

    Synopsis: Fiona tries to raise the profile of the neighborhood; Ian helps Trevor to raise money for a new youth shelter; Carl loses his scholarship and gets creative with securing the tuition;?Lip stands up to a friend and gets hurt; Frank teaches the parents at Liam’s school all about the working class.

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    Sad to see Lip’s sponsor relapse like that. The riff between Ian and Fiona might be interesting. The rest of it worked for the most part. Carl’s scenes are mostly okay. Oddly liking seeing Frank clean and sober for a change and making all the PTA moms wet, though it can’t last forever, right? I’ve already talked about how tedious I find Kev and Vee’s arcs in general, especially now when Kev finding his redneck family and Vee not being able to resist Svetlana. Debbie’s best scene in ages was seeing Derek again with his new girlfriend and her reaction to them.

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    Episode Title: “Icarus Fell & Rusty Ate Him”

    Synopsis: Fiona is forced to reflect on her own life after a lonely tenant dies and the duty of cleaning out the apartment falls upon her; Debbie has a pregnancy scare and winds up in a compromising position; Lip enlists Carl’s help to search for his sponsor; Frank enjoys having his first-ever credit card.

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    Debbie’s adventures with the morning-after pill were fun and just what this episode needed with heavier plots of Fiona finding the dead tenant, Brad on his drunken spiral and losing his family, Ian’s fight with Fiona, and Frank losing his new gardening job (felt like this could have taken a backseat in a later episode). Vee discovering that she’s a submissive and Kevin wanting to experiment with guys felt like the kind of light side material that these actors thrive on instead of all the feuding with Svetlana and losing the Alibi. Really enjoying the season at the halfway point. Eagerly awaiting when the other shoe’s going to drop, b/c it always does around this stage (Lip’s relapses, Ian’s manic episode, Monica’s death, Fiona’s wedding fiasco, etc.).

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    Episode Title: “Occupy Fiona”

    Synopsis: Ian tests Fiona’s patience and resolve by bringing a messy “Occupy Fiona” movement right to her front door; Lip struggles to get Professor Youens to court for his DUI trial; a now unemployed Frank goes on a job hunt; Carl gets a feisty new rehab client with a plan to help him get the rest of his tuition.

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    The “Occupy Fiona” scenes were lively, and all involved seemed to be fully engaged with that. I also questioned if Ian was off his meds in some of his actions here. Powerful scenes between Jeremy Allen White and Alan Rosenberg. Both were Emmy-worthy tonight. Glad to see Frank back to his old tricks again lol. The Canadian smuggling storyline should be a good one for Macy to work with. It’s interesting to see the younger cast take charge of their own plots like this with such drive and energy. Even in episodes where they don’t have as much going on, Debbie’s and Carl’s threads are at least engaging. Really can’t with how dumb the writers make Kevin, and even the most basic shit somehow eludes him. Oh well. Back in two weeks time!

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    Ridiculous to show a new episode on New Year’s Eve, but at least it will have multiple airings.

    Episode Title: “Frank’s Northern Shuttle Express”

    Synopsis: Frank starts an import-export business.

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    I figured this episode would go under the radar virtually unnoticed. Sad. William H. Macy was a riot here, for starters. Catch up soon regardless.

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    Omg, this has to be the best season yet. Frank’s arc is so compelling and timely. I’m gonna predict him for the Globe win AND another SAG win. It’s what he deserves.

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    Episode Title: “The Fugees”

    Synopsis: Frank’s business takes a turn for the worse, sending him on the run through the Great White North; Ian’s run-in with a minister brings about some unexpected allies; Fiona tries (and fails) to fit in with Ford’s group of friends; Carl’s new girlfriend suffers separation anxiety; Lip must decide whether to tell Sierra about Charlie’s past.

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    I don’t love this season

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    It’s weird, I’ve never cared for Frank until this season. Probably because he’s not a drug addict anymore. But how much longer will he stay clean before going back to bum in the streets Frank? Honestly, I find this Frank much funnier and entertaining. His storyline involving Liam’s liberal white school was some of the funniest yet.

    Fiona, I was enjoying her storyline in the beginning but for the last two episodes it’s seems to have fizzled out. I love her friendship with Nessa and frenemy type relationship with Mel. Ford is ok. I just hope he’s not another Sean or Gus Pfender who have zero character development and just turn out to be douchebags so they can have an excuse to make Fiona single again. Ford is weird because he’s so mysterious and his obsession with floor tiles and doors or whatever is odd but intriguing.

    Lip has been pretty bland this season. The Sierra/Lip/Charlie love triangle already ran its course. Either have Lip and Sierra be together for good or get rid of her character and bring in another love interest for Lip. His storyline with Youens and Brad was sad to watch but that also has ran its course so I’m glad they are done with that. I would love if they brought back Helene for him. I don’t care for his crazy nymphomaniac co-worker so I hope that doesn’t become more than it is right now.

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    I’d love for Lip to reunite with Mandy, personally. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Jeremy Allen White as good as he’s been this season opposite Alan Rosenberg. I’d nominate Rosenberg again in guest actor Drama in a heartbeat.

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