Shameless – Recap: Cracked Skulls and K-Cups
“Civil Wrongs” saw the crew from Shameless contemplating everything from entirely new lives to alternative lifestyles and from cracked skulls to K-Cups. What’s your K-Cup poison, by the way? Is it cheating if I choose the Sumatra roast from Starbucks? Fine, I guess I’ll settle for that Green Mountain nonsense. Poor Karen (never thought I’d say that) sat lifeless in a hospital bed while a baffled Mandy watched helplessly as her attempt at winning Lip’s heart forever backfired entirely. Shall we review?
Fiona: I say this every week, but is there any redeeming quality to Jimmy (Justin Chatwin) at this point? Let’s be real, the money isn’t even flowing anymore. I can’t even drudge up sympathy for the fact that he never truly signed on as a parental guardian for Fiona’s (Emmy Rossum) ragtag brood of bros and Debbie (Emma Kenney).
Fiona continued to excel in the workplace, while chemistry continued to build between her and her boss. Also, I’m loving her coworkers. With Veronica (Shanola Hampton) somewhat out of commission as of lately, Fiona could use some genuinely good people building her up. I think it’s doing her well to be a part of a team where she isn’t the chief. Fiona’s boss even coerced her to join the company softball team! Of course, Jimmy had to ruin that too, showing up at the last minute just to drop another personal bomb.
We’d been privy to the fact that Jimmy’s recent interest in re-enrolling in med school was simply grounded in his need for a life vacation from the Gallaghers. Maybe I’d understand more so if we hadn’t spent the entire season watching Jimmy lead a double life with Estefania and her gangster babysitter? Eventually, Jimmy was forced to face Fiona with regard to his decision to move to Michigan for a year, and, quite obviously, she wasn’t happy. Jimmy needed a “change,” and Fiona was just “tired.” Tired; that’s the sign of a decaying relationship, right? When I use the word “decay,” I’m referring to the rot that happens post-mortem. As in, this relationship has been dead all season. I don’t feel any spark whatsoever. To me, Jimmy is just Liam’s babysitter… sometimes. Although, Jimmy’s own gangster babysitter was way better at, well, babysitting! Long story short; Go for the boss, Fiona. In this case, I approve of sleeping your way to the top. Also, there’s free beer and coffee involved!
Veronica and Kev: Finally, we have a conception! Of course, the positive pregnancy test was laced with a serious case of cringe. Seriously, I realize that V was hell-bent on using her own DNA to create a child, but I still can’t wrap my brain around pleading with your mother to sleep with your husband. Maybe I’m not shameless enough, but the fact that your mom is the biological mother of your baby, making you your own child’s sister, trumps the entire conception. Still, I would be lying if I didn’t admit to getting a little choked up seeing Kev (Steve Howie) get so excited after hearing the news at The Alibi. That’s the thing; Kev and V would be awesome parents, all things considered.
Frank: Frank (William H. Macy) had it made, so, of course, he would find some way to screw it all up. After thriving as a public speaker for the gay rights movement, as “Frank the Plumber,” Frank found himself cornered by a religious gay conversion team. If Frank would agree to undergo aversion therapy, they’d upgrade his digs. Frank hadn’t been too pleased with the comped room and board the gay rights advocates were handing him, but he still wasn’t too keen on the idea of therapy, generally speaking. Of course, the fact that the anti-gay morons threw in all-Frank-could-do sex with willing women tipped the scales in their favor.
Here’s the catch; they saddled Frank with a butch lesbian who was actually looking to convert to heterosexuality following a bad breakup. Eh, Frank would make do, and if the woman could imagine Rihanna while she handled Frank, she could too. The problem was the fact that Frank had become an inspiration within the gay community. As a public figure, he found himself appreciated by everyone from high school kids to his hotel bellhop. Unfortunately, the boy eventually became aware of Frank’s agenda after catching him in the act with his female companion.
When push came to shove, the gay rights leader footing part of Frank’s bill brought over some attractive and willing dudes to prove whether or not Frank was actually gay. Well, this is going to end well, although Frank is a master manipulator, as he himself noted. That’s what was so funny about this plotline. Frank was actually a fantastic gay rights activist, even if he was nothing more than a closeted straight man. He still did the job he was getting paid for! I also appreciated Frank’s verbal support of his gay son, Ian (Cameron Monaghan).
Lip and Company: Lip (Jeremy Allen White) spent the first half of the episode simply devastated over Karen’s (Laura Slade Wiggins) comatose state following her accident. Mandy (Emma Greenwell) found her mind boggled over Lip’s despair. It was interesting to see the family’s continued support of Mandy knowing that she’d been the one to run Karen over, right? Normally, I’m all for Debbie and Ian knocking on Lip’s brain to conjure up a shred of sympathy for Mandy, who’s normally a very positive force on the show. Where does she go from here? Can she bounce back from this? I’m thinking it’ll take a miracle. It was nice to see Lip get emotional at Karen’s bedside, especially following some particularly cold moments from him over the course of his relationships with both girls. The community within the characters on Shameless always trumps the dastardly deeds committed. To me, Debbie making homemade soup for Sheila (Joan Cusack) overcomes Mandy’s twisted act of revenge.
Maybe I feel that way because Karen woke up! If I have to award MVP to anyone this week (Sorry, Fiona, I know you played softball.), it’d have to be Jody (Zach McGowan)! Jody really stepped it up as Karen’s “fairytale prince.” That wasn’t something I expected, considering the fact that the show had given us some of Lip’s first tears following his first glances at a lifeless Karen, horrid cracked skull and all. Lip had visited the hospital, only to immediately fire down Jody’s embarrassing musical attempts at stirring Karen. Hey, leave Billy Joel out of this. Although, Lip was the one to tip Jody and Sheila off to trying something Karen would actually like to trigger her awakening. Sure, sexually massaging Karen before going down on her unconscious body crossed every line possible, but it worked! He found the cure for comas! Now that Jody has orgasmed Karen back to life, what will she be like? Are we in for an all-new Karen? Could Karen, say, fake being a changed girl to win Lip back for good?
P.S.- Ian continued to lament his failed relationship with Mickey. When Lip advised Ian to hit up a gay bar and get laid, I was sure he was in for a night out on the town with Frank. Missed opportunity for some laughs, Shameless! Still, I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Mickey. The show has invested a lot of time in this relationship to merely watch it crash and burn without ever taking flight. Also, Noel Fisher seems to have become a legitimate part of the cast this season, and I don’t seem them creating a new story arc for him apart from Ian.
What did you all think of Shameless, Season 3 Episode 10, “Civil Wrongs”? Do you want to see Jimmy out of the picture, or are you pulling for a comeback? Can you get past V and Kev’s method of conception? What will come of the romantic relationship of Lip and Ian?
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I appreciate these recaps and had a suggestion. Can we work on the short summary sentence that shows up on the homepage before clicking into this post? Last week, it said something like "Did *spoiler* really bit the dust" showing a bloody picture of Karen laying on the ground, which negated the "*spoiler*" in the text. And then this week, it answers that question by saying along the lines of "Will Karen get out of the coma?"
I just wish these short recaps asked would reveal less about the episodes or ask questions that built suspense instead of telling readers who haven't watched the episode yet what will happen (i.e. "Will Karen - because *spoiler* was countered by the bloody Karen picture - bite the dust?" or "Will Karen get out of her coma?" tell the reader, who is casually scrolling through Rickey.org with no intention of reading the full recap yet, things in the episode they don't know happened yet)
Just a suggestion as a longtime reader on Rickey.org.
I like Jimmy, I like Jimmy and Fiona, kind of sad that the relationship fell apart. But Estafania aside, Jimmy always tried to go above and beyond for Fiona, he doesn't know how to live without money from his parents, or stealing cars. Its not something he's going to figure out in a couple of weeks. He tried to put Fiona first, but because of her situation, she can't put him first. They are at different points of their lives. He's still in his irresponsible twenties, she's a full grown adult with responsibilities, and a crapload of drama and strings he's never had to face until now. I don't blame him if he can't hack it. Besides, Jimmy's always had to be there for Fiona, Fiona's never had to be there for Jimmy.
@thelimoboy Hey, sure I can work on that. I don't usually do that, I just really liked my Karen screencap that episode. Also, I usually assume that readers have seen the previous episode before posting the latest recap, but I guess that isn't alway the case. Thanks for reading!
@LizHarris1 Good points! Still, isn't it important to note that once Jimmy lost the rush from his fast-paced life of stealing cars, he became nearly entirely disenchanted with his relationship with Fiona? Also, when a guy truly loves a girl, he moves mountains. The girl is the one put on a pedestal.
@JoeTranch @LizHarris1 I think he's lost with no direction and that is seeping into his relationship with Fiona. I also think he is afraid to admit this to Fiona because he thinks she will think less of him. Fiona is the one who was getting bored of Jimmy when he was just hanging around the house cooking, and taking care of Liam per the first episode of this season. He hasnt stolen any cars since last season, it wasnt until the money ran out and he found he couldnt make it the way he always had before that it really started wearing down their coupledom. Besides, he should have told her from the get go about estafania and her crazy body chopping father and the psycho bodyguard. (Because as nice as Nando seems with Liam, anyone that familiar with how to get rid of bodies, is a psycho) If this was a real couple i would say they never learned how to communicate.
@LizHarris1 @JoeTranch Will Jimmy tell Fiona that he was still sleeping with Estafania? Ok I think Jimmy and Fiona need a break from one another and if they decide to get back together again then fine. Fiona had lots of guys interested in her, the cop that moved in next door, the paramedics guy and now the boss. She has options if she wants but she has always gone back to Steve/Jimmy because she is so in love with him but her family comes first.
I teared up with Lip when he saw Karen in the coma. Wonder how long will it be before Lip confronts Mandy about the text? So happy for V and Kev but that is still gross, it's your moma's baby that she had with your husband. Ewwwwwwwwww.............
Ian isn't going to give up on Mickey, he will get him back. Jody is the hero of the show but his method was a bit crazy. lols