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Shameless EPISODE 10: 'Nana Gallagher Had An Affair' Promo:
Monica's return wreaks havoc on the Gallaghers; Fiona moves out.
From Shameless EPISODE 10: 'Nana Gallagher Had An Affair' - Parental Rights'
Previously on Shameless: 'EPISODE 9: But At Last Came A Knock':
Frank has some settlement money coming his way. The only catch — he needs his ex-wife's signature on the documents. Debbie goes on a mission to find out if Steve is cheating on Fiona, only to discover Steve may not be who he says he is at all. Kev and Veronica receive a visit from Ethel's baby son Jonah... and the DCFS. Lip needs money to take Karen on a date so he turns to Steve for help. Meanwhile, Eddie reaches out to Karen and invites her to a Purity Ball.
Things don't end well when Frank's ex-wife Monica shows up, announcing her plan to take Liam. Kash catches Ian and Mickey going at it. An enraged Fiona moves out of the house and in with Steve.
Best line from Shameless - EPISODE 9: 'But At Last Came A Knock':
Lip to Ian: “You know how Dad’s a total fucking asshole? Turns out he’s the good one.”
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Wow. Shameless - Episode 9 was one head-spinning moment after another.
Firstly, I never thought we'd see mother Gallagher 'Monica', so quickly. I figured they'd stretch that part of the plot out maybe even until season 2 because 'missing mom' has been such a large, looming spectral presence in the Gallagher home. But no, Mrs. Frank Gallagher did show up in full force with a Peterbilt-driving gf and she was ready not only to reunite with the family but to take home a souvenir afterward. That would be baby Liam, a mixed-race baby, obviously not Frank's biologically (though I realize that legally it could get very complicated as Monica and Frank were living as husband and wife, Frank's name is probably on the birth certificate, etc.).
As mind-blowing as it was for Frank (William H. Macy) to come face-to face with his ex, it was about 6 times as awful for the Gallagher children.
Though they were all shocked (with the exception of the previously-mentioned 2 y.o. Liam) their reactions immediately following Monica's proclamation that she wished to be a 'mother again' to the young ones and to actually take custody of Liam varied widely, with Fiona-- not unexpectedly-- reacting with outrage.
Realizing that there was nothing she could do to fight back at that moment and overcome with a flood of emotions that she probably kept dammed up for the previous 2 years, Fiona announced to Monica that the kids were Monica's now--then out into the Chicago winter she walked. Emmy Rossum's pronouncement to her onscreen mother (Chloe Webb China Beach, Sid & Nancy, performance art), was just devastating. Less a tirade than it was a howl of psychic pain. Emmy Rossum played it very, very real. It's my opinion that Rossum's 'Fiona' is the heart of this fine new series, though she is surrounded by stellar talents all 'round.
When Fiona's heart broke into a million pieces right before our eyes and the eyes of her sibs, bf, & parents, it was like watching her crumble emotionally. It was hugely touching.
MUCH MORE After the JUMP!
Younger and (only other) sister Debs is almost a '10-and-a quarter' y.o.version of Fiona in many ways.
In this episode involving tracking down Fiona's boyfriend 'Steve' (Justin Chatwin) (real name: Jimmy) and then discussing with him how they would proceed, moving forward Emma Kenney was given quite a bit of screen time.
The wiley Steve happened to have a carrot to pull out and dangle--he'd just bought Fiona the empty house next door to the Gallagher's and he gave Debbie a tour to prove that he loved her sister and planned to stay around. He explained that like Debbie and her sibs, he too was 'raised by wolves,' albeit rich, North-side wolves, and he was trying to sever ties with them as best he could. After extracting a cute winter vest, a rolling pin, and a sifter from Steve, Debs agreed to keep quiet about Steve's true identity and the fact that his family does not live in Michigan ('near Detroit') but rather on Chicago's tony North Side.
With Monica showing up (after a ruse perpetuated by Frank went horribly wrong) the Gallagher clan has an added layer of crisis to their everyday-familycrisis mode.
I'm really intrigued about how this crisis will play out. Will the kids circle the wagons as is their habit, to protect one another? Will father Frank wanderoff and sit this one out in the bars, removing himself from the harsh, heartbreaking reality of what is happening? Will Lip punch Frank in the face (I think we already know the answer to that one.) How is Fiona going to cope? Will Steve redouble his efforts to keep her unaware of the truth of his life in order to shield her from more pain (while protecting himself, of course)? Will that effort prove for naught as Debbie has already blurted out part of his secret and she seems most emotionally vulnerable to the point of not caring about consequences?
I suppose all we can be sure of is that it will be fantastically entertainingly in a hilarious-to-heartbreaking way. Cannot wait but I'm so going to miss the Gallaghers when this seasonwinds up at the end of March.
P.S. I agree, Emmy Rossum _does_ deserves an Emmy for for her portrayal of "Fiona" in season 1 'Shameless' on Showtime. (But, I wouldn't be upset if Emma Rose Kenney got nominated & won. Anyone in the Shameless cast, really. Did I mention Chloe Webb (of China Beach, Sid & Nancy & performance art) has a story arc now as the Mom who left 2 yrs. ago but is back now? Displacing Fiona(!) You can bet that fireworks are forthcoming.
Shameless: Sneak Peek From episode 10 'So Quiet' - Fiona makes sure Debbie and Carl get to bed on time.