Season 2 of SHAMELESS concludes tonight (so set those DVR's!). The Gallaghers and the people in their orbit have some tough choices to make as there are many diverse agendas on the table.
Very much like season 1's ending we have Fiona and Jimmy, the guy formerly known as "Steve," at a crossroads. Last season's almost-cliffhangar was will Fiona leave her family to be with Steve (on the lam)? That answer obviously, was "no." This season, Fiona again needs to make a choice about Steve, who has made his desires very clear to her. Despite his misadventures (getting married to the non-English-speaking daughter of a drug-kinpin to save his own hide, for starters) it seems that Jimmy could start fresh with our girl Fi. She now knows his real name--that's a good start. He's almost untangled from his Brazilan marriage/mistake. What, besides themselves, is left to keep them apart? My guess. Only Fiona herself. They've been apart for all of season 2, now. My want as a fan of the show is to give them a bit of time together in Season 3 even if it doesn't last. Otherwise, it seems like we've been building to something big only to drop it cold. Fingers crossed!
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Next on Episode 12: Frank schemes to break Monica out of psychiatric care:
When it comes to Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy), I don't think anyone should overestimate his ability to make things right. First, his idea of doing so is bizarro-world messed up--just like his life as a whole. Even if his intentions seem sound to him--to a halfway sane person they probably sound like quite the opposite. Will there be a good outcome for Frank and Monica and the kids? My feeling is an absolute 'no.' However, it seems a Gallagher trait to not take no for an answer so he'll probably give it the best effort he can muster. Hilarity/tragedy will then ensue.
Jimmy gets back into Fiona's good graces and decides to have her meet his family; Frank plots to free Monica from the psychiatric institution; and Jody and Sheila attempt to hide Karen's newborn in the second-season finale. Later, Ian runs into the guy he slept with; and the late Eddie's long-awaited insurance check arrives (TVGuide)
Episode 12: 'Fiona Interrupted':
In the Season 2 finale, lonely Frank schemes to break Monica (CHLOE WEBB) out of the psychiatric facility; Jimmy earns his way back into Fiona's good graces and asks her to meet his family; Ian runs into Ned again; Eddie's insurance check arrives. (Showtime)
The former Dharma & Greg star, for which Elfman won a Golden Globe, will appear in Sunday's season finale... Elfman will portray a fellow patient at the psychiatric facility where Monica (Chloe Webb), who attempted suicide in the penultimate episode, is being held.
Will she help Monica to see the light? We'll find out Sunday at 9/8c on Showtime.
Above: Karen (Laura Slade Wiggins) has given her mother, Sheila (Joan Cusak) an ultimatum; Get rid of Karen's newborn baby or Karen herself will leave. I find it hard to fathom that the uber-compassionate Sheila would have the heart to pass off her grandchild. Karen OTOH, is the one forcing the issue; I would think even she knows in her heart of hearts that her mom would, if forced to, pick her helpless grandchild over her rebellious 17-year-old daughter. Should be an awesome scene. (I'm curious: Why does Lip look so shocked?)
SHAMELESS has been renewed for season 3 so be sure to keep an eye out for it on SHOWTIME in early 2013!
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