Shameless: ‘NSFW’ Review

Shameless 'Growing Pains'

“We all find ways to soften the edges. Some edges need more softening than others.”
-Professor Youens

Shameless fans, it appears we’re in a loop of repeated stories that have dragged on for far too long. NSFW was more of the same and I can’t help but wonder if the writers are running out of ideas for our characters. Plus, with Kev and V barely making an appearance this episode, there was much less funny. Some of these stories, Ian’s especially, are straight up boring and I really hope this show finds a way to get back on track. I miss Sheila more than ever right now 🙁

I kinda knew Fiona was going to try to find a way to get the Gallagher house back and that was exactly what happened in NSFW with the new owners realizing that it was going to cost them a heart attack-inducing amount to get the house into livable condition. Obviously these people are no Gallaghers and cannot withstand living in a home in such disrepair but it’s little Carl who comes up huge for the Gallaghers with his bag full of lettuce.

Now that this house business is out of the way, hopefully something actually interesting starts happening. This season has been moving much too slow and hopefully some of these stories will become interesting because I don’t know how much more of Lip and Ian I can take. NSFW was actually as safe as this show is gonna get. Enjoy the review, fellow Gallagher fans!

Nick and Carl: The Suite Life

Carl still be pimpin’ it up as him and Nick are living the suite life at a hotel after the Gallaghers were evicted from their childhood home. Life appears to be pretty good for Carl:

The Suite Life

Carl has been a treasure this season with his new ‘straight outta compton’ persona and how could you not love him getting gangsta with breakfast:

Carl catches a muffin pimp style

Even though barely anything has happened with his story, it’s scenes like these that make it all worthwhile. White Chocolate is running the show and by the end of the episode he makes a big sacrifice to save the Gallagher home. But before we get to all that, Nick is still on the hunt for whoever it was that stole his bike and, well, it didn’t end well for anyone. I can’t say I was all that surprised, however, since anyone could have seen this play out as it did from a mile away. Nick is one crazy mofo.

So ya, Nick ends up murdering the kid who stole his bike and clearly, based on Carl’s reaction and the fact that there was a bloody hammer on the porch, this was not a pleasant sight to behold.

Nick after committing a murder

It was all rather unfortunate to see this happen to Nick. I mean, he had this whole plan to live on a farm with chickens and pigs and cows but instead he decided that murder is totally cooler than living on Old MacDonald’s farm. While I do have a soft spot for Nick seeing as he is obviously a broken man, I can’t in good conscience feel sorry for someone who thinks murder with a hammer is a legit punishment for stealing a bike. Not cool, Nick! On the other hand, Carl is wearing some sick ass kicks.

Meanwhile, the other half of this season’s hilariousness, Kev and V, are still trying to get people back into their best shitty bar on the south side but they aren’t having very much luck. They are also still trying to take care of their new refugees from Myanmar which is a bigger handful than V expected, especially when it comes to Goldilocks and the Three Bears:

“we do not kill goldilocks.”

Nope, these are not your normal, innocent refugee children. Kev finally gets the bar back to some normalcy but he realizes that he’s going to need a bouncer so his bar doesn’t fill up with diet beer drinking, lumberjack hipsters. The choice was pure genius:

I am a refugee. I eat fingers. Don't fuck with me.

Don’t worry, kid! I will not be fucking with you.

Debbie Downer

After Debs ends up in the same bed as Erika (the dying woman whom Deb is nannying for), she’s not quite sure how to handle the situation and I can’t say I blame her since it was beyond awkward. Folks, remember that Deb is only 15-years old and this entire situation is bat shit crazy. It certainly doesn’t help that Frank keeps following her around and giving her the worst possible advice.

“We were on a lot of drugs but that fetus looked unholy.”

Things get even worse for Frank’s plan because Erika appears to be going into remission and may have a second chance at life. This will obviously put a huge wrench in Frank’s plans since he wants Erika to die so that Deb can seduce her husband Tyler and live happily ever after while Frank continues to mooch off of his kids.

That moment when you have to pretend like you're happy

Deb is having second doubts about this entire scheme but Frank seems to have made the decision that Deb needs to find another way in and the best way to do this is through some easy peasy lemon squeezy. I can’t even believe I am going to type this but NO FRANK, Deb is not going to be fingerbangin’ anybody including Erika! This was pretty much my exact reaction:

Reacting to Frank

This whole story line is straight up fucked and the quicker it ends, the better for us all. Deb seriously needs to go straight to the abortion clinic without passing GO! Having a baby at 15 in today’s world is an absolutely TERRIBLE idea so let’s all keep our fingers crossed that Deb finally comes to her senses. Of course, it’s not going to be happening anytime soon because Deb plans on having a gender reveal party. Facepalm! Multiple facepalms!

By the end of the episode, Erika lets Deb know how grateful she is and that she doesn’t want her to go now that she’s in remission which leads to more super awkward, and inappropriate, spooning. This is just another story line that needs some immediate wrapping up and that is all I have to say about that. Sorry guys, I just can’t.

Carl’s Crib

Fiona is on the hunt to get back the Gallagher home after it becomes obvious that the new owners have no interest in paying an extra $150K to fix it up. I guess this is one of those situations where not fixing anything ever is the way to go because it ultimately gives Fiona an opportunity to get the house back for her and her siblings. While breaking in to her old home to steal the closet door, she is interrupted by one half of the new owners and an inspector, who suggests they “throw this turd back into the sewer.” That’s some pretty good timing by Fiona and it looks like the Gallagher home might be back with its rightful owners sooner than later. But not before Fiona can somehow convince Gus, her current ex-hubby, to sign some paperwork first. Yup, the joys of marriage which pretty much guarantees that you will sign your life over to the judicial system if you ever decide to split up.

Divorce is just so much fun, right Fiona? She’s having absolutely no luck with having Gus sign the paperwork she needs to get the house back and I just knew that selling his ring was going to come back and bite her in the ass. Gus does decide to sign the papers since he’s such a good guy only he chooses to sign with a cup of coffee:

“Bitch, sign your own papers.”

This is obviously going to be a big setback in Fiona’s quest to get back her house. Thankfully, Carl Gallagher has a big heart and after witnessing his friend go to prison for murder, he offers up a bag of cash so the family can get their home back. It was a touching moment and even behind the gangsta facade, Carl seems to have enough sense to recognize how much Fiona has done for him in the past and ultimately gives up all his cash money to help his family out. Sometimes all it takes is a little sacrifice but Carl appears to be getting through the growing pains just fine. Plus, hes got his own crib now:

Carl's Crib

The Campsite Rule

Lip is still trying to win back Helene who wants absolutely nothing to do with him after Amanda sent out a nude tweet of her in Lip’s bed. Meanwhile, Ian is all asking for dating advice since apparently he’s only used to getting his fuck on rather than getting to know the person. Yup, guys can be super dumb. This whole new relationship with Ian and Caleb has me cringing every step of the way and is another story that has not even been remotely interesting so far. This season of Shameless has suffered because the stories and relationships the Gallaghers are involved in don’t seem to be very entertaining for whatever reason. I think this is partially because I don’t really care for people like Helene and Caleb who are not very interesting or exciting to begin with. They lack a bit of personality and that is not a good thing for this series. I say bring back Gallovich!

“I thought kissing comes after you have sex a bunch of times.”

Ian’s date ends early after Caleb gets called for an emergency and it’s pretty obvious that Ian is going to become a firefighter. Do we really need to watch this unravel though? Ian used to be one of the most interesting characters on this series but now he doesn’t appear to have much to do besides hang out with gay firemen.

Meanwhile, Lip goes back to Amanda to pretty much beg her to help him out but she’s clearly not having any of it because Lip was a total asshole to her. And really, why would an ex whom you treated poorly want to help you out, Lip? If I’m Amanda, I’m doing the exact same thing here because FUCK ex’s! And also, fuck those Feminazis that have forced Amanda out of her dorm room temporarily. It was good while it lasted.

The Campsite Rule: “Leave the area in better shape than you found it, asshole!”

Lip is questioned by some panel of judgmental idiots who obviously don’t understand how life really works and it was super awkward as he is asked some pretty random shit about his sex life with Helene. While I don’t think Lip was receiving any special favors from Helene, I have a feeling that this is not going to end well for her. Professor’s really shouldn’t be sleeping with students because this is exactly the kind of thing that happens when you can’t keep your books in your bag (or boobs in your bra).

Helene is donezo with Lip though and wants nothing to do with him. She basically tells him to leave her the fuck alone so it looks like Lip better start trying to get over his professor for the time being.

And once again, Ian, Lip, Fiona, Deb and Frank are running in circles with the same stories being recycled over and over again. I really hope the writers can start putting together something more interesting or it’s going to be a long second half of the season.

The Verdict

Episode Score: MIKEY DISLIKES IT
Mikey Dislikes ItWell, unfortunately, it’s not getting any better. I thought this season was going to be super hilarious with more edgy stories but instead we get Ian going on a date, Lip trying to get back his professor so he can sleep with her and Fiona trying to buy back the Gallagher house. It was all just a little lacking for my tastes and I’m hoping the serious nature of this show can make a comeback…and soon.

While Deb and Fiona’s abortion debate started off with a bang (pun totally intended), it has not lived up to expectations and seems to be dragging out each and every week. I wish Deb would just come to her senses instead of having to watch her try to come up with ridiculous solutions to a problem that can literally go away overnight.

I think this series needs to shake things up to get back on track. For me, I find Shameless to be much more entertaining when all of the Gallaghers are working together. I’m definitely not sold on watching each of them deal with their own problems week after week and would rather see them finally all come together and be the hilarious and fun family they used to be. I still have money on Carl to get the ball rollin’ and, with six episodes remaining, there is still plenty of time to get this back on course. That said, I really miss Yanis.

So what did everyone think of NSFW? Did it having you trying to perform tricks with your breakfast muffin? Or are you ready to dump a cup of coffee on this season? Let us know in the comments and thanks for reading, fellow Gallagher fans. Be sure to follow me on Twitter and/or Facebook so you know when the next review is up! Cheers and beers to the best shittiest bar on the south side who now has their hipster lumberjack problem under control.