Shameless (2004–2013)
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The Gallagher family celebrate Christmas 2004, bringing mayhem and death to the Chatsworth estate.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Fiona Gallagher
Steve McBride
Jody Latham ...
Gerard Kearns ...
Marty Fisher
Marjorie Yates ...
Carol Fisher
Joseph Furnace ...
Liam Gallagher
Rebecca Atkinson ...
Karen Jackson
Kash Karib (as Christopher Bisson)


Veronica's mother Carol arrives with her arsonist son Marty,who has Tourette's Syndrome. They are homeless as Marty burned the house down. Meanwhile Lip and Kev steal meat from a broken down army truck to sell the residents,unaware that it has been deliberately contaminated as part of a chemical warfare exercise. As a result people get very ill and the estate is quarantined,leading to a riot orchestrated by Frank,who actually have been with Sheila who has gone into labour. Written by don @ minifie-1

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23 December 2004 (UK)  »

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Lillian: According to Conrad, the meat's come from al-Qaeda. And if you scan the barcode, it comes up in Arabic. I mean, I'm not being a racist, but they're a fucking nightmare, that lot!
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A much more serious and in-depth view of the Series - Contamination/Infected Style!
10 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

I decided that since it's getting closer to Christmas, I decided to take a another quick look at the Christmas special for Shameless, which I believe shows a much more serious view of how the family has to deal with their social and quite dysfunctional problems as well as escaping society's wrath.

The episode looks at how people can become very greedy, and they intend and want something more then ever. What they'll do is they'll do anything to swipe the gift, even if it means nearly killing an entire town.

This 1 hour feature has many more serial and dramatic elements than being funny. Most of the time, I'm laughing at many of the comedic moments Shameless has to offer, but however here. It is not the case. The episode mainly offers some horror/thriller like elements with some tension building scenes because of how the contamination and infection scenario is played out. This element takes it's time to show us as an audience about how this theme is developing over the course of the storyline, giving us general and quite unpredictable surprises.

If you're a fan of Shameless and even Horror films which include 28 Days and Weeks Later as well as The Crazies, I'd highly recommend this episode. Not saying that anyone turns into a maniac or blood-thirty being, but I mentioned those films because they have theses aspects going for them strongly.

Overall, I like this episode. It's definitely not my favorite of the many Shameless episodes which came before and after it. I thought that New Year's Eve Special from Season 3 in my honest opinion was slightly stronger in storyline, character build up/development, dramatic moments and comedic elements. But I like it because it briefly presents some horror elements in it's own style.


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