Shameless: Season 3, Episode 9

Frank the Plumber (17 Mar. 2013)

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Fiona starts a new job and a new romance, while Frank may become the new face of the gay rights movement, thanks to an influential member of the Velvet Mafia (BRADLEY WHITFORD).



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Fiona starts a new job and a new romance, while Frank may become the new face of the gay rights movement, thanks to an influential member of the Velvet Mafia (BRADLEY WHITFORD).

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Sheila Jackson: [Coming out of a depression-fueled daze] What time is it? Are you skipping school because of me?
Debbie Gallagher: I didn't wanna go anyway. All anybody ever does is try to copy off me, but no-one wants to sit with me at lunch. Everybody's mean. Middleschool's stupid. Mean girls suck.
Sheila Jackson: My daughter's a mean girl. I don't know how it happened.
Debbie Gallagher: It's not your fault.
Sheila Jackson: But I'm her mother.
Debbie Gallagher: If how we turn out is all about how our mother is, then I'm pretty screwed. Right?
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28 June 2014 | by (PariS) – See all my reviews

This third season is a good step ahead : the big deficiency of past seasons is well corrected as now it balances swiftly between a lot of characters and the need to conclude their stories. Last season, we had to watch two, three episodes to have an end whereas now, the scripts are not dragging: a new episode, a new problem and the solution right after.

This dynamic really enhances the pleasure as « Shameless » remains at my knowledge the only show to feature a truly working family as « married with children » did it in the past. Sure, they are dysfunctional, at the border of legality but they embody what it means to earn own's life. It's really fresh air from the usual cops, doctors, wealthy friends and so on.

In addition, it's again the only show to talk about societal issues and not surprisingly, the America that is shown is faraway of the idyllic, shiny presentation of Hollywood : the tie that bind all issues is that this society erases the traditional values : family can be divided in a matter of days, old people can die without caring ones, every one can have sex with every one, every where, anytime and at the end, money is the only judge.

If it's a gloomy world, the show isn't thanks to its wonderful cast : As long ones featuring a family, it's cool to see the cast getting old, all the more than there is a lot of kids growing up. I'm just amazed to see that they can be so veridical and for sure, Emmy is top of the class. After three seasons, i still don't understand why she hasn't really praises or awards because few actresses could do what she does here !

If i must talk about things to improve, i would pick the start of the show : beginning with summer with no school and hot days isn't as exciting as season one when Chicago was in winter. Next, the pack is maybe still a bit huge as there are some characters who are either transparent (Estephania) or boring (Jody).

This year, I would pick for best episode « Frank the plumber » as it's a best illustration for my arguments. After the big fight about custody, the family meets new challenges right away.

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