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Frank the Plumber 

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 office job but has a hard time fitting in with the corporate culture. In an attempt to get medical coverage, Frank inadvertently becomes involved in the gay rights movement where he meets Abraham Paige (guest star Bradley Whitford), a powerful activist.

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17 March 2013 (USA)  »

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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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Shameless Frank the Plumber
18 March 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

An episode of Shameless that includes Frank as an inspiring gay man, Fiona looking up uncircumcised penis's online and Karen being hit by a car made for a strange episode of both great moments but also some that seemed to fail at being crazy enough. Karen really has been crazy since her return and while I was expecting her to get hit by Mandy when the text came it was effecting especially since Shelia and Karen finally had a moment together just before she left. Fiona doing well at a job is great for her but boring overall. Frank is my least favourite character on the show and him becoming an inspiring gay man because of one speech was OK but now knowing he will be paid to be the face of gay men by Bradley Whitford could be good I believe. Joan Cusack played all her Shelia scenes great from spending all day with Debbie in depression to her final moment with her daughter as the two finally had a connection. Lip letting go of Karen for Mandy was expected as he belongs with her even though we do know she did kill Karen which is not really a good thing. Overall an average episode with a Macy performance I could watch and also a standout performance by Cusack.

EPISODE GRADE: B- (MVP: Joan Cusack)

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