“Shameless” 3.08 Recap: “My Job Is Not to Think.”

After last week’s courtroom gut-wrencher, even the kids’ struggle to keep hold of the house felt like a bit of a step back in Shameless land this week. How’d our scrappy gang do? Let’s dig in.

Cousin Patrick scatters Aunt Ginger’s ashes on the street corner she used to work. [pause for laughs] Frank (William H. Macy), by way of a eulogy, calls her a “legendary pole-smoker – could unhinge her jaw like a Burmese python!” We should all be so lucky as to be remembered so fondly. As he dumps her remains, Patrick points out, “Even a mean old bitch deserves a sendoff.”

Fiona (Emmy Rossum) confronts Patrick about his stealing the house and faking the will, but he ain’t budging.

Over at V and Kev’s, V’s mom, Carol (Vanessa Bell Calloway), pop over for an impromptu procreation session, and this time she’s all done up. Uh-oh. She tells Kev (Steve Howey) she pretends she’s having sex with Denzel – and if she accidentally opens her eyes, with Johnny Depp. V (Shanola Hampton) seems to be regretting this plan for the first time.

Back at the Gallagher house, the kids consider their options for dealing with Patrick and keeping the house. Frank points out that “he out-Gallaghered us.” Lip (Jeremy Allen White) thinks he may be able to challenge the will (which they know is fake). Upstairs, Jimmy (Justin Chatwin) tells Fiona that together they can make this work.

Down the hall, Ian (Cameron Monaghan) interrupts Lip’s hummer from Mandy (Emma Greenwell) to tell him that Karen (Laura Slade Wiggins) is outside. Uh-oh. She tells him it was nice to hear from him, even if his voicemail told her to go f*ck herself. She tells him that she was with a guy that promised to take her to Paris (so she got a tattoo of the Eiffel Tower), and then he tried to sell her to a sheik. She says she wants Lip to be happy, even if it’s with Mandy. Am I wrong to not trust her any farther than I could throw her and her new Ke$ha hairdo?

Sheila (Joan Cusack) tells Karen that they should attend a Down Syndrome support group to better understand Himey’s needs. Sheila also kicks Frank out – no baby, no nanny.

Debs (Emma Kenney) comes down for her first day of middle school wearing an outfit she borrowed from Mandy – and it shows. Fiona sends her right back upstairs to change, and V calls Mandy a “skank” while Mandy is in the bathroom – and she overhears. Poor thing! V decides it would be wise to leave.

Patrick shows up with his sons to survey the place, which they will be renovating once they render all their cousins homeless.

At the Down Syndrome meeting, a guy named Jerry wants to reclaim the word “retard”. Some of the other attendees are not so gung ho about it, but there’s a spirited debate about who is allowed to use the word and who is not (“normies”, mostly). Jeremy calls Jody (Zach McGowan) “Fabio” and begins a chant, “Me tard, you tard, retard nation.” I’m pretty sure I’m going to hell for just transcribing that.

Fiona gets a call about a gig with the cleanup crew and she brings Jimmy along to a slaughterhouse that has had some sort of spill. It’s just as disgusting as it sounds – and Fiona’s supervisor asks her, “Is your girlfriend gonna be okay?” Turns out he’s not – an increasingly green-tinged Jimmy freaks and leaves.

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