Fiona Gallagher has never been able to put herself first. From the time she was 15 years old, she’s had to take care of a house full of children, including keeping a roof over their head and food on their table. But last season on Shameless, she got her GED and accomplished something that she never thought she could do, which has made her look around at her life and understand that it could be better. She could do more with herself than work a civil service job for a low wage or cleaning raw sewage out of people’s homes, but before that can happen, she has to prove it to other people, including her family.
On the next episode of Shameless, Fiona and Lip have an argument about the property tax bill; Fiona’s final check from her toxic clean-up job would have given them enough to pay it in full, but rather than that, she put it toward buying a night where she could run the club. Although Fiona does have good intentions with her actions, as a strong performance on the 15th could lead to a regular gig and expanded duties beyond cocktail girl, Lip’s more upset about her claiming that it’s “her” money, something that hasn’t been the Gallagher family policy in quite some time – possibly ever.
Elsewhere, Sheila and Jody are still exhausted from taking care of Hymie, so exhausted that she leaves him on the curb with the garbage one morning and only thinks of it when Jody wakes up and compliments her on getting him to stop crying. The two may have a lot of love between them, and even more to give Hymie, but things are going to have to change quickly if they hope to keep their sanity.
Shameless airs Sundays at 9:00 on Showtime. If you missed the season premiere (or want to watch it again), you can check it out here.
Do you think that Fiona’s right in taking the money and putting it toward her job at the club? Will Sheila and Jody ever adjust to having Hymie around? How long will it be before Karen comes back around?