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Hey, everyone. I’m back for at least one blog! Wear a mask and don’t cough on me, thank you very much, but OK I’m back because so is Shameless. The eleventh and final season of the American version of the show starts tonight on Showtime in its usual 9PM Sunday night slot. With the way things ended last year, a number of plots remain that need to be resolved, though other matters will be covered as well. When we last saw the Gallaghers, it was wedding bells for Ian & Mickey, a roller-coaster love that has been central to the show since season one. The main obstacle to that love is Mickey’s homicidally homophobic dad, Terry, who has sworn to kill Mickey if he marries a man.
We found out early that he was pretty committed to that, as he burnt down the venue the wedding was supposed to be at. While dealing with a love triangle between Debbie, Mickey’s sister, & the underaged and insane Julia, the family somehow secured the polka hall, The Polish Doll. Did I say somehow? Cause I meant: they lied and said Debbie was marrying Mickey because the place had a very homophobic history. Debbie cried to the widow who ran the hall as they pulled off the ceremony, while Gay Jesus followers detered Terry when he showed up looking to shoot someone. We found out that Kevin had been saving a secret stash of money from his Keg Exercise side hustle to buy a wedding ring for Viv. So new wedding this year, I’d think.
After a huge blow-out screaming match in front of their baby, Fred, Lip, & Tami walked away in anger for the umpteenth time. This fight rocked him bad enough that he fell off the wagon and got drunk on rum. He did the right thing though and went to see his AA sponsor/brother-in-law immediately. Somehow that humanity was enough to get Tami to show up the next day to help him renovate the house she previously had not been interested in living in – to the point of threatening moving their child 150 miles away. Terry attempted a drive by on Ian & Mickey, but they survived. To cap it all off, Debbie was served with a warrant for statutory rape for sleeping with Julia. The season ended with her fleeing from the cops in her PJs the morning after the wedding.
So this last season, we have some things that we know will be dealt with, like Debbie’s fate, the beef with Terry, & how Kevin is gonna track down his wife to divorce her so he can marry Viv. But also on the table is the fact they are writing the COV-19 pandemic into the plot. If what I read is correct, it seems Frank may die early in the season, leaving Lip to find his footing as the patriarch of the family in the absence of Frank or Fi. And that’s the last big mystery. We don’t know if Emma Rossum will return for an episode or two as the series comes to a close next year. No matter what happens, I’ll be there for the ride!
On tonight’s episode, “This is Chicago,” the Gallaghers adjust to life during the pandemic; Frank fears gentrification of South Side; bar closures force Kev and V to get creative; Lip and Tami work to make their new house a home as Carl finishes his time at the police academy.
Don’t miss the final season premiere tonight on Showtime at 9/8c.
I’ll also watch Bob’s Burgers.