Shameless Season 6, episode 6 recap – “NSFW”

Last week on Shameless, Fiona still struggled with trying to find a place to live, Nick got his precious bike stolen, Frank weaseled Debs and himself into a cancer family’s life, Kev & V had a dead bar and new kids, Ian tried to hook up with a fireman, and Lip’s secret relationship with Helene was blown wide open by Amanda. Let’s see what the fallout of all these things and more are, in this week’s Shameless Season 6, Episode 6 recap – “NSFW”

Fiona: Waking in the morning, still self-absorbed with her house drama, Sean asks if she is nervous about “the procedure” she’s having done. She corrects him and tells him it’s okay to say the “abortion” word. She is still rambling on about how much the house means to her and Sean tries to get her to see the other side of things, like all the abuse and neglect she suffered there. Racing out of bed, it dawns on her that she forgot something at the house; Sean, awesome boyfriend that he is, says he’ll watch Liam. At the house, she smashes a window to get in, tears off the door (with the markings of all of the kids’ heights), and hears the new owners are there for a final inspection. After realizing what a dump it is — termites, asbestos, mold,  lead paint, foundation cracks, warped floor boards, water damage, missing copper pipes, rodent infestation, shoddy electrical, ancient furnace, major roof issues, a freshly broken window and missing door — oh, and a large Mexican population living under the house — they rescind their offer … good call! That doesn’t stop Fiona from wanting it back. She finds out she can buy the house after all. But one little hiccup: Peter at the bank, thinking she’s married, needs Gus to fill out some paperwork too. Telling him they are separated, he says great, he just needs to sign this paperwork instead with a notary present. Not much better. She tries to get in touch with Gus, but he’s playing games with her. He says he will meet her at The Alibi with about a 3-hour window given; she waits all night for him, and he finally texts her that he can’t make it. Great, now she has to dole out a ton of cash to the notary who sat and waited with her for 3 hours. At home she’s so self-absorbed again when Sean asks how it went. She tells him she was stood up, but Gus will meet her at Patsy’s the next day — oh, and to bring his grandma’s ring. Oops. Finally she thinks to ask Sean how his day was. Hearing about his fun day with the boys, she starts to get emotional about how Lip and Ian would do cute things as kids too. Sean, reeling her emotions in, states they better get to bed and rest up for the big day tomorrow. Fiona’s confused as to why he needs to rest; Sean insists he is coming with because is trying to be a good partner.

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At the procedure, she just stoically goes through it and afterwards feels nothing, no regret whatsoever … just hungry. At lunch, Fiona’s STILL so self-absorbed with her phone, Gus, and getting the house back. Sean just doesn’t seem to understand why getting the house back is so important. She finally stops to think and realizes she’s not even sure anymore. When she talks about how Debs has her own new family now, and about the party Debs is having (which Fiona is passing on, since it’s baby-related), it dawns her she wants to be done being a guardian.

Gus finally shows up at the diner, only to question Fiona as to why he even owes her anything. They hash it out — he is doing her a “favor,” but makes it clear that he only does “favors” for friends. Since they are not friends he just kindly dumps a cup of coffee all over the papers. I don’t really get what his grudge is. You marry a girl after knowing her a week and are upset she’s not what you hoped? Just get a divorce, dude, and move on! Sheesh. Anyway, after realizing Gus will be of no help, she goes home to Sean and finally cracks about everything, that the house is gone, her family is shattered and she just doesn’t know what she is doing anymore. FINALLY the girl cracks!

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Lip: Ian, crashed-out in Lip’s dorm, wakes him up ’cause he needs his advice for a date. (Both are unsure; neither have really had a date before.) One of his buddies comes knocking at the door to and asks if he has been online yet today, as the story is now on Gawker. Lip freaking runs to his computer and sees he has a bunch of new e-mails. He notices he has a summons from the Provost to make a statement with the Disciplinary Committee. Stalking Helene down at school, he professes how sorry he is and that he will fix this, but she keeps strolling on, ignoring him as if he is not even there, and takes off in her car. Frustrated about what he should do, he just goes to Amanda in a fit of rage and asks her to make a retraction. Nope, no can do, she has her own problems with the situation.  Taking down a high-status woman proves to be dangerous, as she is getting a bunch of death threats from femi-nazis since she internalized her own gender oppression. Her parents want her to leave school until things calm down, so away she goes. Lip, with no one else to turn to, goes to Professor Youens to get some moral support (well, as moral as this situation can be, I suppose). Asking Lip what he wants the outcome to be is silly. Of course Lip wants to have his cake and eat it too; he wants to keep seeing her but not have her lose her job as well. That’s never going to happen, silly boy! Now in front of the board they are drilling him with some very intense, graphic questions. Putting up a fight on giving them answers, he is trying to get out that it was consensual. Helene, on the other hand, walks in with a very prepared statement and she takes full blame; she has terminated all contact with the student and will continue to do so, along with whatever else it takes to keep her job. Lip, very distraught by this, pleads to the board, asking why is this so wrong — they are in love. But Helene will not make any eye contact with Lip whatsoever, and states again that the relationship has been terminated. After the meeting, he chases after her; she just keeps moving forward like he isn’t even there. Finally, she stops and she tells him not to follow her. Not to text her. Not to come to her house. To leave her, her husband, and her son alone, so he doesn’t make this any uglier than he already has. OUCH! They. Are. done! Guess he never should have taken that picture …

Ian: Ian’s anxious on his date with Caleb. Caleb, who senses Ian’s anxiety, asks a bunch of questions, which Ian just nervously answers yes and no to. So he fesses up more about his past. Caleb then gets a call that he needs to go to the firehouse, and Ian convinces him to let him come with. Once in the field, despite Caleb’s requests that Ian lay low, Ian takes charge, helping a woman with a broken arm. Caleb busts him and scolds him for helping since he is not trained, to which Ian replies that he learned this stuff in basic training. It seems to be a good bonding moment. The next day, Ian checks out Caleb’s studio, where he essentially recycles old trash into art, trying to find the secret in things, bringing out what something wants to be rather than what it is. Ian in turn wonders if this it what Caleb is trying to do with him, to which he answers “good question.” Caleb asks to have a “get a little bit closer with Big Red” moment, um, I mean a kiss. Aw, *smooches*.

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Debs & Frank: Waking in the morning to Debs still in bed with her (and Frank on the floor), Erica is confused as to why they’re in bed together.  Debs tells her she came in and passed out, but not to worry, she only groped her a little bit while singing Melissa Etheridge to her. Both feel awkward about this and confess this to Frank (who magically appeared at the front door); he tells them both in his own Frank way to go with it.

Getting an ultrasound while Frank makes wonderful commentary on what a fetus looks like, Debs debates if she wants to find out the sex of the baby. The tech writes it down and puts it in an envelope should she want to know later. Frank, of course, peeks at it and says it’s what he was hoping for. My guess is a girl since he has enough boys. She later talks with Erica, who mentions that Deb should have gender reveal party. Not knowing what that is, Erica explains it to her. Debs thinks that sounds cool, so Erica says she can have the party at her house since she would love to meet her family. Grabbing her hand, Debs has an awkward look on her face, given what happened the previous night. She goes to Frank for advice at The Alibi, where he proudly announces to anyone there that his prodigal daughter is with sperm and he’s going to be a grandfather. Forget about Chuckie being his first — he denounces that. Debs is worried that Erica is making the moves on her, so Frank tells her that she does need to step up her game to find another way in since he found out Erica is in remission. Just throw her a bone once in a while — you know, a little nipple tweak here or there. Debs, not so keen with his advice, proclaims she will find another way in, without sex. Like becoming a family member. With that she takes Erica’s idea to have the party. Trying to reach out to her family, she invites Fiona, who turns her down because she just can’t support her choices. But she still continues to try to book this party. When she turns up at the bakery at closing time, needing a cake the next day, she gets laughed at, but they work a refilling of a day old cupcake.

So the next day at the party she gives a speech to those who DID come, sapping it up big time that Erica, who has been like a mother to her, suggested she throw this party. Good thing she stammers that out quick, since as soon as her words are out, Erica receives a call from her doctor that she’s in remission. At this, Frank jumps on Debs right away that she has to start playing lesbo with her. Erica excitedly tells Frank and Debs, who in turn have a great “act” of being just as excited about the news. Later that night Erica comes into Debs’ room since she is too excited to sleep and Tyler isn’t home yet, but not to worry, she will just sleep on the floor. She rambles on that she now has this new lease on life and she’s going to do things differently — like have sex with women (if Tyler lets her). She says she really likes having Debs there and wishes she didn’t have to go. It dawns on Debs to get down on the floor and cozy up with her — I guess she figures she might have to go the lesbo route to try to stay there after all.

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Frank, roaming the streets, finds Chuckie living under the porch at the house. When asked what he is doing there, Chuckie just says he doesn’t know where anyone is — they forgot him and he’s been there for two days. During a bonding moment over a can of beans, Chuckie tells his grandfather that he called his mom in prison and she told him she would send someone for him. Frank says “Here I am, your Messiah, now hand me the hot sauce.”  Frank stays the night with him to be awoken in the morning by his grandma showing up to get him. Yay, it’s Audrey (Sherilyn Fenn) from Twin Peaks! After a few crude it’s been awhile comments back and forth to each other they start having sex up against the house — while Chuckie just watches! Wow, if I were to start a drinking game to all the “shameless” things Frank does in a given week, this week would have been a doozy!

Carl: Now staying in a hotel that is chock-full of the national cheerleader convention, Carl is trying to cheer up a still-upset Nick. Nick says it won’t be forever, just till he can make it right. Trying to get Nick’s mind off of it, Carl convinces him they need to go get a car, that he needs to let that bike go. Nick mentions it’s not about the bike, it’s about respect. Oh, and that he also has no license, to which the guy just laughs and throws him the keys anyways. He’s a little jerky since he hasn’t driven a car since he was 8. Chillin’ with some 40s, they have a heart-to-heart about what they want in the future. Carl says when they hit a cool mil, he wants a sick crib. Nick says a couple more gigs and he out. He just wants to be a farmer. After all, he’s no good with people (although okay with Carl), he just wants some animals. Enough with the heart-to-heart talk, they kick-it to do some whatever it is they do to make money errands.  The next day they pick up Debs to take her gender reveal party. Along the way, Nick spots the kid who stole his bike and takes off after him in the car. Carl convinces him it’s not worth it — think of the farm and the bleeping cows! At the party, Nick, asks where the bathroom is and Carl suspects something is up. Hearing Nick take off in the car, knowing he is going to kill that kid, he chases after him, but he gets to the house too late.

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Reaching the house, Carl just sees Nick sitting on the porch, covered in blood, with a bloody hammer sitting next to him. Hearing the kid’s mom screaming inside, he begs of him “What did you do?” Nick doesn’t respond; he just sits there calmly. Carl races inside, only to run out immediately as he gets sick. Nick tells him to split as he already called the cops. Carl, looking sadly upon his friend, just questions why; Nick gives him no answer, just looking rather sad himself. Although he did a heinous thing, I really feel bad for him, he is a lost soul who feels he deserves nothing more to be locked up since he was robbed of his youth. Hearing the sirens getting closer, Carl runs far enough away to still see Nick get arrested. Extremely freaked out, he goes to Sean’s looking for Fiona, who’s not home yet. Sean can sense something is wrong with Carl (I guess since he is all humble — and the fact that the big black guy isn’t tailing him would be a good clue, too). Sean hesitantly lets him stay anyway. Carl hears Fiona come in and her mental breakdown to Sean, so the next morning he goes to dig something up. What he digs up turns out to be a large amount of cash that he later hands to Fiona at the diner. In answer to Fiona’s confusion, he just tells her to buy back the house. Kind of looks like he may be done with this gangster lifestyle? Maybe feeling guilty that because of his new lifestyle he got a kid killed? Either way, he nails a sign onto the house door stating “Carl’s Crib.” And something tells me even if he would want out of this new lifestyle, that isn’t going to happen to easily.

Kev & V: Kev’s trying to win the regulars back with a “no hipsters allowed” rule. He says to spread the word that anyone showing an unemployment check stub, food stamps, eviction notice, etc. can get free drinks. Proving he means business, one of the bun heads comes in, and he swiftly kicks him out. The hipsters, now catching wind of the no-hipster policy, all want back in. One manages to sneak in under the radar. Now that they’re all banging down the door to get in, he says he will let in 4 hipsters every hour for a $20 cover. Then, turning to V, he realizes they need a scary bouncer now. They hire one of the Asian kids, mostly because when V was trying to bond with the girl earlier, she found she seemed to have a violent side. Like, wanting to kill the three bears from Goldilocks. So they set her up outside with a sign that states “I am a refugee. I eat fingers. Don’t *bleep* with me.” While holding her machete. There is some GREAT advertising to lure in the hipsters!

 

So, wow … that was deep. The Carl/Nick thing was so sad — I did not see that coming (well, as brutal as it was, at least).Well as brutal as it was at least. And just the nonchalance of Fiona doing what she did. What were your thoughts of this week’s episode?

New episodes of Shameless Season 6 air Sunday nights at 9pm on Showtime.

 

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3 Comments

  1. Who is the actor that plays Nick? The Afro American guy that hangs out with Carl and what other roles has he been in?

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