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TV Review: SHAMELESS: Season 6, Episode 1: I Only Miss Her When I’m Breathing [Showtime]

Emmy Rossum Ethan Cutkosky Shameless I Only Miss Her When I'm Breathing

Showtime‘s Shameless I Only Miss Her When I’m Breathing TV Show Review. Shameless: Season 6, Episode 1: I Only Miss Her When I’m Breathing presented some surprising turn of events from last season. The first that reared its head was Mickey Milkovich (Noel Fisher)’s new situation. How did Mickey get a minimum eight year prison sentence? For what he did (and tried to do) to Sammi? The off-screen prosecutor had to prove intent, that Mickey tried to kill her. She definitely tried to kill him in broad daylight. What sentence did she get? If the prosecutor was so successful in convicting Mickey (Mickey wasn’t wearing gloves when he did what he did, etc.), he must have been doubly so with broad-daylight-shooter Sammi.

It seems Mickey and Ian Gallagher (Cameron Monaghan) are not as broken up as they were at the conclusion of last season. Ian appeared to be at least conflicted about Mickey during their brief meeting in I Only Miss Her When I’m Breathing, fueling Mickey’s hope and his parting request. Whether Ian will be able to fulfill that request is dubious. Like Mickey said, eight years is a long time.

I don’t quite get why Ian doesn’t want to be Mickey anymore: because Mickey wants Ian to be something that he is not (i.e. not schizophrenic)? It seemed Mickey had accepted Ian for Ian some time ago. Each time something new came up with Ian, Mickey eventually adjusted to that new reality because of his love for Ian. Whatever no reality, depression, realization Ian had, Mickey could deal with it. He proved that time and time again.

Svetlana (Isidora Goreshter) integrated herself into the lives of the Milkovichs, the management of The Alibi Room, and the ghetto of Chicago flawlessly. With newfound cleavage in tow, she was completely at home in every situation, including with neighborhood newbie workers.

Fiona Gallagher (Emmy Rossum) completely throwing away her marriage was no surprise. Her carpet bombing of that (potential) relationship was complete. Will Fiona get a divorce? She doesn’t care about her husband’s feelings at all so what’s the point? When her husband’s friends said last season that Fiona wasn’t a good person, they weren’t far from the truth. It isn’t that Fiona doesn’t care, she just cares more about what is right in front of her.

Unfettered compulsion led Fiona to get married. Now its led to infidelity. Fiona is more like her father than she realizes. He enters a situation and creates chaos e.g. “I love you” and so does she.

Carl Gallagher (Ethan Cutkosky) getting out of prison was one of the highlights of I Only Miss Her When I’m Breathing. Carl had completely assimilated to “the street” and the section of it he choose to associate with.

This was an inevitable.

Carl had no strong male role model in his life. He also didn’t have a stable family. Carl saw the drug world glamorized on TV and in film. Through dipping his toe in the drug sales ‘occupation’ and his incarceration, Carl was able to become indoctrinated into that culture, and he gave himself over to it without a second thought. Now he has a crew. Now he can potentially make fast money. Now he may have a song or a movie made about him one day (at least in his mind anyway).

Carl’s acceptance into that culture was chanted by the incarcerated juveniles in the guise of a humorous phrase, cementing the sentiment.

When Carl returned home, he had morphed into someone else mentally and physically. That was abundantly clear when he entered his former home and looked at the surroundings and his sister with foreign eyes. Everything that he was looking at had become unimportant to him. He had just been released from what was important to him. What was important to him was now on the streets of Chicago.

Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy)’s remorse over Bianca’s death was hilarious. Not heart-felt. Hilarious (e.g. Frank’s promenade through the various religions of Chicago, looking for emotional solace). He only loved Bianca because of what he was getting from her: free sex, basic affection, money, drugs, a temporary roof over his head, and an extension of his carefree lifestyle. Who wouldn’t fall in love with a person that delivered some or all of that with no strings attached?

It looked as though Frank’s narcissism had finally been cracked in I Only Miss Her When I’m Breathing (e.g. he told his children that he loved them) but he was still firmly entrenched in it. All of his children’s responses were the same to his paterfamilias sentiment: too little, too late, and way too obvious where all of this is coming from. The eye-rolling and deep-rooted disdain on each of their faces following the utterances let the viewer know exactly how they all felt about their ‘father.’

Lip Gallagher (Jeremy Allen White) falling for Helene Runyon (Sasha Alexander) had a consequence the viewer didn’t see coming. Jealousy. Lip is the most level-headed of the Gallaghers yet became blinded by his growing feelings for his proctor. Now that Runyon sees what is happening, at least from Lip’s side of things, I don’t believe it will be long before she begins pulling away.

Lip being incited to pursue teaching instead of a high paying job, if followed to fruition, is Bull dong. If Lip gets a high-paying job after he graduates, he could help his family in any number of ways. If he takes a low paying job i.e. becomes a teacher, he won’t be able to do any of that.

That is the route that Lip Gallagher will take, guaranteed (or he will take a high-paying job, quit two seconds later, then become a teacher). The writers of Shameless want to keep the Gallaghers as close to poverty as possible and they also want to keep Lip in Chicago. Those reasons are why, for no reason (it was never explained), Lip didn’t go to M.I.T., and why he wouldn’t pursue a high-paying job after graduating from college.

Tiffany “I want to fuck you” Thomas (Paige Diaz) was a one-off anomaly that I do not believe could exist in reality. If a girl was that comely and DTF, she would have a boyfriend that she was tupping constantly. She certainly wouldn’t have to proposition a random guy in class. Then again, it was amusing.

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