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‘Shameless’ Season 5 Episode 7: “Tell Me You Fucking Need Me”

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In case you forgot what happened last, last week, here’s what you missed on Shameless: Ian was admitted into a psych ward after he kidnapped his boyfriend Mickey’s baby, Fiona (who’s happily married to Gus) had sex with her ex-boyfriend Jimmy, Sammi appointed herself the matriarch of the Gallagher family, and Frank was hospitalized for liver rejection.

Fiona

So that asshole Jimmy is back in town and Fiona’s gotten herself tangled in a man-mess again. She fesses up to Gus about sleeping with Jimmy, and Gus takes it rather well (as in no explosive blow-ups, no physical violence, or anything an angry cheated-on husband would uncontrollably do). After some thought, Gus surprisingly tells Fiona that he wants to meet Jimmy. They set up a time to meet at Fiona’s work, a diner called Patsy’s Pies.

Fiona runs into Jimmy at the Alibi and tells him that Gus wants to meet him. Jimmy agrees, but also tells Fiona that he is leaving for Dubai the next morning to accept the job of a lifetime and wants her to go with him. She mulls their conversation over until they go to Patsy’s Pies for the meeting.

All is well at first, but when Gus comes face-to-face with Jimmy, he throws a fist to his face and gives him a nose just as bloody as the one his wife gave Jimmy earlier that week. Gus storms out of the diner full of confused emotions and tells Fiona she deserves better than a guy like Jimmy.

Debbie

So there’s this boy named Derek that Debbie’s had a crush on ever since he defended her against her bitchy friends. They get along great, and even go to the same boxing gym. Problem is, Debbie thinks she’s stuck in the “friend zone,” thanks to a comment her brother Carl made about the way Derek treats her arm: “If he punches you, it means you’re friends.” Debbie tries everything to get out of the friend zone, even getting advice violently forcing information from her “ex” friend, who still has a black eye from the cat fight they had. She tells her to touch Derek on the leg near his crotch. Debbie tries it, gets nowhere with it, and erupts in frustration and reveals her feelings to Derek. He interrupts Debbie’s rant by pulling her in for a kiss. So, the secret to getting a boyfriend was to just tell him how you feel, eh? Debbie goes home floating on cloud nine, happy about her new relationship.

Carl

Carl’s morning is filled with the aroma of diarrhea. It turns out his nephew, Chuckie, has an upset stomach because he’s nervous about starting middle school. Chuckie’s mom and Carl’s half-sister, Sammi, begs Carl to look out for Chuckie and make sure he doesn’t get bullied. Carl agrees to do it because: one, he is a veteran middle schooler (he begins the sixth grade for the third time), and two, it will get rid of the “chocolate faucet” problem. They go to school, Carl defends Chuckie, Chuckie doesn’t get bullied anymore, and Carl enslaves Chuckie for the favor he did him, which Chuckie doesn’t object to, he’s just happy he’s going to survive middle school.

Ian

The moment we’d all been waiting for finally came. Ian is finally fighting his demons and getting help for his bipolar disorder, which had spiraled out of control this season. He’s only going to be in treatment for three days, but good ol’ Ian isn’t himself in this episode. He wakes up in the psych ward and is unaware of where he is. When he’s told where he is and of his condition, he’s in denial and tells everyone, including the shrink conducting his treatment, that he isn’t supposed to be there and doesn’t need any help. He is under heavy sedation the entire time and is hardly able to put two and two together. His behavior is continuously odd, and he keeps asking about the baby he kidnapped, Yevgeny, and even tries to escape the clinic during lunchtime.

Fiona and Mickey visit him in attempts to make Ian’s stay less frightening. They come into the clinic expecting to see the Ian they know and love, but after seeing Ian the way he is, they come out of it with their spirits doused. Mickey still misses Ian immensely and is disturbed at Ian’s drugged-out behavior. Even though Ian is in desperate need of this treatment, all of his friends and family want to see him back to normal.

Sammi and Frank

Sammi is enjoying her time in Fiona’s place, and is the epitome of the perfect homemaker. She cooks, cleans, and offers up motherly advice for her troubled household. But we can’t ignore the fact that she’s got some troubles of her own. Her relationship with her deadbeat dad, Frank, is stretched thin. Last episode, she played a part in Frank’s hospitalization by not giving him his anti-rejection medicine (even though Frank could have easily just taken the pills on his own). Frank now claims he is independent and is in charge of his own medicine for fear of being hospitalized again. He squabbles and argues with Sammi the entire episode until Sammi is finally fed up and holds Frank at gunpoint while the kids are all having dinner.

Everyone freaks out and runs for cover, except Frank, who believes that Sammi doesn’t have the guts to shoot him. Oh, she’s got the guts alright, and to prove it she shoots a bullet in Frank’s direction, grazing his arm. Frank collapses in shock while Sammi stands over him and pours salt on of his bleeding bullet wound, screaming “TELL ME YOU FUCKING NEED ME!” (And here’s where we got the tile of this episode.)

All Sammi ever wanted was to help her dad out of his deadbeat ways, and this is her bat-shit crazy way of saying it. Frank finally admits that he needs her (no doubt to save himself from further harm) as she’s terrorizing him with the salt. She immediately stops screaming, starts crying with joy, puts down the salt and helps Frank up. The two go to the hospital (what the hell did they tell the medical staff?), fix Frank’s arm up, and the squabbles are over for now.

Veronica and Kevin

So the rumors were true. During their argument in the breast milk sweatshop (yes, it is still a thing they are doing for money), we find out that the two are going to take a break from each other for a while. V can’t stand that Kev cares more about their kids than he does about her, and Kev can’t fathom why V doesn’t put in as much effort at parenting as she does making money. Kev ends up staying with their twin baby daughters at the house, and V moves into the space above the bar they own called the Alibi.

V’s mom acts as a mediator in their marriage. She visits Kev at the house and tells him he should have paid more attention to V, and later visits V at the Alibi and tells her she she should appreciate how good of a parent Kev is.

Meanwhile, Svetlana asks to move in with Kev in exchange for “wifely duties.” She had moved out of Mickey’s house because she didn’t want to live with Ian once he came back from the clinic (he did kidnap her and Mickey’s baby, after all). Mickey proved that he cares more about Ian than he does his own son, and had given Svetlana an ultimatum: either she lives with Ian, or she moves out.

Svetlana’s wifely duties include cooking, cleaning, breastfeeding her son and the twins, and last but not least, orally pleasuring Kev when he least expects it. This last duty is something that Kev did not agree to, and accidentally participated in.

At the Alibi, V is checking out her ex-boyfriends on Facebook. It’s obvious she’s in need of some romantic attention, and I’m hoping a hook-up isn’t in store for her… Let’s just hope their marriage hiatus is not something that ends in things they may regret.

Lip

On his first day of class, he is sent on a madcap run to find out what went wrong with his schedule. After waiting in multiple lines, he is told he has insufficient tuition fees and finds out he hasn’t received his grant for that year because he never signed for his grant papers. This is something he wasn’t aware of and immediately blames his family for their unscrupulous habits of checking the mail. He is told he has a 10 day grace period to find the $12,000 he needs to stay in school. He ruins his credit by signing up for multiple credit cards and cashing them out for his tuition money. In order to stay on top of things in the future, he gets himself a P.O. box so he’ll finally have control of all his mail.

Ending

Fiona is distraught after Gus punches Jimmy in the face. Jimmy tries to comfort her and convince her to get back together with him, he even tells her that he cancelled the Dubai trip to be with her. But after a lot of thought, Fiona says that she needs someone better for her now. While she says she enjoyed Jimmy’s mystery and sense of danger in the past, Fiona admits that Jimmy is not someone she needs in her life. Jimmy gives her one last kiss on the cheek, gets on his motorcycle, and bids her farewell. Can we get a round of applause for Fiona? I’m not trying to be hasty, but this might actually mark the end of Fiona’s man-drama!

We find out that Jimmy is still a lying rat when Fiona encounters Angela. She tells Fiona that she’s sorry for spying on her for “Jack” (yet another one of Jimmy’s names), and reveals that it was the client that cancelled the trip to Dubai, not Jimmy. If Fiona had agreed to stay with Jimmy, she would’ve likely been screwed over a million times over again. She made a wise decision trusting Gus rather than Jimmy.

Final Thoughts

So even though V and Kev’s marriage unraveled and Lip’s financial troubles are threatening to get in the way of his degree, a lot of good things happened this episode. Speaking of Lip, something that crossed my mind when he was at the financial aid office… Could his rich girlfriend Amanda help him out here? Maybe her dad could write him a check, since they’re both engineers and all. Just a thought, though… Anyways back to the matter at hand. Good things this episode: Fiona finally cleared those ex-boyfriend skeletons out of the closet, Debbie got herself a boyfriend, Carl got himself a slave (give or take the positivity of it), Chuckie won’t get bullied any longer, Sammi is happy with Frank again, and Ian is managing his disorder, however difficult it may be.

I have to admit, Ian has to be one of my favorite Gallaghers now. I really want to see him bounce back from all the things that have happened to him lately. It was depressing to see him in the psych ward. All the poor kid wanted to do was go back home and be normal. I had so much sympathy for him when he was trying to escape the clinic. He’s such a sweet and sensitive person, but he’s also very troubled. Hang in there, Ian! You’ll get to go home soon.

As for next week, I’m hoping that Fiona and Gus reconcile, V and Kev get somewhere with their marriage (for Pete’s sake, Kev, just have date night with V!), Ian gets better, and Lip solves his academic/financial strife. I’d really hate to see Lip drop out of college, after all, he’s worked so hard to get in.