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Shameless recap: Season 7, Episode 3

Nooks and Fannies is up and running; Fiona really lays down the law

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Chuck Hodes/Showtime


TV Show
Comedy, Drama
run date:
William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum
Current Status:
In Season

WHEW! Episode 3 was jam-packed with lots of new Gallagher insanity, including Frank somehow starting his own homeless shelter, Lip taking charge of the “piss bags” at his internship, and almost everyone calling Fiona for help. Plus, we met a new character from the Svetlana family tree, and Kevin’s topless maid service is already up and running… sort of. Let’s discuss “Home Sweet Homeless Shelter.”

Nooks and Fannies is a go

We’ll start with Kevin, V, and Svetlana. Between the last episode and this one, Kevin already has his topless maid service “Nooks and Fannies” off the ground, complete with full branding and detailed van art. He’s installed baby seats in the back and has business cards. The only issue so far is — who will take care of the bar or the kids while at least two of them are on the road?

ENTER: Svetlana’s dad. We’re not sure how or why he’s made his way to Chicago just yet, but he’s made his presence known by having an all-out sidewalk brawl with his daughter. Once they finally stopped punching each other, Svetlana explains to V and Kev that her father will be staying with them while he’s there. V isn’t too thrilled with the idea, 1. because he’s pretty scary, and 2. Svetlana’s dad sold her into sex slavery, so V isn’t exactly dying to leave the man with her children. Svetlana makes the point that her father can take care of the bar when they’re all out “cleaning” (he conveniently owned a bar in Russia and obviously taught Svetlana everything she knows) and V and Kev seem to be okay with this idea.

While V, Kev, and Svetlana are out on their first cleaning appointment, Kevin is approached by a neighbor, who wants the graphically painted van moved away from their house before his wife sees it. The neighbor pays Kev way more money to move the van than they were even making on the appointment, so Kevin decides he’ll just park the van in nice neighborhoods and wait for people to pay him to move. No Fannies necessary.

The New Gallaghers

Frank and his lady friend “Dollface” are sleeping on a cot in a homeless shelter, when they’re informed that they’ll have to evacuate in the next week because the building is being converted into a Container Store. In an effort to grasp a second attempt at fatherhood, Frank decides to recreate his family with all new players – new Debbie, New Ian, New Lip, and so on from kids he’s found in the shelter. Dollface becomes his new Monica.

His first attempt at being the “Patriarch of this family” is to find a place for them to go, which ­­he decides should be Kevin’s apartment above The Alibi. He stops by The Alibi to get the keys from the new bartender, Svetlana’s dad. As promised, Svetlana’s dad isn’t into taking any s—, and immediately throws Frank and the new Gallaghers out on the curb.

The next stop on Frank’s list is to “provide” food for his family, so they stop at Patsy’s Pies, where after some hemming and hawing, Fiona throws them out on the curb as well. Finally, Frank commandeers an open house that’s being shown by a realtor named Sylvie. He claims he’s contacted the owner and is legally able to stay there. He then invites not only his new “Gallaghers”, but also every other person he could find at the homeless shelter they left. When Sylvie comes back with the cops to prove there are at least 50 people squatting there illegally, the cops claim it’s an issue for the courts and his word against hers.

Frank eventually finds a church and nuns willing to provide them with food, and officially turns the house into “The Gallagher Home for the Homeless,” with a sign and all.

If nothing else, Frank never ceases to reinvent himself, in one way or another.

NEXT: Everybody needs Fiona