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Shameless recap: Season 7, Episode 5

Everyone finds themselves on the brink of new money-making ventures

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

So far, season 7 has taken everything we thought we knew about the Gallaghers and turned it on its head. Frank is, somehow, now a humanitarian; Fiona has turned her back on just about everyone; and our favorite juvenile delinquent/drug dealer, Carl, is actually begging to gain admission to a military school. Could the neighborhood gentrification they’ve been fighting the past few seasons finally be helping them in some way? Let’s dive into the latest episode, “Own Your Sh*t.”

We’ll begin with Fiona (again). Tonight, we see her having sex with a Tinder guy who happens to be a financial consultant. He gives her some minor business advice and lets her know there’s plenty more where that (and everything else) came from.

Shortly after this encounter, she discovers the Gallagher home’s washing machine — a thoughtful, but perhaps shoddy, gift from the great Jimmy/Steve (*pouring one out for Jiona, RIP*) — is no longer working. As with most things nowadays, Fiona throws up her hands, claims she’s not handling it, and heads to a Laundromat instead.

The local Laundromat is owned by an adorable older woman named Etta (an excellent June Squibb!). She seems to be going senile, and explains to Fiona how “some suits from the north side” have been trying to buy her lease so they can make the Laundromat into a Starbucks.

Later that day, Fiona heads to Margo’s (the owner of Patsy’s) office to discuss a raise, in light of all she’s done for Patsy’s lately. She finds Chad there, so she gives her whole spiel to him instead. She explains how well Patsy’s is doing (thanks to her efforts) and says she has more ideas, but would like a “reasonable cut.” Chad’s not impressed, especially since she’s putting all this effort into a restaurant they were prepared to shut down anyway. He tells her “You have to own something to make real money, and Margo’s the only owner here.” Fiona leaves with no raise and messages the Tinder finance guy again, looking for more financial advice and more sex. He says something similar to what Chad told her — people who are rich usually own something, or in some cases, a lot of something.

The next day, Fiona sees Etta being bothered by the “suits” she mentioned before. Fiona takes this opportunity to try to own something: She offers to help Etta turn the Laundromat around, to make it more modern and in line with what customers want now. Etta seems resistant.

Back at Patsy’s, Margo shows up to talk to Fiona. Fiona goes over the numbers to prove she’s enhanced the place, and Margo offers her $25 more a week.

Ian Calls Fiona Out

One of the episode’s major scenes involves V, Ian, and Fiona. V came over to bring Fiona some items she had of hers — heels, clothes, and keys to the house. Since they’re no longer speaking (and presumably no longer friends), V sees no reason to keep the keys to the Gallagher home. Fiona essentially ignores her, but tells V she’ll return her stuff at some point, too. It’s an icy, cold situation.

V is also there to bring Ian his clothes. When the Gallagher washer broke, Ian opted to do his laundry at Kevin and V’s. Fiona criticizes him for not going to a Laundromat like everyone else, to which he says, “Well, just because you want to ice everyone out doesn’t mean I have to.” Somehow, Ian has become the only voice of reason in this show.

But he doesn’t stop there, asking Fiona what’s up with the way she’s been acting towards everyone (FINALLY!). Fiona’s answer is to brag about herself and her work accomplishments, to which Ian says, “Jesus, how hard can managing a diner be for you to stop giving a shit about us and V?” Fiona is somehow shocked by this comment, as if she was unaware of how she’s been treating her family and friends.

Fiona eventually walks away, claiming she’s “not going to apologize for getting her life together.” To Ian’s point, no one asked you to apologize for getting your life together, Fiona. But perhaps you could apologize for being such a cold b-tch to your friends and family while doing it.

NEXT: Who would put Frank in charge of anything?