We gave it a B
One of the Gallagher men does end up spending the night in the same bed as a girl, but ironically, it’s Ian. Geneva from the Youth Center got cut by her drug dealer and went to Ian for help. He stitched her up and let her crash on their couch for the night. Yet Ian woke up to find her in his bed with no pants on. “You switching teams?” jokes Lip upon seeing the young girl leave. When the brothers get downstairs, they find Fiona, who has been up all night drinking, smoking, and making a list of promises that Sean made to her. “His f—ing wife stole my life,” she declares. “I think she owes me a finder’s fee.” I mean, he did try to pay you; maybe that’s what the money was for.
Big news on the Franny front: She took her first steps! But Debbie is bummed because she was at work and missed it. As she tries to get her daughter to do it again, Frank recalls being there for each of his kids’ first steps. Normally, I wouldn’t believe him, but he says Debbie’s were at the police station and Liam’s were as he almost got hit by a train. That sounds about right. Carl and Debbie aren’t as easily convinced.
Frank’s attempts to win Dad of the Year continue as he attends his first PTA meeting. He quickly volunteers to work at the upcoming car wash to show Liam some hard labor. As the rest of the dads are preoccupied with their cell phones, Frank rants about the state of the man. “We are a generation of lost masculinity,” he proclaims. “And we’ve got to start getting it back. No matter if you’re straight or gay — and some of you look pretty gay. No matter if you stick it in the front or you stick it in the rear, for the love of our sons, we’ve got to stick it in there like a man.”
And that leads perfectly into Lip’s pursuit of a lady friend. Eddie is sick of hearing about it, so she orders him upstairs, where they proceed to have sex, which includes both choking and slapping on her part. Who could have predicted that? Oh, that’s right, I did. Well, not the choking and slapping stuff.
The apple doesn’t fall from the tree as Frank (yes, Frank) has caught the eye of the moms at Liam’s school. During the car wash, Frank and Liam get in water fight that ends with a shirtless Frank sprayed with water, which doesn’t cool down the ladies. “Now that’s a man,” says the one he helped with her shoe. She tells him she’d love to show her “appreciation.” Frank Gallagher, sex symbol.
Another Gallagher man is having his own relationship drama. Trevor’s pissed that Ian allowed Geneva to spend the night, calling it “inappropriate.” After learning that Ian got her interested in a junior firefighter program, Trevor apologizes and asks his ex to help him find housing for the kids at the center. Just to be clear, his bedroom doesn’t count.
Back in Kentucky, Kev’s family has a big get-together for him to meet everyone. While he arm-wrestles with his brother Biff, Kev learns that his aunt was lying and his dad did leave him on purpose. Ronnie insists they figured he’d be better off. “You’re the one that got out,” says Biff. “You won.” Originally hurt, Kev actually feels bad because he’s the successful one in the family, which may include KKK members, as the girls run out of the house with hoods on their heads. Um, might be time to head home.
And Fiona could probably use some of that patented V advice right now, because she’s sitting outside Sean’s hotel. At the first sign of a woman, Fiona jumps out of the car and starts screaming at her about how horrible Sean is. Slight problem: That’s not Sean’s wife. Sean and his real wife appear, but not before the lady starts beating on her own husband.
While the story doesn’t sound funny, the Gallaghers all have a good laugh about it when Fiona recounts the incident for them. Frank and Liam soon arrive home to join the party, with Franny walking toward her namesake, leading to Frank holding her up Lion King-style. “Holy s—, he really is Saint Francis,” says an amazed Ian. The fun gets interrupted when Carl hears that his trap has worked and the neighborhood criminal is caught out back. “I’m your worst f—ing nightmare,” Carl tells the criminal. But you’re my f—ing favorite, Carl.
The most shameless character of the week: Is it me or has everyone been on pretty good behavior this season? Well, besides selling meth and sending cocaine pizzas to drug addicts. Let’s go with Lip for trying to come between waitress friends!
What did you think? Do you miss the old Frank? Are you enjoying this season so far?