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S8 E8
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S8 E8
December 31, 2017 at 10:00 PM EST

With Brad out of commission, Lip’s finally meeting prospective new sponsors, and he starts with Barb (Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria, a.k.a. Big Boo). He’s surprised by the fact that he’s allowed to have a woman sponsor. She points out that it’s fine if there’s no risk of them falling in love, to which he jokes, “Well, you never know, right?” (Honestly, knowing how much Lip and Big Boo get around, you never really know.) Lip immediately runs down everything he’s dealing with, ranging from Brad falling off the wagon, Youens going to jail, and Sierra and Charlie’s relationship. “I’m sorry, did I just walk into an episode of Gossip Girl?” interrupts Barb. “What exactly does that Blake Lively whiny crap got to do with you?” This hilarious (to me, not so much to him) response has Lip thinking this is a bad match, so he leaves.

His interactions don’t get any more pleasant when he spots Sierra looking stressed outside of Patsy’s. When she starts venting, he believes it’s because of Charlie, but it’s actually about her dad, who murdered her mom and is now up for parole. Charlie shows up late to take her to the hearing and Lip takes him aside to strongly suggest he come clean about the girl he got pregnant. Thankfully, I’ve never been in this exact situation, but I wonder if telling your girlfriend that you knocked someone else up on the way to her father’s parole hearing — for killing her mother — isn’t the best timing.

It’s Debbie’s turn to make dinner, and she’s made nasty food and not-ideal table talk (she still hasn’t gotten her period). Luckily, new “sis” Cassidy decides to Postmate KFC for everybody. Soon, Ian and Fiona both come home heated. For Ian, he’s in search of a Bible after briefly stopping by the gay conversion church. Then, Fiona comes in looking for her family to vehemently disagree with Ford’s assessment of her. “Can you believe this guy today told me that I’m complicated?” she asks, to which in full unison they all reply, “Yes!” They proceed to give some great examples of why it’s true. “Okay, I get it, I’m complicated,” she concedes.

Now armed with the Bible, Ian goes back to the church, where he interrupts a sermon by quoting scripture. As someone records the dispute on their phone, Ian repeatedly counters the pastor’s anti-gay Bible passages. He even gets in a little extra jab with the introduction of Trevor, his transgender boyfriend. Ian’s passionate display has many of the kids ready to leave with him, which greatly angers at least one of the dads. Getting in his face, Ian declares, “You want to fight? I’ll fight you, but you’re going to get your ass kicked by a homosexual.” When they all return to the Youth Center housing, Ian’s greeted with a round of applause as the video from the church has already gone viral.

Since things didn’t work out with Barb, Lip’s still on the search for a new sponsor, but he’s not finding much success, whether it’s because they’re anti-woman or super old. His frustration isn’t helped by Charlie and Sierra’s return. There was no decision on her dad and Charlie didn’t share his secret, which causes an argument between the two men. Unaware of what they’re talking about, Sierra chimes in, “Stay out of my life and focus on your own s—, Lip.” Wait, that sounds familiar. He decides to do just that and goes crawling back to Barb.

Carl’s basement rehab business seems to have ended, so he’s strictly driving for his Uber rip-off UBBER. Cassidy tags along with him, but she doesn’t handle the GPS or aux cord; instead, she’s either giving him a hand job or trying to hold his hand. The former doesn’t get noticed by a passenger, but the latter does and leads to Carl losing a customer. This causes a brief argument between the inseparable couple, as Cassidy even threatens to go home. It all gets resolved, though, and she gives his ass a good grab and they head inside.

Thanks to some sexy welding pics that Liam took of her, Debbie has landed a much-needed job. But in even better news, while working, she finally gets her period, albeit in a porta potty.

Fiona arrives at her building expecting to stop by Nessa and Mel’s small get-together, only to discover a huge party celebrating the news that they’re pregnant. And by they, I mean both of them are pregnant. Mel did fertility treatments and Nessa had sex with a man to increase their odds. And the lucky daddy is none other than Ford, who it turns out has fathered a few other kids for their lesbian friends. Speaking of the man of the hour, he shows up and is greeted by Fiona, who cracks, “Now who’s complicated?” Boom, roasted!

Back at the Gallagher household, Frank’s thrilled with how his new business is going. “We finally found a family business that uses our god-given talents,” he tells Liam, whom he only gives a cut of $20. “It’s true what they say: ‘With a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck, you can make something of yourself in America.’ And we owe all of our success to one person — the Twitterer in Chief.” They then cheers to “false fear.” Frank already has his eye on expansion, considering he’s traded in his recently purchased car for a van that’s sporting a Canadian flag and reads “Gallagher + Son Import Export.”

The most shameless character of the week: Carl. Just bringing your girlfriend along while you drive for Uber earns you a 1, so let’s not even get started on what score getting a hand job should result in.

What did you think? Is Lip’s new sponsor an upgrade over Brad? How quickly into the next episode will Fiona and Ford hook up?

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