With 10 seasons and an 11th and final one on the way, Shameless was bound to run into some character and story contradicting moments, like these 10.
The longer a popular TV series remains on-air, the more likely it is for a continuity-shattering plotline by way of writers’ room oversight to occur. When it comes to Shameless, Showtime’s hit adaptation of the UK series of the same name is no exception.
With 10 seasons and an 11th and final one on the way, Shameless was bound to run into some character-defying or broader story-contradicting moments at some point. Allow the following 10 to serve as clear examples of when the show strayed a little too far from its previously established course.
Lip Bringing A Post-Overdose Liam To College Parties
The college-aged Lip memorably ascended to temporary Gallagher patriarch after the usual head-honcho, Fiona, fell off the wagon in season 4.
As Fiona faced serious criminal charges for her role in three-year-old Liam’s accidental cocaine overdose, Lip took charge like no one else in the family could. After a brief hospital stint, Liam came out unscathed – save for a few nightmares. Making Lip’s decision to immediately whisk him off to, and care for him amid a chaotic college party environment all the more questionable – and certifiably off-brand, as well.
Faye Waiting 25 Years To Enact Revenge On Frank
Not long after her introduction in the show’s latest season, the newcomer eventually revealed her true motive: payback. Faye, the vengeance-seeking ex-girlfriend of a former star college athlete unfairly incarcerated over a drug charge, had every right to direct her unique-and-unorthodox form of poetic justice onto Frank – who was mistaken as the dealer in an on-campus transaction long ago.
However, one would not be condemned for wondering why it took her two-and-a-half decades to follow through on her master plan.
Sheila Not Going With Karen And Jodi To The Faith Healing Farm
In the season 3 finale, Lip’s unstable on-again/off-again girlfriend, Karen Jackson, and her husband, Jody, ventured out to a healing farm on account of the former’s car accident-caused brain damage.
Fans rejoiced to know their favorite neighborly agoraphobic – Karen’s mother, Sheila – would be sticking around. But the reasons she sighted for remaining behind did not quite gel with her character’s arc up to that point – she had already overcome her debilitating disorder – and had a much more proven romantic compatibility with Jody than Karen ever did anyway.
Anti-AA Frank Saying He Had A Sponsor
In the very first moments of the series premiere, the Gallagher Family surrounded a public firepit with some of their fellow downtown Chicagoans, while Frank introduced each main character via voiceover.
Speculating that his lone African-American child resembled his last sponsor inspired many chuckles. But as the series carried on over the years, the notion a program-hating Frank would have had a sponsor at any point seemed rather unlikely – unless of course, a scheme for shelter was involved.
Debbie Immediately Going Back To Work After Losing Her Toes
As the title of season 8, episode 11 “A Gallagher Pedicure” suggests, Debbie’s welding accident was not without precedent. However, it seemed impractical that she would choose to lie to hospital careworkers about her wounds – clearly having already been self-cauterized.
Recognizing her lack of a steady job ruled her out of affordable medical care, Debbie amputated her toes in lieu of surgery. It stands to reason that Debbie – who had come a long way since her days as the militantly pro-disability relief Frank’s protege seasons earlier – genuinely wanted to keep her job, in hindsight. Nevertheless, the lack of an on-screen attempt made by a Gallagher to receive aide of any kind still serves as a certifiable headscratcher.
Lip Letting Kev Stay In A Vacant College Dorm
Lip spent much of his college experience as a Resident Assistant jumping through hoops in order to keep his conditional scholarship intact, only to then risk it all by lending a vacant dorm to Gallagher family friend mainstay, Kev Ball, during his hour of need.
This season 5 arc provided many laughs that helped audiences and the characters involved cope with Kev and Vee’s ultimately successful trial separation. However, Lip’s big heart very nearly landed him in big trouble – and was also potentially telling of his unconscious longing for an exit strategy from university life all along.
Frank Depicted As A College “Kid” In 1995
In Season 10’s “Debbie Might be a Prostitute” and “O Captain, My Captain,” viewers were finally exposed to Faye’s angle – in the form of archive footage, and flashbacks.
Through a tape of a courtroom trial and the 1995 drug deal incident-in-question – Frank is referred to as a “College Kid” by a Judge. Though admittedly a 10th-year senior at the time, key dates previously outlined within the world of the series held that Frank last attended college just before meeting Monica – and not in a year where their firstborn, Fiona, would have turned seven.
Charlie Peters: Where Did He Go?
Following her release from jail in the season 4 finale, “Lazarus,” Fiona was escorted by parole officer Gail Johnson to meet her new boss – The Golden House Diner’s neck-tattooed proprietor, Charlie Peters (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).
According to Shameless Wiki, Peters was originally to recur throughout the following season. Due to Morgan’s scheduling conflicts with Texas Rising, his character – never seen or spoken of again despite an intentionally well-crafted, tracking shot introduction – was replaced by Sean Pierce (Dermot Mulroney), and the diner was renamed “Patsy’s Pies.”
The Fate Of Kassidi Gallagher
Perhaps a younger and street-wise Carl would have permitted the execution of his obsessive girlfriend-turned-legally-not-binding-wife, Kassidi.
However, by the season 9 premiere, the military school-attending Carl had turned a corner. Now morally charged with well-beyond his years, do-gooder values, his seemingly “brush it off” attitude upon discovering one of his subordinates had (potentially) killed Kassidi arguably negates all the progress he’s made. And that Kassidi’s exact fate has remained unaddressed since is all the more troubling.
Mandy Never Being Held Accountable For Hitting Karen With Her Car
Similarly, for a family filled to the top of the glass with no filter, pro-confrontation “Southsiders” – they all share either compassion or restraint when it comes to not turning in people they know who have committed serious offenses.
Exhibit A: Lip earning a confession out of Mandy, whose jealous nature motivated her to drive full-speed into Karen – leaving the latter with permanent brain damage. Lip did end up telling Mandy off, but perhaps not surprisingly, he felt breaking off all ties with her was punishment enough.
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