Shameless (US) Season 1 Episode 9 Recap – ‘But At Last Came a Knock’
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This was not an usual episode of Shameless, and wisely did the writers to build up slowly for the main drama of the week, because if we had it as surprising as the Gallagher kids – I’m not sure how good how response was. But At Last Came a Knock did an excellent job in building up for the event of the season, and in combining comedy and drama. And finally, welcome Monica Gallagher, the mother.
Many questions were answered, and the presence of Monica allowed us to see this family’s puzzle more clearly. For example, Liam. We all knew he wasn’t Frank, but now we got to hear it. You could also assume he wasn’t from the same mother, from example, but now it is clearly a half brother of the rest of the Gallaghers, and he is about to become the focus of the drama in the next episode (Nana Gallagher Had an Affair).
We had a few very strong scenes in this episode, with great performance from all, and especially William Macy, Emmy Rossum, Cameron Monaghan and Annabelle Apsion (Monica Gallagher). Monica vs. Frank and Monica vs. Fiona were two moments in the episode that everyone were in their best.
And as the story with Monica and Roberta wanting to adopt Liam starts to roll, some stories are nearing their resolution. Ian-Kash-Mickey triangle ended in Kash shooting Mickey in the leg today, after finally finding out about the secret affair. I assume Mandy will be next to know, but it won’t get as violent. Will Mickey stay in? Will Ian leave the store? This I leave for the last three episodes of the season to answer slowly (and if you missed the news about Showtime’s Shameless going for season 2, now is the time to relax – it’s not over).
Steve’s story is not too interesting at the moment, but I’m still not sure Fiona will take it lightly. He has a different name, it’s a pretty big lie.
With only three episodes in this season – we still have enough stories looking to be finished, although not very dramatic ones. The bigger drama is indeed aroun Monica and Liam. Let the fight begin.