Spoilers: Don’t read if you haven’t seen the episode.
Well what a fantastic episode of Shameless this has been! Hurricane Monica makes another surprise return to inadvertently torment the Gallagher family, and I think the phrase “Fuck Monica” is one both the Gallagher’s and viewers can agree upon. The sentiment and emotions echoed on throughout this Shameless episode and proved this hit Showtime series is showing zero sign of slowing the drama down. After a few dull episodes over the week I had no idea Monica returning could brought so much emotions and fulfillment back into the show. Absolutely none of the Gallaghers wanted anything to do with Monica when she showed up at first, not even Frank. The drama she causes tends to have ripple effects that continue on for some time after she inevitably disappears again. After a life of struggling with bipolar and not being the best mother to her children, it’s becoming very clear that we’re about to lose her for good. Her pursuit of Frank seemed pathetic at first. That’s all she seems to do. Show up unannounced and expect everyone to welcome her with open arms. You have to take a step back and think about the ramifications her actions have had on the lives of her children. The Gallagher kids really have the worst parents on the planet, and I’m glad Sierra clocked on to that when she extended the olive branch to Lip. Anyone else thinks Lip was trying to turn Sierra into an idealized version of Monica? With his excessive drinking which he seems to have lost control of again, Lip is just one step closer to turning into a younger, prettier version of Frank.
Monica is back in town purely to try and right her wrongs in her final days alive. We witnessed Frank trying to ditch her several times, but then he collapsed in her arms when he found out she was dying. That was probably the most emotional moment of the season thus far. He always did say Monica was the love of his life. There’s obviously a lot of history between the pair, and of course, many, many children. It’s definitely intriguing to think of how the family will come together to bid adieu to the mother who was never there. Regardless of what everyone thinks of her, they will unite in her death… at least temporarily. Even though she was dying, she still had that Monica sense of humor we all know and love. .