Shameless (S07E12) “Requiem for a Slut”

Warning: Spoilers below!

Shameless ended its seventh season with the sentimental episode ‘Requiem for a Slut’. This episode really brought Shameless back to its roots a bit, showing the show’s more gloomy, bleak elements. It tells a harshly truthful story of what happens when the the neglectful mother who’s responsible for all your misfortunes in life dies. So after many ups and downs in the Gallagher family, many crude hilarious shameless moments this season, with the death of Monica we saw the Gallagher family came together at the end at least for a couple of minutes as one somehow normal family, to mourn and somewhat celebrate the death of Monica. It wasn’t so much of a celebration as much as it was a ‘relieving’ moment for the family though, and within the mist of all that Frank was mourning the lost of the love of his life.

This episode tied some loose ends for all the characters, so it didn’t leave too much unsaid going into its eighth season. Fiona purchased the apartment building; Ian went back to working as an EMT; Carl and Frank paid homage to Monica via graffiti; and Lip is still going to AA meetings. However, the episode was not without the traditional ‘Shameless shenanigans’. The family fights over seventy thousand dollars’ worth of meth Monica left to them. Fiona’s final solution for the meth was placing it inside of Monica’s casket. Monica’s funeral was a quite satisfying one. The fact that Fiona couldn’t stop laughing at the sight of her mother felt very true to form. Unfortunately, we don’t get to hear the stories the family shares at the funeral, and that was a major let down. But Fiona’s remarks that Monica always had a good time, and “that’s something” was the most hard-hitting scene of the episode. We get a glimpse into Frank’s past before Monica in his remarks at the funeral. We learn that Frank was in college when he met her, which must’ve been hard for Lip to hear considering his life is beginning to take a similar path to that of a young Frank Gallagher.

So how does this season compare to all the others in the Shameless series? Well did season wasn’t short of the series fundamental elements of course. It’s still the crude, unapologetic show we know, and this is one factor why Shameless fans will always be loyal to this series. The season started on somewhat of a dull note but really picked up in its later episodes. The short return of our beloved Shameless character ‘Mickey’ also helped fueled the later episodes of the season. Though his character wasn’t was well written as once was (especially his dialogue), he was still a great contribution and it was especially good seeing the character getting a proper write-off from the show. That was most likely the last we will ever see of Mickey to be honest. He joins the likes of Sheila, Karen, Jimmy/Steve and Mandy. Shameless had some of the best supporting characters on TV and it’s a shame we had to see many of them go.

The big question now is what’s in store for season 8? After much controversy between Emmy Rossum and the executives, they both were able to come to an agreement on what Emmy’s new paycheck would look like. On a side note, it continues to baffle me that Emmy Rossum has yet to earn any sort of credible recognition for her portrayal of Fiona, who is, without question, the most complex and sympathetically-deserving of the Gallaghers. Her performances throughout the years have been consistently stupendous despite the show shifting to more of an ensemble-propelled story arc in the later seasons. All the other cast members seems to be on board with the eighth season as well (As far as we know), and with its eighth season Shameless will be Showtime’s longest running scripted TV show.