Shameless Season 8 Episode 3 Review: God Bless Her Rotting Soul

Did you catch last night’s episode of Shameless? I may be a day late, but “God Bless Her Rotting Soul” did not miss a beat. Seriously, that was an amazing episode. We are only three episodes in but “God Bless Her Rotting Soul” is the best of season eight of Shameless so far.

The whole episode came together so nicely. Placing Fiona and the clan in various precarious situations all at once. Normally, I would hate hate a Frank centered episode, especially this early on, but he really saved the day in this one.

There were so many great moments in “God Bless Her Rotting Soul,” but I’ll highlight just a few.

Lip and Youens struck a chord in me. I loved watching Lip struggle to do what Youens and his sponsor did for him just a few months ago. The writing for these scenes was great. We really got a sense that Lip has grown more than he credits himself. Of course, it’s always great to see yourself and your future in another person, and I think this was a great way to force Lip to understand what was at stake. He obviously sees so much of himself in Youens, but this time it’s not a flattering comparison. He even says that he doe more for the professor than he does for Frak. Youens’ addiction pushed his family away, but Lip still has so much to lose. At the end, Lip makes a last attempt to prove that Youens isn’t alone, and I’m looking forward to how this plays out.

I loved the scene where they dug up Monica, and it was much worse than I expected. I thought it was a great choice to have each of them apologize to Fiona, and then go through that horrible situation as a family. Of course, I love when Frank saved everyone with his scary meth-head tactics. We still don’t know if Frank has changed for good, and I’m not fully convinced. I wasn’t so sure that Frank didn’t have rabies when he said he was overcome with guilt. Maybe he’ll come down with the nasty disease next week?

Fiona’s conflict with that particularly nasty tenant was fun, and she used the skills she inherited from Frank to her advantage. Maybe it was an obvious choice for the writers, but it gave me chills! “If you want to go ghetto on me, I’ll beat you at that game every time,” that was awesome!

Shout outs to Kev finding his family, Neil standing up for himself, and V arranging Lana’s release from prison. I like Neil a lot and he deserves better than Debbie. I wonder if Kev’s new family will take their little family to Kentucky. I am so glad Lana is free. She is one of my favorite Shameless characters and I hope she’s up to no good once again.

Overall, episode three was a stand-out one. I hope they submit this for Emmy consideration, it was that good! It did a great job in showing the key players at their best, or worst and had ensemble scenes that represented the show well.

I cannot wait for next week of Shameless! 

[Photo credit: Showtime]

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