I found myself quietly cheering Shelia for wanting to marry Frank. If she winds up with the kids she might be the best thing to happen to them.
I love that she's at a point now where she has no illusions about Frank and sees him as the means to an end. And Frank, for his part, is happy to help when it doesn't cost him anything and doesn't require any real effort.
I loved the dynamic between Sheila and her boyfriend's youngest niece. You could tell that girl was desperate for a loving parental figure in her life, and never really had one.
Man, this show really is unforgiving. I didn't expect them to go there with Fiona. Hard to see her avoid more prison time again, although perhaps now she will cave and turn in the brother.
In a way I think it was necessary for Fiona to move forward, though. She had to pull a Frank to really know she didn't want to become a Frank. And it triggered what I always love about the Gallaghers, which is that they circle the wagons when one of them is threatened. All of the scenes between Lip and Fiona after he picked her up were just beautiful stuff, along with Debbie finally letting her back in.
So whether she does jail time or not, she finally seems to have bottomed out.
Because he's Frank and dumb luck has been carrying him all his life. And the show wasn't ready to write him off yet. I watched it twice and the first time I saw Dr. Cabdriver carrying the Igloo cooler out of the 'operating room' and I thought it was weird. When they said what really happened to him I got the Igloo cooler.
The lobe of the other guy's liver is probably in there too. A pretty ballsy play given that Sheila and Sammy could have easily written down his taxi number and traced it back to him.
It's definitely classic Frank, though, being brought to the edge of death right as a matching liver presents itself. As repugnant as I find Frank, I'm not sure what the show would be without his presence.
My favorite scene, though, was when Bonnie brought Carl home and he learns her family lives in a van. It really drove home that, however desperately poor the Gallaghers are, it gets so much worse. The Gallaghers are house poor. Bonnie's family is street poor. And while Carl's not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed or the nicest person generally, his reaction was exactly right. I do think either Carl, Bonnie or both are going to end up in juvenile detention by the time the season's over.