'Shameless' cast celebrates 100th episode of the show, the Gallaghers share their most grossed out scenes so far
From burying their dead mother with hundreds of pounds of meth, to pissing on their father's head - there's nothing that we haven't seen and the Gallaghers haven't done.
Showtime's highly popular dramedy, Shameless, is officially a hundred episodes old! And even though that celebratory feat might not be enough to break the sad spell of Emmy Rossum quitting the show post its ongoing ninth season, it definitely calls some enjoyable, juicy details to be spilled to mark the spectacular occasion.
The details in discussion? Every single time the show pushed it too far even for the 'Gallaghers.'
The quintessential dysfunctional, hot-mess of a family, aka the Gallaghers from southside Chicago, have done a lot of gory things in the past. From burying their dead mother with hundreds of pounds of meth, to pissing on their father's head from the window - there's nothing that we haven't seen and they haven't done.
There's 'gay Jesus,' ruining your own daughter's wedding, sleeping with your own son's girlfriend, and getting pregnant just to be adopted by your teenage boyfriend's family. Name an outrageous deed and it has been done by the Gallaghers.
So now - having crossed the milestone that is the 100th episode in the series - the cast of shameless finally spill the beans on what incident or scene they felt was taking it too far, even for their own characters.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, creator John Wells shared: "The original one that there was a lot of hesitation about was Frank sleeping with Lip’s girlfriend and then allowing his son to urinate on his head as he was trying to apologize. Being able to have that actually work was where we got our confidence in believing what we could pull it off."
As for the Gallagher patriarch, Frank, who slept with his own son's girlfriend, William H. Macy thinks there was something even grosser that his character has done on the show. "Truthfully, I fall on two sides of this line," he shared with the outlet. "Sometimes I read them and go, 'That’s bizarre — can we do that?' And it usually turns out that we can. There are other times that I go, 'We can go so much farther!' When Frank’s running from the police and submerges himself in an overflowing porta potty, that’s burned into everyone’s brain. It wasn’t scripted that way, I pitched it to John. They had to buy a porta potty and rebuild it so that I could submerge myself. But that was me pushing. John kept saying, 'Are you sure?' And I said, 'Oh my god, it’s so funny.'”
But speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, he also mentioned, "Frank gave an insurance settlement to a guy who gives prosthetic limbs to kids and later asked for his money back" to be one of the incidents on the list of the most shameless things his character has done on the show.
Next in line, the sister-slash-Gallagher matriarch, Emmy Rossum, reflects on playing Fiona and her list of indiscretions, telling EW, "Digging up our mother’s dead body to retrieve the meth that I had buried below her in order to give it back to the drug dealer who was going to kill us… that was pretty intense. You read these things and go, 'This is too much,' and then we shoot it and go, 'This is too bizarre, we have to ground this,' and then you watch it and it works wonderfully."
Jeremy Allen White aka the second Gallagher sibling, Lip, believes it was the golden-shower that tops his list when it comes to taking it too far. "As Frank apologized for sleeping with Lip's girlfriend, Lip takes a piss on his head. That's when I got the show," he told THR.
And for the third sibling, Ian, the face playing him, Cameron Monaghan, thinks "Ian disappearing after going AWOL from the Army only to re-emerge working as a stripper and rent boy" to be the too-much moment for his character's plot.
The fourth sibling, Debbie, got intentionally pregnant by her boyfriend at 15, just because she could be adopted by his family and leave her own. Yet Emma Kenney, who plays the role, thinks her drowning a girl was the most outrageous thing ever, as she shared with THR.
Carl, the fifth, has dabbled in a lot of things - including drug-marketing, and an education in military school. Oh, and also juvie. But the top-notch moment for his character, according to Ethan Cutkosky, who plays the role, is "Carl accidentally shot an American bald eagle." Elaborating on why it's the most outrageous, he explained to EW: "and then shared that eagle with his family for Thanksgiving dinner."
There are two additional components of the show, that is the Ball couple, without whom Shameless wouldn't be what it is. Actors Steve Howey and Shanolla Hampton play the roles of Kevin and Veronica Ball, who have done a lot of crazy - mostly sex-based things - in life. While Hampton believes "The three-way with Vee, her mom and husband, Kev" is the one sub-plot where her character pushed it too far, Howey told EW: "I’m laying there and I have Shanola Hampton sitting on my face and Vanessa Bell Calloway straddling me and all I can think to myself is, “Dreams do come true.” That, and his "full-frontal, spread-eagle nudity" tops his list of course.