'Shameless' Season 10 Episode 5 hints at Carl and Anne's romance working out as his future with Kelly dims
With Kelly showing up randomly, the awkwardness around Carl and Anne's budding romance was enormous. Luckily, he can make a choice now
This article contains spoilers for Season 10 Episode 5 'Sparky'
He might not be a talked-about element this season, but Carl Gallagher had gotten himself pretty tangled in what was looking like a love triangle between him, his away-at-summer-military-school girlfriend, Kelly, and his new partner in the vape-smuggling business, Anne.
The latest episode, however, nails the coffin on what's to transpire between the three, and as Carl learns some pretty devastating, but not surprising truth about Kelly, it looks like the doors for romance are finally inviting him in for a thing with Anne.
At the beginning of the ongoing Season 10, we had seen Carl and Kelly go on a weekend sex-bender as they wouldn't get to see each other for the rest of the summer.
However, as soon as Kelly was gone and Carl got his old job at the fried food place and met Anne, all that "I will miss you so much" crap was out of the window.
What had started as a business partnership of smuggling vapes into to-go food packets soon turned to Carl offering to help Anne's family make tamales large-scale, and later, invite the entire family into the Gallagher home to help them hide from ICE authorities.
With the tension between Carl and Anne so obvious and out there, it didn't take everybody and their mother, or even the two parties involved to realize that Carl was soon going to cheat on Kelly.
Come to think of it, some might be right calling it emotional unfaithfulness too, and it didn't take long for Kelly to figure that out either when she showed up unannounced at the end of the previous episode.
She immediately noticed the awkwardness between the three, after walking in on Anne teaching Carl dancing. Ever since it turned into a tug of war between Kelly constantly trying to get Carl's attention, and him getting distracted by Anne, in an attempt to level things with her.
Things only got worse when Kelly found out she might have syphilis — thanks to Mitch, this guy from her school that she can't seem to stop talking about. Turns out, Kelly has been sleeping with Mitch and was the one in the wrong all this while.
And as the two of them break, despite Anne insisting she won't be Carl's sidepiece, there is now much bigger scope for them to be a real thing. But the question is whether or not Anne will trust Carl enough to go into a relationship with him.
She has already seen his lack of trouble compartmentalizing two romances going simultaneously, so this might prove to be a difficult feat to achieve for Carl. Still, we're happy he's not out trying too hard to be a black guy or killing roosters with his bare hands.
'Shameless' Season 10 airs on Sundays at 9 pm only on Showtime.