'Shameless' Season 10 focus on Lip's battle with parenthood may help fans deal with life after Fiona
'Shameless' just did the most shameless thing on the planet and wiped out their entire Instagram content to replace it with what has been labeled as a 'new era' of the upcoming 10th season. Considering this will be the first season without the prime matriarch Fiona Gallagher, the Showtime dramedy has a lot of living up to do because let's be real: Emmy Rossum's character was the crutch of the show for almost a decade when literally nothing else seemed interesting on the show. To ensure that they don't fall behind, the creators are doing all they can to keep the show still glorious in a post-Fiona era, and what better way to jump into a season without her than to focus on Lip's hassles with parenthood.
The second oldest Gallagher sibling played by Jeremy Allen White went from being the overachieving charmer to a college dropout with a drinking problem. And when season 9 culminated, we saw him almost moving out with his girlfriend Tami (Kate Miner) who announced she was pregnant. The two had their own disagreements about keeping the baby, with Lip being for the idea, while Tami opposed it. Later on, however, she caved in and decided she did want to have the baby.
Now, in Season 10 trailers, we see Lip with a baby. Granted, his alcoholic degenerate for a father hits him with the questions "Are you sure it's yours?", digging up some unpleasant memories, but this time it looks like the baby is a hundred percent Lip's and he is going full custody on the child. A while ago, when Miner was moved from a recurring cast to a series regular for Season 10, it was teased that there might be a cancer scare plot surrounding her, which, if true, would explain why Lip is taking care of the baby all by himself. But our whizkid with a bewitching smile is also having quite a hard time grasping on to daddy responsibilities.
The trailer shows Lip laying down his baby to sleep, and right away lighting a cigarette, as he half-arsedly promises "I will quit tomorrow." Later, he is jerked out of a doze by their family best friend and next-door neighbor Veronica Ball (Shanola Hampton) and he apologizes for falling asleep with the baby in his arms. "I fell asleep,” tells the new father trying to cope with the responsibilities of raising a newborn, and Vee, like the curt replacement guardian she is, only sternly reminds him: "You can’t fall asleep… Welcome to parenthood."
While we're yet to see who will come out victorious in this insane battle of diapers and formula, as of now, Parenthood: 1, Lip Gallagher: 0.
'Shameless' Season 10 premieres on November 10 at 9 pm, only on Showtime.