'Shameless' season 9 episode 12 preview: Fiona and Lip's relationship strains further as she acts more like Frank Gallagher
In a classic Gallagher family gathering, we see Fiona fighting with younger brother Lip and their deadbeat degenerate father, Frank, being the mediator in all of it.
Almost nearing the end of its ninth season, Showtime's hit dramedy 'Shameless' has left no stone unturned in wreaking havoc on the sole matriarchal character who has held the Gallagher family together for the most part. Owing to Emmy Rossum's exit from the show after nine long years, her character Fiona is going to be wiped off at the end of this season, but in all the moments leading up to the big exit, it looks like the showrunners are quite bent on making her go out with a bang. The new promo for the upcoming 12th episode, 'You'll Know the Bottom When You Hit It' wonderfully exhibits exactly the same.
In a classic Gallagher family gathering, we see Fiona fighting with younger brother Lip (Jeremy Allen White) with their deadbeat degenerate father, Frank (William H. Macy) being the mediator in all of it. Ever since the show returned from its mid-season hiatus, Fiona has been bankrupt, heartbroken, injured, and most importantly binge drinking for the most part of the recent few episodes. So her family's hesitation in having her boarding in their family home is understood, but Lip lashing out at her by packing her stuff and throwing it out on the curb is a step too far.
There's tension between the siblings who had been the tightest with each other for the longest time on the show; that is until Fiona's drug problems and alcoholism peaked and Lip being a recovering alcoholic, going to AA meetings regularly, wants her to take responsibility and stay away from the house where two young children are being raised. All of that aside, it is really Fiona's frustration at finding out about Lip's lack of sympathy and blatant disgust towards her that comes out in her reaction to finding her stuffed packed and thrown out.
She pounces on Lip and announces that he can't kick her out of a house which is legally under her name, but Lip is adamant. The young guy even suggests she attend a meeting to get her life back in order, starting first with ditching the newly acquired alcoholism. As expected, Fiona reacts in the most dismissive manner, completely disregarding Lip's help by taking a beer bottle out of the fridge and taking a sip off it. Of course, Frank being there helps nothing because he just does what he does best, and indulges in a monologue about recovering alcoholics and their apparent narcissism.
In other areas, we have another Gallagher sibling, Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) working at Patsie's, and a sudden power outage in the town leaving everybody else exasperated. Frank being Frank finds a way to make cash out of the crisis too, and what's worse? He drags Fiona into it, who engages in petty odd jobs just to contribute some cash to the household and get her siblings off her back. Turns out we weren't entirely wrong to estimate that in her spiraling downfall, Fiona pulls a full-on Frank Gallagher and proves that she is, in fact, his blood.
'Shameless' returns with its episode 12 on Sunday, February 24, at 9 pm only on Showtime.