'Shameless' season 9 episode 13 preview: Fiona takes the big leap marking her journey towards redemption
Taking baby steps, Fiona joins what looks like an AA meeting, coming to terms with her evident alcoholism even though she doesn't voice it out loud
Looks like the days of conflict between the closest Gallagher siblings from Showtime's 'Shameless' are finally over. In a newly released promo of the upcoming 13th episodes of season 9, we are finally treated to Lip (Jeremy Allen White) coming to terms with elder sister Fiona's (Emmy Rossum) evident downward spiral and suggesting she take the much-needed help for her alcoholism, that everybody and their mother was too oblivious to so far. What's better? Fiona actually takes the giant leap and gives in to Lip's suggestion!
That's right, titled 'Lost', the 13th installment of the nine-year-long series will take us one step closer to Fiona's storyline coming to an end owing to Rossum's exit from the show, and by the looks of it, the showrunners have finally decided to go easy on her after an entire season full of crisis. At first, she was heartbroken and financially broke. Then she ended up totaling her car and consequentially becoming one of the day-drinkers along the curbs of Southside, Chicago. What followed next was a total breakdown, including getting fired from her job and an almost arrest which she barely scraped away from. And now, after all this time, it's like Fiona has finally realized that she needs to get back on her feet, and it isn't easy, clearly.
@SHO_Shameless hit you right in the feels with the latest episode, which is crazy cause I had just gotten over the one before it. Great writing, and powerful performances. I sit and watch every week in awe. #shameless pic.twitter.com/WL32NnZqbH— It's Always Sonny (@sgage1) February 25, 2019
Taking baby steps, Fiona joins what looks like an AA meeting, coming to terms with her evident alcoholism even though she doesn't voice it out loud. The good thing about the situation is that Lip is finally patient enough to guide her through the journey. Being a recovering alcoholic himself, Lip is probably the only character on the show who has taken a step towards bettering his life and stuck to that. In that, as self-destructive as his nurturing urges might get at times, he never lets them overcome his better judgment. And it is exactly this self-control and restraint that Fiona needs to cling on to, as her last shot at redemption.
The snippets of the conversation between Lip and Fiona as revealed in the promo are probably the most wholesome bits of this season so far, as it offers ample whiffs of season 2 nostalgia where the two immediate siblings shared the tightest of bonds. It's also quite the smart move to bring back those same dynamics at this juncture of the show where we are so certain that Fiona is turning into her deadbeat father Frank (William H. Macy) and Lip is beyond done with her. Almost like a phoenix rising from its ashes, we get glimpses of the older Fiona that we had grown to love, admire, and so deeply respect and that is truly the send off the sole matriarch of the show deserves, especially after all the sh*tstorm she has been through.