'Shameless' season 9 episode 9: Fiona Gallagher hits the bottle hard as her downward spiral shows no signs of ending
Fiona has pretty much gone down the gutter to a level slightly above her degenerate scumbag of a father, Frank.
Contains spoilers about Shameless season 9, episode 8: The Apple Doesn't Fall Far from the Alibi.
'Shameless' is back with the second half of its ninth season, and in its true signature style, has already established that the Gallaghers aren't going to climb the ladder of honor and grace any time soon. The most shocking story of the lot has to be that of Fiona Gallagher's though. In this season, we see Fiona start off as a successful business owner planning further investments in terms of both career and family, and then suddenly we see her pretty much slide down the gutter to a level slightly above her degenerate scumbag of a father, Frank Gallagher. In doing so, Fiona's downward spiral has turned her into a day drinking, problematic, penniless person like Frank.
In the epic mid-season finale of Shameless season 9, we saw Fiona (Emmy Rossum) find out the truth about her Irish hunk of a boyfriend, Ford. Not only was he married, but he had a kid too. That broke Fiona, and she, in turn, broke her car and a couple of her bones too while she was at that, but the worst outcome of everything going wrong against her at the time was that she was left financially broke too. The holy trinity of crisis, if you will. So the fact that she is choosing to waste time getting drunk and ignoring all her responsibilities seems fair enough, but the fact that she is pretty much going the Frank Gallagher way (William H. Macy) is what leaves us a little rattled.
In the mid-season premiere, we saw Fiona drinking vodka straight out of the bottle first thing in the morning and then again at work while lashing out at customers there too. When she goes to the local store to pack up on cigarettes and booze, the owner there treats her like she's been a regular customer. This is only further proven by Fiona deciding to join a homeless person drinking on the curb and enjoy a nice mid-day fiesta with her fellow buddy in crisis. Episodes of her passing out on the street or lying knocked out in her own vomit outside their house, to be found and carried inside by her siblings are not uncommon either.
That Fiona is still on her downward spiral is further established by her not paying any bills even after having moved back into the house. She has even given up her control freak nature when it comes to playing her beloved role of the family matriarch and that's saying something because unlike the past occasions when she's done the same, this time it's not to teach anybody a lesson. In a way, as Rossum's time on the show nears the end (Rossum announced that season 9 is her last appearance on the show) we find Fiona settling back into the shadows and fading out.
Let's add to that ex-boyfriend Ford's sudden appearance in the upcoming episode 9 (as the teaser suggests) and it really makes one wonder how much farther are the showrunners going to push this woman? To be noted here is that Fiona has been nothing but resolute, determined, and a sassy hot mess when it comes to sticking by her family, so the fact that her decline is getting this convoluted only pains our heart more.
'Shameless' returns to Showtime on January 27, at 9 p.m.