'Shameless' season 9: Is there another potential baby Gallagher on the cards?
It will be interesting to see which one the infamous degenerate Frank Gallagher chooses: A woman that makes him feel alive or another shot at parenthood and doing things right.
Showtime's hit dramedy, 'Shameless' left us with the biggest closure-turned-cliffhangers at the end of the first half of its season nine. And now, with the season resuming in January 2019, especially with the prospect of the show's lead matriarchal character, Fiona Gallagher (Emmy Rossum) about to bid adieu to all of us, something else has emerged to be one of the biggest concerns for fans. There could be a potential Gallagher baby on the cards and we just aren't sure if that's good or bad.
In a new promotional video for the show's season 9-second half, we see William H. Macy talking about his character Frank, the deadbeat, pretty much good for nothing Gallagher patriarch, and he makes an interesting note about the new lady love in his eventful life. "There's new gags, new places to go with these characters," explains Macy and that's saying something because, in just the last few episodes of season nine itself, we have seen Frank give chlamydia to the majority of the parent-teacher association at his youngest son, Liam's school. Not only that, but we saw Frank also try to electrocute his own penis and hook up with a patient from the mental ward in exchange for prescribed drugs, and even campaign for a sex offender.
So naturally, when Macy shared what to expect from his on-screen avatar when the show resumes, the mention of the said mental patient - Ingrid Jones (Katey Segal) - requesting him to opt for parenthood with her is what sounded the most alarming.
Now, considering Frank's past, this is nothing out of the ordinary. His late wife, and the mother of his five children, Monica was herself a patient of mental illnesses. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and abandoned her family when Fiona was just six years old. In the last nine seasons, we have seen Monica trying to come back, making erratic, sporadic appearances in the Gallaghers' lives to make up for lost time, but none of those stays were permanent.
In the show's past, we have also seen Frank engage in other relationships with several mentally ill women. There was Sheila Jackson (Joan Cusack) who was an agoraphobiac, and even the vastly younger Bianca, a doctor who had been diagnosed with stage 3 pancreatic cancer and was extremely indulgent with the drugs Frank suggested she try. In his own obvious and beyond blatant ways, Frank attracts and is attracted to women inflicted by sufferings, and as fate would have it, Ingrid is no different. Segal's character is diagnosed with bipolar disorder as well, much like Frank's ex-wife, and viewers can tell she's a fit for the man because right at their very first encounter in the hospital, she somewhat sexually assaults him.
Of course, that doesn't seem like a red flag to Frank and he pursues a sexually charged romance with her towards the end of season nine's first half. And from what Macy had to spill, they have some big plans apparently. "Frank has always loved bipolar women because they're just so alive," Macy shares, trying to explain his character's strange inkling towards this type. But then arrives the biggest alarm in the form of a fairly reasonable life goal: "Ingrid wants to have children," reveals Macy. He says it's because parenthood is something Ingrid has never done, but it truly makes viewers reconsider that explanation once they see her ask Frank if he 'would fertilize her eggs' in the creepiest manner possible under the sun.
Now, Macy might round it all off concluding that the "show is about family values and they all stick together," but will Frank Gallagher's not so spectacular family planning vices get the better of him? He loves his women wild, eccentric, and fairly unreasonable with their actions and moods, but what he also loves is his uninhibited promiscuity. For nine seasons we have been fronted with a brilliant collection of reasons why Frank should have never become a father, and that only deepened the concerns we have for a potential Gallagher sibling being on the cards.
It will be interesting nevertheless to see which one the infamous degenerate Frank Gallagher from southside Chicago chooses though: another woman that makes him feel alive or another shot at parenthood and doing things right.