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5 events we'd like to see on the 'Shameless' season finale

Season five of Shameless has had its fair share of ups and downs. Now, after the penultimate episode of the season, “Drugs Actually,” the Gallaghers seem to be more out of sync than ever before.

Despite the feeling at the beginning of the season that Fiona had reclaimed her position at the helm of the Gallagher family, she’s actually drifted further away from her siblings—and her parental responsibilities. Meanwhile, Debbie is engaging in unprotected sex, Ian is following Monica into the wild, and Sammi just barely survived her (probably deserved) Milkovich encounter.

So much is up in the air as we head into the season finale. How will these stories wrap up? Here are five events we’d like to see happen in “Love Songs (In the Key of Gallagher).”

Note: What I’d like to see on Shameless and what actually happens on Shameless typically aren’t even close to the same thing. But, that’s why we love it, right?

1. Fiona and Debbie have a real talk

Never has a character been as in need of parental guidance as Debbie Gallagher is right now. It is likely too late to avoid the consequences of her actions (she’s going to get pregnant, right?), but Debbie desperately needs to be reminded that there are people in her life who love her and who always have her back. She was so easily convinced that having a baby at 14 was a magic ticket to happiness. Two seconds after saying she loves school, she was formulating a plan to get pregnant and drop out—all because it sounded nice to be a part of Derek’s family. Why did this seem so appealing to her? Because she no longer feels the connection to her family that she did years ago.

Pull it together, Fiona. Pay attention to your sister and give her what she needs. Support her. Love her. And if and when she finds out she’s pregnant, be real with her about the options. She’s willing to throw her life away on purpose because she’s yearning so deeply for family. Give it to her.

As an added bonus, it would be great if Debbie helped Fiona to see how withdrawn she’s become. Unlike in season four, when Fiona was well aware of her screw-ups, this year it feels like she has absolutely no idea that she’s been neglecting her siblings. Perhaps Debbie can give her that insight.

2. Chuckie is released from prison

Of all the craziness that has gone down this season, Chuckie as collateral damage has been the most upsetting. The entire storyline painted the Gallaghers in an unflattering light. This includes Carl’s willingness to sacrifice an innocent boy, Fiona’s insistence that his future wasn’t worth anything, and the Gallagher conviction that what Sammi did—attempting to protect her mentally disabled son from being used as a patsy—constitutes snitching.

In the last episode of the season, if nothing else, I’d like to see Chuckie get out of jail. There are a lot of loose ends that need to be tied up, and maybe there’s not enough time to focus on Chuckie, but I can’t bear to spend the next nine months thinking of that boy stuck behind bars with a group of neo-Nazis for friends. If Mickey Milkovich can be released early for good behavior, certainly Chuckie can. Then he and Sammi can pack their things and be on their way for good. (Because I’m sure once she gets out of that crate, she’s going to go quietly into the night.)

3. Fiona cuts Gus loose

When Gus first played his guitar for Fiona and it was so overwhelming that she couldn’t get through her gumbo without kissing him, I was in love. But, to borrow a phrase from Sean, Fiona is a whiz at self-sabotage. What seemed like such a promising start was doomed the second they walked into City Hall. Gus was equally responsible for that lack of judgment, but he’s still an incredibly decent guy who doesn’t deserve to be jerked around. Regardless of whether or not Fiona and Sean have a future, it’s time for Fiona to do the right thing and let Gus go.

4. Sean didn’t relapse

On the This Week on Shameless podcast, Ariel and I discuss the different interpretations of Sean standing in front of the mirror on the verge of relapse. Did he do it? Did he flush the drugs? It was left purposely ambiguous, and there are several different ways the story could unfold depending on what happened. I will be heartbroken if Sean relapsed. It is realistic and truthful to the character, but after everything that he and Fiona have been through, for it to all have led to this moment would be devastating. This is exactly the kind of sucker punch that Shameless likes to deliver, but I’m holding out hope that the writers go a different way.

5. Ian comes home

At the end of season three, Ian left the South Side to escape the pain of his (non-)relationship with Mickey. We were left to spend the off-season fearing he would die at war and never make it back to Mickey (or was that just me?). At the very least, the uncertainty of when and how Ian would return was unsettling. I don’t want to go through that again, not only because it was unpleasant, but because I’d like to see something new.

My hope is that somehow Ian recognizes that leaving with Monica was a bad idea, and that he finds his way home. There are people who really love him waiting for him. The thought of Monica filling his head with more of her ideas about how harmful they are breaks my heart. Come home, Ian. Snuggle up to the man who has transformed his very essence because he loves you.

What are hoping to see in the Shameless season finale? Let us know!

The Shameless season finale airs Sunday, April 5, at 9/8C on Showtime.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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