Shameless: "Going Once, Going Twice” Episode Recap
The ugly face of gentrification at the heart of last night's episode of 'Shameless.'
Last nights episode of 'Shameless' tackled the hot topic of gentrification as the Gallaghers were pushed out of their home and forced into an uncertain future.
While an eventful episode for several of the main characters, the show stealing incident was the loss of the house. Despite Fiona’s best efforts the house is bought at the end of the episode, by a young couple for a modest $130,000. In the build up to the last scene we follow as Fiona tries to save the trainwreck that is their family home. Realizing that having no credit is better than having bad credit, she decides to take out a loan of $100,000 in a last attempt at avoiding homelessness. While eligible for the loan, she must first scrape up $3,500 for a down payment. Not wanting to borrow money from Carl she ends up pawning Gus’ grandmother’s ring (appraised at $7,000) for a meager $1,900 before turning to Sean for help.
In the end, the inevitable happens, and the Gallagher’s find themselves homeless as the house is auctioned off by the state at a price they cannot afford.
With seven episodes left in the sixth season, the future of the Gallaghers remains unknown. But the show, and family it revolves around, always manages to surprise us. Perhaps the loss of the house will be a starting point for some positive development in the episodes to come. What do you think? Could the recent incidents bring about some positive change for the family? Or is this the beginning of a downward spiral?
Emmy Rossum revealed that gentrification would play a big role in the current season when she appeared on Larry King Now. See what she had to say about season six, the issue of gentrification, and her character Fiona’s feelings about it!
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