Shameless (US): Order Room Service
April 2, 2015 4:23 PM - Season 3, Episode 11 - Subscribe

Fiona tells the kids to start thinking about the possibility of moving to Michigan. Then she picks up Jimmy’s cell phone and hears from Ann Arbor Rentals about a deposit Jimmy put on a studio in Michigan.

Fiona confronts Jimmy at work about the fact that he's clearly been planning to move to Michigan alone. "You made the decision without me, as if it had absolutely nothing to do with me." Jimmy points out that Fiona did the same thing by assuming the parental guardianship without asking him. Fiona says he always knew what he was getting into, and Jimmy says yeah, he always bent to her rules — “living in a goddamn slum!” Fiona, with her smiling-while-angry face, tells Jimmy to find somewhere else to sleep. Jimmy crashes with his old med school classmate, Andy.

Fiona takes Debbie and Liam on a camping trip with Fiona’s supervisor, Mike. They start making out in Mike’s camping tent until Fiona suddenly realizes what she’s doing.

Karen comes home from the hospital. Jody explains: “She still has most of her old memories; she just can’t form any new ones.” Sheila: “She seems nicer!” Karen keeps asking for Jody, after her eye-opening experience with him at the end of the last episode.

Estefania calls Jimmy to complain that she tried to return a pair of shoes over the phone but they didn’t understand her. Jimmy tells her to call him only if it’s an emergency. A little later, Jimmy declines a call from Estefania.

Beto gives Jimmy his mail, including a notice of enrollment in the University of Michigan medical school. Beto is annoyed that Jimmy has only discussed his med school plans with Fiona, not Estefania — “You’re getting careless.”

Lip confides in Kevin about how his current girlfriend, Mandy, hit his ex-girlfriend, Karen, with a car. Kevin tells Lip to back away from Mandy, and whatever he does, “do not — repeat — do not have sex with her.” Later, Mandy complains to Lip that they haven’t had sex in over a week, then forcibly has sex with him on the kitchen floor (with none of the passion or excitement of the Fiona/Steve kitchen scene in the pilot).

Lip reminisces with Karen and tries to get her to open up: “I know you’re in there. It’s just us now.” She remembers their adventures — but: “I can’t feel … stuff … inside.” Lip doesn’t understand. He tells Karen that Mandy hit her with the car. Karen doesn’t remember.

Mickey and Ian have sex on the day of Mickey’s wedding, and then Ian begs him not to go through with it: “Your dad is an evil, psychotic prick — you’re just going to let him ruin your life?!” Mickey: “Not everybody just gets to blurt out how they ___in’ feel every minute.”

Lip crashes Mickey’s wedding to tell Mandy he knows what she did, and they’re through. Mandy shows him that she’s already moved on by introducing him to her date, Kenyatta.

Estefania’s dad, Nando, has dinner with Jimmy and asks if he knows Estefania is being deported. Jimmy missed an INS visit, and Estefania failed to impress INS that she knew much about her husband. Jimmy is shocked she didn’t remember his birthday — “My birthday is Christmas!” Beto throws Jimmy’s cell phone into the water, and Nando takes Jimmy onto his boat.

Frank lets Carl know he’s homeless, so Carl sneaks Frank into the van. They break into the home of Carl’s former foster dads, who later figure out that Carl did it since he used his unique security code, “CARL.” Police start to arrest Carl, but Lip shows up and complains loudly. Frank overhears the commotion from the van, steps in, confesses to the burglary, and surrenders himself to the police, telling them he forced Carl to do it. Lip is bemused to see Frank did the right thing: “Hell froze over.”
posted by John Cohen (4 comments total)
For some reason, I love Jimmy’s line, “My birthday is Christmas!” Maybe this is because I was also born on a holiday, so I know the feeling: I have a right to be slightly more offended than average if someone forgets my birthday, because you don’t need to remember some arbitrary date — you just need to remember the right holiday. So I like how he takes a relatable annoyance and overdramatizes it.
posted by John Cohen at 7:18 PM on April 2, 2015

What’s with the title of this episode?
posted by John Cohen at 7:19 PM on April 2, 2015

What’s with the title of this episode?

I just watched this last night, and I knew it was said in a strange place, but I couldn't remember and I had to look it up. Frank says it to Carl as he's getting into the police car: "Be brave, son! Order room service," just before Lip comments that "hell froze over."
posted by joan cusack the second at 9:35 AM on April 6, 2015

By why did they name it after the most random line, when so much else is going on in this episode?
posted by John Cohen at 6:36 PM on April 6, 2015

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