TV Club: Shameless: “Tell Me You Fucking Need Me”

When Jimmy was revealed to be alive at the end of season four, it was alarming because it meant the return of a polarizing character, but also because it represented something of a step back for Shameless. It seemed like Shameless had mostly kicked its habit of making the most shocking or unexpected story choice, even when it doesn’t feel like the most satisfying one. Everything about Jimmy’s return has been designed to deliver the biggest gotcha possible, but beyond the element of surprise, Jimmy hasn’t added much of value. “Tell Me You Fucking Need Me” was yet another episode functioning as a Jimmy-Steve-Jack-in-the-box, but the surprise this time was simply in how abruptly the story petered out.

Bringing Jimmy back wasn’t a fundamentally bad idea, but the writers executed Jimmy’s return in a way that makes it really tough to argue in its favor …

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