TV Club: Shameless vs. the Reset Button
“There’s no way to pretend it never happened. The good news is you can always hit the reset button.”
Sean is the only person who has any real sense of what Carl’s going through: he was there when Carl showed up at his door looking for a place to stay, and so he saw a vulnerable kid reacting to something he can’t really process. He also, we know, went through similar things himself. While Fiona may have her experience with prison, it’s nothing compared to Sean’s, who killed a man while struggling through addiction. And so it’s only Sean who’s able to see how Carl’s excess—pimping out the Gallagher house with an indoor slide and a recording booth—is a coping mechanism, a way to keep from focusing on the fact that Nick murdered a local boy over a bicycle.