Every good story has a heroine that suffers through a variety of tragedies before finding her happily ever after, be it her knight in shining armor or the various problems in her life magically solved in the end.
Then there’s Fiona Gallagher. Ah, Fiona. As usual, her life is a chaotic mess of her own making, as well as getting a healthy slice of homemade shit from the people who inhabit her universe. As we’ve all seen, she’s faltered in her role as big sister/guardian to her siblings, yet now seems to fully grasp just how far they’ve spun out of control. She feels horribly guilty and is trying desperately to fix their lives.
Debbie is resentful and obstinate towards Fiona’s pressure to get an abortion, not realizing that Fiona is trying to help her. She’s mouthy and hateful, and treating Fiona well, like a mouthy, petulant teenage daughter would treat her mother. Ian is in a depressed, sullen, resentful mood, and is making Fiona as miserable as possible because she’s forcing him to take his meds. Both of her siblings are way out of line, and biting the hand that feeds and loves them. They can’t appreciate that she’s working her ass off in a thankless, backbreaking job to keep a roof over their heads and the utilities on. I doubt anyone would have blamed her if she told both of them to go to hell and figure it out themselves, but that’s not Fiona.
Work is no respite from the barrage of shit she’s getting at home, either. When Sean made her assistant manager, her co-workers who once viewed her as ‘one of them’ now see her as ‘The Man’, and are resentful she got the job due to her sleeping with the boss. I wonder if Sean had another motive for giving her the job… Was he too concerned with getting high and didn’t want to train anyone else?
Speaking of Sean, Fiona is yet again in another bad relationship with a man who’s demons even come with baggage. When Sean confessed that he’d used the night before, you could see the full effect of his admission almost physically weighing her down in her chair as the reality of her relationship and disbelief set in. And now she’s pregnant? I did NOT see that coming. Earlier in the day as she was trying to reason with Debbie, she said she was thisclose to having them raised and didn’t want another mouth to feed.
So what are her options? She knows the realities of a baby, and especially growing up with an absentee father. Would she do that to a child? Sean already has a child that he put in harm’s way due to his addiction, and a heroin addict for a father is second only to having Frank Gallagher as your dad. Sean might want the baby and want to be a good dad, but he will always want to use, and as he told Fiona, he can’t promise he never will again. If she does have the baby, her relationship with Debbie will be forever changed, as Debbie will be resentful that Fiona forced her to terminate, yet carried through with her own.
Door number three is Gus, her nice guy legal husband. Is she capable of passing the baby off as his? (She IS a Gallagher after all, and history tells us Fiona Gallagher doesn’t react logically when her back is to the wall.) It’s going to be interesting to see how she continues to balance her shit as well as her siblings. I can’t wait to see our heroine’s story playout in front of us.