Last night I finally watched the finale of the third season of Showtime's Shameless. Throughout three seasons, I've always looked at this raunchy comedy as my guilty pleasure. It's a show I never found a desire to bring up at water cooler discussions, and never really thought about outside the hour spent in front of the television. It glides across a ridiculous storyline of the world's most destructive and dysfunctional family who never manages to get in trouble. The characters make South Side Chicago look like modern-day Sodom, with ever-occurring scenes of intense sex, fun-loving drug use, and vicious murder being passed off as everyday normalcy. I never really paid any attention to the plot, until last night, during its 36th hour.
A short series of scenes in this episode, finally justified the many hours I've wasted oggling at all its absurdity. It finally provided a moment of identifiable reality. For those who don't watch, here's a very loose description of what happened (SPOILERS):
Asshole alcoholic dad (William H. Macy) is in the hospital after being told his drinking will surely kill him. His youngest son sneaks away in the middle of the night with an idea of how to save him. Even though the dude's a total douche, it's still his dad, and he still loves him. It's finally time for the surly old bastard to choose his family or the booze.
You're probably wondering why the hell I'm dragging on about a TV show episode on a music blog, but what helped define this moment of lucidity was in fact the music used during the scene. As the emotional bubble in your throat stretches the limits of its elasticity, it finally bursts as Lord Huron's "Ends of the Earth" takes off. It's an incredibly serene song with lyrics that brilliantly suit the moment.
I was a-ready to die for you, baby
Doesn't mean I'm ready to stay
What good is livin' a life you've been given
If all you do is stand in one place
We couldn't find a clip of the scene, but below you can watch a behind-the-scenes look and listen to the song separately.