List of Shameless (U.S. TV series) episodes

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Shameless is an American comedy-drama series adapted by John Wells based upon the British series of the same name. It premiered on Showtime on January 9, 2011.[1] The second season premiered on January 8, 2012. On February 1, 2012, Shameless was renewed for a third season,[2] which premiered January 13, 2013. On January 29, 2013, Showtime renewed Shameless for a fourth season.[3] On February 18, 2014, Showtime renewed Shameless for a fifth season.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD and Blu-ray release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 12 January 9, 2011 (2011-01-09) March 27, 2011 (2011-03-27) December 27, 2011 (2011-12-27)[4] June 25, 2012 (2012-06-25)[5] April 4, 2012 (2012-04-04)[6]
2 12 January 8, 2012 (2012-01-08) April 1, 2012 (2012-04-01) December 18, 2012 (2012-12-18)[7] N/A February 13, 2013 (2013-02-13)[8]
3 12 January 13, 2013 (2013-01-13) April 7, 2013 (2013-04-07) December 17, 2013 (2013-12-17)[9] N/A December 18, 2013 (2013-12-18)[10]
4 12 January 12, 2014 (2014-01-12) April 6, 2014 (2014-04-06) December 30, 2014 (2014-12-30)[11] N/A December 17, 2014 (2014-12-17)[12]
5 12[13] 2015 (2015)[13] TBA TBA TBA TBA


Season 1 (2011)[edit]

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1 1 "Pilot" Mark Mylod Teleplay by: Paul Abbott and John Wells
British Episode by: Paul Abbott
January 9, 2011 (2011-01-09) 0.98[14]
Fiona's purse is stolen, but a handsome stranger named Steve helps her. Lip has suspicions about Ian's sexuality, and decides he should take him to Karen Jackson to confirm his suspicions.
2 2 "Frank the Plank" John Wells Teleplay by: Paul Abbott and John Wells
British Episode by: Paul Abbott
January 16, 2011 (2011-01-16) 0.81[15]
Frank, heavily intoxicated from the previous night, wakes up in Toronto, Canada, with no memory of how he arrived there. The kids and friends search for him, but one may be hiding something.
3 3 "Aunt Ginger" Stephen Hopkins Nancy M. Pimental January 23, 2011 (2011-01-23) 0.90[16]
Fiona, having dumped Steve, decides to date Tony, a local cop who has had feelings for her since childhood. A woman from the Office of the Inspector General knocks on the Gallagher door looking for Aunt Ginger, the owner of the family house, who has supposedly been living in a Wisconsin nursing home for 12 years.
4 4 "Casey Casden" Todd Holland Teleplay and Television Story by: Cindy Caponera
British Episode by: Paul Abbott
January 30, 2011 (2011-01-30) 1.11[17]
Debbie steals a toddler from a birthday party while depressed from Aunt Ginger's departure. The family creates a plan that will return the boy to his family while avoiding the increased police presence in the area.
5 5 "Three Boys" Mimi Leder Teleplay by: Alex Borstein
British Episode by: Danny Brocklehurst
February 6, 2011 (2011-02-06) 0.95[18]
Frank has an interesting appointment with his disability doctor, who demands a biopsy of a strange third lump in his scrotum. Kev and Veronica fake a wedding to earn a lump sum of cash from Veronica's deceased father, to be given to her on her wedding day.
6 6 "Killer Carl" John Dahl Mike O'Malley February 13, 2011 (2011-02-13) 1.01[19]
Lip gets busted taking the SAT's for a number of other students. Carl gets in trouble at school and the principal demands to see one of Carl's parents, or he will face expulsion.
7 7 "Frank Gallagher: Loving Husband, Devoted Father" David Nutter Etan Frankel February 20, 2011 (2011-02-20) 1.14[20]
Frank is hunted by two ruthless thugs after he fails to follow through with an illegal money-making scheme, and he must repay them $6000. The Gallagher family helps Frank fake his own death to convince the thugs to leave town. Steve takes Fiona to an expensive hotel to get away from her family and work stress. Mickey steals Kash's gun and Linda has the cameras at the Kash-n-Grab fixed, which has implications on Ian's affair with Kash. Ian tries to get the gun back with Mickey and discovers a great secret while doing this. There is a surprise for Sheila as she does something she hasn't done in years.
8 8 "It's Time to Kill the Turtle" Scott Frank Nathan Jackson and Nancy M. Pimental February 27, 2011 (2011-02-27) 0.92[21]
In the hospital, Frank is offered $3000 if he can stop drinking for two weeks. This pleases Carl and Debbie but Lip doesn't believe Frank can stay sober for even two weeks. In the end, Frank starts to wreck the Gallagher's home, so Lip tasers him and forces liquor down his throat, ending the experiment. Ian continues his sexual relationship with Mickey. Fiona scrambles to find a better-paying job, while Steve's past starts catching up with him. Lip tours the University of Chicago campus and is offered an interesting opportunity. Veronica and Kev's new foster daughter Ethel is 13 years old and a little different than expected, having come from a polygamous sect where she and four other women were married to a 68-year-old man.
9 9 "But At Last Came a Knock" Mark Mylod Teleplay by: Alex Borstein
British Episode by: Paul Abbott
March 6, 2011 (2011-03-06) 1.14[22]
Frank is in line for some settlement money but there's a catch: he needs his ex-wife, Monica, to sign the paperwork, and there may be more to Monica than meets the eye. Debbie discovers a secret about Steve, and extorts him to keep it a secret. Ian has an eventful day at work, and Lip does some work for Steve to buy concert tickets for Karen.
10 10 "Nana Gallagher Had an Affair" Adam Bernstein Teleplay and Television Story by: Cindy Caponera
British Episode by: Paul Abbott
March 13, 2011 (2011-03-13) 1.12[23]
Liam's paternity test reveals different results than expected, as does another member of the Gallagher family. Karen attends the Purity Ball with her father, Eddie, on the promise that if she "rededicates herself as a virgin", she can have the car. Fiona and Steve move in next door so Fiona can keep an eye on the kids while Monica tries (and fails) to be their mom again.
11 11 "Daddyz Girl" Sanaa Hamri Nancy M. Pimental March 20, 2011 (2011-03-20) 1.10[24]
Amy Smart guest stars as a school mother in Debbie's class whose take on friendship leaves Fiona a little confused. Steve's "business" finally leads Tony to investigate what he's up to. Lip and Ian go on a search for Ian's real dad. Karen finds an extreme way to pay Eddie back for embarrassing her at the Purity Ball. Frank's worker's compensation is terminated and he searches for a new job at which to get hurt.
12 12 "Father Frank, Full of Grace" Mark Mylod John Wells March 27, 2011 (2011-03-27) 1.16[25]
Lip and Ian spend the night in jail on grand theft auto charges. Lip tries to take the blame so that it won't prevent Ian enlisting in the Marines. Fiona tries to locate Steve while waiting in the police station; Debbie hastily visits Steve/Jimmy's mother and tells her the truth; Frank foolishly tries to manipulate Karen to keep recent history a secret, which pushes her off the edge; Fiona tries to find out the truth of the stolen car from Ian, who also admits to being gay; Frank over and over narcissistically tries to justify his sleeping with Karen in front of the bar patrons, and tries to lecture to his audience, even going as far as using profanities about Ethel and Kev's relationship in front of Kev; Steve offers Tony the house he bought; while Karen is having depression, Lip visits her and in a passionate moment tells her that he loves her, which results in a breakup; Eddie finds out that Frank slept with Karen and goes in search of revenge, which makes Frank a homeless fugitive, later joined by Lip, which then turns into a violent showdown until Kev comes and stops Lip. Fiona has a difficult decision to make when Steve asks her to run away with him to Costa Rica. Frank tries to justify it about not having money and starts steering the conversation towards Sheila's money. Broken about past events, Eddie Jackson digs up a big ice fishing hole, ties a concrete block to his feet, and jumps in the frozen lake; Lip and Karen make up; Fiona initially decides to go with Steve to Costa Rica, but then changes her mind.

Season 2 (2012)[edit]

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13 1 "Summertime" Mark Mylod John Wells January 8, 2012 (2012-01-08) 1.58[26]
Summertime in Chicago, and the Gallaghers are back and up to the same tricks. Frank, after losing a bet with a fellow bar patron, is now in over his head $10,000, and Karen refuses to let him steal the money from Sheila again; Frank uses Liam to win sympathy panhandling, until the bar patron takes Liam as collateral for the money. Lip wants to continue seeing Karen, who is now attending Sex Addicts Anonymous meetings and in a sex-free relationship with a fellow group member; however, he is also preoccupied with summer courses, running a fighting ring, and selling pot and alcohol out of an ice cream truck with Kevin. Fiona and Veronica are waitressing at a local club; Fiona is seeing someone to get her mind off of Steve, though V says her new boyfriend is "a rebound" and "even looks like Steve." Ian is still working for Kash and Linda, whose marriage is deteriorating despite her pregnancy; Ian also expresses interest in attending West Point, and Lip agrees to help him with his application and grades; he is also looking forward to Mickey's release from jail. Debbie and Carl run a babysitting service in the house to bring in extra funds. Sheila is simultaneously trying to find Eddie (who committed suicide last season) and working on being outside her home.
14 2 "Summer Loving" John Wells Mike O'Malley January 15, 2012 (2012-01-15) 1.25[27]
As Sheila overcomes more of her agoraphobia, a worried Frank finds a new financial plan in a fellow former bar patron by the name of Dottie, whose declining health makes her an ideal match for him. Fiona juggles her job, family life, and a burgeoning love life, with even her friend Jasmine trying to set her up with an older man. Veronica takes some of the elderly people from the retirement home on an excursion. Lip worries about Karen's relationship with Jody. After being released from jail, Ian tries to land a job for Mickey at Kash and Grab, and Mickey reluctantly agrees. Debbie and Carl deal with their growth spurts on wanting more space around the house.
15 3 "I'll Light a Candle for You Every Day" Craig Zisk Nancy M. Pimental January 22, 2012 (2012-01-22) 1.28[28]
Still trying to get her mind off Steve, Fiona decides to reconnect with Craig, an old high school crush. When she finds an abandoned purse with five hundred dollars in it, she assumes her luck is finally changing. Frank decides to do anything to get Dottie's money, including marrying her and intercepting the page telling her she has a new heart. After Harry, an elderly man who Debbie befriends at the retirement home, dies, Debbie becomes obsessed with death. Kevin thinks about buying the Alibi Room, much to the dismay of Veronica. Lip meets with a soldier to gather information for Ian about West Point. Jody is planning on asking for Karen's hand in marriage.
16 4 "A Beautiful Mess" Mark Mylod Alex Borstein January 29, 2012 (2012-01-29) 1.37[29]
After sleeping with Craig, Fiona is unprepared for the arrival of his irate wife. And on the family front, Fiona is concerned that she is dumping too much responsibility on the Gallagher children when stress causes Debbie to break out in a rash. Meanwhile, Frank begins to suspect his days in the Jackson household are coming to an end; Ian marches forward in his efforts to get into West Point; and Lip attempts to dig up dirt on Jody.
17 5 "Father's Day" Anthony Hemingway Etan Frankel February 5, 2012 (2012-02-05) 1.01[30]
When Eddie Jackson's body turns up, Frank thinks he should be in line to claim his pension and insurance benefits. Meanwhile, Fiona attends a high-class wedding with her sugar daddy Richard; Lip discovers startling news about Karen and Jody; Frank's room is rented to a hooker; Veronica suspects Kev of cheating but he was actually just secretly taking reading classes because he couldn't read. Sheila uncovers the truth about what transpired between Frank and Karen last year.
18 6 "Can I Have a Mother" John Dahl William H. Macy & Steven Schachter February 12, 2012 (2012-02-12) 1.44[31]
Frank's mother is released from prison and forces Frank along to extort money from an old acquaintance. Fiona and Steve go on a double date with their respective partners and have a romantic encounter in the bathroom, causing Fiona's date to leave immediately. Karen and Jody have their wedding; Lip tells Karen he wants her to have an abortion; Eddie's life insurance goes to Karen, and Frank throws a tantrum, causing Sheila to kick Frank out of the house; Ethel runs away with Malik; Debbie informs Fiona of Steve's second life.
19 7 "A Bottle of Jean Nate" David Nutter Nancy M. Pimental February 19, 2012 (2012-02-19) 1.41[32]
Jasmine decides to throw an end of summer party on a boat and invites Fiona, without telling her that Steve and Estefania (Stephanie Fantauzzi) will be on board. Lip tries to get back into Karen's good graces, even making up a prenuptial agreement for her and Jody. Ian continues to give Lip the silent treatment. Frank tries to get Fiona's help in dealing with Grammy.
20 8 "Parenthood" Daisy Von Scherler Mayer Mike O'Malley March 4, 2012 (2012-03-04) 1.60[33]
While Jody and Sheila comfort a dying Grammy, but Sheila actually ends up smothering Grammy to death at her request since she no longer wants to suffer. Frank steps out and stops at the Kash and Grab, where he walks in on Ian and Mickey having sex. Meanwhile, Lip wants to quit school, but Fiona tells him that if he reconsiders, she'll go back and get her GED; Lip takes Karen to a number of adoption agencies and doesn't like what she has planned; Steve decides to coach Carl's football team.
21 9 "Hurricane Monica" Alex Graves Alex Borstein March 11, 2012 (2012-03-11) 1.31[34]
Monica blows back into town and immediately hooks up with Frank for more shenanigans, but the kids are left wondering if she's finally here to stay, and Frank is eager to pick up the ashes of his late mother and reclaim the cash he believes she's hidden. Meanwhile, after Fiona kicks out Lip, he stayed at Karen's and then moved in with Steve. Later, Sheila and Jody think the house is haunted by Eddie's ghost; they end up having sex. Ian's mom, Monica, tell him she know about him having sex with Mickey and that he shouldn't be ashamed; she takes him to a gay club. Mandy's father broke in the Gallagher's house and started punching Ian because he believes he got her pregnant; the baby could be Lip's or another guy's child.
22 10 "A Great Cause" Mimi Leder Etan Frankel March 18, 2012 (2012-03-18) 1.16[35]
Fiona begins to plan for her future by taking classes for her GED and to take initiatives to move up in the club she worked at during the summer. As Monica settles in to being with the kids again, Fiona has doubts about her until Jimmy reassures her and says she needs to enjoy it while it lasts. Ian continues to evade Mandy's dad as he thinks Ian got Mandy pregnant. Monica finds the Gallagher "Squirrel Fund" and blows it with Frank on non-essential items. Steve wants to reunite Estefania with her true love but has complications when they can't find him. Lip and Ian learn the identity of the father of Mandy's baby when they attempt to put her dad back in prison so he'll stop attacking Ian – her own father impregnated her when he was drunk. Ian initiates a fundraiser to pay for Mandy having an abortion. Sheila takes in an addict who's in hospice. Monica inadvertently causes havoc for the family and gets into an accident when she lets Carl drive a car. When Fiona realizes what's happened, and Lip tells her that Monica and Frank stole the "Squirrel Fund", she breaks down and tries to pick up the pieces once again.
23 11 "Just Like the Pilgrims Intended" Mark Mylod Story by: LaToya Morgan & Nancy M. Pimental
Teleplay by: Nancy M. Pimental
March 25, 2012 (2012-03-25) 1.51[36]
The Gallaghers celebrate Thanksgiving by inviting a large group over, planning on eating the bald eagle Carl shot with a gun he found; Jimmy buys a turkey for everyone to eat instead. Lip now anxious, prepares himself for the arrival of his baby by creating a movie for when the child grows up. Estefania's boyfriend Marco finally shows up as and is enraged that Steve had sex with her, even though they're married. Steve agrees to let him assume his identity as "Steve"; he'll start going by his real name, Jimmy. Frank tries to get his share of his mother's money from his brother Clayton but is unsuccessful. Ian goes back to the gay club and sleeps with an older businessman calling himself Ned (who is later revealed to sometimes go by Ned but his name is Lloyd.) As the Gallaghers celebrate thanksgiving through a dinner, Monica attempts to commit suicide, abruptly ending the family's gathering. Lip unknowingly drives Mandy's brothers to rob a store but gets out of the car and walks away once he realizes what they're doing. Karen goes into labor, her baby is born as the Gallaghers see that the baby is Asian and has Down-Syndrome so obviously not really Lip's, causing disappointment for Lip. The baby's adoptive parents then decide not to adopt the baby. Karen shows no love for her baby, just wants it away from her. Sheila steals the baby from the maternity ward while Frank passes out on a sidewalk.
24 12 "Fiona Interrupted" John Wells John Wells April 1, 2012 (2012-04-01) 1.45[37]
The Gallaghers reel from the recent events of Monica's attempted suicide and the birth of Karen's developmentally delayed child. Jimmy gets back into Fiona's good graces and decides to let her meet his family. Frank plots to free Monica from the psychiatric institution but Monica escapes with her fellow patient (Jenna Elfman) and lover after Frank helps them climb out of a bathroom window. Monica told Debbie that the family would be better without her sticking around. Fiona passed her GED and tells Lip to finish high school and convinces him to move back into the house. When Sheila and Jody decide to raise Karen's newborn son, Karen makes them choose between her and the baby. Karen leaves and Lip tells her she will regret the decision in the future. Ian discovers when meeting Jimmy's family that Lloyd, the man he slept with a few days earlier, is really Jimmy's father. Estefania and Marco have a fight and he hits her, which leads her to beg Jimmy to stay in the Gallagher house.

Season 3 (2013)[edit]

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25 1 "El Gran Cañon" Mark Mylod John Wells January 13, 2013 (2013-01-13) 2.00[38]
Fiona tries to adapt to living with Jimmy after he moves in with her. Jimmy deals with the sudden appearance of Estefania's father. Estefania's father kills her boyfriend Marco in front of Jimmy, who's then forced to help dismember the body and dispose of it on a boat in the Great Lakes. Estefania's father wants Jimmy to stay married to her so she can become an American citizen. Frank wakes up in Mexico after hard partying and starts to make his way back home but is turned away at the border due to lack of papers, so he turns to being a drug mule to get through. After trying to steal a laser with Ian, Lip gets arrested and arraigned in bond court. Lip, Ian, Carl, and Mandy compete in a robot fighting competition with the stolen laser mounted on top of the robot. They win and put the $400 cash prize towards the past due property tax but, unknown by anyone else, Fiona puts $1,000 down on an upcoming night so she can be the club's promoter that night and hopefully make much more. Ian and Lloyd, Jimmy's dad, continue to meet up and have sex. Veronica and Kevin do live internet sex shows for money where he is Thomas Jefferson and she is his slave, Sally Hemings. Meanwhile, Sheila and Jody experience parental life with Karen's baby Hymie.
26 2 "The American Dream" Anthony Hemingway Nancy M. Pimental January 20, 2013 (2013-01-20) 1.37[39]
Fiona faces new challenges as a party promoter in the same club where she worked as a waitress; she ends up losing $100 for the night, which is good for a first time, but she only did that well because Lip tricked rich kids into coming there for a concert that didn't exist. Estefania's father has assigned Beto to watch over Jimmy's every move, causing Jimmy frustration. Lip's teachers and Mandy try getting Lip to prepare his resumé and application for college but he just continues to serve community service and hustle money to pay the house taxes. Frank staggers home and clashes with the rest of the Gallaghers due to his drunken antics; after trying to take care of Frank, showing him kindness and love, Debbie finally has enough of Frank's bad behavior, hitting him with a homemade weapon. Ian deals with the return of Mickey and tries to figure out if they're in a relationship. Veronica gets a surprise at her door in the form of Kev's wife. Sheila and Jody struggle to adjust to parental life with baby Hymie; they have Debbie babysit and even let Frank stay because he seems to quiet Hymie.
27 3 "May I Trim Your Hedges?" Steve Shill Krista Vernoff January 27, 2013 (2013-01-27) 1.99[40]
Fiona applies for a job as a cashier in a grocery store but has second thoughts after the store manager makes sexual advances towards her. Veronica then uses a hidden camera to catch the manager making advances towards her to blackmail him into giving Fiona the job with good hours. Sheila allows Frank to take baby Hymie to his doctor's appointment for her, but instead of taking him to the appointment Frank tries to use Hymie to scam a children's foundation for an autographed basketball to sell. When he finds out the foundation is for children with cancer he decides to use Carl, convincing Carl he might be dying from "cancer." Kev's wife Cheryl is trying to get him back by pretending her sister's child is hers and his. When she admits this, Veronica and her get into a physical fight and Veronica forces her to sign the divorce papers. Lip leads a crusade to take down sex offenders in the neighborhood after Debbie witnesses a man masturbating on the bus, but fails after he and his posse discover one sex offender they go after is a woman (Justine Lupe). He then decides to flirt with her and take a picture as evidence for the police; Mandy finds out and confronts her by persuading her to move out as she scares her with a dug grave in her yard. Jimmy spends time with Estefania (Stephanie Fantauzzi) creating false wedding photos in order to protect her from immigration services. When riding in a car Estefania puts Jimmy's hand between her legs and masturbates with it. Jimmy feels like he betrayed Fiona. Ian is confused when Mickey sleeps with a neighborhood girl. Mickey discovers Ian's relationship with Jimmy's father, Lloyd, and follows them to a bar where he attacks Lloyd after he calls Mickey Ian's boyfriend.
28 4 "The Helpful Gallaghers" Randall Einhorn Mike O'Malley February 10, 2013 (2013-02-10) 1.53[41]
Mandy receives a call from her younger half-sister Molly whose mother has apparently just died. Lip convinces Mandy to retrieve Molly in Milwaukee to save her from the foster care system. (Molly is actually a boy, but was raised as a girl, which she doesn't understand.) Carl heads off to cancer camp, where restrictions on the camp's activities frustrate the kids. Debbie works on holding her breath longer underwater. A distraught Sheila asks Frank for advice on getting Jody to agree to use her fetish toys. Fiona gathers a group of co-workers to discuss the boss's sexual advances towards them. Jimmy pitches in the Gallagher Squirrel fund, then meets his father for a drink and learns he was kicked out and is getting a divorce from his mother. He also finds out his father's true sexuality after he brings him to the Gallagher's house, where Lloyd gets in bed with Lip whom he mistakes for Ian; Ian then finally reveals his relationship with him. Veronica and Kevin try having a baby.
29 5 "The Sins of My Caretaker" J. Michael Muro Sheila Callaghan February 17, 2013 (2013-02-17) 1.31[42]
A city employee notifies Fiona that the city will be doing sewer line work in the backyard, this is a problem because Aunt Ginger is buried somewhere in the backyard. Fiona makes Frank look for the body before the city digs up the yard. Fiona also deals with the animosity of her co-workers over not giving in to the sexual advances of the boss when all the rest of them do. Jimmy still struggles to deal with his father's true sexuality; he goes to Estefania for emotional support after getting into an argument with Fiona. Ian tries to avoid Lloyd (Jimmy's Dad) but Lloyd asks him to rob his house to get back certain things he wants, telling Ian he can keep whatever else he wants; Ian recruits Mickey and his cousins for the job. Veronica and Kev find out Veronica is infertile and approach her mother about being a surrogate. Lip has second thoughts about his relationship with Mandy. Carl returns from cancer camp and Debbie gets bullied at the local pool. Sheila starts to regret the path she's started down by using her fetish toys with Jody. She takes in a terminally ill nun who has taken a vow of silence, so Sheila feels safe confiding in her about her deviant behavior. The nun blogs about Sheila's behavior using her iPad. The Gallaghers get a visit by child protective services.
30 6 "Cascading Failures" Anthony Hemingway Alex Borstein February 24, 2013 (2013-02-24) 1.48[43]
Fiona and Jimmy try to get the kids back after they are taken away by child protective services, even going so far as to attempt to track Monica down and to ask Veronica and Kev to apply to foster them. She ultimately gets Frank to agree to clean up and petition for their return. Fiona quits her job at the grocery store when the manager won't let her off to go find the kids. Frank gets Sheila to pose as Monica since the petition for custody requires signatures from both parents. Frank and Sheila must attend a parenting class in order to get the kids back; Sheila hopes that the class might help her understand why Karen ran away. Meanwhile Veronica and Kev continue their quest to have a baby. Veronica convinces Kev to have sex with her mother, as the artificial insemination was not working. Mickey's dad finds Ian and Mickey in a sexual position; he beats them both and then calls a prostitute to have sex with Mickey, forcing Ian to watch. At the end of the episode, Fiona finds out that Frank was the one who called child protective services.
31 7 "A Long Way From Home" Mimi Leder Etan Frankel March 3, 2013 (2013-03-03) 1.76[44]
Fiona prepares herself for her court hearing, having decided to attempt to get full custody of the Gallagher children. To better her chances, Fiona, Lip and Ian forge a will in which Aunt Ginger leaves them the house. She gets help from Veronica in getting a deceased body of an elderly woman to pose as the recently passed away Ginger. Meanwhile Frank tries to clean up his antics. Jimmy deals with the sudden visitation by immigration and has sex with Estefania again. Sheila gets visited at her home by the biological teenage father of baby Hymie and his mother, who Sheila decides to give Hymie to. Shortly after, Karen returns home. Debbie runs away from her foster home after having to do illegal manual labor along with the other children there. Ian is avoided by Mickey after they were caught having sex by Mickey's father and having been beaten up as a result. Fiona finally faces Frank in court; the judge continues Frank's parental rights but declares Fiona the other legal guardian of the Gallagher children. Lip tries to file the forged will from Aunt Ginger for the house while in court, but finds out that a family relative by the name of Patrick filed an (equally forged) will earlier that supersedes theirs.
32 8 "Where There's a Will" Danny Cannon Davey Holmes March 10, 2013 (2013-03-10) 1.66[45]
The Gallaghers try to come up with a plan on how to fight back on keeping the home after learning that cousin Patrick filed in a equally forged will; after many attempts fail Carl poisons Patrick to kill him but he survives. Fiona and Jimmy start their new jobs working with city waste which Jimmy quits but gets a job at a coffee shop. Frank gets kicked out of Sheila's home; he continues to attend court-ordered alcoholics anonymous class and makes friends with a fellow member as he decides to pose as his sponsor in order to have a place to stay. Come to find out the man was just looking for a sponsor because he wanted a friend, he isn't really an alcoholic. After a fight with Lip, which Karen instigated, Mandy moves out of the Gallagher home. He then visits Karen and they have sex. Sheila and Karen attend a down-syndrome support group. Sheila later learns from baby Hymie's other grandmother, Mrs. Wong, that Karen called her in order for them to take Hymie with them so she can return home. Veronica and Kev continue their quest on having a child as Veronica's mom, Carol, starts turning up the romance; she might be slowly developing feelings for Kev. When Patrick brings the police to evict the Gallaghers, Debbie claims he had sexually molested her. While he was being arrested Fiona starts negotiations for a 50-year lease at $500 per month down from the $1800 he originally wanted.
33 9 "Frank the Plumber" Mark Mylod Krista Vernoff March 17, 2013 (2013-03-17) 1.67[46]
Fiona starts a new office job while Jimmy continues with his job at the coffee shop. After having a bad day, Jimmy considers returning to medical school. Frank continues his stay at the home of a member from alcoholics anonymous. He gets the idea of trying to get financial benefits under a domestic partnership program. When they're turned down he unknowingly starts a city campaign for gay rights. Because of all the publicity, his roommate's mother makes him move out. Lip and Mandy get into a fight due to Mandy apply to colleges for Lip and the return of Karen. After a possibly successful interview with M.I.T. and talking with Mandy, Lip realizes how good Mandy is for him and how bad Karen is. When Lip decides to break it off with Karen, Karen continues to try and win him back by all means possible, leading Mandy to run her over with her car. Ian finds out that Mickey is getting married and becomes upset. When he confronts Mickey and tells him that they love each other and are both gay, Mickey beats Ian up. Debbie skips a day from school and spends time with a depressed Sheila while babysitting Liam. Veronica and Kev continue their quest on having a child leading to questioning themselves on whether having their child circumcised.
34 10 "Civil Wrongs" Gary B. Goldman Mike O'Malley March 24, 2013 (2013-03-24) 1.61[47]
Fiona continues her new office job including playing a job softball game. Jimmy breaks the news to her about returning to medical school; he also tells the news to Beto who says it'll be difficult to get Estefania to move with him. Frank continues his new found fame as a spokesperson for a gay rights movement including attracting an anti-gay rights group that wants to "cure" him of his homosexuality by giving him women to have sex with. With that promise, and getting double the pay and a better hotel, Frank scams both groups. Eventually, Frank is caught by the gay-rights group. The second time Lip visits Karen in the hospital he finds out from Sheila about the text message sent from his phone. He didn't send it but doesn't tell anyone yet. Karen responds to Jody's touch so he starts performing oral sex on her; then she recovers from her coma. Ian finds out from Mandy that the woman Mickey is marrying is the same woman he was forced to have sexual intercourse with when Mickey's dad found them having sex. He tells Lip, who advises him to try and move on. Veronica and Kev find out that her mother is pregnant. Jimmy tells Fiona he must go to Michigan to finish attending University of Michigan Medical School. He asks her about coming there to live with him and that the kids can come if she wants, leaving her in dismay. She doesn't want to be apart from him for a year.
35 11 "Order Room Service" Sanaa Hamri Sheila Callaghan March 31, 2013 (2013-03-31) 1.65[48]
Fiona contemplates finding another job so she can move to Michigan where Jimmy will be returning to medical school; Fiona receives a call and finds out Jimmy has only rented a studio apartment in Michigan, Fiona and Jimmy get into a large argument about their relationship and trust. Fiona tells him to find another place to sleep. Later on, Jimmy gets a surprise visit from Estefania's father who informs that Estefania is being deported by immigration, then boards his yacht leaving off to a unknown location, all the while seemingly fearing for his life. Frank spends a night sleeping on the train and convinces Carl to let him stay in the old family van when he has nowhere else to go. Frank and Carl bond over Frank's childhood story of theft, inspiring Carl to propose stealing belongings from the foster parents he was recently living with; the police arrive to arrest Carl but Frank takes the blame. Lip, having figured out Mandy was the one to run over Karen, seeks advice from Kev; Lip attempts to cautiously end things with Mandy, fearful of her reaction. Angered by witnessing Karen's deficiencies after returning from the hospital, Lip confronts her at Mickey's wedding where they break up. Ian confronts Mickey who is moments away from marrying the female he was forced to have sexual intercourse with and tries to convince him to not marry her; Mickey and Ian have sex, but to Ian's dismay, Mickey goes through with the wedding, causing Ian to drink excessively and reveal to Mandy he's been sleeping with Mickey. Fiona attends a camping trip by her boss with her family. While at the camping trip, Fiona nearly has sex with her boss, but instead calls Jimmy to admit he was right about moving to Michigan alone.
36 12 "Survival of the Fittest" Mark Mylod Etan Frankel & Nancy M. Pimental April 7, 2013 (2013-04-07) 1.82[49]
Frank wakes up in jail after being arrested the previous night then faints and wakes up in the hospital. While there, the doctor tells him that he has liver failure and advises him not to continue drinking; Frank ignored the doctor's advice. While drinking and bonding with Lip over him graduating during the day, he collapses at a skating rink sending him back into the hospital. Fiona tries convincing Frank to stop drinking for either himself or his kids so he'll live. Fiona assumes that Jimmy is avoiding her over the previous day and becomes distraught over wondering about his whereabouts, even reaching his dad Lloyd to ask him where he is. His dad tells her this is typical of Jimmy. As she is about to enter the house, she gets stopped by Beto who delivers to her money he says is from Jimmy, saying Jimmy said Fiona was too good for him. Ian enlists in the army (unbeknownst to the rest of the Gallaghers). Then, he visits Mickey one last time and tells him about his enlistment, leaving him shocked and emotional; Mickey displays his love with one word, "Don't". Ian then departs quietly in the morning and forges identification to pose as Lip. Veronica and Kevin join Veronica's mom, Carol, in a sonogram who both find out from her that she was already pregnant for twelve weeks. Carol admits she didn't want to be pregnant yet because she wanted the closeness to Veronica and Kev to continue; she wanted to be needed by them. Sheila says goodbye to Jody, Karen, and baby Hymie as they venture off on a trip and is left alone. She then has a few friends over for whom she showcases a few of the adult toy products that she is selling. The Gallaghers, Veronica, Kev, and Sheila throw a graduation party for Lip. Fiona gets promoted in her new job. Lip thanks Mandy for her help with getting into college. And, Frank decides to leave the hospital.

Season 4 (2014)[edit]

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37 1 "Simple Pleasures" John Wells John Wells January 12, 2014 (2014-01-12) 1.69[50]
Liam has learned to talk (the basics) and to walk alone. Debbie's teenage years start, which makes her wonder about her body and boys. Fiona completes 3 months in her job and is semi-dating her boss, Mike, but they have never had sex. Sheila is doing maintenance and cleaning at the Gallagher's house to avoid being alone. Lip attends college at the University of Chicago, living in a dorm on campus and working at college's restaurant. Carol, Veronica's mom, is charging Kev with many pregnancy-related bills. Frank is found by police nearly unconscious in a drug house and is left home, with Sheila and Carl. They bathe him and put him in bed to recover. Fiona and Carl have an argument about their father and Carl takes responsibility for him. Frank tells Carl he needs alcohol to keep alive, but bleeds when he swallows it, convincing Carl to get enema equipment to ingest the alcohol. Mickey has become his family's pimp and man-in-charge, managing the house economy. Ian is missing and Mickey pretends to not care about it. Stan, the owner of the bar managed by Kev, dies at the nursing home. Carl starts to have nocturnal emissions and Frank teaches him about masturbation before sleep to avoid this. Veronica discovers she is pregnant and wishes her mom to abort. She tells Kev about the pregnancy, and he enjoys the news of two incoming babies. Debbie starts seeing a 20-year old man. People at work find out about Fiona's relationship with their boss. Fiona finally has sex with Mike, but doesn't seem very satisfied by it. Mickey tries to masturbate while looking to a photo of Ian, but enrages himself and punches the bathroom's mirror, hurting his own hand. Lip gets a D on his English paper and confronts the teacher's assistant who gave him the bad grade. Frank tries to drink some beer but coughs blood at the first gulp.
38 2 "My Oldest Daughter" Mimi Leder Nancy M. Pimental January 19, 2014 (2014-01-19) 1.60[51]
Fiona begins to enjoy the perks of living life just above the poverty line. She uses her newly activated health benefits to take the kids for checkups. However, when a road rage incident damages the company car, Fiona tells a much bigger lie about how it happened. Meanwhile, Lip seems to have lost his mojo as he struggles in school and with the ladies. It turns out Stan left Kev the Alibi Room in his will, fulfilling Kev's dream, but the books show the place is deep in debt.
39 3 "Like Father, Like Daughter" Sanaa Hamri Sheila Callaghan January 26, 2014 (2014-01-26) 1.83[52]
Fiona has dinner with Mike's family and meets his self-proclaimed 'life addict' brother Robbie. Sheila looks for love on an online dating service. In an attempt to make some money, Carl steals various dogs around the neighborhood and holds them ransom. Lip continues to struggle in college and finds himself cracking under the pressure. A disheartened Mickey tries to mask his pain in alcohol and sex, whilst Veronica and Kev desperately try to make more money in preparation for their four children. Frank meets eldest daughter Samantha (Emily Bergl) who does not know of Frank's parental relationship to her. He makes a good impression on her, leading to her pursuing him romantically. Even though Frank rebuffs these attempts, she still offers her liver to him. Debbie is also turned down when she tries to have sex with her much older boyfriend. After another dinner, Fiona has sex with Robbie whilst Mike is passed out.
40 4 "Strangers on a Train" Peter Segal Etan Frankel February 2, 2014 (2014-02-02) 1.22[53]
Frank discovers that the transplant he needs will cost him $150,000 and sets out to injure himself for a large insurance payout. After a failed attempt he enlists the help of Carl who successfully breaks his leg. Mickey, who is angered by how little his wife is being paid, tells her and all the other prostitutes not to work until they are paid more by their employer. His efforts prove unsuccessful when the women are replaced within a matter of hours. When he is denied the opportunity to take one of his midterms, Lip goes on a destructive rampage and flees the campus. On a visit home Lip and Mandy reignite their former flame that eventually ends in a fight. Fiona once again succumbs to Robbie's seductive nature and the pair are almost caught by Mike. She eventually admits to Veronica that she doesn't know how to have a functional relationship. Debbie's sexual advances are once again rebuffed by her boyfriend, and after trying to have sex with another boy closer to her own age, she realizes that she isn't ready to lose her virginity. Samantha tells Frank that she isn't a viable donor and he accidentally reveals that he's her father. Understandably, Samantha is furious but eventually warms up to the idea of having a father. Lip returns to college and is granted a retest.
41 5 "There's the Rub" David Nutter Davey Holmes February 9, 2014 (2014-02-09) 1.58[54]
Fiona and Robbie meet at a motel and she ends things with him. At college, Lip is surprised by two military men who claim that his identity has been stolen. Despite them showing him a photograph of Ian, he claims not to know who did it. During an argument, Robbie reveals his tryst with Fiona to Mike, resulting in a fight between the two brothers and an end to Fiona's relationship. With construction in front of the Alibi Room decreasing the amount of patrons entering, Kev and Mickey finally open a brothel in the apartment above the bar. Frank is told that the claim for his broken leg will take up to a year to process. Desperate for a cure to his liver disease, he enlists Samantha, Sheila and her Indian boyfriend in creating a sweat lodge to rid his body of toxins. Meanwhile, Lip returns from college to search for Ian. With the help of Debbie, the pair track him down to a gay bar, although he isn't behaving normally and dodges all of their questions. Robbie surprises Fiona by turning up at her house with cocaine but she chases him out. At a party celebrating her birthday, Fiona snorts the cocaine that Robbie left behind. Disaster strikes when Liam is found unconscious in the kitchen; he consumed the remainder of the cocaine. Fiona is arrested in the hospital waiting room.
42 6 "Iron City" James Ponsoldt John Wells February 16, 2014 (2014-02-16) 1.90[55]
An accident lands Fiona in county jail where she experiences the wrongs of her actions and gets a rude awakening. After getting the prognosis on Liam's condition, Lip fully blames Fiona for her lack of responsibility and disregards Fiona's attempts to be a guardian again. Debbie runs off to Matt's apartment to find solace but doesn't realize that his feelings for her have changed. Frank gets some sobering news from the doctor saying he doesn't have much time left to live. Though Samantha is expecting the worst-case-scenario, Frank believes his time is not up yet and is too stubborn to die. Sheila says goodbye to her new boyfriend's family and experiences an empty nest once again. Samantha tries to admit Frank to a hospice but he refuses to go. Lip tells Mandy of their current situation and asks for her help in locating Ian. Fiona gets bailed out of jail unexpectedly by Mike, who doesn't ever want to see her again after he takes her home. While the rest of the family comes to see Liam recover at the hospital, Fiona walks into the empty Gallagher home and realizes she's alone once again.
43 7 "A Jailbird, Invalid, Martyr, Cutter, Retard and Parasitic Twin" Gary B. Goldman Nancy M. Pimental February 23, 2014 (2014-02-23) 1.89[56]
Guardianship duties fall upon Lip, who bans Frank from smoking weed to make the house presentable to the social worker who will drop by at the house at any moment. After planning on taking Liam with him to his classes, Lip gets some unexpected assistance from Amanda in the form of babysitting and snacks from her family in Florida. Carl defends his family when two students at his school make fun of Liam's incident while on the bus. Mickey searches for Ian and discovers where he's at. After trying to talk him into coming home, Mickey waits for Ian to finish work, finds him passed out due to drugs and brings him to the Milkovich home. Debbie tries to make Matt a nice dinner as a part of their anniversary, Matt breaks things off with her, citing that she's too young. Fiona sees her public defender who says she may serve some time if she pleads guilty, though Fiona is stern to believe that she's not guilty. Later that night, Lip and Fiona fight and come to a realization on the incident with Liam. The Alibi Room gets robbed of what little cash Kev had saved up, prompting him to get a gun for protection. Meanwhile, Frank is trying to adjust to his conditions and decides to write a book about his escapades with alcohol and drugs, while Samantha interprets this as Frank's memoirs which angers him to hear. To calm him down, Samantha gives Frank hard drugs which causes him to pass out in the bathroom and soil himself, prompting Lip and the rest of the Gallaghers to kick her, Frank and Chuckie out. Fiona comes to her hearing where the judge states she be under house arrest instead of facing jail time and charged as a felon. When asked on how she is to plea, Fiona replies "I'm guilty."
44 8 "Hope Springs Paternal" Mimi Leder Sheila Callaghan March 9, 2014 (2014-03-09) 1.77[57]
To prepare for a visit from her probation officer, Fiona must remove all paraphernalia from the house which includes Carl's hidden weapons such as a Taser and nunchakus as well as Debbie's "Countdown to Virginity" poster. Ian is kicked out of Mickey's house by Mickey's wife who feels threatened by Ian's presence while Carl gets suspended from school for bullying the students who made fun of Liam's incident. Ian returns to the Gallagher house to Fiona's surprise. While trying to pry out where he's been the entire time, Ian reveals little of his time in the Army and continually has "ideas" for future endeavors. Mickey gets torn between his relationships with Ian and his Russian wife until he succumbs to Ian's demands. Debbie spurns Fiona as a sister and finds solace with Samantha who guides her through her first period along with "the birds and the bees." Kev, feeling he further needs to protect his upcoming family and the Alibi Room, decides to purchase more guns, but gets a page saying Carol is in labor. After the baby is born, Carol reconsiders and wants to keep the baby. To Kev's disappointment, he agrees and creates a new motto for him to follow after realizing how dangerous life is with a family on the way. Lip finds that caring for Liam has its own benefits. In an effort to raise money for Frank's surgery, Samantha decides to scam money by selling Sheila's house for cash with the aid of Carl. In return, Frank decides to go to Carl's school to apologize for his son's recent violent actions, which have an unexpected result. Robbie comes by the house to apologize for what's happened, but Fiona slams the door in his face. Lip comes home to a drunken Fiona who nearly burns the house down, forcing him to take Carl and Liam with him so she can figure things out.
45 9 "The Legend of Bonnie and Carl" Mark Mylod Etan Frankel March 16, 2014 (2014-03-16) 1.70[58]
Carl connects with a girl in detention by the name of Bonnie. They appear to have the same interests for recklessness and violence, causing Carl to fall head over heels. Debbie tries to connect with Matt, but he's found someone else, making her jealous and takes action to monopolize him. Amanda tries to seduce Lip, to which he tries to repel since she's dating his roommate; until a compromising position arises, but doesn't have the result Lip had expected. Amanda brings structure to Lip's life to where he's not accustomed to, but comes at a cost. Sheila returns with big plans for her and Frank before he is to die of his illness. Refusing to accept his situation and in denial of his condition, Samantha and Sheila bring Frank's wish of visiting the Alibi to him. Fiona searches for a job as part of her probation. Things start off well until her prior actions continue to haunt her, forcing her to confront Robbie. Mickey spends time with Ian instead of his wife and newborn son. Though wanting him to come home and to pay for and take care of their child, Mickey is reluctant to do so. But seeing it as a way out, the duo come up with a plan, until Mickey's wife disrupts their goals. Mandy attempts to reconnect with Lip, but her boyfriend thinks there's more going on between them, which comes to a head at the college.
46 10 "Liver, I Hardly Know Her" Christopher Chulack Davey Holmes March 23, 2014 (2014-03-23) 1.63[59]
Immediately following her confrontation with Robbie, Fiona spirals out of control and goes on a binge, partaking heavily in narcotics and alcohol. Waking up periodically, Fiona regains coherence in a gas station in Sheboygan, WI as the people she was riding with strand her there. The remaining Gallaghers and the newly arrived Ball family go into search party mode to find her and end up applying the methods they used to find Frank when he disappears. Lip eventually finds Fiona and, seeing how broken she is, forgives her, apologizing for his harsh attitude towards her. Carl and Bonnie steal a car, some food, and delve into their family lives. Mickey starts to feud with Kev over the money they're making with on their joint-venture. Kev robs Mickey of his cut so he can buy new baby items, much to Mickey's anger. At home, Kev starts stockpiling weapons in case Mickey tries to retaliate, but promises Veronica he'll get rid of them after one of them goes off. After going to the Milkovich home, Ian and Mickey discover Mandy is back with her abusive boyfriend Kenyatta, with her believing it was her fault he hit her. Ian wants to take her out to a safe place, but the ensuing argument reveals Ian has some apparent issues he's still dealing with, especially when he holds a knife to Kenyatta's throat. Sam and Sheila devise a cheaper alternative for Frank's liver problem, but things do not go as planned.
47 11 "Emily" Anthony Hemingway Nancy M. Pimental March 30, 2014 (2014-03-30) 1.76[60]
Fiona is taken to a correctional facility and experiences the beginning of a 90-day sentence. Frank suffers post-operative delirium where he can't distinguish clearly who people are or why he's in the hospital. While there, Frank bonds with Emily, a young girl who's waiting for a new heart; he becomes genuinely sad when she dies before her pending transplant. Though Sheila means well, Samantha wants to stop her Native American methods of cures for more modern ones, and sparks a rift between the two. Carl invites Bonnie's family to live at the Gallagher house, confusing Lip momentarily but gaining approval so Lip can further irritate and scare Amanda's parents. A social worker stops by and inspects the house that is now under Lip's guardianship. Documenting but ignoring flagrant violations of the Illinois DCFS, the social worker is impressed with Lip's responsibility and aids him. Ian crashes Mickey's son's christening. Later, at a post-party, where Mickey's dad Terry is present, Mickey announces his homosexuality to everyone, causing a bar brawl with the Milkovich's; Terry gets arrested once more. After witnessing their daughter's new boyfriend's lifestyle, Amanda's parents use bribery in an attempt to keep Lip away; it goes over not so smoothly. Debbie meets a classmate who initially seems to like her, but who suddenly twists Debbie's innocence into an ugly and humiliating internet prank.
48 12 "Lazarus" Mark Mylod John Wells April 6, 2014 (2014-04-06) 1.93[61]
Frank has recovered from his post-operative delirium and discovers, much to his surprise, his marriage to Sheila. At the hospital, Frank discovers that his transplant medication will produce a number of unwanted side effects, and he still can't drink alcohol. Fiona is tempted by a fellow inmate in prison. Ian and Mickey wake up in each other's arms, but Mickey finds Ian in a depressed state. Svetlana and Mickey come to an understanding about their child and how to raise him. Following a random drug test, Fiona is released from jail due to overcrowding and has a renewed probation. Fiona's probation officer secures her a job waiting tables and required to attend regular Narcotics Anonymous meetings. After a kind gesture by Carl, Bonnie worries that he may be falling in love with her. Sheila's petition to adopt the Native American children is denied and they are sent to live with their great-grandfather. Mickey's worries about Ian cause him to seek out the help of Debbie and Carl who recognize his symptoms. Following an initiation at Amanda's sorority, Lip and Mandy run into each other at a restaurant but she isn't pleased to see him, though Lip is clearly still concerned about her. With Fiona back in the house, Debbie and Carl are thrilled, but soon break the news about Ian. Fiona concludes that Ian is bipolar and suggests hospitalizing him, to which Mickey disagrees with saying that he will care for Ian. Sheila and Sammi come to blows at the hospital, and everyone is distracted long enough for Carl to escape with Frank. The two eventually reconcile with Sammi's trailer occupying the vacant lot next to Sheila's house. Frank and Carl stop at the edge of lake Michigan and look off into the distance, with the two of them sharing a bottle of alcohol together. Later that night, a woman driving a Maserati and her male companion pull up outside the Gallagher household. The passenger is revealed to be Jimmy - using the alias 'Jack' - who is very much alive.

Season 5 (2015)[edit]

On February 19, 2014, Shameless was renewed for a 12 episode fifth season, set to air in 2015.[62]


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