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About SHAMELESS (US) & Episode Guide

About SHAMELESS (US) & Episode Guide

Shameless (US) premiered on Showtime on December 12, 2010

About the Show:
Frank Gallagher is the proud single dad of six smart, spirited and independent kids, who without him would be... perhaps better off. The brilliant William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum star in this wildly engaging and fearlessly twisted new Showtime Original Series. The Gallaghers may not have much in the way of money or rules, but they know who they are — and they're absolutely, wildly, unapologetically SHAMELESS.

William H. MacyFrank Gallagher
Emmy RossumFiona Gallagher
Justin ChatwinSteve
Ethan CutkoskyCarl Gallagher
Shanola HamptonVeronica Fisher
Steve HoweyKevin Ball
Emma KenneyDebbie Gallagher
Cameron MonaghanIan Gallagher
Jeremy Allen WhiteLip Gallagher
Laura WigginsKaren Jackson


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Season 1

Episode 1: Pilot
Drunken father Frank is of no use to his dysfunctional family; Fiona meets a handsome stranger when her purse is stolen; Lip is shocked to discover his brother Ian is gay and tries to hook him up with a willing neighbor.

Episode 2: Frank the Plank
A manhunt ensues after Frank goes on a bender and turns up missing on Friday, the day he never fails to cash his disability check, and turns up in Toronto with no idea how he got there.

Episode 3: Aunt Ginger
Fiona turns her attentions to Tony, a cop who has had a crush on her since childhood, but Steve isn't willing to give up without a fight; Ian is targeted by the brothers of a girl he spurned; the whole family searches for elderly Aunt Ginger, who owns their house.

Episode 4: Casey Casden
A sad and lonely Debbie steals a little boy from a birthday party, forcing the family to scheme a way to return him without drawing the attention of the Chicago PD; a web of lies ends in a marriage proposal from Kevin, who is already married.

Episode 5: Three Boys
The family schemes a fake wedding when it is revealed that Kevin's new fiancee comes with a substantial dowry; Frank deals with some bad medical news by spiraling out of control; Steve looks for a new car, with Fiona along for the ride.

Episode 6: Killer Carl
Fiona tries to prove the Gallagher home is suitable for rehabilitating a delinquent after receiving a letter from Carl's teacher; Lip gets busted taking the SAT for fellow students in exchange for cash; Kash and Ian are ashamed at their failure to stop a string of robberies at the Kash and Grab; Frank's poor business acumen continues to have negative consequences.

Episode 7: Frank Gallagher: Loving Husband, Devoted Father
Frank takes a big risk when two goons demand the six grand he owes them; Fiona agrees to a night away with Steve, leaving Liam in agoraphobic Sheila's care; Ian is fed up with Mickey's bullying of Kash and goes to do something about it, leading to a violent scene.

Episode 8: It's Time to Kill the Turtle
When Frank gives up drinking, Sheila worries he'll no longer be attracted to her, while Carl and Debbie enjoy having their dad back - despite Lip's warning that it won't last; Fiona barely has time to notice Steve's suspicious behavior as she scrambles to earn money and find a better job; when Lip meets with a college professor, Karen begins to question their relationship.

Episode 9: But At Last Came A Knock
Frank has some settlement money coming his way but needs his ex-wife's signature on the documents; Debbie learns that Steve may not be who he says he is; Fiona is enraged when Monica shows up and announces she's taking baby Liam with her.

Episode 10: Nana Gallagher Had An Affair
Monica's return wreaks havoc on the Gallagher clan, leaving the children determined to find out if Frank is their real father; disgusted with Monica, Fiona moves in with Steve next door; Karen accepts Eddie's invitation to a Purity ball; Frank hits a new low when he uses Carl to stop a disability worker from tampering with his free money from the state.

Episode 11: Daddy's Girl
Debbie convinces Fiona to get involved with her mothers group, where Fiona finds a new friend in the alluring Jasmine; Tony begins to unravel the truth about Steve's car-stealing business; Lip and Ian set out to uncover which of their uncles is Ian's dad; Frank loses his worker's compensation and sets his kids on a hunt to find him a new and promisingly dangerous job.

Episode 12: Father Frank, Full Of Grace
Steve tries to convince Fiona to skip town with him now that his true livelihood as been discovered; Frank and Karen's secret is revealed, forcing Frank to go into hiding; Fiona tries to figure out how to get Lip and Ian out of jail after their arrest for car theft.



Season 2

Episode 1: Summertime
Despite her breakup with Steve, Fiona tends bar at a local hotspot with Veronica, hangs out with a successful young business executive, and enjoys her youth; Debbie runs a daycare with Carl; Ian takes over at the Kash and Grab when Kash leaves town; Lip runs a Little League book and helps Kev out with their annual ice cream/pot truck; despite Eddie's disappearance, Sheila takes small steps to finally leave the house; Frank loses a bet and surrenders Liam as collateral.

Episode 2: Summer Loving
As Sheila conquers her agoraphobia, a worried Frank finds a new financial plan in fellow bar patron Dottie, whose declining health and city pension make her an ideal match; Fiona juggles her job, the kids and her burgeoning love life, and Jasmine tries to help by setting up Fiona with a sugar daddy; Veronica takes some old folks from the home on an excursion; Lip worries about Karen's growing relationship with Jody; Ian tries to land a recently released Mickey a job at the Kash and Grab; Debbie wants her own room; Carl moves into the van.

Episode 3: I'll Light a Candle for You Every Day
Fiona hopes her moral compass isn't leading her astray when she reconnects with her married high school crush, but when she finds an abandoned purse with over five hundred dollars inside, she assumes her luck is finally changing; Frank is willing to do just about anything to stay in Dottie's good graces, even marry her; after Harry's passing, Debbie becomes obsessed with death; Kevin thinks about buying the Alibi; Lip meets with a colonel to glean information for Ian about West Point; Jody asks Frank for Karen's hand in marriage.

Episode 4: A Beautiful Mess
Fiona deals with the consequences of sleeping with Craig when his angry wife shows up at the door; Debbie develops a stress-rash and Fiona wonders if she's putting too much responsibility on the kids; Sheila has made it all the way to the hair salon and Frank realizes his days in the Jackson household are numbered; no longer having sex with Karen, Lip tries to dig up dirt on Jody; Ian continues on the path to West Point; Carl house-sits with his friend, Little Hank; Ethel meets Malik, a boy on Kevin's youth basketball team.

Episode 5: Father's Day
Frank tries to claim Eddie's insurance benefits and pension, despite being a prime suspect in his death; Fiona attends a ritzy wedding with Richard and lies about her background; Lip is devastated by Karen's rejection; Carl rents Frank's room to a hooker.

Episode 6: Can I Have a Mother
Grammy Gallagher shows up on a medical furlough and tries to track down a former meth lab protege that owes her money; Sheila plans Karen's wedding reception; Fiona double dates with Steve and his Brazilian girlfriend, and discovers that Steve is married; Ethel reacts to Clyde's death; Frank discovers the identity of Eddie's insurance beneficiary.

Episode 7: A Bottle of Jean Nate
Lip tries to get back in Karen's good graces by crafting a prenuptial agreement for her and Jody, while Ian continues to give Lip the silent treatment; Frank wants to kick Grammy out but Fiona resists until the basement meth lab explodes; Fiona is invited on a boat trip but doesn't realize Steve and his girlfriend are also attending.

Episode 8: Parenthood
With Grammy near death, Frank exits the house but walks in on Ian and Mickey locked in passion at the Kash and Grab; when Lip drops out of school, Fiona proposes a deal where they both earn their diplomas, but Lip acts out and gets himself expelled when he realizes that Karen plans to sell their baby to the highest bidder.

Episode 9: Hurricane Monica
Monica returns to party and plot scams with Frank, but the rest of the family suspects she hasn't returned to stay; Fiona reconsiders her decision to kick Lip out of the house; Grammy's death affects everyone differently, and leaves Frank determined to make sure he gets every last penny his mother left behind; Sheila and Jody think Eddie's ghost is haunting the house.

Episode 10: A Great Cause
Fiona starts to plan for her future now that Monica is back but her reprieve may be short-lived as Monica falls apart, spends the squirrel fund and gets arrested; Steve conspires to reunite Estefania with her true love so that he can be with Fiona; Lip and Ian learn the true identity of Mandy's baby; Sheila takes in a homeless crack addict.

Episode 11: Just Like The Pilgrims Intended
It's a typical Gallagher nontraditional Thanksgiving that includes a suicide attempt by Monica, Carl shooting a bald eagle, and Karen going into labor; Steve agrees to allow Estefania's boyfriend to steal his identity; Lip sleeps with a businessman named Ned; Frank tries to get his share of his mother's money from his brother Clayton.

Episode 12: Fiona Interrupted
A lonely Frank schemes to break Monica out of the psychiatric facility. Jimmy earns his way back into Fiona's good graces and asks her to meet his family while Ian runs into Ned again. Eddie's insurance check arrives.

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Season 3

Episode 1: El Gran Cañon
Now that they're living together, Fiona struggles to accept the new "boring" Jimmy. Frank wakes up in a place completely foreign to him. Lip is sentenced to community service. Baby Hymie keeps Jody and Sheila up all night.

Episode 2: The American Dream
Fiona has second thoughts about loaning money to Meg; and a drunken Frank staggers home, where no one wants him, until he proves to be the only one who can quiet fussy Baby Hymie. Meanwhile, Lip's community-service encounter with a North Side youth group gives him a moneymaking idea, while Kev's wife returns with her son Kyle and Frank puts in a call to child services.

Episode 3: May I Trim Your Hedges?
Frank tells Carl he has cancer so he can scam a charity foundation. Fiona is blown away by what she's asked to do to get a job as a cashier. Lip leads a crusade to hunt down pedophiles in the neighborhood - until one of the offenders turns out to be a she.

Episode 4: The Helpful Gallaghers
Jimmy learns his parents are getting divorced and his dad is gay.

Episode 5: The Sins Of My Caretaker
The city of Chicago gives notice that they're doing work on the sewer main. The problem? Aunt Ginger's bones are still buried in the yard and Frank needs to find her before the city does. Meanwhile, Fiona is picked on at work for not satisfying her boss. When Fiona fails to provide the support Jimmy needs, he turns to Este. Molly learns that she's a boy and Ned asks Ian to rob his wife's house.

Episode 6: Cascading Failures
A government agency threatens the cohesion of the Gallagher clan. With Monica nowhere to be found, Fiona is forced to find Frank and get him to make a "Father of the Year" appearance in court. It all goes well until Fiona discovers that Frank's not the solution to her problem - he's the cause. Meanwhile, Kev and Veronica recruit V's mother as a surrogate and Terry catches Mickey and Ian in a compromising situation.

Episode 7: A Long Way From Home
Knowing that Frank is the real source of her problems, Fiona makes a bold decision regarding her future with the kids. All she needs is a full-time job and a house, so she and Lip set out to forge Aunt Ginger's will and to find a dead body to go with it. Debbie and Carl continue to deal with their foster homes. Frank prepares for his court appearance by getting sober. Timmy Wong and his mother arrive at Sheila's to take Hymie.

Episode 8: Where There's a Will
The family gathers for the real Aunt Ginger's fake funeral. Frank's cousin Patrick attends and the family conspires against him over Ginger's will. With Hymie gone, Sheila no longer needs Frank as a nanny - so he needs a new place to stay. Kev and V continue trying for a baby.

Episode 9: Frank the Plumber
Fiona starts a new office job but has a hard time fitting in with the corporate culture. In an attempt to get medical coverage, Frank inadvertently becomes involved in the gay rights movement where he meets Abraham Paige, a powerful activist.

Episode 10: Civil Wrongs
While Fiona's job has brought structure into her life, things fall apart when Jimmy drops a bomb on her. Frank enjoys his newfound celebrity as the face of the gay rights movement but discovers there's even more money to be made (and sex to be had) by switching teams - again.

Episode 11: Order Room Service
Fiona takes the kids on a camping trip. Essentially homeless, Frank seeks out Carl who sneaks him into the Gallagher van for the night.

Episode 12: Survival of the Fittest
Season 3 finale. Lip is graduating from high school, so Fiona and the family prepare a surprise party for him. Frank wins a bet and uses the winnings to take Lip out for lobster and some quality father/son time.

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Season 4

Episode 1: Simple Pleasures
Things are going well for Fiona, who is still working at the Worldwide Cup and going out with her boss, Mike; Lip's adjusting to college, but Ian is still missing; Debbie's discovering boys, while Carl is entering puberty; a drugged-out and ill Frank reappears at the house.

Episode 2: My Oldest Daughter
Fiona uses her newly acquired health benefits to take the kids for checkups, and later when she damages the company car, she ends up lying to Mike about the way it happened. Meanwhile, Lip struggles with college life; Debbie's going out with an older boy, while Carl tries to find a blood type match for Frank; Kevin and Veronica receive some surprising news.

Episode 3: Like Father, Like Daughter
Frank manipulates his way into his eldest daughter, Sammi's, life. Fiona has dinner with Mike's family and meets his brother, Robbie. Meanwhile, Lip continues to have a hard time juggling classes and work; Carl steals dogs for ransom to make money for Frank, while Debbie keeps seeing Matty; Sheila has a date with a man she met online.

Episode 4: Strangers on a Train
Fiona continues her affair with Robbie, who later gets a visit from Mike while Fiona is still inside the apartment; in order to afford a liver transplant, Frank tries to stage an accident that injures him enough to provide a big insurance payout. Meanwhile, Debbie is still trying to lose her virginity; Mickey, upset about how little Svetlana is getting paid, goes to do something about it; and a train of events leads Lip to fail to show up on time to his midterm.

Episode 5: There's the Rub
Fiona's decisions involving Robbie have great consequences. Frank and Sammi continue to try to cure his liver, even recruiting the help of Sheila's boyfriend to build a sweat lodge to rid his body of toxins. When Lip gets a visit at college from the military police, he tries to track Ian down with Debbie's help; desperate for money as his business is hurting from the construction outside the Alibi Room, Kevin partners up with Mickey.

Episode 6: Iron City
Fiona's involvement in Liam's accident lands her in county jail, while the rest of the family wait for news on the hospitalized toddler. After nearly meeting his end in the sweat lodge, Frank ends up in the ER where his doctor gives him some sobering news regarding his health. Lip tries to locate Frank to prevent Liam from ending up in foster care. Meanwhile, Sheila finds herself alone again after her boyfriend and his family head back to the reservation.

Episode 7: A Jailbird, Invalid, Martyr, Cutter, Retard, and Parasitic Twin
With Fiona under court order to stay in the house, the only one left to take charge of the family is Lip, who gets some surprising help when he bring Liam with him to college. Meanwhile, as Frank gets closer to death, Sammi helps him to numb the pain; Fiona and Lip fight over whether or not she's guilty; Mickey goes to find Ian; Carl defends Liam at school, while Debbie tries to cook dinner for Matty on their anniversary.

Episode 8: Hope Springs Paternal
In preparation for a visit from her probation officer, Fiona has to clean the house of all suspicious items; Ian returns to the Gallagher house after getting kicked out of Mickey's by his wife, Svetlana. Meanwhile, Carl gets suspended from school for bullying; Debbie bonds with Sammi, who is now living and running scams at Sheila's house with Frank.

Episode 9: The Legend of Bonnie and Carl
Carl connects with a girl he meets while in detention; Fiona starts to look for a job for her probation, but her criminal record makes things harder; Mickey ignores the birth of his son in favor of spending time with Ian. Meanwhile, Lip grows closer to Amanda; Debbie gets jealous after learning Matty has a new girlfriend; Sheila returns from the reservation with big plans for her and Frank.

Episode 10: Liver, I Hardly Know Her
After going to Robbie's to confront him, Fiona ends up partying hard and doing drugs with his friends, violating her probation and sending the rest of her family into search-party mode. Bonnie and Carl check hospitals for Fiona with their stolen car; Sheila and Sammi come up with a cheaper way to get Frank a new liver; Veronica goes to labor, and Kevin confronts Mickey.

Episode 11: Emily
Fiona gets taken away to a correctional center to serve her 90-day sentence, while Frank starts to show signs of postoperative delirium after he wakes up from his surgery. Ian crashes Mickey's son's christening and the following party, and ends up giving Mickey an ultimatum. Debbie meets an older student in her biology class. After dinner, Amanda's parents make an offer to Lip. A social worker makes an unexpected visit to the Gallagher house.

Episode 12: Lazarus
Sheila fights for custody of the Native American kids and clashes with Sammi about where they will all live once Frank is released. Lip catches up on bills with the money he got from Amanda's parents. Fiona, meanwhile, passes a drug test, gets sprung from jail and lands a job at Patsy's Pies with the help of her parole officer. Also, a more cognizant Frank begins to feel like his old, troubled self.

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