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Aunt Ginger is the third episode of the first season of Shameless.


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.


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.

Mandy Milkovich, having been rejected by Ian, tells her brother and his friends that Ian violated her. This sends Mickey on a hunt to beat up Ian.

Ian waits outside the Milkovich house one morning, planning to jump the Milkovich brothers with the baseball bat in attempt to end their hunt. Lip finds him hiding and grabs a brick and prepares to help Ian.

Mandy walks out of the house instead of her brothers. Ian gives the bat to Lip and runs over to Mandy. She yells at him to get away from her and hurries away. Ian shouts back that he's gay, stopping Mandy in her tracks. Mandy and Ian walk together while talking. Ian reassures Mandy that he is telling the truth about being gay and that he thinks she's beautiful, but he's "just not wired that way." To prove his point, he places his right hand on Mandy's breast and places her hand on his crotch, saying, "See? Nothing."


Regular Cast

Special Guest Star

Guest Starring


  • Phil Abrams - Mr. Bancroft
  • Julia Carpenter - Audrey
  • Ellen Albertini Dow - The Real Aunt Ginger
  • Andrew Kaczmarek - Santa Claus
  • Tony Longo - Russel
  • Barbara Mallory - Gina
  • Frank Pacheco - Joey Milkovich
  • Don Perry - Mr. Perry
  • Kevin Shacter - Jamie Milkovich
  • Jerry Stroka - Samuel
  • Cile Turner-Borman - Louise
  • Lang Yun - Hilda


  • "Previously on Shameless" - Frank Gallagher.
  • This episode reveals that Frank had an Aunt Ginger who died twelve years ago,
  • Episode Runtime- 00:52:28