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"But at Last Came a Knock" is the ninth episode of the first season of Shameless.


Frank has some settlement money coming his way, but there's a catch – he needs his ex-wife's signature on the documents; Debbie learns that Steve may not be who he says he is.


Following the ending of the previous episode, Debbie takes the bus to visit Candace's house. At the door, Debbie is greeted by Candace, who is an older woman. Debbie enters the house and runs into Steve, whom Candace introduces as Jimmy; it is revealed that Candace is Steve’s wealthy mother. Outside the house, Debbie confronts Steve about his double life. Steve proclaims that he doesn't want to be a doctor like the rest of his family, and is instead interested in pursuing a relationship with Fiona. Debbie agrees to keep Steve’s double life a secret when she finds out Steve had bought the house next door to the Gallaghers.

In an attempt to fix his relationship with Karen, Eddie invites Karen to his church’s purity ball, in which she can confess her sexual sins and “re-dedicate yourself as a virgin.” Karen shows interest in attending the purity ball when Eddie promises to buy her a car. Meanwhile, Lip discovers Steve’s car-stealing business when he works with Steve to buy concert tickets for Karen. At Kevin and Veronica’s house, Ethel reunites with her baby son, Jonah. Kevin and Veronica meet with their social worker to look into if they can also foster Jonah; the social worker is supportive.

After receiving a call from his lawyer, Frank finds out he has settlement money coming his way. However, Frank discovers that he must get his ex-wife, Monica, to sign the documents as well. Frank gets Sheila (who does not know who Monica is) to call Monica and lure her into town through a fake grocery contest. When Monica arrives at the grocery store to claim her prize, Frank and Kevin discover that Monica has a girlfriend named Roberta. Monica notices Frank at the parking lot and calls him out; Roberta nearly runs over Frank before Kevin quickly drives them out of the lot.

Monica and Roberta follow Frank and Kevin to Sheila’s house, where Debbie is baking with Sheila. Debbie is shocked to see Monica in the front yard; Monica tries to hug Debbie, who pushes her away and runs home. While Monica and Frank get into a nasty argument, Debbie returns to the house and reveals Monica’s return to the rest of the family. When Fiona tries to comfort Debbie, Debbie lashes out, exclaiming “What do you care? You’ll be living with Steve in the house he bought next door!”

Upon hearing the news of Monica’s return, Ian cries and runs to Mickey’s house; Mickey agrees to meet him at the Kash and Grab. At the store, Ian and Mickey later have sex in the walk-in freezer; Kash, who is celebrating the news that Linda is pregnant, discovers them having sex. Mickey quickly runs out of the store, but later returns, instructing Kash to keep his mouth shut; Kash pulls out his gun and shoots Mickey in the leg.

The Gallagher family go to Sheila’s house to see Monica, in which they discover that Frank was the one who brought her to town. Roberta reveals that she and Monica want to take Liam to live with them, so they can start a family on their own. Fiona, enraged and hurt, tearfully calls Monica out, criticizing her for abandoning the family and trying to take away the son she wasn’t there to raise. When Monica refuses to compromise, Fiona leaves the house and says to Monica: “I’m done. They’re all yours now, Mom. Good luck.”


Regular Cast

Special Guest Star

Guest Starring


  • Alex Borstein - Lou Deckner
  • Julia Duffy - Candace Lishman
  • Carlease Burke - Roberta
  • Chris Burns - Andrea Johnson
  • Zayne Emory - Simon
  • Carolyn Hennesy  - Mrs. Neidereiter
  • Golda Inquito - Sorority Girl
  • Frank Noon - Bible Study Guy
  • Kerry O'Malley - Kate


  • Carl Sagan - Himself


  • "Previously on Shameless" - Carl Gallagher
  • Episode Runtime - 00:50:44
  • This episode is based on Episode 106 of the original Shameless.
  • Debbie learns Steve's real name is Jimmy.
  • First appearance of Monica.