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Casey Casden is the fourth episode of the first season of Shameless.

Synopsis

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; Karen reacts when Eddie moves back in.

Plot

Eddie Jackson returns to the Jackson house and moves into the basement, to the surprise of Frank, Karen and Sheila. Eddie reveals that he can’t afford to live somewhere else while continuing to support his family. Still angry over his previous actions, Karen continues to act coldly towards Eddie, while Sheila, distraught by Eddie’s return, goes on a baking frenzy. In an attempt to get back at her father, Karen attempts to seduce Frank, who feels uncomfortable and embarrassed over her flirting.

Fiona and Steve discover a little boy dressed up as a girl sitting in Debbie’s room. It is revealed that Debbie, depressed from Aunt Ginger’s departure, had stolen the little boy (whose name is Casey) from a nearby birthday party by luring him out of the front yard with a candy bar. Unfortunately, it is too late to return Casey. The town has already gone into a frenzy over Casey’s disappearance, with police cars swarming the neighborhood; an investigation and Amber Alert have also been filed.

While trying to figure out a solution, Fiona drops off Casey at Kevin and Veronica’s house, though she does not inform them that Casey is the missing child. Fiona and Steve buy a Superman suit, which Casey had been wearing at the birthday party; Debbie had accidentally shrunk the original Superman suit in the dryer.

The Gallagher family (plus Kevin and Veronica, who have figured out the truth about Casey) try to convene a plan. Lip ultimately comes up with a plan to return Casey without drawing the attention of the public or police. He fabricates a story in which Debbie spots Casey walking down the street alone and decides to walk him home. He enlists Carl, Kevin and Veronica to call the police and report instances of a little boy walking down different areas of Chicago, while Fiona and Steve coach Debbie on what to say.

At the Jackson house, Karen takes a bath and purposely opens the shower curtain when Frank walks in; Frank immediately leaves the room. Ashamed at seeing Karen naked, Frank walks to the Alibi. At the bar, Kevin chats with Veronica’s mother, Carol Fisher, who is drinking with her friends. When a drunk girl tries to flirt with Kevin and asks if they want to have sex, Kevin lies and claims he’s getting married to Veronica. Frank overhears this and loudly celebrates the news to the whole bar. Overjoyed by the news, Carol tearfully embraces Kevin. A drunken Kevin walks home and proposes to Veronica; she happily accepts.

After meeting with Fiona at the rendezvous spot, Debbie walks Casey back to his house, and Casey gets reunited with his parents. Debbie’s interview with the police goes well, and Tony offers to drive Fiona and Debbie from the police station; Tony tries to confront Fiona over why she declined his dinner invitation the previous week.

Returning to the Gallagher house, Steve buys Debbie a baby doll, as a gift for her hard work. Debbie names the baby doll Gin-Gin. The Gallaghers throw a party to celebrate Kevin and Veronica’s engagement. However, Fiona encounters a problem: Kevin reveals to her that he’s already married.

Post Credit Scene

The Gallaghers are preparing for breakfast. A disheveled Debbie suddenly arrives from the stairs. She walks into the kitchen and begins to spread peanut butter onto a diaper; Fiona tells her to get ready for school, but Debbie says that she can't, because Gin-Gin kept her up all night with diarrhea. The family exchange bewildered looks as Debbie walks back up the stairs. This scene is a direct adaption of the post credit scene from Episode 104 of Shameless UK.

Cast

Regular Cast

Special Guest Star

Guest Starring

Co-Starring

  • Tyler Anderson - Kenny Dombrowski
  • Missy Doty - Jess
  • Rebecca Hall - Newscaster
  • Kate James - Bystander #2
  • Jes Macallan - Tammy
  • Billy Mayo - Dispatch
  • Virginia Morris - Mrs. Bergdoll
  • Allison Latta - Mrs. Casden
  • William Smillie - Mr. Casden
  • Ben Tedder - Bystander #1
  • Cheryl Texiera - Tina

Notes

Memorable Quotes

Eddie: Why don't you get me a refill [of coffee] there, huh, Karen honey?
Karen: Why, did you lose your fucking legs?
Eddie: That's your teenage diseased mind talking! You know, you've tasted penii and now you're just crazy.

Frank: ...and why are all the news ladies Chinese? They should stick to what they know; railroads and...sushi. Dim sum.

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