Season 1

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Pilot Writer: Paul Abbott & John Wells Director: Mark Mylod January 9, 2011 #1.01
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.

Frank the Plank Writer: Paul Abbott & John Wells Director: John Wells January 16, 2011 #1.02
Frank, heavily intoxicated from the previous night, wakes up in Canada, with no memory of how he arrived there. The children and friends search for him, but one may be hiding something.

Aunt Ginger Writer: Nancy M. Pimental Director: Stephen Hopkins January 23, 2011 #1.03
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's door looking for Aunt Ginger, the owner of the family house, who has supposedly been living in a Wisconsin nursing home for 12 years.

Casey Casden Writer: Cindy Caponera Director: Todd Holland January 30, 2011 #1.04
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.

Three Boys Writer: Alex Borstein Director: Mimi Leder February 6, 2011 #1.05
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.

Killer Carl Writer: Mike O'Malley Director: John Dahl February 13, 2011 #1.06
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.

Frank Gallagher: Loving Husband, Devoted Father Writer: Etan Frankel Director: David Nutter February 20, 2011 #1.07
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. Linda has the cameras at the Kash and Grab fixed, which has implications on Ian's affair with Kash and there is a suprise for Sheila as she does something she hasn't done in years.

It's Time to Kill the Turtle Writer: Nathan Jackson & Nancy M. Pimental Director: Scott Frank February 27, 2011 #1.08
Frank stops drinking (for $3000), which pleases Carl and Debbie, but Lip doesn't believe Frank is capable of two sober weeks. Ian continues his 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 foster daughter is a little different than expected, having come from a Mormon polygamous sect.

But at Last Came a Knock Writer: Alex Borstein Director: Mark Mylod March 6, 2011 #1.09
Frank is in line for some settlement money but there's a catch: he needs his missing wife Monica to sign the paperwork. 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.

Nana Gallagher Had an Affair Writer: Cindy Caponera Director: Adam Bernstein March 13, 2011 #1.10
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.

Daddyz Girl Writer: Nancy M. Pimental Director: Sanaa Hamri March 20, 2011 #1.11
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 to get hurt at.

Father Frank, Full of Grace Writer: John Wells Director: Mark Mylod March 27, 2011 #1.12
Lip and Ian spend the night in jail on grand theft auto charges. Eddie finds out that Frank slept with Karen and goes in search of revenge, later joined by Lip. Fiona has a difficult decision to make when Steve asks her to run away with him to Costa Rica.

Season 2

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Summertime Writer: John Wells Director: Mark Mylod January 8, 2012 #2.01
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 Kev. 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.

Summer Loving Writer: Mike O'Malley Director: John Wells January 15, 2012 #2.02
As Sheila overcomes more of her agoraphobia, a worried Frank finds a new financial plan in a fellow bar patron by the name of Dottie, whose declining health makes her a 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 a older man. Veronica takes some of the elderly people from the retirement home on a 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 and wanting more space around the house.

I'll Light a Candle for You Every Day Writer: Nancy M. Pimental Director: Craig Zisk January 22, 2012 #2.03
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.

A Beautiful Mess Writer: Alex Borstein Director: Mark Mylod January 29, 2012 #2.04
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.

Father's Day Writer: Alex Borstein Director: Etan Frankel February 5, 2012 #2.05
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; and Sheila uncovers the truth about what transpired between Frank and Karen last year.

Can I Have a Mother Writer: William H. Macy & Steven Schaffer Director: John Dahl February 12, 2012 #2.06
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.

A Bottle of Jean Nate Writer: Nancy M. Pimental Director: David Nutter February 19, 2012 #2.07
Jasmine decides to throw an end of summer party on a boat and invites Fiona, without telling her that Steve and Estefania 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.

Parenthood Writer: Mike O'Malley Director: Daisy von Scherler Mayer March 4, 2012 #2.08
While Jody and Sheila comfort a dying Grammy, Frank steps out and stops at the Kash and Grab, where he walks in on Ian and Mickey in a compromising position. 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.

Hurricane Monica Writer: Alex Borstein Director: Alex Graves March 11, 2012 #2.09
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.

A Great Cause Writer: Etan Frankel Director: Mimi Leder March 18, 2012 #2.10
Fiona begins to plan for her future; Monica causes trouble; Steve wants to reunite Estefania with her true love; Lip and Ian learn the identity of the father of Mandy's baby; Sheila takes in an addict.

Just Like the Pilgrims Intended Writer: LaToya Morgan & Nancy M. Pimental Director: Mark Mylod March 25, 2012 #2.11
The Gallaghers celebrate Thanksgiving. Carl shoots a bald eagle and Lip now anxious, prepares himself for the arrival of his baby. Estefania's boyfriend Marco finally shows up as Steve agrees to let him use his identity. Frank tries to get his share of his mother's money from his brother Clayton. Ian sleeps with an older businessman named Ned. As the family sit down to dinner, Monica attempts to commit suicide, abruptly ending the family's gathering. Karen goes into labor, but the baby isn't as everyone expected.

Fiona Interrupted Writer: John Wells Director: John Wells April 1, 2012 #2.12
Frank schemes to break Monica out of the facility; Jimmy earns his way back into Fiona's good graces; Lip and Sheila try to do the right thing; Ian runs into Ned.

Season 3

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El Gran Cañón Writer: John Wells Director: Mark Mylod January 13, 2013 #3.01
Fiona adapts to living with Jimmy after he movies in while Jimmy deals with the sudden appearance of Estefania's father. Frank wakes up in Mexico and makes his way back home. After trying to steal a laser, Lip gets arrested and arraigned in bond court. Also, he, Ian, and Mandy compete in a robot fighting competition with the stolen laser mounted on top of the robot. Meanwhile, Sheila and Jody experience parental life with Karen's baby, Hymie.

The American Dream Writer: Nancy M. Pimental Director: Anthony Hemingway January 20, 2013 #3.02
Fiona takes on a new role at work, complete with new challenges: party promoter. Estefania's father has Jimmy's ever move watched, much to his annoyance. Lip continues his community service. Micky returns. Veronica receives a surprise visitor, Kev's wife! Sheila and Jody struggle to adjust to the role of parents. Ian and Mickey continue their relationship.

May I Trim Your Hedges? Writer: Krista Vernoff Director: Steve Shill January 27, 2013 #3.03
Fiona decides to apply for a cashier job but is put off when the manager makes sexual advances toward her. Frank takes advantage of taking care of baby Jaime by using him to scam basketball tickets out of a childrens cancer charity. Veronica takes it upon herself to confront Kev's wife Cheryl while he attempts to make her sign divorce papers. Lip decides to take down a group of sex offenders in the area but is put off when one of them turns out to be a woman. Jimmy and Estefania create fake wedding pictures to protect her from immigration. Ian is left confused when Mickey sleeps with a local girl.

The Helpful Gallaghers Writer: Mike O'Malley Director: Randall Einhorn February 10, 2013 #3.04
Lip goes with Mandy to visit a younger half-sister of hers. Carl heads off to "cancer camp", though certain restrictions leave him less than happy. A frustrated Sheila asks Frank for advice on convincing Jody to be more adventurous in the bedroom. Fiona gathers a group of co-workers to discuss the boss's sexual harassment. Jimmy discovers his father's secret homosexuality, forcing Ian to reveal their relationship.


The Sins of My Caretaker Writer: Sheila Callaghan Director: J. Michael Muro February 17, 2013 #3.05
Frank is forced to move Aunt Ginger's remains from the backyard due to sewer work being done in the area. Jimmy struggles to deal with his father's recently revealed homosexuality and goes to Estefania for emotional support after he and Fiona argue. Mickey kisses Ian. Veronica and Kev are forced to discuss alternative methods of having children when they discover Veronica is infertile. Sheila takes in a mute nun, who is less than grateful.

Cascading Failures Writer: Alex Borstein Director: Anthony Hemingway February 24, 2013 #3.06
The Department of Family Services remove the Gallagher children, leaving a desperate Fiona to get them back. Unable to locate Monica, Fiona is forced to get Frank a "Father of the Year" appearance in court. Everything goes well until it is revealed that Frank is not the solution to Fiona's problem, he is in fact the cause. Meanwhile, Kev and Veronica recruit Carol as a surrogate and Terry catches Mickey and Ian in an awkward position.

Long Way From Home Writer: Etan Frankel Director: Mimi Leder March 3, 2013 #3.07
Fiona prepares for the court hearing and decides to attempt getting full custody of the Gallagher children at the same time. To achieve this she enlists Veronica's help in creating a fake will of Aunt Ginger's. Jimmy and Estefania deal with a visit from immigration. Sheila get's a surprise visit from Karen and the father of Hymie, who want their child back. Debbie runs away from her foster family. Lip tries to file the fake will but discovers a relative named Patrick already filed Aunt Ginger's will].

Where There's a Will Writer: Davey Holmes Director: Mimi Leder March 10, 2013 #3.08
As the family gathers at Aunt Ginger's fake funeral, Frank's cousin Patrick arrives with another forged will granting him ownership of the house.

Frank the Plumber Writer: Krista Vernoff Director: Mark Mylod March 17, 2013 #3.09
Fiona starts a new job and a new romance, while Frank may become the new face of the gay rights movement, thanks to an influential member of the Velvet Mafia. Ian learns Mickey is getting married to a "whore". Mandy attempts to convince Lip to apply to college, sparking tensions along with the fact Karen is back.

Civil Wrongs Writer: Mike O'Malley Director: Gary B. Goldman March 24, 2013 #3.10
Fiona's life is finally going great - until Jimmy tells her he might go back to med Michigan. As the new star of gay rights, Frank is lured to the other side.

Order Room Service Writer: Sheila Callaghan Director: Sanaa Hamri March 31, 2013 #3.11
Fiona takes the kids on a camping trip. Essentially homeless, Frank seeks out the help of Carl who sneaks him into the Gallagher van for the night. Jimmy gets a surprise visit.

Survival of the Fittest Writer: Etan Frankel; Nancy M. Pimental Director: Mark Mylod April 7, 2013 #3.12
Lip contemplates his future post-graduation as Fiona contemplates her future after landing a full-time job at the cup company. And Frank contemplates having a future at all.

Season 4

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Simple Pleasures Writer: Paul Abbott; John Wells Director: John Wells January 12, 2014 #4.01
Fiona is dividing her time between caring for the household and working at Worldwide Cup with her boss/boyfriend Mike Pratt. Lip attends college-and has a work study job as part of his tuitiion plan.Ian is missing; Debbie is growing up and discovering boys. Frank medically is worse than ever, Carl takes care of him. Sheila lonely, cleans Gallaghers house.

My Oldest Daughter Writer: Nancy Pimental Director: Mimi Leder January 19, 2014 #4.02
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.

Like Father, Like Daughter Writer: Sheila Callaghan Director: Sanaa Hamri January 26, 2014 #4.03
Frank stalks his previously unseen daughter Sammi and is surprised to learn that she has a son. Meanwhile, Fiona and Mike get serious; and Carl steals dogs and holds them for ransom, so he can earn some drug money for Frank. Sheila has her first successful online date with a Native American cowboy named Roger Running Tree.

Strangers on a Train Writer: Etan Frankel Director: Peter Segal February 2,2014 #4.04
Against her better judgment, Fiona continues her secret affair with Robbie. The situation nearly boils over when Mike shows up at Robbie’s apartment while Fiona is inside. Fiona is able to hide just in time before her infidelity can be exposed. Frank, in increasingly dire health straits due to liver disease, attempts to contrive an “accident” that will provide an ample insurance payout to cover the cost of a potential transplant.

There's The Rub Writer: Davey Holmes Director: David Nutter February 9, 2014 #4.05
Fiona’s series of bad decisions involving Robbie finally boil over. Meanwhile, Frank and Sammi pursue a cure for Frank’s liver trouble and try to catch up on missed father-daughter time; and Lip gets a surprise visit at college from Army investigators.

Iron City Writer: John Wells Director: James Ponsoldt February 16, 2014 #4.06
The aftermath of Liam’s accident lands Fiona in county jail, unsure of Liam’s condition or her future. The family, minus Frank, wait nervously for any update on Liam’s status at the hospital. Meanwhile, after almost being killed by the sweat lodge, Frank wakes up in the emergency room and gets some sobering news about his declining health.

A Jailbird, Invalid, Martyr, Cutter, Retard, And Parasitic Twin Writer: Nancy M. Pimental Director: Gary B. Goldman February 23, 2014 #4.07
Lip is faced with being the Gallagher’s guardian when Fiona is released from jail and ordered by the court to remain inside the house, and Frank continues to be out of commission due to his illness. Fortunately, he gets some unexpected assistance from Amanda, his roommate’s girlfriend.

Hope Springs Eternal Writer: Mimi Leder Director: Sheila Callaghan March 9, 2014 #4.08
Fiona rids the house of all suspicious items to prepare for a visit from her probation officer, but her efforts aren’t appreciated by Debbie and Carl. Meanwhile, Ian gets kicked out of Mickey’s house by a hammer-wielding Svetlana and makes a long-awaited return to the Gallagher house.

The Legend of Bonnie & Carl Writer: Mark Mylod Director: Etan Frankel March 16, 2014 #4.09
Carl connects with a troubled girl in detention; Lip grows close to his roommate’s ex-girlfriend; Debbie tries to make life miserable for the new girl in Matty’s life; Fiona struggles to get a job now that she has a criminal record; Sheila returns from her trip to the reservation with plans to adopt Native American kids; Mickey ignores the birth of his son to spend time with an erratic-behaving Ian.

Liver & Hardly Know Her Writer: Davey Holmes Director: Christopher Chulack March 23, 2014 #4.10
Fiona goes wild and violates multiple terms of her probation by partying with Robbie’s degenerate friends. A search for her gets underway when she fails to contact anyone.

Emily Writer: Nancy M. Pimental Director: Anthony Hemingway March 30, 2014 #4.11
Fiona is taken to a correctional facility; Frank wakes up from his operation suffering from post-operative delirium; Ian crashes the christening for Mickey’s son; Amanda’s parents bribe Lip to stay away from their daughter; Debbie meets an older student with a dark ulterior motive.

Lazarus Writer: John Wells Director: Mark Mylod April 6, 2014 #4.12
Sheila fighting for custody of the Native American kids and clashing with Sammi over where they will all live once Frank is released. Meanwhile, Fiona passes a drug test, gets released from jail and lands a job at Patsy’s Pies with the help of her parole officer; and Frank begins to feel again like his old, troubled self.


Season 5

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Milk of the Gods Writer: Nancy M. Pimental Director: Christopher Chulack January 11, 2015 #5.01
It's summertime again in Chicago. Fiona balances her job at Patsy's Pies and a crush on her older boss, Sean, as Lip says goodbye to college and heads back home to take a job working demolition. At the Milkovich house, Ian helps a pregnant Svetlana take care of baby Yevgeny. Meanwhile, Veronica goes to work at The Alibi as Kevin plays stay-at-home dad. And Frank, still recovering from his liver transplant, unveils the secret project he's been working on in Sheila's basement. Season premiere.

I'm the Liver Writer: Krista Vernoff Director: Sanaa Hamri January 18, 2015 #5.02
Fiona is officially off house arrest while Lip starts his first day of work for Tommy. But manual labor turns out to be harder than Lip thought and the brutal hazing from his co-workers doesn't help. Sheila considers an offer from two lesbians who want to buy her home. Frank tries to talk her out of it and begins warning everyone of the neighborhood's impending gentrification. Also, the father of boy whose liver Frank received invites Frank to a special father's day dinner with all the other organ recipients, which Sammi ends up crashing, further enraging Sheila. Meanwhile, a manic Ian plans his revenge with Mickey and Mandy against a homophobic military funeral protest. Fiona confronts Sean about her feelings for him. Kev bonds with Svetlana. And Debbie continues to struggle with her friends and boys.

The Two Lisas Writer: Sheila Callaghan Director: Peter Segal January 25, 2015 #5.03
The gentrification of the Back of the Yards continues with the closing of the Alibi's illegal rub & tug. Frank enlists Carl to scare off the lesbians who are buying up more property in the neighborhood while pleading with Sheila not to cave and sell her home. But Sheila has big plans for her future, with or without Frank. Ian goes on a crazed cleaning spree of the Milkovich house and also wants Lip to help convince Mandy not to move to Indiana with her abusive boyfriend, Kenyatta. But Lip remains emotionally unavailable and pushes Mandy away, possibly for good. Meanwhile, Debbie throws a wild party at the Gallagher house and Carl discovers a hidden talent. In exchange for new brewery equipment, Frank sets the owner of a junkyard up with Sammi under the pretense the she'll sleep with him. And Fiona agrees to go to a concert with Davis, but when his girlfriend shows up Fiona makes a play for Davis's bass player, Gus.

A Night to Remem- Wait, What? Writer: Davey Holmes Director: Richie Keen February 1, 2015 #5.04
Frank arrives at Lou's to pick up his six figure insurance settlement and is shocked to learn that he's already collected it. Meanwhile, Fiona and Gus continue to hit if off, so much so that Gus admits he's falling in love with her. Meanwhile, Lip visits Amanda and her family at her luxurious house in Miami. Carl starts a new job as a drug dealer but quickly realizes he's in over his head. Ian goes overboard when he starts stealing suitcases from the airport baggage claim.

Rite of Passage Writer: Etan Frankel Director: Alex Graves February 8, 2015 #5.05
Fiona's plans to announce her marriage to her family unravel. Ian's behavior grows more erratic and Mickey asks Lip for help. Veronica and Kev have relationship issues.

Crazy Love Writer: John Wells Director: Anthony Hemingway February 15, 2015 #5.06
Fiona is thrown into chaos by the return of Jimmy. Ian steals Mickey and Svetlana's baby for a road trip in a bipolar episode.

Tell Me You F**king Need Me Writer: Nancy M. Pimental Director: William H. Macy March 1, 2015 #5.07
Ian begins to regain some of his senses - and finds himself under a mandatory hold at the psych ward. Meanwhile, Sammi is forced to take drastic measures to teach Frank a lesson. Plus, Fiona makes a decision regarding her potential romantic futures with Jimmy and/or Gus, Lip learns that his tuition is short twelve grand, Carl seizes an opportunity to make Chuckie his slave, and after V moves out, Svetlana moves in with Kev in exchange for the performance of some odd 'wifely duties.'

Uncle Carl Writer: Krista Vernoff Director: Wendy Stanzler March 8, 2015 #5.08
Fiona is confused by the status of her relationship when Gus announces he's leaving to go on tour. Meanwhile, Carl is asked by his boss to run drugs to Indiana; Frank sees a way to get revenge on Sammi by using Chuckie as the mule and having him busted; and Lip, still in need of tuition money, convinces Kev to come to the dorms and sell drugs. Plus, as Ian refuses to accept his bipolar diagnosis, Debbie is tasked with minding his new meds.

Carl’s First Sentencing Writer: Etan Frankel Director: Christopher Chulack March 15, 2015 #5.09
Frank has a check-up with his uptight doctor, Bianca, who's cracking up after getting a terminal cancer diagnosis. Discovering she hasn't truly 'lived,' he agrees to be her tour guide to the seedier side of life. Meanwhile, Fiona preps an uncooperative Carl for his sentencing hearing. Plus, Lip sleeps with a professor on the assumption he's only days away from being kicked out, Ian realizes it's time to get back on his meds and Kev finds himself enjoying college life as campus 'rapewalker.'

South Side Rules Writer: Sheila Callaghan Director: Michael Uppendahl March 22, 2015 #5.10
Frank is having a ball with Bianca, his new sick friend and formerly uptight doctor. But when Bianca thinks Frank might be developing feelings for her she kicks him to the curb. Frank, however, returns to put up a fight.

Drugs Actually Writer: Davey Holmes Director: Mimi Leder March 29, 2015 #5.11
Frank grows concerned as Bianca's behavior becomes increasingly more erratic and dangerous - but he'll do just about anything to show her a great time.

Love Songs (In the Key of Gallagher) Writer: John Wells Director: Christopher Chulack April 5, 2015 #5.12
Fiona reunites with Gus after his tour but is torn by the fact that her friendly feelings for Sean have turned into love. Plus, Frank has his own love struggles as he works to keep Bianca happy - down in Costa Rica! Season finale.

Season 6

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I Only Miss Her When I'm Breathing Writer: John Wells Director: Christopher Chulack January 10, 2016 #6.01
It’s fall in Chicago. Frank is still mourning the loss of Bianca while his newfound appreciation for life is freaking the Gallaghers out. Fiona is determined to get Debbie to the clinic for a pregnancy test and to get Ian to take his meds.

#Abortion Rules Writer: Nancy M. Pimental Director: Iain B. MacDonald January 17, 2016 #6.02
Debbie’s determined to keep her baby while Fiona’s determined to persuade her to abort. Debbie carries a bag of flour around all day to prove Fiona wrong about her ability to raise a child while going to school. She quickly realizes people are not as accommodating to mothers and babies as she hoped.

The F Word Writer: Krista Vernoff Director: Nisha Ganatra January 24, 2016 #6.03
Debbie gains pregnancy support from an unlikely source, Frank. Meanwhile, Fiona gives her an ultimatum. Carl chases after a girl, while reaping the benefits of his current criminal scheme. Lip and Ian butt heads and fists, as they realize that they are both very different people now. Frank hosts new property guests. Kev and Fiona both get sent on emotional guilt trips. Kev's leads to almost getting his neighbors killed; while Fiona experiences a fiery reunion with her husband, Gus.

Going Once, Going Twice Writer: Davey Holmes Director: Christopher Chulack January 31, 2016 #6.04
Patrick refuses to lend a helping hand to his extended family, sending the Gallagher home up for public auction. Fiona works to secure the needed funds, through slightly unscrupulous means. Kev's situation with his neighbor goes from bad to worse. The Alibi experiences financial woes, so V goes in search, with Svetlana, to find where their hipster patrons went. Ian makes a gay discovery at the local firehouse responsible for his rescue. Frank secures a future refuge and source of welfare for Debbie, her baby, and him, through quite unscrupulous means. Lip spends a perplexing weekend, away at a convention, with Helene. After mustering what they believe to be enough money, the Gallagher house is sold to the highest bidder; which are not the Gallaghers.

Refugees Writer: Etan Frankel Director: Wendet Stanzler February 7, 2016 #6.05
The Gallagher's have to cope with being evicted from their childhood home. Sean invites Fiona to live with him, but clashes with her when she wants to bring Carl along. Lip reunites with Amanda, who is solely out for revenge. Frank stands by Debbie when she is having a hard time seducing the father of the children she cares for. Kev and Veronica take in six young refugees from Myanmar. Ian continues to hang out with the gay fire-fighters, but not for the most genuine reasons.

NSFW Writer: Sheila Callaghan Director: Jake Schreir February 14, 2016 #6.06
Fiona gets the chance to buy the Gallaghr's house back, but it does not come without a catch. Ian goes on his first date, not just with Caleb, but in general. Lip tries to stop Helene from getting sacked when legal charges are pressed against her. Debbie tries to save herself a spot in Erika's family. Carl needs to cope with Nick being unable to let go of his stolen bike. Kev has finally found a way to attract guests to his bar again, but is overwhelmed with the quantity of visitors.

Pimp's Paradise Writer: Dominique Morisseau Director: Peter Segal TBA #6.07
Carl transitions the recently reclaimed Gallagher home into his "crib". Frank begins a deceitful mission to keep flame Queenie from leaving his life again. Debbie is terminated by the Wexler's, and before she can take last-ditch measures, Frank provides a selfish alternative. Fiona retreats to Sean's abode, in the midst of a changing family unit. Lip continues to experience the ripple effects of his recent break-up. Caleb and Ian attend a family wedding, where they bond through learnt circumstances.

Be a Good Boy. Come For Grandma. Writer: Nancy M. Pimental Director: Iain B. MacDonald February 21, 2016 #6.08
Lip experiences a sexual downturn, but is assisted by Queenie. Fiona sets out to grow closer to Sean's son, Will. After a startling encounter, Carl decides to turn away from the thug life, but he pays a hefty price. Ian and Caleb undergo further relationship bonding. Frank picks up where Carl left off.

A Yurt of One's Own Writer: Davey Holmes Director: Ruben Garcia March 13, 2016 #6.09
Fiona tries to make amends with Sean, who isn't giving her the time of day. Meanwhile, Debbie and Queenie travel to a rural commune along with Frank who is trying to escape G-Dogg - who's after him for stealing his drugs.

Paradise Lost Writer: Etan Frankel Director: Lynn Shelton March 20, 2016 #6.10
Sean officially moves into the Gallagher house as Fiona, intent on getting her marriage right this time, sets out to plan a traditional wedding. Meanwhile, Kev is not happy about V and Svetlana's pending green card marriage and tries to find a way around it. While he's off getting scammed, however, the girls take matters into their own hands.

Sleep No More Writer: Sheila Callaghan Director: Anthony Hemingway March 27, 2016 #6.11
Frank offers to pay for Fiona's wedding reception and then goes scamming around town to raise the money. Meanwhile, Sean fears that Frank will end up hurting Fiona and calls him on it. Their difference of opinion quickly descends into a brawl.

Familia Supra Gallegorious Omina! Writer: John Wells Director: Christopher Chulack April 3, 2016 #6.12
Lip is bailed out of prison by Professor Youens, who urges him to seek AA treatment; Lip resists at first but finally goes after talking with Debbie and Kev, who help him realize he is turning into Frank. Debbie realizes she needs to accept Fiona's help raising Frannie. Ian makes a successful case for getting his rig job back, while Carl tries and fails to befriend his girlfriend's cop father. Frank's attempt to put a hit on Sean fails, so he breaks into Sean's office. Before Fiona and Sean's wedding Frank arrives, and reveals to everyone that Sean is still using heroin; Sean finally admits to Fiona that he has been for months, then leaves to fight for custody of his son. At the end of the episode Ian, Debbie, Carl, Kev, Veronica, Svetlana and Caleb kidnap Frank and throw him in the freezing Chicago River.

Season 7

Title Writer(s) Director(s) Airdate #
Hiraeth Writer: John Wells Director: Christopher Chulack September 23, 2016 (online)
October 2, 2016 (Showtime)
Frank wakes up after a month-long coma to find no one missed him. Worried she isn't a good mother, Debbie takes a criminal approach to making sure Franny grows up wealthy. Meanwhile, Lip successfully completes rehab and is determined to stay "sober;" Carl looks into surgery after learning he's the only uncircumcised brother; and Ian gets a bad feeling about Caleb's friend Denise.

Swipe, Fuck, Leave Writer: Nancy M. Pimental Director: Rob Hardy October 9, 2016 #7.02
Ready to disown his family, Frank takes Liam under wing and starts a new life barricaded on the top floor of the Gallagher home. Fiona, meanwhile, adopts a new, relaxed attitude and starts running Patsy's Pies on her own terms. Debbie gets into trouble in the stroller business; Ian tries out heterosexuality; and Carl finds himself forced into abstinence.

Home Sweet Homeless Shelter Writer: Krista Vernoff Director: Iain B. MacDonald October 16, 2016 #7.03
Kevin, Veronica and Svetlana start a topless maid service. At the shelter, meanwhile, Frank makes new friends to replace his old family - leading them to a for-sale house converted into the Gallagher Home for the Homeless. Plus, Debbie's new lifestyle comes to an abrupt end; Carl gets a syphilis scare; Ian struggles with a breakup; and with Fiona on the run to clean up after her siblings, business at Patsy's hits the skids.

I Am a Storm Writer: Sheila Callaghan Director: Emmy Rossum October 23, 2016 #7.04
Frank worries that he and his new family will lose their Home for the Homeless shelter, so he plans a little goodwill for the neighborhood. Meanwhile, Fiona drums up business by throwing a speakeasy party at Patsy's Pies.

Own Your Shit Writer: Dominique Morisseau Director: Christopher Chulack October 30, 2016 #7.05
Frank learns that a billionaire philanthropist has bought the homeless shelter and he and his clan can stay. Meanwhile, Fiona gets smart financial advice from a Tinder hookup as Ian struggles with his feelings for Trevor.

The Defenestration of Frank Writer: Etan Frankel Director: David Nutter November 6, 2016 #7.06
Fiona sees opportunity in a laundromat for sale and decides to invest. Frank revels in the good fortune of his scam, but the troops catch a whiff of foul play. Meanwhile, Kev and V discover a shocking secret about Svetlana's father.

You'll Never Ever Get a Chicken in Your Whole Entire Life Writer: Nancy M. Pimental Director: John Wells November 13, 2016 #7.07
Fiona learns that owning a laundromat is costlier than expected. Frank helps Liam get into a plush new school after his old one is permanently shut down. Meanwhile, Debbie cleans up her act and grows closer to Neil.

You Sold Me the Laundromat, Remember? Writer: Krista Vernoff Director: Allison Liddi-Brown November 20, 2016 #7.08
Fiona takes a DIY approach to renovating the laundromat. Lip agrees to go before the school board in hopes of getting reinstated. Meanwhile, Kev's trust in Svetlana wanes even further when the titty van goes missing.

Ouroboros Writer: Sheila Callaghan Director: Christopher Chulack November 27, 2016 #7.09
Monica is back! And her first task is to help Debbie get back Franny. Meanwhile, Frank tries to avoid her, Ian has his first fight with Trevor, Lip tries to mask his relapsing alcoholism and Fiona's laundromat gets a bad review.

Ride or Die Writer: Dominique Morisseau Director: Zetna Fuentes December 4, 2016 #7.10
Fiona, facing mounting issues, contemplates Margo's offer to buy the laundromat. Meanwhile, Ian tries to deal with the fact that Mickey might be out of prison and Kev and V take matters into their own hands after Svetlana's betrayal.

Happily Ever After Writer: Etan Frankel Director: John M. Valerio December 11, 2016 #7.11
Frank and Monica have an interesting proposal for the kids. Lip buckles under pressure from Debbie to get his sobriety under control. Meanwhile, Fiona sees a business opportunity as Kev and V attempt to start a new chapter.

Requiem For a Slut Writer: John Wells Director: John Wells December 18, 2016 #7.12
The Gallaghers grapple with the loss of one of their own. As Lip takes steps to improve his future, Debbie, Carl and Liam get roped into Frank's new scheme. Meanwhile, Kev and V get their revenge on Svetlana.

Season 8

Title Writer(s) Director(s) Airdate #
We Become What We... Frank! Writer: Director: November 5, 2017 #8.01
The Gallaghers find themselves with money to burn as Carl sells their inheritance from Monica. Meanwhile, Fiona swears off random hookups to focus on her new apartment building; Lip deals with the sacrifice that comes with sobriety; and Frank emerges out of a meth-induced haze to make amends for decades of depravity.

Where's My Meth? Writer: Director: November 12, 2017 #8.02
Frank re-lives his 20s and joins the workforce for the first time! Meanwhile, Fiona grapples with evicting someone from her building; Lip works out a plan to sabotage Charlie's chances with Sierra; Ian and Carl make a troubling discovery about Monica; and Kev says his goodbyes as he prepares to go under the knife.

God Bless Her Rotting Soul Writer: Director: November 19, 2017 #8.03
A violent meth dealer threatens the Gallaghers, forcing Ian, Carl, Lip and Debbie to find a way to pay him off without involving Fiona. In the meantime, Fiona battles it out with a vindictive tenant; Lip cares for a down-and-out Professor Youens; and Frank - miraculously - attains something resembling sainthood.

Fuck Paying It Forward Writer: Director: November 26, 2017 #8.04
A blast from the past shakes up Fiona's view of her life. Meanwhile, Frank gets involved with Liam's school and becomes the most popular dad in the PTA; Lip learns getting laid is harder than anticipated when sober; Ian crosses a boundary with a kid from the youth center; and Kev and V take a trip to meet his birth family.

The (Mis)Education of Liam Fergus Beircheart Gallagher Writer: Director: December 3, 2017 #8.05
As Fiona tries to raise the profile of the neighborhood, Ian helps Trevor to raise money for a new youth shelter. Meanwhile, Carl loses his scholarship and gets creative with securing the tuition, Lip stands up to a friend and gets hurt and Frank teaches the parents at Liam's school all about the working class.

Icarus Fell and Rusty Ate Him Writer: Director: December 10, 2017 #8.06
Fiona is forced to reflect on her own life after a lonely tenant dies and the duty of cleaning out the apartment falls upon her. Meanwhile, Debbie has a pregnancy scare and winds up in a compromising position, Lip enlists Carl's help to search for his sponsor and Frank enjoys having his first-ever credit card.

Occupy Fiona Writer: Director: December 17, 2017 #8.07
Ian tests Fiona's patience and resolve by bringing a messy "Occupy Fiona" movement right to her front door. Lip struggles to get Professor Youens to court for his DUI trial. Meanwhile, a now unemployed Frank goes on a job hunt and Carl gets a feisty new rehab client with a plan to help him get the rest of his tuition.

Frank's Northern Southern Express Writer: Director: December 31, 2017 #8.08
Frank starts a booming import-export business. Fiona considers moving into her own place after Ford shows her a side of Chicago she's never seen. Meanwhile, Lip interviews new sponsors, Ian confronts a pastor trying to "pray the gay away" and Debbie deals with being unemployed while looking for a way to afford school and raise Franny.

The Fugees Writer: Director: #8.09

Church of Gay Jesus Writer: Director: #8.10

A Gallagher Pedicure Writer: Director: #8.11

Sleepwalking Writer: Director: #8.12

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