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Killer Carl is the sixth episode of the first season of Shameless.

Synopsis

After receiving a letter from Carl's teacher, Fiona tries to prove the Gallagher home is suitable for rehabilitating a delinquent; Lip gets busted taking the SAT for other students in exchange for cash; Frank's poor business acumen continues to have negative consequences.

Plot

Fiona receives a letter from Carl’s teacher, who has raised concerns over Carl’s violent and aggressive behavior. The teacher, Miss Devlin, requests to meet with Carl’s parents during the Parents Night event, which is being held at Carl’s elementary school and the adjoining high school. Fiona turns to Frank to show up to the parent-teacher meeting. When Frank declines, Fiona meets with Carl’s principal, who threatens to call Child Protective Services if a parent or legal guardian fails to show up at the meeting.

At the Jackson house, Karen wants to attend her school's Parents Night, in order to show Sheila her stellar school performance. Unwilling to invite Eddie, Karen instead asks Frank to show up as her father; Frank also declines her offer. Wanting to show up at Parents Night for Karen, Sheila meets with her therapist, Malaya, and attempts to overcome her agoraphobia through virtual exposure therapy. However, Sheila has a panic attack and rips the headset off when Malaya tries to steer her closer to the doors.

At the Kash and Grab, Linda confronts Kash over the unacceptable amount of shoplifting in the store. It is revealed that Mickey Milkovich is the one who has been stealing from the store; however, Kash lets it happen, as he is terrified of Mickey and his family. When Linda discovers this, she takes Kash and Ian to a back alley and shows them how to use a gun. Meanwhile, Lip has begun taking the SATs for other students in exchange for cash. Lip gets busted by Professor Hearst, who warns him never to do it again. However, impressed by Lip’s extremely high SAT scores, Hearest invites Lip to visit his office at the University of Chicago.

Frank gets chased by two goons, Rod and Vlad, whom he owes $6000 following a failed insurance fraud scam. When the goons make a visit to Sheila’s house, Frank turns to Karen for help; Karen agrees to distract Rod and Vlad, in exchange for Frank attending Parents Night with her. Frank reluctantly agrees.

Keeping Karen’s promise, Frank attends the Parents Night event posing as Eddie. Rod and Vlad end up stalking Frank to the high school; they beat Frank up in a classroom and threaten to mutilate him if he doesn’t give them the $6000 by the end of the week. Meanwhile, Fiona shows up to Carl’s meeting without a parent or legal guardian. When Carl’s principal reveals that he’s calling Social Services, Steve unexpectedly arrives. Steve ends up letting Carl off the hook by exchanging a marijuana deal with the principal. Returning from Carl’s meeting, the family suddenly runs into Karen and Frank in the hallway. Karen tries to explain with Lip, clarifying that she had asked Frank to attend. Fiona shares a tearful glance with Steve before leaving. As they leave, Lip shoots Karen a disappointed look.

Fiona and the family give Carl an intervention over his anger issues. Steve and Ian suggest that Carl take out his anger through hockey or karate. Sheila confides in Frank over her agoraphobia, fearing that she’ll miss out on Karen’s accomplishments in the future. Frank comforts Sheila, explaining: “You are going to get through those doors any day now, and never look back.”

After being caught by Professor Hearst, Lip calls the other students to inform them their SAT scores have been invalidated. One of the football players whose score was invalidated visits the house to beat up Lip. When the football player hangs Lip from an upstairs window, Carl threatens him with a baseball bat. The football player brings Lip back into the bedroom, but Carl swings the bat at the football player’s leg anyways. The family carries Carl out of the room, cheering in celebration.

Post Credit Scene

Carl's principal flirts with Miss Devlin, asking if she's ever been with a black guy. She asks if rape counts, then immediately says "I was acquitted." The principal takes this in and they laugh.

Cast

Regular Cast

Special Guest Star

Guest Starring

Co-Starring

  • Brent Jennings - Principal Monroe
  • Robert Knepper - Rod
  • Lily Mariye - Malaya
  • Timothy V. Murphy - Vlad
  • Willow Geer - Miss Devlin
  • Christopher Gehrman - English Teacher
  • Catfish Jean - Tire Neck
  • Aaron Todd Kessee - Double F
  • Justin Lee - Warren
  • Carlos Linares - Proctor
  • Timmy Mayse - Bloodied Man
  • Joe Minoso - Hector Aquilar
  • Anthony Wayne Skeen - Kenny Eaves
  • Chad W. Smathers - Oompa Loompa

Uncredited

  • Wilson Farrell - Skater Kid

Notes

  • "Previously on Shameless" - Frank Gallagher
  • There is a deleted scene from this episode on the Season 1 box DVD, featuring Linda teaching Kash how to use the gun.
  • Frank reveals he has an Uncle George.
  • Episode Runtime - 00:50:48

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