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A Long Way From Home is the seventh episode of Season 3 of the US version of Shameless.


Fiona prepares herself for her court hearing, having decided to attempt to get full custody of the Gallagher children. To better her chances, Fiona, Lip, and Ian forge a will in which Aunt Ginger leaves them the house. She gets help from Veronica in getting a deceased body of an elderly woman to pose as the recently passed away Ginger. Meanwhile, Frank tries to clean up his antics. Jimmy deals with the sudden visitation by immigration and has sex with Estefania again. Sheila gets visited at her home by the biological teenage father of baby Hymie and his mother, who Sheila decides to give Hymie to. Shortly after, Karen returns home. Debbie runs away from her foster home after having to do illegal manual labor along with the other children there. Ian is avoided by Mickey after they were caught having sex by Mickey's father and having been beaten up as a result. Fiona finally faces Frank in court; the judge continues Frank's parental rights but declares Fiona the other legal guardian of the Gallagher children. Lip tries to file the forged will from Aunt Ginger for the house while in court, but finds out that a family relative by the name of Patrick filed an (equally forged) will earlier that supersedes theirs.


Regular Cast

Special Guest Star

Guest Starring


  • Ryan Bittle - Steven Redel
  • Mike Doyle - Lanier
  • Barry Shabaka Henley - Judge Glen Aufseeser
  • Juanita Jennings - Kamala
  • Mary Mara - Nance
  • Bernardo - Beto
  • Elizabeth Sung - Mrs. Wong
  • Keiko Agena - Brittany Sturgess
  • Daija Owens - Laronda
  • David Wells - Father Pete
  • Mackenzie Astin - Tyler
  • Destiny Fernandez - Hispanic Girl
  • David Figlioli - Lanny
  • David Fofi - Chairman
  • Chet Grissom - Vernon
  • Joe Rudy Guerrero Jr. - Gang Member
  • A Leslie Kies - Paula
  • Albert Kuo - Timmy Wong
  • Sara Lassner - Cleopatra
  • Kristopher Logan - Chester
  • Dave Matos - Paramedic
  • Michael Patrick McGill - Tommy
  • Ryan McIntyre - Naked Guy
  • Gary Werntz - Shawn


  • Asta Razma - Gold Coast Pedestrian


  • Sheila is visited at her home by the biological teenage father of baby Hymie and his mother, who Sheila decides to give Hymie to.
  • Karen returns home in this episode.
  • Fiona becomes a legal guardian of her siblings while Frank retains his parental rights.
  • A new relative of the Gallaghers is introduced Patrick Gallagher.