Pilot is the very first episode of the US version of Shameless. It originally aired on January 9, 2011.
Fiona's purse is stolen on a night out with Veronica, but a handsome stranger named Steve does his best to retrieve it. He's unsuccessful, but earns an invite back to the Gallagher house when he defends the girls by punching an infamous bouncer who insults them.
They have sex on the kitchen floor but are soon interrupted by local cops dropping off a completely drunk Frank. Steve returns the next day to ask Fiona out, but she resists his offers and all but insults him. Steve refuses to accept her refusal however and begins sending her gifts with the hope of winning her heart. Finally she agrees to go out on a real date and is surprised when she discovers the secret behind Steve's profession.
Lip discovers a stash of gay porn in the bedroom he shares with Ian, but he is unwilling to accept his brother's sexuality and so takes him to Karen who recently rewarded Lip for tutoring her with oral sex. Things go horribly wrong however when Karen's father Eddie catches her giving Ian oral sex and chases the Gallagher brothers from the house before leaving his wife.
Lip discovers Ian's affair with his married boss Kash when he almost catches them in the act.
- William H. Macy - Frank Gallagher
- Emmy Rossum - Fiona Gallagher
- Justin Chatwin - Steve Wilton / Jimmy Lishman
- Ethan Cutosky - Carl Gallagher
- Shanola Hampton - Veronica Fisher
- Steve Howey - Kevin Ball
- Emma Kenney - Debbie Gallagher
- Cameron Monaghan - Ian Gallagher
- Jeremy Allen White - Phillip "Lip" Gallagher
- Laura Slade Wiggins - Karen Jackson
Special Guest Star
- Tyler Jacob Moore - Tony Markovich
- Joel Murray - Eddie Jackson
- Pej Vahdat - Kash
- Marguerite Moreau - Linda
- This episode is a direct adaptation of Episode 101 of the UK version.
- Liam Gallagher makes a cameo appearance.
- It is implied Liam is the result of his mother's affair but it is revealed in Nana Gallagher Had an Affair, he is Frank's son.
- Episode Runtime- 00:57:43