The second season of Showtime's US remake of Shameless began airing on January 8, 2012. The full cast of the previous season returned to continue the story of the Gallagher family and their outrageous neighbors.
It's summertime in Chicago, and the Gallaghers are back and up to the same tricks. 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 and panhandling money, 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/Jimmy, though Veronica is adamant her new boyfriend is "a rebound" and "even looks like Steve." Frank's mother Peggy Gallagher is released and makes herself at home. 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 getting over her agoraphobia.
|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.
- "Shameless: Summertime" Zap2It. Retrieved December 2, 2011.
- "Shameless: Summer Loving" Zap2It. Retrieved December 2, 2011.
- "Shameless: I'll Light a Candle for You Every Day" Zap2It. Retrieved December 2, 2011.
- "Shameless: A Beautiful Mess" Zap2It. Retrieved December 2, 2011.