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Sparky is the fifth episode of Season 10 of the U.S. version of Shameless. It aired on December 8, 2019.


Frank hatches the idea for a new scheme when an unexpected visitor shows up at the Gallagher house. With Tami back in the house, Lip struggles to give up control of Fred. Ian returns home and is thrown in with a corrupt parole officer.


Randy argues with Frank about not taking back his children until Frank reveals that the babies are not his but his son Carl's children, something the arriving Carl overhears. Randy and Frank are silent as they realize they have to explain the situation to him.

Meanwhile, Tami continues to struggle at caring for Freddie.

Back downstairs, Carl is very upset with his father for using his sperm to impregnate the woman while Kelly argues with Randy on not leaving the kids with Frank or Carl. This argument is witnessed by Franny and Anne's family, who were amused by the drama.


Main Cast



  • Ingrid has left her ex-husband Randy.
    • Ingrid gave birth to twins, with the ex-husband bringing them to Frank.
    • As Frank used Carl's sperm, Carl is now the father of twins.
    • Carl discovers that Frank used his sperm to impregnate Ingrid.
    • Frank decides to keep the babies after seeing their potential for a scam.
  • Ian is officially released from prison and reunites with his family.
  • Kelly has cheated on Carl and has syphilis.
    • This is the second time one of Carl’s girlfriends since Dominique has cheated on him and gets an STD for it.
  • Frank shows that he is more capable of manipulating people while outsmarting an actual psychiatrist.
  • Lip and Ian reference their previous loves.
    • Lip mentions Karen who was last seen in season three and Mandy was last seen in season six.
    • Lip believes that Tami is the least crazy one of all his girlfriends.
    • This is the second time, where a Gallagher remarks on the string of bad partners.