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Terrance "Terry" Milkovich was the father of four sons and one daughter with his wife and an illegitimate daughter with another woman. He is known to have escaped arrest numerous times, which caused Frank to go for him an alibi on suspicion of a crime. He is arguably one of the two main antagonists of season 3 and one of the main antagonists of season 11 before his death.


Season 1

He very nearly caught Ian and Mickey the first time they slept together, but despite finding them naked together, simply told them to put some clothes on and thought nothing of it, probably assuming they were on drugs. It is later discovered, due to his constant drinking and blackouts he had unknowingly impregnated his daughter Mandy. Around this time Terry had hunted Ian down because he thought he was the father, until Ian and Lip tried to plant an illegal gun in his possession, only the plan back-fired when Terry came home. Terry made a reach for the gun as Ian and Lip began to run. Lip managed to jump out of a window. Ian however, got cornered by Terry in the kitchen only to have Mandy interfere by holding a shot gun to him. As it turned out the father was in fact Terry. The revelation of his impregnating his own daughter disgusted both Ian and Lip.

Additionally, Terry owns more guns and leaves the house unlocked on purpose since, according to Ian, anyone would be crazy to break into the Milkovich's home. He's noted to dislike the older Gallagher boys.

Season 2

It hasn't been revealed if he was married, or dating the mother of the Milkovich family, who is mentioned being dead during Season 2 in a conversation between Ian and Mandy.

During Father's Day, Frank tries to turn to him when he needed a water-tight alibi to stop the police questioning him about the death of Eddie Jackson. Terry already came up with a perfect story, though charged Frank for it but the latter didn't need it.

Season 3

In The Helpful Gallaghers, it is revealed he has another daughter other than Mandy, Molly, which is revealed when she tries to call him saying her mother has died.

Terry finds out about Mickey's sexual orientation and takes matters into his owns hands to "straighten" Mickey out. He walks in on Ian and Mickey having intercourse and attacks Ian, shouting "Mandy wasn't enough?". Mickey tries to interfere and manages to wrestle Terry away from Ian, but ends up receiving the brunt of Terry's beatings himself. As Ian tries to run, Terry points a gun at Ian and tells him to sit back on the couch. Mickey, barely conscious now, tries kicking Terry off, but Terry hits him with the base of his gun and puts Mickey out. He then calls a Russian girl over to have "corrective" sex with Mickey. When the girl arrives, Terry tells Mickey she is here to "fuck the faggot out" of him. Terry forces Mickey to have sex with her and makes Ian watch. Mickey is seen to be in pain and looks at Ian, but Ian can't return his gaze, emotionally in pain himself. After a short while, Mickey rolls on top of the girl and away from Ian, so that his back is to Ian and he wouldn't see him. He acts like he is suddenly enjoying the sex to get it over with as soon as possible, while Ian watches in dismay.

Season 4

While the prostitutes are stuck at the Milkovich home for a time duration, Svetlana and the others yell at Mickey while Svetlana adds that he "also has small dick". Terry blames Mickey as well for trying to "liberate" the prostitutes and adds "You do have a small dick" and "This is my house". Terry says it is indeed his (Mickey's) fault because he actually believed the prostitutes deserved more (pay) and thought he could "liberate" them, and says from his (Terry's) experience, she (Svetlana) is not worth anything more.

In Iron City, Terry is seen being hauled from his house by several policemen while yelling profanities at them. He had apparently failed another urine test, thus violating his probation. He is sent back to prison.

In Emily Terry is released to go to the christening of Mickey’s son, and arrives later at the Alibi. He meets his grandson Yevgeny Milkovich and happily holds the child. When Mickey and Ian fight about their relationship and, before Ian leaves, Mickey gather's everyone’s attention to announce that he is gay. Moments later, a furious Terry lunges for Mickey and instigates a bar brawl, with Ian helping and getting revenge on Terry for his previous beating of him. At the end, both Mickey and Terry are apprehended by the police while Terry continues to shout homophobic slurs, and continues his aggression as Mickey provokes him by telling him of sexual activities with Ian. Terry is taken away by the police who criticize him for already breaking probation just four hours after his release, while Mickey is released by a sympathetic gay cop.

Season 9

It is shown in Do Right, Vote White! that Terry is now out of prison, he is visited by Frank and the latter pays him to help him with getting Mo White back into politics. He gathers old friends and they aid in starting a riot, that ends up getting Mo enough votes to get back into congress.

In Black Haired Ginger, Terry is visited by Ian, while he is annoyed to see him, unlike before he doesn’t attack him and is more patient by telling him where Mickey is. Terry tries to shoo him away but the latter states he wanted to see him. Terry listens as Ian asks him about jail, Terry tells him of his experience there and advises Ian to flee while he had the chance.

Season 10

During Debbie Might Be a Prostitute, he and some of his relatives are preparing for something before Mickey walks in. Terry tells his son to gear up, before his son reveals he is having issues after his parole officer was killed. Terry asks if he did it but Mickey states he didn't but suspects Ian did and suggest he take the fall but Terry states because of the Milkovich reputation, its a bad idea. After his family suggest, he marry Ian to prevent testifying, Terry rebuffs the idea by voicing his disgust before his niece, Sandy, stated she was gay too.

In Location, Location, Location, Terry has learned of Mickey’s engagement to Ian. Enraged his son disregarded his wishes, Terry runs to the Gallagher house where he shouts out to his son to come out and face him. Mickey comes forward and he and his father argue with Terry threatening him at gunpoint but Mickey isn’t phased in points his gun at Terry. Father and son stare each other down with Mickey refusing to back away from his decision and Terry angrily leaves.

In Gallavich, Terry burns down Ian and Mickey's wedding venue, causing Mickey to try to murder his father before Ian restrains him. Mickey is left believing that until Terry is dead, he can never truly be happy. However, Ian and Mickey's friends and family manage to come up with an alternative plan using a polka hall. Terry forces Jamie to reveal the change in plans and attempts to charge in with a gun to stop the wedding. However, Geneva and Ian's Gay Jesus followers form a human blockade, forcing Terry to leave. Terry later arranges or performs himself a drive-by-shooting on Ian and Mickey's honeymoon suite, though neither are hurt.

Season 11

During NIMBY, Terry and his family moved into the house right next-door to the Gallaghers where it is revealed Terry was sleeping with the old owner of the house. Terry and his family proceed to make trouble with the Gallaghers and their neighbors because of their redneck ways in unsanitary living style. The Milkovich family also tortures the neighbors by hosting loud parties or hurling insults at Ian and Mickey.

In Slaughter, Terry continues to harass the Gallaghers by leaving a box of dog feces on the front porch of their house or by continuing the loud shenanigans outside. Frank is able to get Terry out of the house by telling him of a supposed white supremacist rally going on. Terry then gathers his relatives to go and see. At the end, Terry returns home and while urinating is accidentally shot in the back with a bullet that was previously fired by Liam. He was left paralyzed on the ground begging for help while his dog proceeds to lick his groin.

During Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good....Eh, Screw It, Terry has survived the shooting but is now paralyzed and is released from the hospital to his home. His relatives led by Sandy attempt to aid him but his rude comments end up shooing them away and he is left on the curb. Terry remains on the curb still asking some of his relatives to help him before he was approached by Mickey who places a gun to his chest appear with the intention of shooting him. Terry does not try to protest and goads his son into carrying out the deed but instead Mickey leaves Terry where he is. Much later, Mickey is fed up with Terry complaining outside and begrudgingly helps him up on the porch with help from Ian. Although Terry does not thank them, he appreciated being helped out and was surprised by Mickey helping him in his time of need. Afterwards, Frank approached Terry and after sharing some words to him about his predicament Terry begs Frank to shoot him and put him out of his misery but Frank does not participate stated he does not like Terry at all in order to be merciful.

In Cancelled, the Milkovich family constantly bails on taking care of Terry, forcing Mickey and Ian begin looking for a nurse. However, Terry constantly scares them all away with rude or bigoted comments that cause them to leave. While Mickey is feeding Terry, the two reconcile and Ian finds Mary Luke, a nun who stands up to Terry, as a nurse for him. When the two return to check on Terry, Mary Luke tells them that Terry is an evil man who she had to handle the same way as she handled Sister Cecilia: "a return to sit at the feet of our Lord and Savior in death." Alarmed, Mickey and Ian rush inside to find Terry dead, a plastic bag tied over Terry's head in order to suffocate him. The Gallagher children were later informed about Terry dying while being surprised that it was a nun who did him in.

In Survivors, Ian and Mickey go through Terry's belongings with Mickey getting emotional as he remembers his father despite the bad things that he did. The two locate Rachel, a woman who turns out to be Terry's first love. To their shock, they learn that Terry wasn't always a racist mean-spirited man, having once had a great sense of humor and attempted to convert to Judaism to be with Rachel. However, after his efforts weren't enough, Terry had murdered Rachel's father which the cops could never prove and it ended their relationship. It's suggested that his failed relationship with Rachel and her marrying a black man led to his becoming a racist.

As Ian and Mickey prepare to have Terry cremated, they learn that they have waited too long and that his body has been taken to a mass grave for poor people. The two locate the box containing Terry's body, pour gasoline on it and set it on fire in order to give Terry the cremation that he wants. Ian and Mickey start singing "I Will Survive," knowing that Terry would've loved it, but get chased away by a worker who notices their actions, leaving Terry's body to burn.

Episode Appearances


  • Terry appears to like hunting, as seen in earlier seasons.
  • According to Kash, Terry would often steal from the store and when confronted on it Terry would beat him senseless.
    • As a result, Kash did not want to confront Terry's son Mickey on the issue.
  • Terry is similar to Frank in many ways.
    • He has multiple kids like Frank, with both even having kids from other relationships and being implied to have more.
    • Like Frank, Terry's wife ditched him.
    • Like Frank, Terry has been to jail several times with the police being well aware of who he is.
    • Both have violent tendencies that scare others.
    • Both are capable fighters.
    • Both are ladies men, despite their rough appearance.
    • Like Frank, Terry has attacked or been attacked by his kids.
    • Both have been shot.
    • Like Frank, Terry has been in a wheelchair.
    • Both were cremated.
    • Both have a gay child. The key difference is that Frank doesn't scorn his son Ian for his sexuality while Terry does to his son Mickey.
  • Terry did 18 years in prison in and out.
  • Despite being a convicted felon, Terry owns several guns.
  • He mentions to raping some of the other inmates in jail, despite scorning his son's sexuality.
  • He is possibly the biological father of Yevgeny Milkovich, due to also sleeping with Svetlana.
    • This is further supported by Yevegeny having blonde hair like Terry, while Mickey has black hair.
  • Despite not being on good terms with his son, he knew Mickey was in Mexico.
  • It seems by Season 9, he has gotten over his hatred of Ian but still dislikes him.
    • As of season 10, his hatred returned when Ian and Mickey marry.
  • In Season 10, while he still scorns his son's sexuality, he and Mickey have reached neutral ground, since the latter still works with the family and came to him for advice after his parole officer was killed.
    • This is before he starts threatening Mickey with violence after learning of his engagement. He would go as far as threatening him at gunpoint, burning down the original venue Mickey and Ian got for their wedding, and arranging and possibly participating in an attempted drive-by shooting immediately after Mickey and Ian got married.
  • He mentions in season nine that his mother is alive but it is unknown if that’s really true.
  • It is unknown if Terry has brothers or sisters who are the parents of Jamie and Sandy Milkovich.
    • Sandy once mentioned that one of her other uncles would get drunk and let her shoot a gun. This means Terry has several brothers.
    • In Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good....Eh, Screw It ,Timmy Milkovich revealed that Terry is both his father and uncle, meaning Terry committed incest with his sister.
  • According to Mickey and Sandy in Gallavich, as kids, after they would return from Trick-or-Treating, Terry would steal their candy. He would also open their Christmas presents, take what he liked and pawn the rest. On another occasion, Terry put Mickey into foster care for a year just so that he could run drugs for the Sinaloa Cartel.
  • Like his son, Terry has been shot before in his case it was by Liam.
  • It is unknown how the rest of the Milkovich family reacted to Terry dying.
  • It is unknown if Mary Luke was charged with the crime of killing him.