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The Helpful Gallaghers is the  fourth episode of the  Season 3 of the US version of Shameless.


Mandy receives a call from her younger half-sister Molly whose mother has apparently just died. Lip convinces Mandy to retrieve Molly in Milwaukee to save her from the foster care system. Molly is actually a boy, but was raised as a girl, which she doesn't understand. Carl heads off to cancer camp, where restrictions on the camp's activities frustrate the kids. Debbie works on holding her breath longer underwater. A distraught Sheila asks Frank for advice on getting Jody to agree to use her fetish toys. Fiona gathers a group of co-workers to discuss the boss's sexual advances towards them. Jimmy pitches in the Gallagher Squirrel fund, then meets his father for a drink and learns he was kicked out and is getting a divorce from his mother. He also finds out his father's true sexuality after he brings him to the Gallagher's house, where Lloyd gets in bed with Lip whom he mistakes for Ian; Ian then finally reveals his relationship with him. Veronica and Kevin try having a baby.


Regular Cast

Special Guest Star

Guest Starring


  • Eric Edelstein - Bobby Mallison
  • Madison Moellers - Molly
  • Galadriel Stineman - Wendy
  • Charles Henry Wyson - Hanley
  • Julie Ariola - Patty
  • J.J. Boone - Jenica
  • Sally Ann Brooks - Lucy
  • Ellen Gerstein - Aunt Rande
  • Roberta Valderrama - Princess
  • Sharon Benson - Dirty Joan Baez
  • Michael Blum - Male Counselor
  • Miles Brown - Ashish
  • Juliocesar Chavez - Chubby Kid
  • Claudine Claudio - Coupon Woman
  • Brittany Giles - Cancer Girl
  • Cooper Gillespie - Anne
  • Micahel Tuba Heatherton - Moppy the Clown
  • Tonja Kahlens - Lois
  • Michael Patrick McGill - Tommy
  • Kevin Mukherji - Pawn Shop Owner
  • Kerry O'Malley - Kate
  • Janet Song - Korean Woman


  • Isabella Cuda - Cancer Girl


  • It is revealed that Terry Milkovich has another daughter named Molly Milkovich.
    • This reveals that Terry has more children out there.
  • Frank references Carl helping his grandmother build a meth lab, which took place in A Bottle of Jean Nate.
  • Jimmy learns that Ian is sleeping with his father Ned.