Monica is ruling the roost at the Gallagher household after Fiona moves in with Steve. But none of the Gallagher kids are welcoming towards their mother. Frank is desperate to see his ex-wife. But first, he must deal with his growing debts, Monica's lesbian lover Norma and the threat of homelessness for his entire family. Meanwhile, A vengeful Tony enlists PC Stan Waterman's help to bring down Steve after uncovering his long list of car thefts. Elsewhere, Shelia tries to overcome her agrophobia whilst harbouring a life-changing secret.