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Shameless: Aunt Ginger

Fiona goes out with Tony, a local cop who has had feelings for her since childhood; Ian is being targeted by the brothers of the girl he rejected; a woman from the Office of the Inspector General comes looking for Aunt Ginger.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x3
Airdate: Sunday January 23rd, 2011

Alternate Airdates:

UK (MORE4) Jul 07, 2011
FI (Sub) May 01, 2013

Special Guest Stars
Joan CusackJoan Cusack
As Sheila Jackson

Guest Stars
Noel FisherNoel Fisher
As Mickey Milkovich
Jane LevyJane Levy
As Mandy Milkovich
Gloria LeRoyGloria LeRoy
As Fake Aunt Ginger
Tyler Jacob MooreTyler Jacob Moore
As Tony Markovich
Pej VahdatPej Vahdat
As Kash
Jillian ArmenanteJillian Armenante
As Abby Ruggiero

Co-Guest Stars
Frank PachecoFrank Pacheco
As Milkovich Bro #2
Phil AbramsPhil Abrams
As Mr. Bancroft
Ellen Albertini DowEllen Albertini Dow
As Aunt Ginger
Andrew KaczmarekAndrew Kaczmarek
As Santa Claus
Tony LongoTony Longo
As Russell
Don PerryDon Perry
As Mr. Perry
Kevin ShacterKevin Shacter
As Milkovich Bro #3
Jerry SrokaJerry Sroka
As Samuel
Lang YunLang Yun
As Hilda
Main Cast
William H. MacyWilliam H. Macy
As Frank Gallagher
Emmy RossumEmmy Rossum
As Fiona Gallagher
Justin ChatwinJustin Chatwin
As Steve Wilton / Jimmy Lishman
Jeremy Allen WhiteJeremy Allen White
As Lip Gallagher
Ethan CutkoskyEthan Cutkosky
As Carl Gallagher
Shanola HamptonShanola Hampton
As Veronica Fisher
Steve HoweySteve Howey
As Kevin Ball
Emma KenneyEmma Kenney
As Debbie Gallagher
Cameron MonaghanCameron Monaghan
As Ian Gallagher
Laura Slade WigginsLaura Slade Wiggins
As Karen Jackson


Tony and Fiona are doing it in his squad car out in front of the church.
All the kids run to the car when mass gets out, so he'll do the lights
and sirens. A woman sees what's been interrupted and says "Oh, my"
before leading the children away...

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 0.90 million viewers

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Alien Crime SyndicateWhat I SaidThe Milkovich brothers go after Ian
BosshouseWhistling JoeV and the Gallaghers look for a new Aunt Ginger
Extreme MusicWe Wish You An Indie ChristmasFrank steals a Salvation Army kettle on Christmas
Future IslandsVireo's EyeIan leaves work/Mandy waits for him
GomezIf I Ask You NicelyFrank leaves the Alibi/Ian walks up to Mandy
GomezMixDebbie and Lip wake up
The High Plane DriftersIn Your NeighborhoodKevin walks on the street/Mandy walks down stairs
The High Plane DriftersColored Flying BirdFiona grabs Frank's disability check
The High StrungThe Lifestyle That Got AwayRecap of previous episodes
JBMYearsDebbie cries leaving Aunt Ginger
Me First and The Gimme GimmesI Only Want To Be With YouDebbie spends time with the new Aunt Ginger
Say HiNovember Was White, December Was GreyMandy sits on Ian's bed/Fiona visits Steve
Soho 3Teenage Wish ListGallaghers get downstairs/Steve comes over
Soho 3Riding My BikeIan walks with the bat/Debbie makes breakfast
Swapmeet Shakedown (the Riot Bros)FracturedIan trips his teacher with his bag for Mandy
Tim MyersLife's A PartyAunt Ginger does drugs and dies in the flashback

Episode Quotes
Lip: What's wrong with your mom? Why can't she ever leave the house?
Karen: What's wrong with your dad? Why's he such a drunk?

Kevin: Stop lending the Gallaghers our shit, V. A toaster? Who borrows a toaster?
Veronica: Carl set theirs on fire trying to melt two action figures together.

Fiona: (to Carl) The bat is for killing, not for taking to school.

Lip: (to Steve) Back for more abuse. You're like a boomerang.

Fiona: (to Steve) Tony's sweet. And he has a real job.
Kevin: I'm sorry, I totally fell asleep when you were talking about him. How long was I out for?

Veronica: (to Fiona about Tony) Holy shit! You popped his cherry. And how was the 30 seconds of bliss?

Fiona: Dad, does Aunt Ginger live in Wisconsin?
Frank: That's what I've told you. Right?
Fiona: Then why was there a woman from the Social Security Department at the house, saying that Ginger cashes her checks in Chicago?
Frank: Ginger's in town, and she didn't call me? After all I've done for that woman?
Kevin: Oh, shit, Frank. You're cashing the checks.
Frank: What?
Fiona: Do you know how much trouble you're going to be in?

Ian: Why'd you tell your brothers I attacked you?
Mandy: If you don't get away from me, Ian Gallagher, I'll scream.
Ian: Please, I'm begging you. You have to tell them the truth. They're going to kill me.
Mandy: Good!
Ian: Mandy!

Fiona: You know nothing about me.
Steve: Then teach me! Teach me.

Frank: I went to get Ginger, like you told me to.
Fiona: This is Aunt Ginger?
Frank: In the flesh.
Fiona: Ginger has a hard-on.
Frank: She was born with a large clitoris.

Fiona: (about Aunt Ginger) Don't give me a hard time. I've been very upset about this. I'm in mourning.
Fiona: When did she die?
Frank: Mmm, 12 years ago.

Fiona: We're living in her house. Was there even a will?
Frank: You don't need a will, if she's not technically dead.
Fiona: Yes, she is technically dead, Dad. Dead is dead. Just because you haven't told anybody that she's dead, doesn't make her not dead.

Ian: This wouldn't be happening if I had just had sex with her.
Kash: You can't be what you're not, Ian.

Steve: (to Fiona) Well, if you need me, I'll be across the street in the bushes stalking you.

Mickey: Hey, Lip! How's your lip?

Lip: Maybe you should throw it in her, you know? She'll call her brothers off.
Ian: Yeah, yeah, and maybe, uh, you should throw it in Kash, right?
Lip: Why, is he asking about me?
Ian: Yeah, he's trying to go through all the Gallagher brothers.
Lip: Cool.

Abby Ruggiero: My name is Abby, and I'd like to ask you a few questions.
Fake Aunt Ginger: My name is Abby, and I'd like to ask you a few questions.
Abby Ruggiero: Mrs. Gallagher, how old are you?
Fake Aunt Ginger: I don't remember.

Mandy: Are you sure you're not just making this up?
Ian: About JC Chasez?
Mandy: No... about being gay.
Ian: In this neighborhood? Why would I make that up?

Other Episode Crew

CreatorPaul Abbott
Executive ProducerJohn Wells  |  Andrew Stearn  |  Paul Abbott
Co-Executive ProducerMark Mylod
ProducerMichael Hissrich  |  Cindy Caponera  |  Nancy Pimental
Consulting ProducerMike O'Malley  |  Alex Borstein
Associate ProducerTrey Coscia
Production DesignerNina Ruscio
EditorKelley Dixon
CastingMelanie Burgess  |  John Levey  |  Mickie Paskal  |  Jennifer Rudnicke
Unit Production ManagerPrincess O'Mahoney
First Assistant DirectorPolly Ann Mattson
Second Assistant DirectorRuben Garcia
Staff WriterNathan Jackson
Music SupervisorAnn Kline
Costume DesignerLyn Paolo
Set DecoratorMatt Callahan
Property MasterRick Kerns
Production Sound MixerJoe Michalski
Production CoordinatorMatthew Devahl
Assistant EditorSam Bollinger
Director of PhotographyJ. Michael Muro
Executive Story EditorEtan Frankel
Department Head HairLucia Mace
Department Head Make-upJohn E. Jackson
Supervising Re-recording MixerJason Brennan
Based On The Series Created ByPaul Abbott
Developed For American Television ByJohn Wells
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