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Shameless: But at Last Came a Knock

When Frank finds out he needs his ex-wife, Monica's, signature to get his settlement money, he comes up with a plan; Debbie finds out a secret about Steve; Lip tries to find money to buy concert tickets for Karen.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x9
Airdate: Sunday March 06th, 2011

Director: Mark Mylod
Story: Paul Abbott
Teleplay: Alex Borstein

Alternate Airdates:

UK (MORE4) Aug 18, 2011
FI (Sub) Jun 12, 2013


Special Guest Stars
Joan CusackJoan Cusack
As Sheila Jackson

Guest Stars
Alex BorsteinAlex Borstein
As Lou Deckner
Madison DavenportMadison Davenport
As Ethel
Julia DuffyJulia Duffy
As Candace Lishman
Noel FisherNoel Fisher
As Mickey Milkovich
Joel MurrayJoel Murray
As Eddie Jackson
Pej VahdatPej Vahdat
As Kash
Chloe WebbChloe Webb
As Monica Gallagher
Carlease BurkeCarlease Burke
As Roberta
Chris Burns (1)Chris Burns (1)
As Andrea Johnson
Zayne EmoryZayne Emory
As Simon

Co-Guest Stars
Kerry OKerry O'Malley
As Kate
Carolyn HennesyCarolyn Hennesy
As Mrs. Neidereiter
Golda InquitoGolda Inquito
As Sorority Girl
Frank NoonFrank Noon
As Bible Study Guy
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


Deb has V drive her to Candace's. V doesn't even know why she's there
until Deb tells her. They sit outside the mansion. V says Fiona is a big
girl. Deb knows that. Fiona takes care of everyone, but nobody takes
care of Fiona...

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Episode Notes
This episode is based on "Episode 6" of the British series.

Ratings: 1.14 million viewers

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
BeatbullyzBounceSteve and Fiona talk over drinks in a club
The DinerNot Gonna Play By Your RulesRecap of previous episodes
The DinerHello Goodbye Take CareLip fixes Mrs. Neiderider's birdhouse
The DinerTraining WheelsSteve takes Debbie to see the house he bought
FirstCom MusicPraise My Soul the King of HeavenEddie's bible study group sit around the table
John McCarthyRockadilloDebbie walks home after seeing Monica at Sheila's
The NightsLonely SoulDebbie takes a bus to Lake Forest
Saturn MissilesKings and Might-Have-BeensFrank sees Monica arrive to the store in a truck
ScannersBaby BlueFiona walks down the street in snow/End credits
SweetBlockbusterMonica & Bob notice Frank outside the store
Tokyo Police ClubBreakneck SpeedLip and Karen have sex in the van

Episode Quotes
Debbie: Fiona takes care of everyone, but no one takes care of Fiona.

Steve: Did you purposefully order a "Sex on the Beach" just so I'd say it to the gay bartender?
Fiona: Maybe. Maybe I was hoping you'd actually take me away someplace so we could have sex on a beach.
Steve: I could barely get you overnight in a local hotel.
Fiona: Well, that was then; this is now.

Fiona: Hey, what do you think of Steve?
Lip: Ass is kind of small; not really my type. You about to retreat and count your wounded?
Fiona: No. Just... just want to know if I should trust him.
Lip: That's like asking if you should believe in God.

Lou Deckner: Is that gonna be a problem, getting Monica to sign?
Frank: No. Why-why would it be a problem?
Lou Deckner: If memory serves, she was a summa cum laude cunt.
Frank: Yeah, well, she was a lot of things.

Debbie: Are you screwing my sister's boyfriend?
Candace Lishman: If you're selling cookies, that's a hell of an opening line.

Candace Lishman: (to Debbie) Can I get you something? Milk? Soda? A joint? It's medicinal.

Steve: Hey, Mom, me and Chip are gonna swing by the hospital to see Dad, so you can relax now, okay?
Candace Lishman: Oh, thank you, Jimmy. You take such good care of your mama bear. Oh! This is, uh...
Debbie: Debbie. Debbie Gallagher. Nice to meet you... Jimmy.
Candace Lishman: Jimmy is my youngest. Top of his class at Michigan in med school. He is going to be a cardiothoracic surgeon like his big brother and his daddy. And he has been taking such good care of me since his father went into the hospital. A fender bender; broke his kneecap. And you know, doctors make the worst patients. Oh, would you like to stay for dinner, sweetheart?
(Debbie leaves)
Candace Lishman: Oh shit! I liked her.

Sheila Jackson: How can you not know who two of Chicago's weathermen are? What kind of person is this Monica?

Steve: Are you gonna tell Fiona?
Debbie: Exactly what am I supposed to tell her? That your name isn't Steve? That you have a family in Chicago she's never met? Or that your mom kisses you on the lips? Which is really gross, by the way.

Debbie: (to Steve about Fiona) What are your intentions? You're distracting her, and I need her in the game for at least a few more years. I can't have you breaking her heart, or running off with her. So if you're not serious about sticking around, back off now.

Frank: (to Sheila) I need the key to the back door. That is not a sexual euphemism.

Fiona: Hell hath no fury like popcorn burned.

Kash: Put the candy back, Mickey.
Mickey: (bites the Snickers bar) Mm. That's sweet. I like 'em sweet. But then, uh... So do you, huh?

Fiona: (to Monica) This is about you. This is about what you didn't do. It's about what I did. And you know what? I did a fucking great job. Debbie is class president. She's on the debate team, going to nationals. And Lip, he's top of his class. He set the curve. Ian was promoted in ROTC and he tested out of English. And Carl made something blow up for his science fair. And you know what, they did it all, no thanks to you! Because you weren't here!

Episode Goofs

When Kash shoots at Mickey for the second time, he hits a bag of chips and it falls off the shelf; in the next shot the bag is back in its original place, unharmed.

When Debbie and Simon are looking for information on Steve on the library computers, Debbie says to look up "1055 North Ave.," which she found out in the previous episode is Candace's home address on Steve's phone. However, on the computer screen the address is "255 North Ave."

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
EditorThomas M. Bolger  |  Julie Monroe
CastingMelanie Burgess  |  John Levey  |  Jennifer Rudnicke  |  Mickie Paskal
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 EditorAmy Colla
Director of PhotographyRodney Charters
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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