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Shameless: Frank the Plumber

Fiona tries to adjust to the corporate culture when she starts her job as an office temp. Frank gets accidentally involved in the gay rights movement after an attempt to get medical coverage. Meanwhile, Lip finds out Mandy has applied to colleges for him; Ian hears upsetting news regarding Mickey; Debbie skips school to stay with a depressed Sheila.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x9
Airdate: Sunday March 17th, 2013

Director: Mark Mylod
Writer: Krista Vernoff

Alternate Airdates:

UK (MORE4) Mar 09, 2014
FI (Sub) May 14, 2014

  • Currently 8.8/10
8.8/10 (6 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Joan Cusack
As Sheila Jackson
Bradley Whitford
As Abraham Paige

Guest Stars
Christian Clemenson
As Christopher Collier
Mary Mara
As Nance
Bernardo De Paula
As Beto
Sunkrish Bala
As Andy
Bill Brochtrup
As Hal
Maile Flanagan
As Connie
Jake McDorman
As Mike Pratt
Laura Slade Wiggins
As Karen Jackson
Matthew Glave
As Scott Walker
Pamala Tyson
As Unknown

Co-Guest Stars
Jocelyn Ayanna
As Trauma Nurse
Jimmy Bellinger
As Max
Jim Hoffmaster
As Kermit
Michael Patrick McGill
As Tommy
Kerry O'Malley
As Kate
Adam Poss
As Crying Teenager
Christopher Aguilar
As Drag Queen
Erika Duran
As 12 Year Old Girl
Terry Hamilton
As Paul Lashmet
Thomas Jones
As Prada Man
Jason Looney
As Partier
Colin Tary
As Rich Guy
Allison Torem
As Angry Teenager
Jason Sweat
As Paramedic
Pat Whalen
As Friend
Main Cast
William H. Macy
As Frank Gallagher
Emmy Rossum
As Fiona Gallagher
Justin Chatwin
As Steve Wilton / Jimmy Lishman
Ethan Cutkosky
As Carl Gallagher
Shanola Hampton
As Veronica Fisher
Steve Howey
As Kevin Ball
Emma Kenney
As Debbie Gallagher
Cameron Monaghan
As Ian Gallagher
Jeremy Allen White
As Lip Gallagher
Noel Fisher
As Mickey Milkovich
Emma Greenwell
As Mandy Milkovich
Zach McGowan
As Jody Silverman


The scene opens with Jimmy finding a cockroach on his toothbrush. He tells Fiona, who is trying on a skin tight dress, that she can’t wear that to an office job. She gets changed and goes downstairs. She tells Lip that she is going to go to Veronica’s to see what she has. Mandy comes in and says that she forgot a few things that she needs. Lip asks if he should just go to school, but realizes that he has to deal with Mandy. Christopher wakes up and makes Frank breakfast with a bloody Mary. They sit down and Frank’s foot is hurting him. Christopher says that she has a doctor who is Korean and she is great. Frank makes a racist comment about her, but realizes that Christopher works for the city. He says that he and Christopher qualify for domestic partner rights. Christopher doesn’t think that is how it works and Frank says that he is going to fight this...

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 1.67 million viewers

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The AcornBobcat Goldwraith 
Bad SportsToo Many People 
BlackchordsAt World's End 
BosshouseAdvancing Pulse 
BosshouseIs That All You Got 
The DistortobluesI Want 'U (And I Don't Know 'Y) 
Fast RomanticsSpooning the Gorilla 
Glen IrisMary Mary 
KavBlaggers N' Liars 
The Left HandsRun With a Knife 
Murder by DeathBrother 
My GoodnessC'Mon Doll 
Officer RoselandCrankypance 
PassportBottoms Up 
Stingray MusicI Will Survive 
Sunday ActorsPlay 
Trevor MenearRiver Blues 
With LionsJetstream 

Episode Goofs
At the part when Frank is standing talking to the Candidate running for Mayor, the bus is #1717 with no banner. However, when it leaves, it has a banner from Trinity and the bus number is different!

Other Episode Crew

CreatorPaul Abbott
Executive ProducerJohn Wells  |  Mark Mylod  |  Andrew M. Stearn
Co-Executive ProducerMichael Hissrich  |  Krista Vernoff  |  Davey Holmes  |  Nancy Pimental
ProducerEtan Frankel
Co-ProducerPrincess O'Mahoney  |  Sheila Callaghan
Consulting ProducerAlex Borstein  |  Mike O'Malley
Associate ProducerTerri Murphy
Production DesignerNina Ruscio
EditorRegis Kimble
CastingMelanie Burgess  |  John Levey  |  Jennifer Rudnicke  |  Mickie Paskal
Unit Production ManagerPrincess O'Mahoney
First Assistant DirectorRuben Garcia
Second Assistant DirectorJohn Labrucherie
MusicMike McCready
Music EditorMichael Alexander (1)
Music SupervisorAnn Kline
Costume DesignerLyn Paolo
Set DecoratorMatt Callahan
Location ManagerDavid Diamond (1)
Property MasterRick Kerns
Production Sound MixerJoe Michalski
Re-Recording MixerTodd Grace  |  Ed Carr
Director of PhotographyKevin McKnight
Executive ConsultantPaul Abbott
Department Head HairSharon Rivera
Department Head Make-upTammy Ashmore
Special Effects CoordinatorGintar Repecka
Supervising Re-recording MixerJason Brennan
Based On The Series Created ByPaul Abbott
Developed For American Television ByJohn Wells
Warning: Shameless season 3 episode 9 guide may contain spoilers
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