Original Air Date: Jan 9, 2011
In the Season 1 premiere, drunken father Frank is of no use to his dysfunctional family; Fiona meets a handsome stranger when her purse is stolen; Lip is shocked to discover his brother Ian is gay and tries to hook him up with a willing neighbor.
Original Air Date: Jan 16, 2011
A manhunt ensues after Frank goes on a bender and turns up missing on Friday, the day he never fails to cash his disability check, and turns up in Toronto with no idea how he got there.
Original Air Date: Jan 23, 2011
Fiona turns her attentions to Tony, a cop who has had a crush on her since childhood, but Steve isn't willing to give up without a fight; Ian is targeted by the brothers of a girl he spurned; the whole family searches for elderly Aunt Ginger, who owns their house.
Original Air Date: Jan 30, 2011
A sad and lonely Debbie steals a little boy from a birthday party, forcing the family to scheme a way to return him without drawing the attention of the Chicago PD; a web of lies ends in a marriage proposal from Kevin, who is already married.
Original Air Date: Feb 6, 2011
The family schemes a fake wedding when it is revealed that Kevin's new fiancee comes with a substantial dowry; Frank deals with some bad medical news by spiraling out of control; Steve looks for a new car, with Fiona along for the ride.
Original Air Date: Feb 13, 2011
Fiona tries to prove the Gallagher home is suitable for rehabilitating a delinquent after receiving a letter from Carl's teacher; Lip gets busted taking the SAT for fellow students in exchange for cash; Kash and Ian are ashamed at their failure to stop a string of robberies at the Kash and Grab; Frank's poor business acumen continues to have negative consequences.
Original Air Date: Feb 20, 2011
Frank takes a big risk when two goons demand the six grand he owes them; Fiona agrees to a night away with Steve, leaving Liam in agoraphobic Sheila's care; Ian is fed up with Mickey's bullying of Kash and goes to do something about it, leading to a violent scene.
Original Air Date: Feb 27, 2011
When Frank gives up drinking, Sheila worries he'll no longer be attracted to her, while Carl and Debbie enjoy having their dad back - despite Lip's warning that it won't last; Fiona barely has time to notice Steve's suspicious behavior as she scrambles to earn money and find a better job; when Lip meets with a college professor, Karen begins to question their relationship.
Original Air Date: Mar 6, 2011
Frank has some settlement money coming his way but needs his ex-wife's signature on the documents; Debbie learns that Steve may not be who he says he is; Fiona is enraged when Monica shows up and announces she's taking baby Liam with her.
Original Air Date: Mar 13, 2011
Monica's return wreaks havoc on the Gallagher clan, leaving the children determined to find out if Frank is their real father; disgusted with Monica, Fiona moves in with Steve next door; Karen accepts Eddie's invitation to a Purity ball; Frank hits a new low when he uses Carl to stop a disability worker from tampering with his free money from the state.
Original Air Date: Mar 20, 2011
Debbie convinces Fiona to get involved with her mothers group, where Fiona finds a new friend in the alluring Jasmine; Tony begins to unravel the truth about Steve's car-stealing business; Lip and Ian set out to uncover which of their uncles is Ian's dad; Frank loses his worker's compensation and sets his kids on a hunt to find him a new and promisingly dangerous job.
Original Air Date: Mar 27, 2011
Steve tries to convince Fiona to skip town with him now that his true livelihood as been discovered; Frank and Karen's secret is revealed, forcing Frank to go into hiding; Fiona tries to figure out how to get Lip and Ian out of jail after their arrest for car theft.