William H. Macy stars as Frank Gallagher, the alcoholic patriarch of a large, unconventional, blue-collar family that has been transplanted to working-class Chicago. Making ends meet is always difficult, especially with a mother who is AWOL and a father who usually ends up passed out on the living room floor.
In the third season premiere, the shameless Gallaghers are back — as Fiona scrounges for cash, Lip gets arrested, and Frank wakes up in Mexico — with no money or passport.
Fiona gets stressed about the money she used for her club night and it gets worse when Lip finds out. Frank settles in at home and Kev's wife resurfaces.
Frank tells Carl he has cancer in order to scam a charity foundation. Fiona is blown away by what's asked of her in her new job. Lip hunts for a neighborhood pedophile.
Carl heads off to cancer camp, while Frank agrees to be Jody's sex coach with Sheila. Fiona unites her coworkers. Lip and Mandy rescue her half-sister from foster care.
Child Protective Services pays a visit. Jimmy faces his first true family crisis and, when Fiona fails to provide the support he needs, he turns to Este (STEPHANIE FANTAUZZI).
The Dept. of Family Services hauls the Gallagher children away, leaving Fiona desperate to get them back. She then has to get Frank ready to make a "Father of the Year" appearance
Frank and Fiona go to extreme lengths in court to claim sole custody of the kids. While Hymie's family arrives to take their son from Sheila and Jody, Karen returns home.
As the family gathers at Aunt Ginger's fake funeral, Frank's cousin Patrick (guest star BRENT SEXTON) arrives with another forged will granting him ownership of the house.
Fiona starts a new job and a new romance, while Frank may become the new face of the gay rights movement, thanks to an influential member of the Velvet Mafia (BRADLEY WHITFORD).
Fiona's life is finally going great — until Jimmy tells her he might go back to med school...in Michigan. As the new star of gay rights, Frank is lured to the other side.
Fiona takes the kids on a camping trip. Essentially homeless, Frank seeks out the help of Carl who sneaks him into the Gallagher van for the night. Jimmy gets a surprise visit.
Lip contemplates his future post-graduation as Fiona contemplates her future after landing a full-time job at the cup company. And Frank contemplates having a future at all.