|Portrayed By||William H. Macy|
|Season||1 - Present|
Ian (de jure)
Francis "Frank" Gallagher is the dad of the six smart, spirited, independent kids, who without him would be... perhaps better off. A hopeless alcoholic and troublemaker, when Frank isn't at the bar spending what little money the family has, he's usually passed out on the floor. Frank is careless, selfish and completely narcissistic, and he hasn't done anything but collect disability checks and get hammered for years. He is also abusive, conniving, and in Lips words: "Total, fucking asshole". He provides next to nothing in the way of parenting or financial support, and usually serves as one of the main headaches in the Gallagher household. Frank has also shown that he would give up his children if it means he can get a drink, or money. He is the son of Peggie, who is the reason he's turned out so terrible. Frank is possibly a twin.
He's been transported to Canada and tried to convince the athorities that he's a US citizen after two old joggers reported him even though he did nothing. Frank has also tried to get $3000 from a hospital study to abstain from alcohol for 2 weeks. Frank even asked Sheila to entertain him in the mean time. The children are suprised that he could be a great father when he's sober, but Lip advised Carl and Debbie to enjoy the moment while it lasts even though Carl didn't understand him, however Debbie did. Frank's soberness becomes too much for the elder children when he tries to break a supporting wall with Carl. He loses his chance at getting the money when Lip and Fiona, spurred by Debbie, force him to drink alcohol. When Debbie returns home later that day, she see him watching a tv show about politics, once again drunk, sitting in a couch. After he allegedly had intercourse with Karen, it is later revealed that no penetration actually occured, Frank ask Lip for an apology. Lip urinates on him from his window, which Frank accepts saying 'Fair Enough.' Without saying another word, Frank walks away, both unknowingly sharing a smile.
Child Protective Services:
Franks calls Child Services at the Alibi in an attempt to get back into the Gallgher house, as he has been kicked out by Fiona. In the episode "the sins of my caretaker" an Asian woman is hesitating to go into the Gallgher house. A bloody Mickey is seen being carried into the house from getting shot at a failed robbery attempt. Fiona walks in when she hears Mickey screaming in agony as Dr Lishman is removing a bullet from his buttocks in the kitchen. The daycare is out of order and Debbie, wearing a bathing suit walks in exicted about her growing up moment at the pool. Fiona is suprised to see an unknown woman in the house, asks who she is, to which the Asian woman replies that she is with Child Protective Services. Much to Fiona's surprise and dismay, she later finds out that Frank had call Child Services. When she searches for the rest of the Gallaghers to see what homes they were placed in, she eventually gets Frank to participate in a parenting class. In exchange Frank asks for a free room back at the house and Fiona agrees. She at first looks for Monica. She calls her grandmother, Monica's mother, who aperantly didn't remember her own daughter, but failed to find her and resorted to Sheila with the help of Frank. Shiela was again bothered that Frank showed up again to her house but agreed. After everything was set, Fiona asked who call Child Services, but the worker refused at first, but she let Fiona listen in secret due to violation rules. Fiona hears the tape and hears Franks voice as the camera closes in on Fiona's face. Franks is set to be in court in A Long Way From Home, due to Fiona files a suit to try and take away Franks parential rights. A custody fight in court gave Fiona the possition of legal Gaurdian. Frank has been banned from his home, sleeping on a subway and even fighting another homeless man. Eventually he runs into Carl and Carl sneaks him in the truck in the backyard. After a moment with Carl that night, he and Carl come up with a plan to steal from Carl's previous foster parents. Carl gets caught, but Frank takes the fall for his son getting arrested claimig it was him who stole, and that Carl couldn't steal a thing. Frank is locked up in prison and eventually his alchoholism start to catch up with him as he bare can even stand as he's body begins to diterierate little by Iittle. He tries to spent time with Lip when he runs into him at The Alibi Room, and begins a contest and who can do many push ups. He hangs out with Lip for a steak dinner. He then skates with him at the park, and Lip being hung over, starts to throw up. Then Franks thows up blood and a security guard tries to kick the two out but notices Frank unconsious on the ice floor. Fiona visits him in the hospital denying Carl and Debbie access. After she tells Lip to go home, she sits down and talks with Frank. Fiona then tells Frank that she would have prefere that he was dead since the thing she fear about Frank the most is not carring for his own kids. Fiona then tells Franks that his kids love him (possibly mentioning Carl and Debbie). Frank then says what if he didn't want to change. Despite this Frank stays at the hospital. Carl runs out of the house to visit Frank and then shaves part of his head just like the Cancer that he thinks he had. Frank agrees. Eventually Frank desides to get up out of bed and out of the hospital and on to the streets. He walks alongside an empty brigde as it begins to snow.