Frank the Plumber is the ninth episode of the  Season 3 of the US version of Shameless.


Fiona starts a new office job while Jimmy continues with his job at the coffee shop. After having a bad day, Jimmy considers returning to medical school. Frank continues his stay at the home of a member from alcoholics anonymous. He gets the idea of trying to get financial benefits under a domestic partnership program. When they're turned down he unknowingly starts a city campaign for gay rights. Because of all the publicity, his roommate's mother makes him move out. Lip and Mandy get into a fight due to Mandy apply to colleges for Lip and the return of Karen. After a possibly successful interview with M.I.T. and talking with Mandy, Lip realizes how good Mandy is for him and how bad Karen is. When Lip decides to break it off with Karen, Karen continues to try and win him back by all means possible, leading Mandy to run her over with her car. Ian finds out that Mickey is getting married and becomes upset. When he confronts Mickey and tells him that they love each other and are both gay, Mickey beats Ian up. Debbie skips a day from school and spends time with a depressed Sheila while babysitting Liam. Veronica and Kev continue their quest on having a child leading to questioning themselves on whether having their child circumcised.


Regular Cast

Special Guest Star

Guest Starring


  • Bradley Whitford - Abraham Paige
  • Christian Clemenson - Christopher Collier
  • Matthew Glave - Scott Walker
  • Mary Mara - Nance
  • Bernardo de Paula - Beto
  • Sunkrish Bala - Andy
  • Bill Brochtrup - Hal
  • Maile Flanagan - Connie
  • Jake McDorman - Mike Pratt
  • Christopher Aguilar - Drag Queen
  • Jocelyn Ayanna - Trauma Nurse
  • Erika Duran - 12 Year Old Girl
  • Terry Hamilton - Paul Lashmet
  • Jim Hoffmaster - Kermit
  • Thomas Jones - Prada Man
  • Jason Looney - Partier
  • Brett Matthews - Guy
  • Michael Patrick McGill - Tommy
  • Kerry O'Malley - Kate
  • Adam Poss - Crying Teenager
  • Colin Tary - Rich Guy
  • Alliso Torem - Angry Teenager
  • Jason Sweat - Paramedic
  • Pat Whalen - Friend


  • Robert Finlayson - Man at Bus Stop
  • Barbara Elizabeth Maleski - Commuter