But at the end of Season 4, after rape from and marriage to a Russian prostitute (Svetlana Milkovich), beatings of an abusive father, and having to constantly hide his sexuality and developing relationship with Ian, he comes out in front of a crowd where Yev's baptism after party is being held.
Subsequently, Mickey allowed Ian to live in the Milkovich home before Ian broke up with him. He is seen to have a developing relationship with Fiona and Lip, who finds Mickey beating someone up absolutely amusing and hilarious. Mickey is, of course, still betrothed to Svelana and is the presumed father of Yevgeny, in which he has agreed to and now takes care of. Struggling with Ian's spontaneous behavioral problems, Mickey is seen to slowly come to terms with the effect that bipolar disorder has on Ian, and realizes that he needs medical attention, to unpleasant consequences for himself.
During Parenthood, Frank walks to the Kash and Grab only to find the door locked. He goes round the back and collects his usual supply of beer before being surprised by the naked rear end of his son Ian, who is with Mickey. Frank's only reaction is to make several sarcastic comments, making it incredibly plain that he knows they were having sex. Frank collects cigarettes and cash from the cash register, and tells Ian and Mickey to add the items to his tab before leaving.
Ian does not react to his father's surprise visit but Mickey is worried about his sexuality being revealed. Mickey claims that his father will kill him if word gets out. Mickey threatens to kill Frank. Ian attempts to talk him out of it, pointing out that Frank has a terrible short term memory and is very likely to forget what he saw, but Mickey is unwilling to risk it. In the heat of their argument, Mickey, out of fear of the consequences of facing his father, tells Ian he is "done" and that Ian is nothing more than a "warm mouth" to him. He later collects his brothers and makes plans to kill Frank. Following Frank as he leaves the Alibi, Mickey prepares to shoot him but develops a change of heart and cannot go through with it. He goes and assaults a police officer instead, violating his probation (as he was fresh out of juvie) so that he would be jailed.
In The American Dream, Mickey shows up interupting a sexual encounter of Ian's. As they are catching up, it is revealed that Mickey would still be considered freshman in high school because he has failed all of his classes. Mickey is shown to be jealous when Ian is with other men. Such as when he catches Ian having sex with an Asian boy in school and when he watches Ian with Dr. L at a club.
Mickey isn't bisexual but he propositioned Angie in May I Trim Your Hedges?. Later on, Ian asks Mickey if he had sex with her and Mickey replies that he did because "everyone fucks Angie." He then asks Ian if he had ever had sex with her, to which Ian replies that he has not. However, it is very likely that he simply was having sex with women to keep up his facade of being straight, as in season 4, episode 12, he reveals that he is not attracted to breasts.
Dr. L arrives at the store asking Ian out on a date which causes Mickey to show obvious signs of jealousy. After Dr. L leaves the store, Mickey asks Ian if that was his grandpa, to which Ian says that Dr. L is just a guy he had been seeing. Mickey, confused or trying to fish for information, inquires about what they do together and Ian bluntly says that they "mostly just fuck, like you and Angie." Mickey later shows up near the restaurant where Dr. L and Ian are having a date, drinking beer and watching them from a distance. Once Ian and Dr. L leave the bar/restaurant, he walks towards them and a shocked Ian asks Mickey what he is doing there. After recognizing who Mickey is, Dr. L tells Ian not to be rude and, calling Mickey his boyfriend, points out "the more the merrier." This however, angers Mickey, who headbutts Dr. L and attempts to beat him up, though Ian stops him. The commotion attracts attention and police begin arriving to investigate, Mickey has to escape from the scene but calls to Ian to go with him, Ian tries to briefly console Dr. L and apologizes before promising to text him later and running away with Mickey. They run into an alley where Ian angrily asks Mickey what is wrong with him, but Mickey just puts his hands up as a calming gesture. Mickey then grabs Ian's neck with one hand and lower abdomen with his other. At this they both laugh before grabbing at each other, or "play fighting," and running off together.
In the episode The Sins of My Caretaker, Dr. L shows up at Kash and Grab and asks Ian to break into his house to retrieve his suits, paintings and a bottle of wine (adding that Ian is free to steal whatever he pleases). Later, while Ian and Mickey are hanging out together; Ian going through an R.O.T.C. obstacle course and Mickey shooting a gun, Ian informs Mickey of the plan to break into the house. Mickey is disinterested at first but is later swayed by Ian's comments that Dr. L is rich and that they are free to take what they want. Mickey is quick to comment that he does not know what Ian sees in Dr. L, referring to him as a "geriatric viagroid" but Ian points out that he receives many perks including presents and room service, and, unlike Mickey, Dr. L is not afraid to kiss him.
Ian and Mickey take two Malkovich cousins with them to rob the house, Ian waits in the car. As the cousins enter the house, Mickey suddenly returns to the van and gives Ian a surprise kiss. Before Ian reacts, Mickey starts running back to the house, turning midway to lift his middle finger at Ian in jest. Ian is seen smiling and smitten in the van as Mickey leaves. Things quickly take a turn however when the boys drops a clock and wake Dr. L's wife Candace, who appears with a gun and shoots Mickey in the butt. Ian quickly drives a wounded Mickey back to the Gallagher house where Dr. L is called to remove the bullet.
In Cascading Failures, Ian and Lip are put in a level 15 group home. While at work in the store, Mickey advises Ian not to have sex with anyone since it could expose his sexuality and get him beaten up. He tells Ian that his dad and brothers are out of town, so Ian can stay with him if he wants. Ian jokes, "Was I just invited to a sleepover?" to which Mickey replies, "Fuck you is what you were invited to." Ian laughs and looks after Mickey as the latter goes elsewhere in the store.
They stay up talking and watching movies that night: Mickey cooks for Ian, and glances at Ian as their movie starts, Ian is seen to slowly turn to glance at Mickey, but by then Mickey is already looking back at the TV screen. Still, they both smile at each other and resume attention to the movie. The morning after, presumably after they had sex, Mickey is seen to be pretty intimate with Ian as he shows Ian his Ben Wa beads, asking him to "do the honors." Ian, puzzled, holds up the beads and examines them, ultimately joking, "Rosary for giants?" and holds them up around Mickey's neck in jest. Mickey smiles widely and laughs in return, telling him what they are really for. Ian stares at the beads again and replies, "How is that fun for me?" and slaps Mickey's back so he would go on the couch. They are seen to both be becoming more intimate with each other. But soon after they start, Terry walks in on them (arriving home early from his trip). He becomes infuriated and attacks Ian as he attempts to get dressed, asking "Mandy wasn't enough for you?" Mickey jumps on top of Terry and attempts to pull him away from Ian, saying, "Get the fuck off him! Get away from him!" Terry then begins to savagely beat Mickey in the face repeatedly. Ian tries escaping while Terry is preoccupied with Mickey, but Terry points a gun at Ian, ordering him to sit on the couch. Mickey goes to grab for the gun, but Terry pistol whips him. Terry then calls in a Russian girl to "fuck the faggot" out of Mickey. Terry also forces Ian to watch, and both Ian and Mickey share looks as the woman rides Mickey. Mickey quickly flips her over, no longer wanting to see Ian's heartbroken face.
After this, Mickey tries to isolate himself, but Ian finds him shooting
☀https://www.facebook.com/subwoofermemes/videos/1154975161189745/ a gun in a building. He tries to talk about what happened with Mickey, but Mickey says nothing, leaving Ian frustrated. Mandy later mentions to Ian that Mickey is getting married to some "whore he knocked up." Ian finds Mickey again to discuss it. When Mickey does not reply but leaves instead, Ian follows him and tries to make him talk. Ian then tells Mickey to 'fag bash' him if it would help him feel like a man, pointing to his own face and telling him, "Do it!" Mickey punches Ian in the abdomen and as Ian keels from the hit, he looks away and swears, then grabs for his bottle from the ground and starts leaving. But Ian tells Mickey to admit that he loves him and that he is gay. Mickey punches him in the face, then seeing Ian on the floor, turns away distraught and rubbing his eyes. Ian says, "Feel better now? Feel like a man?" to which Mickey winds up kicking him in the mouth. Mickey then downs whatever is left of his alcoholic drink and leaves saying, "Feel better now," obviously hurt too by hurting Ian.
Later, it is revealed (or discovered by Ian) that Mickey's fiancée is the Russian prostitute Terry called. On Mickey's wedding day, Ian pays him a surprise visit. Ian is furious and argues with Mickey, wanting him to not go through with the wedding if he cared "half a shit" about him. Mickey grabs Ian and kisses him. They then have sex. Afterwards, Mickey tells Ian that he is still going through with the wedding and they get into another fight; Mickey asks why Ian is making it look like he has a choice, to which Ian tries to tell him not to let Terry control him like this. Mickey turns defensive for his father, telling Ian he knows nothing about his dad. Ian is incredulous and Mickey hesitates, telling him, "Not everyone gets to just blurt out how they fucking feel every minute." Right then, Mandy walks in looking for Mickey, and Mickey leaves. Later on at the ceremony, Ian starts drinking. That night, after most of the guests have left, Lip comes and fights with Mandy. Ian drunkenly starts talking to Lip, and states that he should try "watching the person you love—no, I'm sorry, I mean the guy you've been fucking get married to some random Commie Skank!". Mandy being there at the time hears Ian, finally finding out about Ian and Mickey.
Supposedly some time has passed since, and Mickey sees Ian again when the latter visits Mandy. Mickey tries to chat with him, and perhaps reconcile so they could continue their relationship on the side, but Ian tells him of his plan to enlist the next morning and would be away for at least 4 years. Mickey is shocked and heartbroken but still fails to express his feelings, only managing to say "Don't... Just..." and Ian leaves. Mandy then walks in asking if that was all he had to say to Ian. Mickey, who was wiping away tears, immediately turns to look at Mandy, realizing that she knows about him and Ian. Mandy calls him "a fucking pussy" and walks away. Mickey is left alone in his room, where he has to figure out how to live in a world that does not include Ian.
In Simple Pleasures, Mickey is first seen in his house managing the family's income, criticizing what his brother stole and how little pay his wife is earning. His brother states, "There's an ATM card," to which Mickey says, "Congratulations it has no fucking pin number. What are you gonna do, rob the same mailboxes everyday until they send the pin?" and gives him a disgusted look. As Mandy walks to the table, Mickey asks her who was at the door, as Debbie Gallagher had just visited. Mandy tells Mickey that Debbie was looking for Ian, Mickey asks if she had seen him, to which Mandy replies, "Why do you care?" Mickey casually states, "Don't," while looking through the stolen mail.
Later in the episode, Mickey is seen drinking at the Alibi. Mickey asks Kev, "Any news from Gallagher?" Kev assumes at first that he is asking about Frank, but Mickey says "Not fucking Frank, the other one. The redhead." Kev had not heard from Ian ("Ian? He took off"), and as he goes to answer a phone call, adds jokingly, "Why? He owe you money or something?" Mickey does not reply but looks forlorn for a moment, before catching a glimpse around him to see if anyone noticed. The phone call turns out to be about Stan, the owner of the bar. Mickey, the other customers, and Kev cheer for Stan. Later, Mickey is seen at his home, appearing in a corridor. He sees Mandy making out with her new boyfriend in her room through the open door and immediately closes it, saying, "Oh Christ close the damn door! Nobody wants to see that mandingo shit! Fuck!" He then angrily heads to the bathroom and slams the door, shutting himself inside, and starts breaking down.
He paces around and finally leans on the sink, seeing his reflection in the mirror. After a pause, he goes to a pile of magazines stashed next to the toilet and takes one out, flipping through the pages until he comes to a photo of Ian. Mickey stares at the photo for a while before taking it out and putting it up on one side of the mirror. He is still heartbroken about Ian leaving and is secretly pining for him. He tries to pleasure himself while looking at Ian's photo but fails and, out of anger and frustration, punches the mirror, the other side that Ian's photo was not on. Mickey punches the mirror out of anger, frustration, emotional pain and loss, but the physical pain from shattering the mirror comes fast and he clutches his hand, now bloody. Soon Mickey's wife, Svetlana, knocks at the door asking if he is okay, to which he replies after a small pause, "Yeah... Slipped." On being asked to hurry up, Mickey takes one last look at the photo of Ian; next to his own distorted reflection on the other shattered side of the mirror, and returns the photo and magazine to the pile on the ground. As he leaves the bathroom, his wife watches him go and looks at the broken mirror.
In Like Father, Like Daughter, Mickey is seen drinking his sorrows away. Now a regular customer at the Alibi, he is seen drunk there, in his own world and suddenly drunkenly rambles, "I like fucking carrot tops. Like with the freckles, and the pale skin... the fuckin'... alien looking." As Kev and another customer were just talking about a completely different topic, they stare at Mickey briefly for his sudden rambling. Kev points to a "ginger" woman at another end of the bar and suggests Mickey buy her a drink. Mickey does not do so but just directly propositions her. Mickey is seen next having sex with her in the bathroom of the Alibi but is clearly not enjoying it, still engrossed in his own thoughts and heartbroken. The woman however, on noticing his depressed expression, asks if he wishes to "finish." He then tells her to switch positions and "pound" him, while already pulling her to go behind him. Confused, she asks, "With what?" Frustrated he tells her to just do it "with her hipbone." As she does so, he is seen to be sorrowful.
In Strangers on a Train, Mickey is seen dragging Svetlana with him to confront her boss about her low pay. As the boss was away and there was only one guard present, Mickey confronts him instead. The guard states that Sasha (the boss) decides how much the prostitutes get for their work, and Mickey replies that Sasha needs to know that "My wife is a hooker, not a slave." At the guard's nonchalance, Mickey brings all prostitutes out of their rooms (even if they were having customers). As all the prostitutes (some seemingly confused but are perhaps following the crowd) leave with Mickey, Mickey states to the guard, "No one's getting laid 'til they get paid." Mickey brings the prostitutes to the Alibi and announces to Kev and V how he "emancipated my wife and her fellow cumguzzlers" and how he is their "Abe Lincoln." Mickey is shown to have a sense of justice as he discusses about the prostitutes with Kev, V and other customers (e.g. about how they do not deserve to be paid so little), but does understand they do not have much choice as they "barely speak English," etc, and are literally fresh off the boat. Mickey soon receives a message of Sasha wanting a meeting, thinking he has won, he prepares to leave the bar while announcing his success. On his way out, V asks him, "You know what happened to Lincoln right?" to which Mickey responds, "You kidding? I could barely get through the opening credits" and leaves.
When Mickey returns to the store, he finds it empty and eerily quiet, cautiously he takes out his gun and carefully heads toward the back. Sasha is found with the guard outside the back of the store, Mickey bargains with Sasha to give the prostitutes higher pay and "what happens in the ass stays in the ass," but she shows him the new prostitutes she has gathered and tells him to fuck himself, in simple terms. Mickey realizes he does not have much bargaining power as Sasha could just get new prostitutes. Finding himself now stuck with a whole group of unemployed/fired prostitutes, Mickey is forced to have them stay temporarily at his house until he figures out what to do. The prostitutes are constantly angrily rambling in Russian. One time, Svetlana angrily tells Mickey that he has "taken jobs away" and, "They say you're stupid fucking idiot!" Mickey asks her, "What did you say back?!" and she replies, "That you also have small dick!" Terry also reprimands Mickey, saying "it's my house" and "you do have a small dick." Terry also says it is indeed Mickey's fault for believing that the girls were worth more than they are. He adds, "And let me tell you from experience, she isn't," meaning Svetlana, (this insinuates he has had sex with Svetlana before as well). One prostitute stomps up to Mickey while yelling at him in Russian, and he yells above all the noise in the house, "I don't know what the fuck you're saying!" And, nearly overwhelmed by all the turmoil and noise in the house, leaves saying, "Don't worry! We'll get a dick in you as soon as we can!"
As luck would have it, while Mickey was facing this trouble at home, Kev had picked up on Mickey's thoughts over how the prostitutes do not have much choice over their pay, and finds illegal immigrants to clean up the apartment above the bar, giving them extremely low pay for doing so. Mickey soon returns to the bar and suggests that Kev can have the prostitutes work in the apartment, saying that could earn him more than just renting out his apartment to a random resident. Kev and V agree with this and the prostitutes begin working there.
As Mickey and Kev decide on how much to charge customers and the prostitutes share, Mickey suggests to charge customers $50, while Svetlana and the other prostitutes get $17, the same as when they worked for Sasha. Svetlana objects, saying at least they had tables and walls back at Sasha's place, but Mickey states, "And we learned a valuable lesson. Anyone can jerk a cock. I jerk mine. He jerks his. Learn a unique skill or shut the fuck up." Frustrated, Svetlana leaves rambling in Russian. Mickey calls behind her, "Nobody knows what the fuck you're saying!"
Customers object at first to the "high" price that Kev and Mickey charge, but as Stan's son shows up with his group of "friends" to threaten Kev into giving the money he has owed, Kev convinces them to become his customers (to get hand-jobs). The business manages to earn Kev a few hundred dollars to pay off part of his debt.
In Iron City Mickey does not appear in this episode, but events occur which may set the stage up for potential future events: Terry is seen to be arrested again, he has failed another urine test and may return to jail for some time. Lip was on his way to visit the Milkovich house when he witnessed the arrest. Lip tells Mandy what has happened within his family and asks Mandy to tell Ian about it. Mandy agrees to do so.
In A Jailbird, Invalid, Martyr, Cutter, Retard, And Parasitic Twin, Mandy confronts Mickey about Ian and tells him to go find him. She tells Mickey that she had been looking for him but could not find him, and that he was ignoring her text(s). Mickey is seen next preparing himself and dressing up to do so when Kev comes over to ask for a gun. It is revealed that Mickey used Kenyatta's "perfume soap" to shower, and several pieces of clothing are laid out on his bed. Mickey arrives at a club called The White Swallow, shows the manager a picture of Ian, and asks if he has seen him. The manager claims not to know Ian and tells Mickey to buy himself a drink and fall in love with somebody else, which Mickey does not appreciate. Impersonating a cop, Mickey threatens the manager with a number of different charges before he reveals that Ian is at the club's second location, called The Fairy Tale. Mickey goes to the club and finds Ian giving a lap dance to an older man and tries to talk to him, but Ian only replies that, "25 bucks gets you a dance." Mickey agrees to pay him, seeing this is the only way Ian will interact with him. During the dance, Mickey continues to try and persuade Ian to leave with him, telling him that his family is worried about him. Ian ignores him and continues to treat him like just any other customer. The dance finishes and Ian attempts to leave, but Mickey holds him back. He tells him that it's fine if Ian doesn't want to hang out with him, but he needs to call his family, informing him of Frank's illness and Liam's accident. Ian seems to take an interest in that, despite still visibly shaking. However, a bouncer then intervenes and directs Ian to go to another customer. Mickey leaves the club alone.
Later, Ian is seen walking out of the Fairy Tale with a different man, waiting for an Uber. Ian is clearly on drugs, wearing nothing but a tank top in jeans despite it being the middle of winter. The man tells Ian he plans to bring him home and begins to grope him but Mickey appears and scares him off. During their scuffle, Ian passes out on the ground. Mickey picks him up, carries him over his shoulder and begins walking home with Ian on his shoulder until the Uber arrives. He then puts Ian in the cab to go home.
At the Milkovich house, Mickey is shown staring longingly at Ian passed out on his and Svetlana's bed. She appears in the doorway, apparently understanding that Mickey still has feelings for Ian. Slowly, Mickey becomes aware of her watching him but does not attempt to speak to her.
In Hope Springs Paternal, Svetlana kicks Ian out of Mickey's house, threatening him with a hammer. Svetlana informs Mickey of this at the Alibi in front of Kev, V and another customer, without mentioning Ian's name, only calling him "carrot boy." Mickey goes to look for Ian at the Gallagher house and agrees to give him oral pleasure if he stays. He spends the night there sleeping on the floor next to Ian's bed. In the morning, Mandy comes by to tell him his wife is about to give birth. He refuses to go see her and says that he doesn't even know if the baby is his. After Mandy and Ian's siblings leave the kitchen, Mickey offers some coffee to Ian who asks him to come see him at work that night. In the club, Mickey threatens a man who tried to touch Ian. Ian goes to him and tells him they have been invited to an after-party by one of his regulars. Seeing Mickey's discomfort, Ian attempts to kiss him. Mickey instinctively pulls away, shocked because they are in public, but he then looks around him and realizes where he is and why Ian wanted to bring him here. He looks at Ian who is smiling at him and moves in to kiss him. Ian meets him halfway and they kiss passionately. The after-party is in a very smart loft with educated well-dressed people. Mickey feels clearly out of place, although one of the guests is very interested in his job as a pimp. Ian and Mickey end up spending the night there together on a fold-out bed. Mickey is shown to be sleeping peacefully with one hand holding Ian's arm. The host wakes Mickey up to ask him what he wanted for breakfast and then asks him if he and Ian just met or if they were together. Upon reflection, Mickey answers, "Together." Mickey then watches Ian sleep as the host leaves. Things start becoming serious both sexually and emotionally between the two of them.
In The Legend of Bonnie & Carl, Mickey is happy staying over at Ian's house and was interacting with Ian when Svetlana visits. She is holding the baby and confronts him. Mickey starts trying to leave the house but Svetlana blocks him, saying that she does not earn enough to take care of the baby right now as she also needs to give pay to another prostitute in their workplace. The other worker has accidentally burnt herself and so cannot work for now, but helps takes care of their baby. Svetlana asks Mickey to take care of the baby instead but he refuses. She then threatens him with the risk of her informing Terry of Mickey and Ian still being together. She goes on to say that Terry would kill Mickey if he knew and probably hurt Ian, if not kill him. At Mickey's tenseness, she demands that he give her $500 dollars by the next day or else. Mickey angrily kicks at furniture as she leaves.
Mickey finds that his share of the profit from his and Kev's business is insufficient. He goes to meet Ian outside of the club to ask him for money. Ian doesn't have nearly enough, but as they're talking a man pulls up to proposition them both. After scaring him off, Ian remarks that sort of thing happens to him every day. Mickey then asks Ian to call in sick for work. "Sick?" to which Mickey replies "Yeah, whatever... Tell them you got AIDS." They go to a hotel where Ian propositions a wealthy older man at the bar. After entering the hotel room, the man throws Ian onto the bed and Mickey comes out of the closet to take a photo of them ("Say cheese motherfucker!"). Mickey then sucker punches the man in the face and begins to root through his things. Ian gets off the bed to redress. Confused, the man announces he's going to call the police but Mickey stops him, threatening to "out" him to his family, a photo of whom is set as the background on the man's phone. Mickey then tells the man that they're going to take a trip downstairs to the ATM. The man replies that if Mickey is going to take his money he should at least "let the twink suck me off." Ian gives a small smirk and Mickey asks the man, "That all you think he is? Some twink?" The man replies, "He gave me blue balls." Mickey asks, "Did he?" And then knees him in the balls. As the man falls to the ground from the blow, Mickey says, "Now they're black and blue balls."
Mickey is working at The Alibi when Svetlana reveals their baby's name to him(Yevgeny.) Mickey gives her the $500 but she insists on him returning home, threatening again to tell Terry of his and Ian's relationship if he does not. Later on, Mickey returns to his house to pack his belongings with the intention of moving to Ian's home. Svetlana is not there at this time. Kenyatta bumps into him on his way out of the house. His son's babysitter asks him if he wants to watch the baby. He looks down at the cradle and says, "No." He goes to his room and packs his clothes. As he enters the bathroom he walks in on his sister, Mandy, who was cleaning her battered face; she had just presumably been beaten up by Kenyatta. Mickey is shocked and Mandy abruptly closes the door on him, asking, "What the fuck you looking at?" Mickey is distraught about what happened to her.
In Liver, I Hardly Know Her, Mickey walks into the kitchen where Ian is making pancakes, they chat like an old married couple and Mickey gives him money for the food. During their conversation, it is revealed that Ian has been sleeping very little, if at all. Mickey wonders at how little sleep Ian had last night as he knew Ian did not get off work until 3am, yet he woke at around 5am. Ian replies that he has a "ton of energy" (Symptom of manic episode). Debbie comes down and tells Ian that Fiona is gone/missing, then Mandy comes into the kitchen. It is insinuated that perhaps Mickey had told Ian what happened and they brought her to stay over at the Gallagher house for a while.
When Mickey is at work where he treats "his whores" poorly, Kevin confronts him about the money from the bar register, believing Mickey stole what was meant to be his. Mickey tells him that it is his money arguing that firstly, Kev still owed him from last week. Secondly, that if Kev wants to charge for rent, he will charge for the girls (20%), bringing his split with Kev back to 50-50. And thirdly, that Kev "isn't the only one" needing to raise a baby(s). Kevin, who just had his twins, loses patience and points his gun at Mickey, telling him to empty his pockets. Mickey says, "You're robbing me with my own gun?" and tells Kev that he better pull the trigger, or he would be in serious trouble. Kev insists on Mickey giving back his cash and Mickey tells him, "Big mistake" as Kev then searches all of Mickey's pockets for any additional cash he did not take out. As Kev leaves, Svetlana comes over and Mickey tells her, "He's a fucking dead man."
At the Gallagher house, Ian tries to dissuade Mickey from killing Kev. Mickey states that it is his way of dealing with it. While they are arguing, Debbie watches them wondering. As Mickey leaves the house, policemen arrive to ask about Fiona and make a quick inspection of the house. Mickey warns Debbie and Carl of their arrival before they enter. Going to Mickey's house, Ian is still trying to talk him out of it, Mickey is inflexible but they are interrupted at the sight of Mandy cooking for Kenyatta. Mickey and Ian ask her why she is with him. Mandy insists he never hit her, and that she only fell. Kenyatta leans back in his chair, looking relaxed and amused. Mickey gives up and goes to his room. Ian goes to her and tells her he is going to take her somewhere safe, Mandy tries to push him away but he is insistent. Things escalate when she slaps Ian and Kenyatta steps in, Ian quickly grabs a butcher knife and nearly cuts Kenyatta's throat but Mickey intervenes. Having just returned, Mickey talks slowly to Ian, trying to calm him. "Ian. Look at me. We're cool. Everything's cool." Ian slowly comes to the realization as Mickey cautiously takes the knife from his hand. Kenyatta immediately shoves Ian away once the knife was taken away but Ian does not react, still shocked at what happened. Mickey immediately leaves the house with him. Ian is still in shock unable to talk when Mickey asks him about his mood swings and if he was taking drugs. But before Ian could respond they are interrupted by a text message about Frank. At the hospital, Mickey stands next to Ian during Frank's wedding.
In Emily Mickey is shown to be sleeping in Ian's bed. Upon waking he informs Ian that he'll be going to his son's christening, but when Ian offers to come with him he asks him not to. Ian replies by asking if he and Mickey are a couple or not, to which Mickey responds, "Of course we are." Ian responds with, "A couple that hides?" implying he is unhappy with Mickey's instance on secrecy.
He eventually goes to the christening alone and shows up late. Svetlana insists that they wait for his father Terry, who was recently released on probation, but he never arrives. Instead, Ian shows up uninvited. Later, at the party after the ceremony, Svetlana tells Mickey she does not want Ian there and demands that he make Ian leave. When he tells Ian this, they begin to argue. Ian tells Mickey that if he makes him leave, he shouldn’t bother coming home. Just then, Mickey’s father arrives at the bar, and Mickey is momentarily swept up in showing his father the baby. Svetlana threatens to tell Terry of Mickey and Ian's continued relationship again because Ian hasn't left yet. Mickey reminds her that it's because of him she has a roof over her head. Ian then pulls him aside to tell him he's leaving. When Mickey tells him he’ll see him at home, Ian tells him not to bother because they are over. Mickey chastises Ian for being overly emotional, and Ian retaliates by calling him out for being too scared to be who he really is. He says he is tired of being a “mistress” and leaves Mickey at the bar. Mickey is visibly shaken. Before Ian leaves, Mickey calls for everyone’s attention at the bar and announces that he is gay. Everyone is seemingly unaffected by the announcement for a moment, until Terry flies into a rage and charges him. He and Mickey fight until Terry manages to pin him, but Ian headbutts him and a bar brawl ensues. Mickey and Terry are both arrested as Terry continues to shout gay slurs. Mickey responds by yelling taunting details of his and Ian's relationship at him. Terry is reminded of his broken probation by his arresting officers and taken away in a police cruiser. Mickey is then released, being told by his arresting officer that the paperwork resulting from his arrest would keep him at work all night and away from his husband.
Later, he and Ian are both outside nursing their wounds, Mickey claiming he might have a broken tooth. Ian remarks that Mickey is really out now. Mickey responds by stating that he is, but he refuses to wear a dress. He and Ian laugh, and Ian walks over to kiss Mickey on the forehead.
In Lazarus, Svetlana offers Mickey the chance to have sex with her in a way that can “accommodate” his preference for men. After he turns her down, Svetlana shares that she is potentially bisexual (or a lesbian) and wants another woman to come live with them as the woman wants to take care of her. She also demands that Mickey help with the baby more. Mickey goes back to the bedroom to Ian who is hiding under the covers and not responding to him as he tells him to get up. After being ignored despite his continued attempts to get an answer, Mickey walks out upset.
Mickey goes to the bar and one of the guys makes a gay joke. Mickey takes offense to it and demands that if anyone has anything to say to him that they do so. Kev makes light of the situation by calming everyone down and buying Mickey a beer. He and the guys then begin listing gay celebrities, implying they were all more surprised when they came out than when Mickey did. When Mickey returns home, Ian is still in bed and looks out of it. When Mickey continues to ask what is wrong, Ian finally blows up and tells him to leave him alone.
Later, Mickey shows up at the Gallagher house asking for Lip. When Carl shares that he is not there, Mickey tells them that Ian is not responding to him. Carl and Deb come with Mickey to his place to try and figure out what is wrong with Ian. Mickey asks if they can tell what is going on when Ian doesn’t respond to them either. Deb says that she recognizes his symptoms.
Later they bring Fiona to see Ian, but he refuses to respond to her as well. Fiona shares that she thinks Ian might be bipolar like their mother and suggests taking him to the clinic. At Mickey's insistence that he can care for Ian himself, she brings up the possibility that Ian's disorder could require him being hospitalized. Mickey is adamant that they will care for him as a family and sending him away is not an option, "He stays here. He's staying with me."
Season 5 Edit
Much of Season 5 is revolved around Mickey trying to deal with Ian's erratic behavior.
In the season finale, Ian calls things off with Mickey, stating that "he doesn't need to be fixed". This is in reference to his bipolar disorder, which Mickey feels that Ian needs to be taking medication to control whereas Ian refuses to do so because he hates the way the drugs make him feel. Their split is also due in part to the fact that Ian needs to learn how to cope with his disease himself.
Season 6 Edit
In the season premiere episode 'I Only Miss Her When I'm Breathing', Ian went to visit Mickey in jail (which he only agreed to do after Svetlana agreed to pay him fifty dollars) Mickey is serving eight years in jail for the attempted murder of Sammi Slott. He is paid to commit acts of violence against other inmates, as it is revealed by Svetlana when she tells him to stab a man in the eye for the payout.
Mickey also reveals to Ian a tattoo across his chest of Ian's name, humorously misspelled . He asks Ian to wait for him, Ian said he will after Mickey asks him to lie if need be. Nonetheless, Mickey remains incarcerated for the rest of the season.
While not appearing in person, Mickey's presence is felt on multiple occasions, with Ian alluding to him on multiple occasions to Mandy and Caleb. Despite the discomfort to talk about Mickey and his attempts to forget him, Ian still seems attached to Mickey, yet simultaneously disparaging of his former lover.
Mickey is a complex character, rapidly displaying many different facets to his personality throughout the 6 seasons of his appearance. He is violent, but never without reason, even if those justifications range from acceptable to tenuous at best. He generally seems to save physical violence strictly for he or his loved ones feels threatened, or in moments of emotional duress. He is seemingly self-serving, but cares about his sister immensely, going on a rampage to hunt down Ian. He refuses to engage in anything deeper than a 'friend with benefits' with Ian, but displays a possessive streak and a surprising tenderness for the boy; inviting him for a sleepover where he cooks pizza bagels for him to get him out of the group home. He is also clearly an excellent planner, executing hit and run strategies and/or blackmail with little to no prep time, as seen by his Mover's Van scam or his Honey Traps. He also displays an impressive aptitude for math, naturally calculating and recording profits in his various businesses. However, despite his clear intelligence, he's flunked out of high school and has admitted himself to be "fucked for life". He is seemingly blase towards the idea of killing and death, but never follows through on any of his threats to do so on-screen, with the one time he comes close featuring no small amount of emotional turmoil from him, and later coaxes Ian out of murder on several occasions.
Regarding his emotional state, his behavior is equally erratic. He is fairly self-aware, possessing a good grasp of his strengths and limitations and using them to get by. However, he displays a severe inability to express himself, resulting in several instances where botched wordings or emotional repression have damaged several of his relationships. Furthermore, there are several instances where Mickey disassociates in times of emotional duress, purposefully separating himself from his emotions in order to cope. Interestingly, some of his most violent on-screen displays are usually from such moments, such as his fight with Ian in Season 3.
This host of contradictions can be attributed to his upbringing: as the youngest male in the Milkovich household, and clearly the smartest of them, Mickey has been raised with the expectations of the violent Milkovich household. Thus, Mickey's internalized homophobia and and borderline erratic behavior can be explained as a by-product of trying to fit the mold his father has set for him, to varying degrees of success.
As the seasons progress, Mickey continually grows, displaying what many fans consider to be one of the best character arcs in the show. He progressively displays more and more care for Ian, with his relationship with the red-haired boy creating much of the driving force for his character growth. He continually forces himself out of his comfort zone for Ian, travelling to gay bars to find him for his family. It is worth mentioning that his care for Ian extends somewhat to the Gallagher family as a whole, if his reference to Fiona and Liam when speaking to Ian is any evidence. Nonetheless, he becomes much more open with emotions, being willing to display bouts of genuine happiness, sadness, and other such emotions, and goes as far as to admit his love for Ian on multiple occasions. His temper also becomes much more restrained, being used strictly for business or extenuating circumstances. He is also far more at home with himself, and has become far more emotionally balanced and less unstable; with his bouts of anger never straying directly into the dangerous levels he had displayed prior.
While never losing his standoffish attitude or crass speech, the Mickey of season 5 is by far a more pleasant character than the Mickey of season 1, much more closely resembling a well-adjusted person, albeit with criminal tendencies.
- Mickey suffers from intense internalized homophobia, and it shows often in his way of speaking, using homophobic and misogynistic slurs. Despite his language, he is not actually misogynistic, but has most likely been conditioned to use such language from a young age in the Milkovich household.
- Mickey has never held a legal job other than as security at the Kash & Grab.
- In deleted scenes from season four, Mickey is shown to be very adamant about never hitting women:
- He discusses the act of hitting women with Tommy from the Alibi, and he gets angry when him and others around him imply that it's alright.
- In a scene with Mandy and Kenyatta, Mickey is ready to defend Mandy if he were to hit her, and he tells her she doesn't have to put up with him.