|Portrayed By||Noel Fisher|
|Season||1 - Present|
Mickey Milkovich is the often aggressive older brother of Mandy and son of Terry. He was first introduced on the show as a greasy thug who terrorized Ian because Mandy accused Ian of assaulting her. Mickey is a closeted homosexual, which Ian Gallagher quickly discovers as the pair begin an affair. At the start, it seems that Ian is the boy most affected by their relationship. Eventually there were signs (in But at Last Came a Knock and Nana Gallagher Had an Affair) that he cared more about Ian than he was willing to let on. When Kash, Ian's boss at a corner store, discovers Ian's relationship with Mickey, Kash shoots Mickey in the leg out of jealousy and anger over losing Ian. Since this occured while Mickey was eating a stolen Snickers bar from the store, Kash could state to officials that his action was as defense against Mickey's theft. This leads to Mickey returning to prison because he is not willing to admit to being gay. When Mickey is released, he is met by his sister and Ian. Shortly thereafter he resumes his sexual relationship with Ian. Except this time the relationship goes from being a strictly sexual one to a friendship of sorts. Mickey even goes as far as to start working with Ian at the Kash and Grab.
During the Season 2 episode 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 doesn't react to his father's surprise visit but Mickey is worried about his sexuality being revealed and 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 can't 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 Season 3 episode The American Dream, Mickey shows up interrupting 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 may be bisexual as 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. (This, however, is not strong evidence to suggest that Mickey is bisexual; rather, he may have been having conflicting emotions about his homosexuality.)
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 have sex, 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 Caretakers, 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 doesn't 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, adding that Dr. L isn't afraid to kiss him.
Ian and Mickey take two Milkovich 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 14 group home. While at work in the store, Mickey advises Ian not to have sex with anyone since it could expose his sexuallity 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 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're 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, saying "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 a look as the woman rides Mickey. Mickey quickly flips her over, no longer seeing Ian's heartbroken face. No one in his family was safe from Terry’s special brand of torture.
After this, Mickey tries to isolate himself, but Ian finds him shooting 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's 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".
Later, it is revealed (or discovered by Ian) that Mickey's fiancee 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's 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 doesn’t include Ian.
In the Season 4 premiere, Mickey is first seen in his house managing the family's income, criticising 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 doesn't 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.
As of Season 4 episode 3, Mickey is seen drinking his sorrows away. Now a regular customer at the Alibi, he is seen drunk there, in his own world (as he doesn't listen to what's going on around him) 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. As she does so, he is seen to be sorrowful.
In Season 4 episode 4, Mickey is seen dragging Svetlana with him to confront her boss about her low pay. As the 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 non-chalance, 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's 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's gathered and tells him to fuck himself, in simple terms. Mickey realises 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. During one scene, 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 smal dick". Terry also says it is indeed Mickey's fault for believing he could get these girls deserve any higher pay at all. 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 don't have much choice over their pay, and finds illegal immigrants to clean up the appartment 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 appartment, saying that could earn him more than just renting out his appartment 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 brother shows up with his group of "friends" to threaten Kev into giving the money he's owed, Kev convinces them to become his customers (to get handjobs). The business manages to earn Kev a few hundred dollars to pay off part of his debt.
Season 4 episode 6: 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's 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 Season 4 episode 7, Mandy confronts Mickey about Ian and tells him to go find him. She tells Mickey that she had been looking for him but couldn't find him, and that he was ignoring her text(s). Mickey is seen next preparing himself and dressing up when Kev comes asking 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, showing how he had been picking his outfit before Kev arrived. Mickey arrives at the club called The While Swallow and asks the manager if he has seen Ian as he shows him a picture of him. The manager does not cooperate and tells Mickey to buy himself a drink and fall in love with somebody else, which Mickey doesn't appreciate. He forces the manager to tell him where Ian is and discovers that Ian is at another location, called The Fairy Tale. Mickey goes to the club and finds Ian giving a lapdance to another elderly man and tries to talk to him, but Ian only replies with "25 bucks gets you a dance." Mickey agrees, hoping Ian will talk to him after that and Ian gives Mickey a lapdance, Mickey is seen to feel awkward as Ian gives him the lapdance and continues to treat him (Mickey) like just a customer. As Ian tries to leave, Mickey holds him back and tells him that it's fine if he doesn't want to hang out with him, but that he needs to call his family, trying to briefly tell him the trouble that's happened at home. Ian finally starts directly looking at Mickey then, despite still visibly shaking. However, a bouncer arrives asking Ian if everything is okay and tells Ian to go to another customer. Mickey then leaves.
Later, Ian is seen walking out of the Fairy Tale with a different man, waiting for a uber. Ian is clearly very strained and drugged up, the man plans to bring Ian to another place alone and starts sexually harrassing him. But Mickey appears and scares him off. Meanwhile, 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 takes the cab to bring him and Ian home.
At the Milkovich house, Svetlana sees Mickey look passionately at the passed-out Ian on their bed. She has never seen Mickey look like that. Slowly, Mickey realizes Svetlana was standing at the doorway but doesn't attempt to say anything to her.
In Season 4 episode 8, Ian is kicked out of Mickey's house by his wife, who wants Mickey to focus on taking care of the household and the baby when it comes. Svetlana informs Mickey of this at the Alibi in front of Kev, V and another customer, without mentioning Ian's name, only calling him as "carrot boy". Mickey goes to find Ian in 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 was about to give birth. He refuses to go see her and says that he doesn't know if the baby is even his. After Mandy and Ian's sibilings leave the kitchen, Mickey offers some coffee to Ian who asks him to come see him at his job. 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. Seeing Mickey's discomfort, Ian silences him by trying to kiss him. Mickey instinctively pulls away, shocked, but he then looks around him and realises 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 about his job as a pimp. Ian and Mickey sleep together in a fold-down bed. Mickey is seen 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 ask 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.
In Season 4 episode 9, 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 accidently burnt herself and so can't 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 then goes on to say how Terry would kill Mickey and hurt Ian as well, if he does not kill him too. At Mickey's tenseness, she threatens him to give her $500 dollars by the next day or else. Mickey angrily kicks at furniture as she leaves. Mickey's share of the profit from his and Kev's business is insufficient. When he meets Ian outside the club before Ian's shift, a random person in a car propositions them both. After scaring him off, Mickey asks Ian to call in sick for work: "Sick?" "Yeah, whatever.. Tell them you got AIDS". They steal money from another man by tricking him into going to a hotel room with Ian, thinking it was just time with a twink. However, as the man throws Ian onto the bed, Mickey comes out of the closet taking a photo of him in the act. ("Say cheese motherfucker!") Mickey then punches the man hard in the face before he could fully react, and begins to root through the man's belongings. Ian gets off the bed and begins redressing. Confused, the man starts threatening to call the police but Mickey stops him, threatening to "out" him to his family: a photo of which is set as the background on the man's phone. Mickey then tells the man they will take a trip downstairs so Mickey could get money from his credit card, the man says if he is to take his money, that he should at least "let the twink suck me off". Ian gives a small smirk. Mickey asks the man "That all you think he is? Some twink?", the man replies "He gave me blue balls". Mickey keeps his friendly/casual demeanor and says "Did he?", but immediately knees him in the balls. As the man falls to the ground from the blow, Mickey says "Now they're black and blue balls". At the end of the episode, Mickey comes back to his house to get back his belongings when Svetlana isn't there. Kenyatta bumps into him. His son's babysitter ask him if he wants to watch the baby, he looks down at the cradle and says "No". He goes to his room, looks troubled by what just happened takes his clothes and goes to the bathroom where he sees his sister Mandy who just had been beatten up. Mandy closes the door abruptly.
In Season 4 episode 10, Mickey walks into the kitchen where Ian is making pancakes, they chat like an old married couple then Mickey gives him money for the food. Debbie comes down and tell Ian Fiona is gone then Mandy comes in the kitchen she has been sleeping in the Gallagher house. When Mickey is at work where he treats "his whores" poorly, Kevin confront him about the money he stole. Mickey tells him that it is his money arguing that if Kev want to charge for rent, he will charge for the girls. Kevin who just had his daughter lost patience and pointed his gun at Mickey telling him to empty his pockets. "You're robbing me with my own gun ?" Kev insisted and Mickey told him "Big mistake". When Kev went, Mickey turn to Svetlana and told 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 were arguing, Debbie watched them wondering. Going to Mickey's house, Ian was still trying to talk him out of it, Mickey was inflexible but they were interrumpted at the sight of Mandy cooking for Kenyatta. Mickey and Ian asks her why she is with him. Mandy says he never hit her, she fell. Mickey gives up and go to his room. Ian goes to her and tell her he is going to take her somewhere safe, Mandy pushes him away. Kenyatta step in and Ian took a butcher knife putting it on Kenyatta's throat. Mickey came back and talked slowly to Ian : "Ian. Look at me. We're cool. Everything is cool". He took the knife from Ian's hand and left the house with him. Ian was still in shock unable to talk when Mickey asked him about his mood swings and if he was taking drugs. They were interrupted with a text message about Frank. At the hospital, Mickey stood next to Ian for Frank's wedding.