|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 headbuts 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 "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 notices and slowly turns to 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 and asks who it is. When Mickey does not reply but leaves instead, Ian follows him and tries to grab his shoulder. But Mickey shoves him off, wanting to be left alone. 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 (presumably alcoholic drink) 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. Then 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 accuses Mickey that he calls him a punk for wanting a boyfriend, but Mickey is going to marry someone who screws guys for a living. Mickey tells Ian that nobody cares and that it's just a piece of paper, to which Ian replies "Not to me." As Ian turns to walk away, Mickey calls to him and says "just because I'm getting married doesn't mean we can't still bang." Ian asks him not to do it if he cared "half a shit" about him. Mickey then grabs Ian and begins kissing 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 Mickey not to let his father 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 that "not everyone gets to just blurt out how they fucking feel every minute". Mandy then 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 man you love-no I'm sorry. I mean the guy you've been fucking get married to some 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 (shortly before he plans to enlist in the army). 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...". 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", sorting through the money his wife had gained from "work", looking through the mail his brother had stolen and criticising them both. 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 (asking if Mandy had heard anything from him), 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. Mandy then says "She says Lip is doing well in college" and is visibly uneasy (perhaps missing him). Later in the episode, Mickey is seen drinking at the Alibi, complaining about the low income his wife is getting and that it probably isn't even minimum wage. After other customers and Kev discuss the rights of prostitutes and joke about how they could call for higher wages, Mickey asks "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 and the others have not heard from Ian ("Ian? He took off"), and as he (Kev) goes to answer a phone call, adds "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, who is apparently sick, so Kev plans to visit him at the nursing home after work. 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, smiling and pointing his middle finger at the camera. 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. Or namely, he punches the side that has his own reflection. 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". She asks him to hurry up as she needs the toilet. Mickey takes one last look at the photo of Ian; next to his own reflection on the other side of the mirror that's now shattered, and puts the photo back inside the magazine, returning it to the pile on the ground. As he leaves the bathroom, his wife watches him go and walks inside to see the broken mirror, she looks once again after Mickey and touches the shattered pieces on the 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 while he's drunk) 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 says who needs to and 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, enjoys it, but 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. However, as she does so, he is still seen to be sorrowful.
In Season 4 episode 4, Mickey is angered by his wife's low income and drags her with him to confront her boss. 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) and tells them to follow him if they want higher income. 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". As Mickey discusses about the prostitutes with Kev, V and other customers, he is shown to have a sense of justice, (e.g. for them 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. V rolls her eyes. 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 seen to be constantly rambling in Russian angrily towards each other and to him. During one scene, Mickey tries to tell Svetlana to tell all the other prostitutes to shut up, to which Svetlana angrily tells him 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 reprimands Mickey, saying it is indeed Mickey's fault for believing he could get these girls higher pay and that they deserve it at all. He adds "And let me tell you from experience, she isn't" (worth any more money), 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 lesson. Anyone can jerk a cock. I jerk mine. He jerks his. Learn a unique skill or shut the fuck up". Frustrated, Svetlana throws up her hands and leaves while rambling on 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 those friends to become his customers (to get handjobs). The business manages to earn Kev a few hundred dollars to pay to Stan's brother, it covers some of what he (Kev) owed and he promises to pay the rest when he earns more money.
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. At the club (most likely to be called The White Swallow) ,[Mickey watches Ian give an older man a lap dance] and tries to talk to him, telling him he needs to call his family.