Mark, a former cellmate of Jamie Maguire, drops in unannounced at The Jockey in the middle of the night. Karen takes an instant dislike to him, fearing he will tempt Jamie back to his old ways and sure enough an innocent trip to the post office turns into a police chase for Jamie and Mark.
Carl's GCSE results don't look very promising. Frustrated, Carl nearly gets into a fight with Paddy Maguire, who quickly sees that he could make money off Carl performing in the (notoriously rigged) amateur boxing championships.
Yvonne is outraged when her daughter, Meena gets engaged to a medical student in Islamabad, Pakistan without seeking her consent.
Carl is seen practicing his punching strikes while wearing on his underwear in his bedroom mirror. He accidentally punches the mirror and stumbles away, crying out in pain. He stops by the bedroom door hunched over then shouts out "shit" as someone opens the door from the other side, hitting him over and knocking him out cold. The person opening the door is revealed to be Liam who looks down at an unconscious Carl and begins loudly counting from 4 upward. Carl opens his eyes slightly, unfocused before slowly passing out again as Liam reaches 10 and shouts "ladies and gentlemen, he's out!" and the sound of a bell is heard.
- David Threlfall- Frank Gallagher
- Annabelle Aspion - Monica Gallagher
- Gerard Kearns - Ian Gallagher
- Elliott Tittensor - Carl Gallagher
- Rebecca Ryan - Debbie Gallagher
- Johnny Bennett - Liam Gallagher
- Sean Gilder - Paddy Maguire
- Tina Malone - Mimi Maguire
- Aaron McCusker - Jamie Maguire
- Rebecca Atkinson - Karen Maguire
- Samantha Siddall - Mandy Maguire
- Nicky Evans - Shane Maguire
- Ciaran Griffiths - Micky Maguire
- Dystin Johnson - Norma Starkey
- Kelli Hollis - Yvonne Karib
- Qasim Akhtar - Chesney Karib
- Sarah Byrne - Meena Karib
- Alice Barry - Lillian Tyler
- Kenny Doughty - Mark
- Mina Anwar - Shaza Karib
- Narrator: Norma Starkey.
- Jamie recalls almost being beaten to death during his first year in prison.
- Karen makes her first forray into Maguire related violence.
Paddy: Catholic Boys Club. Don't let the name put you off, the only buggering that goes on in here is in the ring.