The third season of Showtime's US remake of Shameless began airing on January 13, 2013. The full cast of the previous season returned to continue the story of the Gallagher family and their outrageous neighbors.
Fiona adapts to life with Jimmy when he moves into the Gallagher house. Jimmy has more pressing concerns however when Estefania's father makes him an accomplice in murder and forces him into a worrying situation. He has more shocks in store when he discovers that his father is secretly gay and in a relationship with Ian.
Mandy and Lip deal with problems in their relationship while Mandy secretly does Lip's college applications for him. Meanwhile, Mickey is out of prison and becomes jealous of seeing Ian with other men.
Kev and Veronica have a lot on their plate when Kev's wife Cheryl arrives. But there is more heartache for the couple when they discover Veronica is infertile and are forced to take an alternate route to parenthood. Could Carol acting as a surrogate be the answer to all their problems?
|El Gran Cañón||Writer: John Wells||Director: Mark Mylod||January 13, 2013||#3.01|
|Fiona adapts to living with Jimmy after he movies in while Jimmy deals with the sudden appearance of Estefania's father. Frank wakes up in Mexico and makes his way back home. After trying to steal a laser, Lip gets arrested and arraigned in bond court. Also, he, Ian, and Mandy compete in a robot fighting competition with the stolen laser mounted on top of the robot. Meanwhile, Sheila and Jody experience parental life with Karen's baby, Hymie.
|The American Dream||Writer: Nancy M. Pimental||Director: Anthony Hemingway||January 20, 2013||#3.02|
|Fiona takes on a new role at work, complete with new challenges: party promoter. Estefania's father has Jimmy's ever move watched, much to his annoyance. Lip continues his community service. Micky returns. Veronica receives a surprise visitor, Kev's wife! Sheila and Jody struggle to adjust to the role of parents. Ian and Mickey continue their relationship.
|May I Trim Your Hedges?||Writer: Krista Vernoff||Director: Steve Shill||January 27, 2013||#3.03|
|Fiona decides to apply for a cashier job but is put off when the manager makes sexual advances toward her. Frank takes advantage of taking care of baby Jaime by using him to scam basketball tickets out of a childrens cancer charity. Veronica takes it upon herself to confront Kev's wife Cheryl while he attempts to make her sign divorce papers. Lip decides to take down a group of sex offenders in the area but is put off when one of them turns out to be a woman. Jimmy and Estefania create fake wedding pictures to protect her from immigration. Ian is left confused when Mickey sleeps with a local girl.
|The Helpful Gallaghers||Writer: Mike O'Malley||Director: Randall Einhorn||February 10, 2013||#3.04|
|Lip goes with Mandy to visit a younger half-sister of hers. Carl heads off to "cancer camp", though certain restrictions leave him less than happy. A frustrated Sheila asks Frank for advice on convincing Jody to be more adventurous in the bedroom. Fiona gathers a group of co-workers to discuss the boss's sexual harassment. Jimmy discovers his father's secret homosexuality, forcing Ian to reveal their relationship.
|The Sins of My Caretaker||Writer: Sheila Callaghan||Director: J. Michael Muro||February 17, 2013||#3.05|
|Frank is forced to move Aunt Ginger's remains from the backyard due to sewer work being done in the area. Jimmy struggles to deal with his father's recently revealed homosexuality and goes to Estefania for emotional support after he and Fiona argue. Mickey kisses Ian. Veronica and Kev are forced to discuss alternative methods of having children when they discover Veronica is infertile. Sheila takes in a mute nun, who is less than grateful.
|Cascading Failures||Writer: Alex Borstein||Director: Anthony Hemingway||February 24, 2013||#3.06|
|The Department of Family Services remove the Gallagher children, leaving a desperate Fiona to get them back. Unable to locate Monica, Fiona is forced to get Frank a "Father of the Year" appearance in court. Everything goes well until it is revealed that Frank is not the solution to Fiona's problem, he is in fact the cause. Meanwhile, Kev and Veronica recruit Carol as a surrogate and Terry catches Mickey and Ian in an awkward position.
|Long Way From Home||Writer: Etan Frankel||Director: Mimi Leder||March 3, 2013||#3.07|
|Fiona prepares for the court hearing and decides to attempt getting full custody of the Gallagher children at the same time. To achieve this she enlists Veronica's help in creating a fake will of Aunt Ginger's. Jimmy and Estefania deal with a visit from immigration. Sheila get's a surprise visit from Karen and the father of Hymie, who want their child back. Debbie runs away from her foster family. Lip tries to file the fake will but discovers a relative named Patrick already filed Aunt Ginger's will].
|Where There's a Will||Writer: Davey Holmes||Director: Mimi Leder||March 10, 2013||#3.08|
|As the family gathers at Aunt Ginger's fake funeral, Frank's cousin Patrick arrives with another forged will granting him ownership of the house.
|Frank the Plumber||Writer: Krista Vernoff||Director: Mark Mylod||March 17, 2013||#3.09|
|Fiona starts a new job and a new romance, while Frank may become the new face of the gay rights movement, thanks to an influential member of the Velvet Mafia. Ian learns Mickey is getting married to a "whore". Mandy attempts to convince Lip to apply to college, sparking tensions along with the fact Karen is back.
|Civil Wrongs||Writer: Mike O'Malley||Director: Gary B. Goldman||March 24, 2013||#3.10|
|Fiona's life is finally going great - until Jimmy tells her he might go back to med school...in Michigan. As the new star of gay rights, Frank is lured to the other side.
|Order Room Service||Writer: Sheila Callaghan||Director: Sanaa Hamri||March 31, 2013||#3.11|
|Fiona takes the kids on a camping trip. Essentially homeless, Frank seeks out the help of Carl who sneaks him into the Gallagher van for the night. Jimmy gets a surprise visit.
|Survival of the Fittest||Writer: Etan Frankel; Nancy M. Pimental||Director: Mark Mylod||April 7, 2013||#3.12|
|Lip contemplates his future post-graduation as Fiona contemplates her future after landing a full-time job at the cup company. And Frank contemplates having a future at all.