The fourth season of Showtime's US remake of Shameless began airing on January 12, 2014. The full cast of the previous season returned to continue the story of the Gallagher family and their outrageous neighbors.
Now that Fiona has a steady job and Lip is enrolled in college, it looks like the Gallaghers may have a shot at happiness. But when you're down and out, moving up isn't so easy. Frank's liver fails, forcing him to find a donor or live out his last days, Carl takes it on himself to find him an organ donor. Fiona is arrested when Liam tries cocaine at a house party and is hospitalized. Debbie attempts to reinvent herself. Ian comes back from the army drastically changed. Veronica finds out that she's pregnant with triplets, and Kevin reveals that the bar is losing money, Carol refuses her request to abort her own baby.
|Simple Pleasures||Writer: Paul Abbott; John Wells||Director: John Wells||January 12, 2014||#4.01|
|Fiona is dividing her time between caring for the household and working at Worldwide Cup with her boss/boyfriend Mike Pratt. Lip attends college-and has a work study job as part of his tuitiion plan.Ian is missing; Debbie is growing up and discovering boys. Frank medically is worse than ever, Carl takes care of him. Sheila lonely, cleans Gallaghers house.
|My Oldest Daughter||Writer: Nancy Pimental||Director: Mimi Leder||January 19, 2014||#4.02|
|Fiona begins to enjoy the perks of living life just above the poverty line. She uses her newly activated health benefits to take the kids for checkups. However, when a road rage incident damages the company car, Fiona tells a much bigger lie about how it happened. Meanwhile, Lip seems to have lost his mojo as he struggles in school and with the ladies.
|Like Father, Like Daughter||Writer: Sheila Callaghan||Director: Sanaa Hamri||January 26, 2014||#4.03|
|Frank stalks his previously unseen daughter Sammi and is surprised to learn that she has a son. Meanwhile, Fiona and Mike get serious; and Carl steals dogs and holds them for ransom, so he can earn some drug money for Frank. Sheila has her first successful online date with a Native American cowboy named Roger Running Tree.
|Strangers on a Train||Writer: Etan Frankel||Director: Peter Segal||February 2,2014||#4.04|
|Against her better judgment, Fiona continues her secret affair with Robbie. The situation nearly boils over when Mike shows up at Robbie’s apartment while Fiona is inside. Fiona is able to hide just in time before her infidelity can be exposed. Frank, in increasingly dire health straits due to liver disease, attempts to contrive an “accident” that will provide an ample insurance payout to cover the cost of a potential transplant.
|There's The Rub||Writer: Davey Holmes||Director: David Nutter||February 9, 2014||#4.05|
|Fiona’s series of bad decisions involving Robbie finally boil over. Meanwhile, Frank and Sammi pursue a cure for Frank’s liver trouble and try to catch up on missed father-daughter time; and Lip gets a surprise visit at college from Army investigators.
|Iron City||Writer: John Wells||Director: James Ponsoldt||February 16, 2014||#4.06|
|The aftermath of Liam’s accident lands Fiona in county jail, unsure of Liam’s condition or her future. The family, minus Frank, wait nervously for any update on Liam’s status at the hospital. Meanwhile, after almost being killed by the sweat lodge, Frank wakes up in the emergency room and gets some sobering news about his declining health.
|A Jailbird, Invalid, Martyr, Cutter, Retard, And Parasitic Twin||Writer: Nancy M. Pimental||Director: Gary B. Goldman||February 23, 2014||#4.07|
|Lip is faced with being the Gallagher’s guardian when Fiona is released from jail and ordered by the court to remain inside the house, and Frank continues to be out of commission due to his illness. Fortunately, he gets some unexpected assistance from Amanda, his roommate’s girlfriend.
|Hope Springs Eternal||Writer: Mimi Leder||Director: Sheila Callaghan||March 9, 2014||#4.08|
|Fiona rids the house of all suspicious items to prepare for a visit from her probation officer, but her efforts aren’t appreciated by Debbie and Carl. Meanwhile, Ian gets kicked out of Mickey’s house by a hammer-wielding Svetlana and makes a long-awaited return to the Gallagher house.
|The Legend of Bonnie & Carl||Writer: Mark Mylod||Director: Etan Frankel||March 16, 2014||#4.09|
|Carl connects with a troubled girl in detention; Lip grows close to his roommate’s ex-girlfriend; Debbie tries to make life miserable for the new girl in Matty’s life; Fiona struggles to get a job now that she has a criminal record; Sheila returns from her trip to the reservation with plans to adopt Native American kids; Mickey ignores the birth of his son to spend time with an erratic-behaving Ian.
|Liver & Hardly Know Her||Writer: Davey Holmes||Director: Christopher Chulack||March 23, 2014||#4.10|
|Fiona goes wild and violates multiple terms of her probation by partying with Robbie’s degenerate friends. A search for her gets underway when she fails to contact anyone.
|Emily||Writer: Nancy M. Pimental||Director: Anthony Hemingway||March 30, 2014||#4.11|
|Fiona is taken to a correctional facility; Frank wakes up from his operation suffering from post-operative delirium; Ian crashes the christening for Mickey’s son; Amanda’s parents bribe Lip to stay away from their daughter; Debbie meets an older student with a dark ulterior motive.
|Lazarus||Writer: John Wells||Director: Mark Mylod||April 6, 2014||#4.12|
|Sheila fighting for custody of the Native American kids and clashing with Sammi over where they will all live once Frank is released. Meanwhile, Fiona passes a drug test, gets released from jail and lands a job at Patsy’s Pies with the help of her parole officer; and Frank begins to feel again like his old, troubled self.
- Fiona dates her boss Mike Pratt this season, and confusingly his brother Robbie.
- Frank's liver fails this season.
- Debbie gets some new “progressive” friends.
- Lip dates his college roommate Amanda.
- Veronica's focus is being pregnant.
- Ian becomes bipolar in the final episode.
- Samantha Slott is introduced.