Original air date: 01/12/2014 Runtime: 56:03 min. Season four picks up a few weeks after season three left off – with the Gallaghers braving another brutal Chicago winter and waiting on the medical fate of their flawed and permanently pickled patriarch Frank. With oldest daughter Fiona (Rossum) in a stable job and relationship, and newly graduated Lip (series star JEREMY ALLEN WHITE) enrolled in college, can the Gallaghers finally realize the middle class American dream? It looks like the Gallaghers might have a shot at happiness. But when you’re down and out, moving up isn't so easy.
Original air date: 02/09/2014 Runtime: 51:54 min. Fiona’s series of bad decisions involving Robbie finally boil over when he alerts Mike of their affair – leaving Fiona horrified and in employment limbo. Frank and Sammi continue their pursuit of curing his liver trouble, while also catching up on the father-daughter time that Sammi’s always craved.
Original air date: 02/23/2014 Runtime: 50:56 min. In the aftermath of Fiona’s release from jail, the Gallaghers deal with some changing dynamics. With Fiona under court order to remain inside the house and Frank’s illness keeping him out of commission, the weight of their guardianship lies squarely on Lip’s shoulders. As he simultaneously struggles to keep up with his responsibilities at school, Lip gets some unexpected assistance from his roommate’s girlfriend, Amanda (guest star NICHOLE BLOOM).
Original air date: 03/09/2014 Runtime: 55:39 min. Fiona prepares for a visit from her probation officer and must rid the house of all suspicious items – a mission that puts her directly at odds with Debbie and Carl. Meanwhile, Ian gets kicked out of Mickey’s house by a hammer-wielding Svetlana (guest star ISIDORA GORESHTER), and finally makes his long-awaited return to the Gallagher house.
Original air date: 03/16/2014 Runtime: 53:57 min. In detention, Carl shares a connection with a troubled girl named Bonnie (guest star MORGAN LILY). Lip grows close to his roommate’s now ex-girlfriend, while Debbie sets out to make life miserable for the new girl in Matty’s life. Sheila returns from her trip to the reservation with big plans to adopt the Native American kids. Fiona experiences the struggles of job-hunting with a criminal record, while Mickey ignores the birth of his son to spend time with Ian, whose behavior is becoming increasingly erratic.
Original air date: 03/23/2014 Runtime: 51:13 min. Fiona goes off the rails – violating multiple terms of her probation by partying with Robbie’s degenerate friends. When the family doesn’t hear from her, it sends them into search party mode, not too unlike their past experiences with Frank.
Original air date: 03/30/2014 Runtime: 49:10 min. Fiona is hauled away to a rough correctional facility as Frank wakes up from his operation suffering from post-operative delirium. Meanwhile, Ian is annoyed at the lack of commitment he sees from Mickey and delivers an ultimatum. After meeting Amanda’s parents, Lip makes a decision that he hopes will help his family while also keeping his new ‘girlfriend’ happy. Debbie meets an older student, Henry (guest star AUSTIN ABRAMS), who has a dark ulterior motive.
Original air date: 04/06/2014 Runtime: 55:55 min. A more cognizant Frank begins to recuperate from his liver transplant, as Sheila fights for custody of the Native American kids, and clashes with Sammi about where they will all live once Frank is released. Meanwhile, Lip catches up on bills. After Fiona passes a drug test and returns home, her parole officer Gayle (special guest star REGINA KING) finds her a job at Patsy’s Pies. Also, Carl is heartbroken when he is deserted by Bonnie. Frank is feeling like his old, troubled self.