Season 1 Episode 5

Three Boys

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 06, 2011 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

When the Gallagher's find out Veronica comes from a wealthy family, they try to scheme a fake wedding for the dowry. Meanwhile, Frank gets some bad news about his health.

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  • Deadrookie

    Sorry if we are not experts on being poor and collecting welfare like you asshole.
  • This is in response to deadrookie - more or less--

    This is in response to deadrookie - more or less-- someone needs to chill out. This isn't a documentary. There is no real family like this where every single person has something interesting about them (even the baby). So relax that they don't get every aspect 100% correct and take it for what is supposed to be-- a comedy. I agree that whoever wrote it may lack exposure to the reality of this socioeconomic derivative. It's freaking TV-- they rarely get any stereotype/story right (great example-- see "GREEK"). It has to be over the top all the time or the audience is bored to death and changing the channel. No one wants to watch your friend yell at a broken elevator or eat garbage. Well, on second thought...moreless
  • Three Boys

    Shameless has been a strong show so far, but this episode was a bit of a step back. Too crazy, a little bit damaging to the characters, and an odd (albeit mildly amusing) guest appearance by Anthony Anderson. The cliffhanger at the end worked, but I don't want to see the show do that every week like it did here and it last show. Keep things different.

    Not bad, I chuckled, but probably the worst episode so far.moreless

    The research department of this show obviously written and produced by wealthy Hollywood who have little or no actual idea of how the "system" works or does not work. For anyone who is really interested in the realities rather than the rantings of William F Macy (which I like by the way) here are the facts. I am going to state these because this series get it wrong, week after week.

    1)No one get Food Stamps anymore. They use that term every other week. They do not ecist. To those who have a real job, no one has 'food stamps". the US government issues what is called an Ebt card.

    You use it like a credit card. No one is peeling off food stamps. Shameless really needs someone whose annual income is at the poverty line to be a consultant.

    2)Aunt Ginger---Bill Macy again rages--and yells you "cut off his medicare". Wrong again. he means medicaid. he might get medicare too, if he qualified but doubtful since it seems he didnt hold a job and is collecting off his dead Aunt.

    3)-Disability does NOT send people to your house. You ahve to SIT there, in a run down building, with babies and children crying, all day, to speak to someone who checks your records, and processes forms. You can'rt sit some old woman from an old age hom,e with NO ID and pull off a ridiculous stunt as in Aunt ginger.

    4)Disability, for those truly disabled, people with cancer, severe neurological damage, parkinsons, Spinal cord damage--have to go to hearings multiple times to be approved. And then they must be reviewed again. Macy's "faking" illness only adds to the myth that 'all these people are fakers" on disability.

    Really an insulting show to someone living in a wheelchair with a severed spinal cord, with a broken elevator who can't leave his apt to get food.

    This show needs a dose of reality and accuracy in its writing. STOP using the phrases :food stamps and Medicare. GET it RIGHT -it is EBT and medicaid.

    FInally--there is No such thing as a needle biopsy of the testicles done in a free clinic--you have to remove one to properly test it for cancer or mass (refer to actor TOM GREEN). I have already been there and been told--you either REMOVE ONE or take your chances ....

    Aside from this--it is TV';s first attempt in a long time to present a less than Disney Tv thats a start...for people earning less than 50k a year (a taboo subjhect it seems in episodic TV these days,,.everyone has a nice job and nice house--everyone on ABC lives in a nice big house..

    with a nioe garden and nice neighbors.(Why>)

    no one has been seen living as millions do--

    in a housing project since GOOD TIMES !!!

    TV shows want to show the rich side of USA ONLY.

    This show TRIES but it is so flawed in its dialogue and it's cheating lead character is a bad example and only reinforces the blue collar idea that "all those people are faking injuries". tell that to my friend in thw wheelchair with cystic fibrosis who cant get in the elevator and had to eat food out of the trash. Shape up SHAMELESS..get your poverty terms CORRECT.moreless
  • Kev and Veronica's marriage plans move onward, while Frank gets some bad news about his health

    After the last couple of episodes, which were superb, this episode felt much weaker... but at the same time, I feel like the show has found its comfort zone, which is a good thing. If the writers can simply find a way to surprise us and throw us a few plots every now and then that make this group of misfits seem like normal people, I'll be happy. I can't deny that the show is lots of fun; the acting is pretty solid, the humor is always there and the writing isn't bad at all.

    The best parts of this episode was when the writers just let the characters breathe and have fun without having to worry about all these other ridiculous roadblocks.. for instance, the brother who escapes from prison (played by Anthony Anderson) and has Tourettes, bi-polar and a fire fetish.. I mean, is that really necessary in an episode that already has the group throwing a fake wedding for Veronica to get money that her father left for her before she died? And an episode that has Ian suffering in his relationship with Cash and Frank suffering from testicular cancer (benign, not malignant..)? The brother seems unnecessary.

    However, the show does seem to be getting somewhat of a grasp on the characters and what makes each one of them tick. The only character I'm not a fan of is Sheila, Karen's mom, played by Joan Cusack. I feel as if she doesn't add anything to the show except to act as a maid to William H. Macy's character. For the most part, all of the other characters get great moments, including Carl, who seems to be psychotic for the most part but at least gets substantial scenes.

    The ending of the episode made up for any nitpicking I've done; it was a spontaneous and fun montage of events, ending with a genuinely nice moment between Steve and Fiona; and people may have problems with Steve as a character, but Justin Chatwin did a good job with him in this episode.moreless
William H. Macy

William H. Macy

Frank Gallagher

Emmy Rossum

Emmy Rossum

Fiona Gallagher

Justin Chatwin

Justin Chatwin

Jimmy Lishman / Steve

Ethan Cutkosky

Ethan Cutkosky

Carl Gallagher

Shanola Hampton

Shanola Hampton

Veronica Fisher

Steve Howey

Steve Howey

Kevin "Kev" Ball

Sam Doumit

Sam Doumit


Guest Star

Biff Yeager

Biff Yeager


Guest Star

Sharon Blynn

Sharon Blynn

Bald Woman

Guest Star

Vanessa Bell Calloway

Vanessa Bell Calloway

Carol Fisher

Recurring Role

Joel Murray

Joel Murray

Eddie Jackson

Recurring Role

Pej Vahdat

Pej Vahdat


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • LIP's SAT service isn't present in the original UK series, only his homework services, but it isn't depicted until much later on in season 2.

    • Steve's high end car stealing ring is very much out of place in the U.S. version of the series. The reason it works in the original UK series is because it is an actual problem for high end car owners over there, cars are often professionally stolen, but immediately loaded on containers for shipment to Eastern Europe and Russia making recovery before export very difficult. In the U.S. though the amount of cars being stolen would immediately be noticed, also the cars shown thus far would have to be serviced and repaired by Steve's crew if we are to assume they are selling within the U.S. and have the means to disable tracking equipment within the cars. The reason the cars can't go to the dealer or be chopped up and have their parts used on other cars is because any part that is even slightly electronic will be tagged electronically with the single VIN the part will work with (i.e. a motorized side mirror tagged for VIN-X would not work with a car whose VIN is Z). The reason we assume Steve is selling within the U.S. is because he has his shop working on the cars which is completely unecessary if he's exporting - also driving them around is ill advised given he's in Chicago a place that is not dense enough with those specific cars to make him inconspicuos enough to drive around without worries (the BMW and Lexus being the 2 exceptions).

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Veronica: Wedding's not gonna work.
      Fiona: What happened?
      Veronica: Momma wants a real priest.
      Debbie: Sheila said she'd make your wedding dress if you want.
      Veronica: Oh, that's nice, but what good is a dress if I don't have a priest?
      Debbie: You could hire an actor. Remember the guy who played Elmo at my birthday party?
      Fiona: You remember that?
      Debbie: He took his head off. It was traumatizing.

    • Fiona: Wasn't he drunk when he proposed?
      Veronica: Oh, yeah. It was like that David Hasselhoff video, eating a cheeseburger.
      Fiona: I never saw that.
      Veronica: Oh, you gotta YouTube it. It's like a car wreck... you can't not watch.

    • Veronica: (talking about their wedding) Maybe we should reconsider, babe.
      Kev: But what about the gay people?
      Veronica: They got their parades. They can wait.

    • Veronica: What's that smell? It's either vomit or fancy cheese.
      Carl: It can be both if you want.

    • Doctor: Have you ever done a testicular self-examination?
      Frank: Oh, God, no. I say leave those three bad boys down there alone.
      Doctor: Yeah, well, that's the problem. Should only be two testicles invited to this party.

    • Frank: The devil's in my balls, Billy, and he's comin' for the rest of mine.
      Fiona: Let's hope he can swim.

    • Sheila: (to Frank) I have to plots at Oak Woods Cemetery. One was for Eddie. Nothing would make me happier than to bury you in one of them. Wait there for me.
      Frank: Oh God, I'm gonna die.

    • Ian: They have Muslim Boy Scouts?
      Kash: Yeah, it's similar. The motto is still "Be prepared," but you learn how to work with chemicals instead of tying knots.

    • Veronica: You don't have to go too crazy here, Sheila, but as close to Vera Wang as you can get.

    • Frank: Just knowing your tits are trying to kill you... that's gotta suck. I mean, mine's in my balls. So they've got a reason to be pissed. Tucked between two legs, wedged right near your asshole. There's no good way to sit. No underwear that's been devised to hold 'em effectively in place. They're a bizarre appendage. An afterthought. Which is why I don't believe in intelligent design. There is no God. We're all gonna die.

    • Lip: Arson? Who are we talkin' about?
      Fiona: V's brother.
      Lip: Oh, is that like a sibling brother, or just a black guy brother?

    • Fiona: Is he retarded?
      Veronica: I wish. Tourette's coupled with bipolar disorder and a drinking problem. He's a shrink's wet dream.

    • Eddie: You look nice. Where are you pretending to go?
      Sheila: I'm going to a wedding today. I am really gonna do it this time. And it's supposed to be a beautiful day today. Beautiful and safe and sunny.
      Eddie: The sun's just a burning ball of fire that could plunge from the sky at any time.

  • NOTES (3)