According to Frank, Monica, his wife, left the family when the youngest (assuming Liam) was 2 months old and Fiona was 14 years old. Seeing that Liam is presently around 2 years old, Monica left about two years ago. This wouldn't make sense since Fiona is now 21 (age identified in the episode "Killer Carl").
Sheila is watching the public television program America's Test Kitchen during the tutoring session with Ian, Karen, and Lip.
In the UK series Liam is not half black he is a full blood relative to the Gallagher kids.
Fiona's gag of shaking down Frank doesn't translate too well; in Europe and England coins are used up to the 5 euro/pound denomination so the coins made sense in the UK series because a dozen coins could be used as the equivalent of $30 - $40 bucks. However, in the U.S. a dozen coins at best could only add up to $3. (The reason dollar coins aren't considered is because dollar bills are more popular than coins especially at bars, dollar coins are also more common for tolls and metro cards, and finally because the coins where clearly nickles and quarters.
Lip: (to Karen) What do you think of Ian?
Karen: He's nice.
Lip: Did you pitch a tent?
Lip: Did you make him hard?
Karen: Ever try to play pool with a rope?
Frank: Who's been eating my porridge?
The character of Sheila Jackson was originally portrayed by Allison Janney in the pilot. She was later replaced with Joan Cusack and her scenes were reshot.
"The Stars Just Blink For Us" by Say Hi
"Offer Refusal" by Extreme Music Library
"Trouble Comes Running" by Spoon
"Survive" by The Moog
"Panic" by The Moog
"My First Kiss" by 3OH3! Feat. Ke$ha
"Set In Motion" by Synchfree
"Get Free" by The Vines
"Mamasita" by Extreme Music Library
"Alagy Rohi" by APM Music
"The Takers" by Taka Taka
"Never Too Late" by The Rescues
"Devil In Me" by 22-20's
"Boy" by Ra Ra Riot
"Pride of Austin" by Jon Butcher
"White Room" by Cream
"Shots" by LMFAO
"Make Up" by Tim Mosher
"Fractures of Plaster" by Superchunk
"Way We Get By" by Spoon
Emmy Rossum (Fiona) and Justin Chatwin (Steve) previously starred together in Dragonball Evolution (2009).
Original International Air Dates:
United Kingdom: June 23, 2011 on More4
Germany: January 23, 2012 on FOX
Joan Cusack (Sheila) is credited as special guest star.
The youngest Gallagher 'Liam' is clearly an allusion to the former lead singer of the Britpop band Oasis, Liam Gallagher. An Oasis T-shirt is also worn by the Ian Gallagher.