Season 5 of the misadventures of Chicago's dysfunctional Gallagher clan picks up a few months after Season 4's finale, with Fiona (Emmy Rossum) now out of prison. It doesn't take long for Fiona to get involved in a surprising love triangle. Meanwhile, Frank (William H. Macy) tries to scare off two lesbians who are trying to buy up property in the neighborhood; and he later falls in love with a dying doctor. As for Lip (Jeremy White), he commits himself to college life and becomes romantically involved with a mentor, while Ian (Cameron Monaghan) and Mickey (Noel Fisher) struggle to manage Ian's bi-polar disorder. Sammi (Emily Bergl), of course, remains a prickly thorn in everyone's side; and Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) gets in serious trouble with the law.