Ian literally runs into a girl called Anna,who asks his help as she has stolen a case containing thousands of pounds worth of scratch cards from the Maguires and he hides her at his house. Hearing that not only is her son Fergal dead but that her brother has been electrocuted Mimi feels her family is cursed and hopes Mandy might marry Lip but,after Ian has helped Anna escape,relations between the Maguires and Gallaghers are strained. For the Karibs business is so bad that Kash fakes his own death for the insurance.
Learning that Sheila is selling her house Frank returns home. Debbie starts dating neighbour Luke Newman at Monica's suggestion but when he hears that Luke's parents are Catholics Frank sets out to end the relationship. Micky tries to get closer to Ian but his advances are rejected when Ian learns about Micky's unusual relationship with his dog. Karen and Jamie get engaged. Mimi is not overly impressed but asks Karen out,leading to her becoming an accomplice on a raid.
New policewoman Carrie Rogers arrives,determined to arrest the Gallaghers at any cost. Carl plans Monica's birthday surprise but is surprised when he catches her with Norma whilst Shane employs Frank to sell Es from an ice cream van. Kelly,finding the Maguires too controlling,calls off her engagement to Jamie but when the family kidnaps her to make her change her mind he rescues her,telling her he will disown them for her if they marry. She accepts his offer.
Hearing that Norma has a wad of cash Frank sneaks into her camper van to steal it but wakes her up. She plans to charge him with attempted rape but agrees to back down if she pays him to disappear. However Monica persuades her to drop the charges. Lip is enchanted by the dusky Nadia until Ian points out to him that Nadia is actually a transvestite whilst an explosion rocks the estate - Paddy mixing the Semtex his cousins asked him to mind for them.
Monica has to choose between Norma,who pretends she is going to America in her newly decorated van or Frank but opts for Frank when she sees he has money. Karen finds out that Jamie killed those responsible for the death of his brother Fergal and fears that he only proposed to her to give himself an alibi but changes her mind when she sees a tape of Jamie's confession which he gives her to do as she will with it and they are married.