These Are Some of the Worst Things Carl Did on Season 9 of 'Shameless'

Leila Kozma - Author

Oct. 31 2023, Updated 11:00 a.m. ET

 Ethan Cutkosky is seen as Spotify presents The Billie Eilish Experience.
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The Gist:

  • Ethan Cutkosky plays the role of the mischievous Carl in the TV series Shameless.
  • Carl left Shameless before filming Season 7 after he reportedly asked to have his character written out of the show. He later returned to the show.
  • Season 9 of Shameless showcased some of Carl's most notable work yet!
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There was no shortage of morally questionable activities Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) got up to in Season 9 of Shameless. Even for a notoriously unrepentant character, Carl exceeded all expectations and broke new records in almost every episode.

Because Carl's actions and behavior drew so much attention to the show, we've decided to round up some of his top scenes and give you a refresher on exactly what happened in Season 9.

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So, what did Carl get up to in Season 9 of 'Shameless'?

Carl thrives in chaos, and nothing proves this better than Season 9 of Shameless. Although the first episode saw him in a relatively peaceful and well-balanced state — as much as you can achieve while locked up at a super-strict military school — Carl picked up pace in no time. 

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In "Are You There Shim? It's Me, Ian," he successfully convinced one of his fellow cadets to "take care of" his wife, Kassidi. Carl leveled up shortly after. By the second episode, titled "Mo White!" Carl was busy stealing puppies from the shelter he joined so that he would have something to put down on his West Point application. 

Next up, he persuaded Veronica (Shanola Hampton), to briefly resume her old career as a dominatrix. The step was deemed necessary to attain the much-coveted letter of recommendation from the local congressman Veronica used to pay regular visits to back when she was in the business full time. 

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By the time "Do Right, Vote White!" rolled around, Carl dug himself knee-deep in trouble once again. This time, he got into a duel with a poet who happened to possess a letter of recommendation required for the West Point application. Unfortunately, the tête-à-tête escalated swiftly — leaving Carl with no choice but to shoot the poet. 

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In "Black-Haired Ginger," we saw Carl recite an age-old pact he made with Kevin (Steve Howey) while having sex with Kelly (Jess Gabor). The pact urged them to refrain from hitting on women who are too drunk to give consent.

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Despite the rocky start, the duo began to spend more time together. "Face It, You're Gorgeous" saw Carl take survival lessons from Kelly. The mysterious disappearance of his loving wife did not deter him from pursuing the fling with unprecedented zeal. 

In "The Apple Doesn't Fall Far from the Alibi," he agreed to donate some of his semen to his dad, Frank. In the same episode, he also persuaded Kelly to take up the habit of stealing scooters.

"BOOOOOOOOOOOONE!" and "Los Diablos!" evinced Carl to take up a newly found interest in civilized life. Too concerned that he might have a negative influence on Kelly, he broke off the fling. Roughly around the same time, he also found a new job as a sign spinner at a seafood restaurant. 

In "You'll Know the Bottom When You Hit It," Carl entered into an unexpected conflict with Debbie (Rebecca Ryan). In "Lost," he put his old skillset to use by means of saving the seafood restaurant and intervening in a robbery. In "Found," he and Debbie joined forces to destroy Kelly's truck.

Carl had some ups and downs — but that's exactly why fans of the show like him so much.

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