'Shameless' season 9: Lip Gallagher finally has a girlfriend and "they're very serious about one another"

Lip's (Jeremy Allen White) new girlfriend, Tami, was seen in the first episode of season nine as the maid of honor at a wedding where Lip himself was the best man.


                            'Shameless' season 9: Lip Gallagher finally has a girlfriend and "they're very serious about one another"

Soon a new year will be upon us, which means that the second half of 'Shameless' season nine is not all that far away either.

And to just give viewers and fans a kick of our infamous Gallaghers, the cast recently released a pro video detailing what to expect from their characters in the upcoming second half of the season - which will also see the show's lead actress Emmy Rossum quitting her role as Fiona. But what has got us exceptionally interested is Lip Gallagher's upcoming plan about being a homely man.

Played by Jeremy Allen White, Lip is the second oldest among the five Gallagher siblings and it's a safe bet to deduce that he has acted quite the paternal role in the upbringing of his younger siblings, with older sister Fiona taking up the role of the matriarch.

So, at the brink of Fiona leaving after nine full years, it only makes sense that the erratic, emotionally unstable Lip might start taking up a more homely aura - with him even planning to buy a house. Could it be to offer better shelter to younger siblings Debbie (Emma Kenney) and Liam (Christian Isaiah)?

"When we come back to the Gallaghers," White begins, as the camera pans to showcase his onscreen avatar Lip asking why he's out looking at apartments. White continues to mention that "Lip has a girlfriend" and true to his words, we see Lip hopping around town, apartment hunting with the said girlfriend, Tami (Kate Miner)

Jeremy Allen White (L) as Lip Gallagher and Kate Miner (R) as Tami from Shameless season 9. Source: Showtime.
Jeremy Allen White (L) as Lip Gallagher and Kate Miner (R) as Tami from Shameless season 9. Source: Showtime.

She is the same girl viewers were introduced to in the first episode of season nine as the maid of honor at a wedding where Lip himself was the best man.

The two had hooked up and are clearly a thing now, as "they're trying to figure things out and they're going to be very serious about one another," remarks White.

True, the two definitely don't seem to agree on a lot of things related to finding the perfect apartment for themselves, but something just fits right about these two. It could end up being as messy an affair as Lip's first relationship with the sex addict Karen Maguire (Laura Slade Wiggins) from earlier seasons was, or even as murky as Lip's on-and-off thing with Mandy Milkovich (Emma Greenwell).

For all we know, it can even lead to being an open-ended hot mess like Lip's affair with Sierra (Ruby Modine), leaving him equally torn apart and confused about whether he was going to find the right partner. 

As of now, fans just have to live with the fact that our favorite hottie from Southside Chicago is pretty much off the market; how it will bode for him is a mystery, but that's the captivating thing about 'Shameless.' The plot twists are shocking, but even then, so very savory!

Shameless returns on Showtime on January 20, 2019.

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