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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Dennis and Dee Get a New Dad (season finale)

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 18th 2006 9:29AM
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia: Dennis and Dee Get a New Dad(S02E10) Since Jonathan's pesky day job is keeping him busy, I've gladly volunteered to review the season finale of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, a show that's perfect for summer. Why? Because, while it's not perfect, and it's not exactly highbrow, it's always good for a few good belly laughs per episode. The finale followed suit for the most part: There were uncomfortable moments, lots of arguing, behaviors that would make the Seinfeld four cringe, and a surprise ending. Oh, and there's a good demonstration how to smuggle heroin in your colon. But that's just there for laughs.

First, let's get this out of the way: Interesting MySpace tie-in for the show, wasn't it? Dee's looking at her MySpace site and she keeps getting messages from someone claiming to be her and Dennis' father. It's pretty obvious that the Fox/MySpace corporate synergy movement has begun, as Always Sunny has had a MySpace page all season, and now, it factors heavily into this episode's plot. The only good thing about the arrangement was that it gave them the opportunity to poke fun at everyone's favorite MySpace friend, Tom.

Anyway, casting Stephen Collins as Dennis and Dee's good-hearted biological father Bruce was a good move... just seeing the erstwhile Rev. Eric Camden on screen, you know he's going to be completely the opposite of the scheming, slovenly Frank. Of course, the fact that he adopted an entire African village and raises money for childhood lupus would make a person think that he couldn't have contributed any DNA to the spoiled twins. But, as Dee said at the beginning of the episode, "is it any more ridiculous than our father having brown eyes, black hair, and being 4-foot-10?"

Charlie and Mac want to help Frank get revenge on the guy who slept with his "whore wife" and gave him "two bastards" to raise for 30 years. Mac has been trying to bond with his jailhouse-bound dad, so what the hell, right? But Mac's dad wants them to smuggle in some heroin (you know where), but they feel the best way to "get hard," in their words, is to beat Bruce with a baseball bat. This is the part of the episode that wasn't quite as funny, because we knew that they were going chicken out. The only good part was when Charlie brings some glue to huff so they can "get an edge." Of course, it was Elmer's, but any little bit helped, right?

Other funny moments: the scene at the restaurant where Frank loudly thinks that Dennis and Dee are banging each other, Frank's "minor stroke", his random gun firing, and Mac telling Charlie how to wear his prison gang outfit. Oh, and of course, we see that nurture might trump nature when Dee, Dennis, and their mom balk at helping Bruce visit sick kids in the hospital. Then, of course, we find out that Charlie, who previously had never met his father, might have had his father staying in his apartment the entire season.

Like I said, given the various directions this episode could have gone in, there were fewer laughs than there were in other episodes from this season. Maybe actually doing an episode with some plot constrained the guys from going all out with the uncomfortable laughs the show is known for. Not sure. But Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, and Rob McElhenny have built a nice little following on FX, and I wouldn't be surprised if Season Three is even better than what was a pretty good Season Two.

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Doron

So a third season is confirmed?

August 21 2006 at 10:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Diego M

Season 2 was awesome, there were a couple of episodes where they didn't have as many hilarious moments because they were tryin to stick to the plot, like "the gang goes jihad" but most of the time they came out with the best stuff, can't wait for season 3.

August 18 2006 at 2:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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